The booking of Ryan Moore suggests Cape Classic may be fully primed for his return to action. If so, he'll go very close. Magic Secret left the opposition floundering at Redcar when scoring by 11 lengths on his debut in October and he could figure but there are no doubts about the race-fitness of ALIVE AND KICKING. He bids for his hat-trick after winning both starts this year and there looks more to come from him. Italian Tom won at Ascot last time and he has to come into the reckoning for Ron Harris' in-form yard but the ground will be plenty fast enough for Even Stevens.
Cape Classic (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Close up, ridden to chase winner 2f out, no impression, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Dimension (9-4) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Close To The Edge (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Dwelt soon in touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Caldercruix (8-10) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Even Stevens 11-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Long Awaited (9-5) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Apr.
Hotham 33-1 (8-11) Took keen hold in mid-division on inside, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 13, 6l behind Alben Star (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Able Master (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakening when hampered inside final 2f, 11th of 13, 20l behind Thunderball (9-7) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Head Space (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on near finish, not trouble leaders, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Pearl Blue (9-4) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Apr.
Mr Optimistic 16-1 (8-13) Raced stands side, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 9l behind Fast Shot (9-3) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Italian Tom (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, strong challenge inside final furlong, ran on to lead final strides, won at Ascot 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs beating Street Power (8-9) by hd, 12 ran.
Main Beach 12-1 (9-7) Started slowly, behind, effort on inside well over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved, 9th of 14, 7l behind Sinfonico (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Barkston Ash 28-1 (9-0) Dwelt, mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 21st of 22, 25l behind Karaka Jack (9-3) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Rasaman (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Reared start, mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, never able to challenge, 5th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Noodles Blue Boy (9-4) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Mount Hollow 13-2 (9-4) Behind, pushed along halfway, headway between horses over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 5th of 12, 4l behind Libys Dream (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Magic Secret 9-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride and green early stages, good headway between horses 4f out, led halfway, pushed well clear final furlong, eased closing stages, very easily, won at Redcar 6f mdn stks (5) sft in Oct beating Bailadeira (8-9) by 11l, 9 ran.
Comptonspirit 50-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, lost place 2f out, not much room and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 19l behind Showboating (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Jack Luey 13-2 (9-7) Led narrowly, ridden and edged left 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Secret City (8-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Master Of Disguise 4-7fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 4, 8l behind Fol Hollow (9-12) at Redcar 5f sell stks (6) sft.
Alive And Kicking 11-4fav (9-4) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, held on well, won at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Breezolini (9-2) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
L'astre De Choisir (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Raced wide soon close up, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Tarooq (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Deliberation (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Chased leaders until outpaced halfway, last of 13, 14l behind Long Awaited (9-5) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Apr.
Jack My Boy (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Pushed along from start to lead, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 5l behind Moretta Blanche (9-5) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.