PEARL SECRET left a good impression when making a winning debut at York in October. Three subsequent winners have come out of the race and David Barron's colt can go on to better things this year. Electric Qatar posted some decent efforts last season despite not winning and he should be thereabouts, but Powerful Wind's four victories were all recorded on fast ground and it remains to be seen how he'll handle today's conditions. Dual winner See Clearly seemed to act in the testing ground when runner-up at Catterick last term and, with a recent reappearance at Pontefract under her belt, she could prove a threat in this.
Powerful Wind (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Led, ridden over 1f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, last of 8, 11l behind Caledonia Lady (8-12) at Ayr 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) gs in Sep.
Pearl Secret 9-2fav (9-3) Took keen hold, held up and behind, smooth headway on bit over 2f out, tracked leader over 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, pushed along and ran on strongly, promising debut, won at York 5f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Oct beating Lupo D'Oro (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Electric Qatar 1-3fav (9-0) Pulled hard, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Justbookies Dotnet (9-0) at Kempton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar.
Cockney Fire 50-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 14l behind Gusto (9-1) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd in Oct.
Lupo D'Oro (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up, ridden and no impression over 1f out, soon switched right, stayed on near finish, not reach leaders, 6th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Rusty Rocket (8-8) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
See Clearly 40-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 15, 28l behind Es Que Love (8-11) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.