Johannes went up 23lbs in 2009 and he has begun 2010 in the same vein by winning the Class 2 Totepool Flexi Betting Handicap at York over 5f on ground described as Good to Firm. He had previously only won over 6f and he sat off the fast pace here and picked them off at the end. He was winning this off a rating of 95 and will probably go up to 102 as a result which will make things difficult for him in the Stewards Cup which is probably his main aim.
Jaconet blitzed along in front and hung on for second but she had them all at work for a long way and she looks a definite bet in the Dash at Epsom, she had previously shown her best form on the All Weather but on this showing it looks like she has bridged the gap now, she is declared for Thirsk on Saturday.
River Falcon ran on under Fallon pressure as is his want and there were some dissapointing efforts from those out the back such as Fol Hollow, Rievaulx World and Russian Spirit.