Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.30,£6.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£5.90 2&3:£22.80 1&3:£6.30
Jackpot: £17,045.99 carried forward to Ripon, 15th May
Placepot: £27.20, Pool: £154451.31, 4144.69 winning tickets
Quadpot: £14.30, Pool: £7998.83, 411.11 winning tickets
Not as visually impressive as we've perhaps become used to seeing him but a decisive win for CANFORD CLIFFS nonetheless. Settled off the gallop set by Worthadd and Red Jazz, Richard Hughes started to steer his mount closer to the pace around two furlongs out. Whilst most of the field was off the bridle, Hughes was still sitting motionless and the only slight doubt was when there was some slight barging just as the race started to hot up. However nothing untoward happened and the favourite was soon upsides the Italian raider Worthadd, and once drawing alongside, he quickly put the race to bed by going a length clear. To the runner-up's credit, the distance didn't increase, but Hughes certainly didn't ask his mount for everything late on and the win was decisive. Connections reported that the winner was still on the burly side here, and that they had 'got away with it' slightly because he was far from fit, but this was job done and he will now head to Royal Ascot for a mouth-watering clash with Goldikova. The form of this race won't blow anyone away, despite the third home being rated 119, but it was a strong comeback. Worthadd ran his heart out in second, and this prolific Italian winner showed why he has been so successful with a great bit of front-running. He was still running on stoutly when the pack came to challenge but shrugged them all aside bar the winner and Group One compensation may await in his home country. If he heads to Royal Ascot then he won't be 25-1 again that's for sure, and the four-year-old cannot be discounted wherever he heads next. Well-beaten back in third was Premio Loco. He travelled well for a long way, and evidently likes Newbury, however he never really looked like picking up the first two. Time has shown that he's just a notch short of the very top level. Fourth home was Dick Turpin, who disappointed. He was held-up towards the rear of the main group but came under pressure a fair way out. He didn't get the clearest of passages through the race but appeared to lack the turn of foot to go with the leaders when the (slow) pace quickened. We know that he is effective over further and it may be that he needs a stronger test of stamina to be competitive in these top-level Group One mile races as he gets older. Also one to disappoint was Twice Over. The mile trip was always going to be a worry for him but this proven Group One horse was niggled along from the gates and seemed to race lazily. He could never hold as prominent position as his jockey seemed to want and eventually dropped away tamely. This was his first run back from Dubai but he'll need to show more zest when stepped back up in trip for his next assignment.