Almalekiah will have come on for her recent second at Lingfield and drops back in trip today. HOT SECRET also finished runner-up at Kempton last time but over today's distance in better company than this. Andrew Balding's filly gets the nod ahead of Silverrica, who was still beaten over four lengths when second here last month. Harbour Captain makes his handicap debut and is preferred to last season's Wolverhampton winner Smart Daisy K of the others.
Smart Daisy K 5-1 (9-7) Held up in touch in 5th, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Layla's Oasis (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Almalekiah (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Keen tracked leaders, ridden to chase easy winner 1f out, no chance, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Purcell (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Hot Secret 7-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Storm Moon (9-7) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Silverrica (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Mid-division on inside, headway over 2f out, chased clear winner over 1f out, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Asian Trader (9-12) at Bath 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Apr.
Majestic Red (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Raced wide, held up, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 7l behind Secret Sign (9-7) at Chepstow 5f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Imperial Spirit 7-1 (9-1) Tracked winner on inside, ridden inside final 2f, soon lost place, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 12l behind Asian Trader (9-12) at Bath 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Apr.
Harbour Captain (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Pressed leader, led inside final 2f, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Khelman (9-1) at Yarmouth 6f mdn auc stks (5) gf in Apr.