Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.40,£1.20,£4.20
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£2.80 2&3:£6.00 1&3:£8.80
Jackpot: £50,507.95 carried forward to Newmarket, 8th Jul
Placepot: £282.80, Pool: £128937.76, 332.75 winning tickets
Quadpot: £99.50, Pool: £7266.29, 54.0 winning tickets
CRYSTAL CAPELLA produced a convincing performance to provide Sir Michael Stoute with his fourth winner of this race in seven runnings although there must be some doubt as to the value of the form. The mare has now won eight of her 14 career starts, including three Group Twos and connections will be keen to try and land a Group One with her with the Yorkshire Oaks as a possible target. She had disappointed on her seasonal reappearance but her yard were not firing on all cylinders at the time and this was much more like it on ground that had come in her favour after being eased by a heavy shower. She moved up travelling ominously well before hitting the front at the two furlong pole and powering away from her rivals. The way she moved through the race was certainly impressive and there are few better handlers at getting older horses to progress but several of her rivals underperformed. Redwood finished second in this race last year before progressing to win a Grade One at Woodbine and finishing placed in a further three races at that level. This was his first outing since his second to Rewilding in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March and he ran as though the run was needed, mustering only the one pace in the final quarter of a mile. Buthelezi has ability but more than his fair share of quirks and Nicky Mackay had to earn his fee, keeping the colt up to his work from fully five furlongs out. He had injected some pace a mile to run and was the first to move to the far side before the remainder of the field gradually moved across to join him with half a mile to run. Buthelezi is rated 11lbs inferior to the winner and probably ran to about that level in defeat; he deserves credit in responding to his rider's urgings but has thrown away winning opportunities on his two preceding starts and isn't one to trust implicitly. Afsare had run his best race of the season on his preceding start but failed to build on that and, on this evidence, looks to be flying too high. Myplacelater and Laaheb had both disappointed last time and both did so again with the former dropping the bit with well over half a mile to run. Campanologist was a little short of room at the three pole but failed to pick up after that and was another a long way below his best whilst Dordogne's run was another blow to the form of the Lingfield Derby trial following the run of stablemate Hurricane Higgins earlier on the card.