It's been some time since RISE UP LOTUS last visited the racecourse but Charlie Hills' filly confirmed the positive impression of an unlucky-in-running sixth at Newmarket with victory at Warwick, and she looks the type that can progress again. Low Cut Affair was outclassed in a conditions stakes at Salisbury though she's a particularly speedy starter and she will ask plenty of questions of the others. Thirsk maiden winner, Secret Liaison didn't do a lot wrong on her first foray into handicaps and she should appreciate tonight's return back to Turf. Millar Rose attempts to graduate out of claimers while River Spirit may have had more chances than most, but Mick Channon's team are running well and his filly seems capable of showing her form on any surface.
Secret Liaison (IRE) 6-4fav (9-7) Chased leader, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Expensive Date (9-7) at Lingfield 5f 2yo hcp (5) pol.
Rise Up Lotus (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Dwelt and carried slightly right start, tracked leaders on outside, pushed along over 2f out, led 1f out, ran on, won at Warwick 5f mdn (5) gd in May beating War Paint (9-0) by 1l, 9 ran.
Low Cut Affair (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Driven to chase leaders, ridden over 2f out, lost touch over 1f out, last of 5, 14l behind Tiggy Wiggy (9-0) at Salisbury 5f 2yo fll stks (3) sft in May.
Millar Rose (IRE) 5-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, led entering final furlong, held on, won at Catterick 5f 2yo clm (6) gf beating Danot (9-7) by hd, 7 ran.
Ocean Sheridan (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden to lead 1f out, soon headed, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Fendale (9-1) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
River Spirit 6-1 (8-4) Raced keenly, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden over 1f out, 3rd and held when hampered 110 yards out, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Dittander (9-7) at Bath 5f 2yo hcp (5) fm.
Macarthurs Park (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on outside, weakened approaching halfway, 8th of 11, 14l behind Ballymore Castle (9-5) at Chester 5f 2yo mdn (3) sft in May.
Midnight Destiny (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Chased leading pair, ridden on inside into 2nd over 1f out, dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Expensive Date (9-7) at Lingfield 5f 2yo hcp (5) pol.