Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.80,£1.40
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£1.40 2&3:£2.90 1&3:£3.70
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
Royal Ascot form came to the fore as FREDERICK ENGELS won a shade cosily from Roman Soldier and Bannock. This looks a decent renewal of this Group Two with the Windsor Castle winner and Coventry Stakes runner-up filling the first two places and there's no reason to doubt the form despite the early pace appearing to be fairly ordinary. It was set by Silvestre de Sousa aboard Bannock and the Brazilian jockey gradually wound the pace up from halfway as they sprinted towards home. This was a return to form from Bannock who hadn't lived up to expectations in the Norfolk having previously enjoyed little luck in a Listed race at Sandown. He got this sixth furlong well and should continue to be a factor at this level throughout the remainder of the season. He was, however, firmly put in his place by the first two home and could struggle to reverse the placings if lining up at York. Frederick Engels travelled well in behind the pace before challenging between horses and pulling clear; he was good value for the winning margin. He had outclassed his opponents at Royal Ascot and had no problems over this longer trip and should stay further. He possesses a good cruising speed, attitude and acceleration and it remains to be seen how far he can go. He currently has entries next month in the Group One Phoenix Stakes and in the Group Two Gimcrack and would have to be considered the one to beat if lining up at York. Roman Soldier did best of those that raced with the pace in the Coventry by some margin but appeared to be taken off his feet to some extent when the pace quickened with his jockey very animated in the saddle. To his credit, he kept responding and went down fighting in second. He may well need a stronger gallop at this trip to produce his best and should benefit from a step up to seven furlongs; he remains capable of better and supporters shouldn't be too disheartened by this defeat. North Star Boy finished a similar distance behind the runner-up in the Coventry suggesting that both have run their races. He may need a drop in grade and should stay seven on this evidence. Kenny Powers is still a maiden but ran well in a warm novice race last time and was far from disgraced; a maiden win should be a formality but he has plenty to find if taking up his Gimcrack entry. Sans Loi pulled too hard and paid for those exertions in the closing stages whilst everything happened too quickly for Church Music who was a shade keen early.