Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.60,£1.50,£2.00
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£4.90 2&3:£2.60 1&3:£7.80
Jackpot: £44,104.54 carried forward to Ascot, 16th Jun
Placepot: £393.10, Pool: £492309.06, 914.03 winning tickets
Quadpot: £12.20, Pool: £29970.64, 1814.19 winning tickets
STRONG SUIT had not won a race since the Coventry Stakes in 2010 but bounced right back to his best with a convincing success. He had undergone a breathing operation since the Greenham Stakes and it clearly worked the oracle as he stalked a breakneck pace set by Utley before swooping inside the final two furlongs. He did hang a little to the left when the whip was waved at him by Richard Hughes but was soon going gun-barrel straight once again and was always holding the late challenges of Codemaster and Western Aristocrat. Connections stated afterwards that a step up to a mile will be next on the agenda and the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville will be considered. Codemaster had impressed at Newmarket last time when breaking the track record and was sent off favourite on the strength of that effort. He finished his race out well but was possibly at a tactical disadvantage having been held up and giving Strong Suit such a big advantage when the race began in earnest. The same applies to Western Aristocrat, who came home strongly in the closing stages from the rear. Both look well up to more success this season. French raider Havane Smoker was held up last and gave his supporters little hope as he failed to make any sort of progress at the business end of the race. Oracle and Splash Point were just found wanting for that extra turn of pace in the dash for the line as they made their bids down the centre of the track while Sikeeb and Majestic Myles were not disgraced having raced more prominently just off the pace. It looks back to the drawing board for Utley, who went off like a sprinter in the first-time blinkers and unsurprisingly could not keep up the fierce pace. He has disappointed on his last three starts now and could be in need of a break.