SECRET WITNESS has been in grand form of late and can progress again to score from Lujeanie and Vhujon. Ron Harris' charge was formerly in the care of Jeremy Noseda and promised to rate higher than this before ultimately becoming disappointing. However, a change in scenery seems to have done the trick and he's followed a course and distance win with two solid runs in defeat. Last time out he was behind Lucky Redback who runs earlier on the card and in the expectation that the form has been franked he rates a bet off just a pound higher mark, with that race looking to have been underestimated. With Bertoliver a better betting proposition over the minimum trip, Lujeanie and Vhujon rate the main dangers. There was little between the pair when they met in December and as both have advertised their wellbeing with solid second placed efforts since there may again be little to seperate them. New Leyf was held off this mark last time but the form of that race has been boosted by the winner and he's back to the scene of his impressive win prior to that, so at a price he could go well for Jeremy Gask and Steve Drowne. The four-year-old makes more appeal than Bahamian Lad who has struggled slightly since winning here in 2009 and needs a helping hand from the assessor. Bonnie Prince Blue was beaten in a claimer last time but has won off higher marks in the past so can't be totally ruled out, whilst Orpsie Boy is becoming dangerously well treated but needs things to pan out just right. This is a good end to a cracking card and it might pay to side with Secret Witness to land it.
Aroundthebay 66-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 9l behind Moonlife (8-11) at Lingfield 1m flls lst stks (1) pol in Oct.
Orpsie Boy (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 5l behind Mahadee (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Feb.
Financial Times (USA) 10-1 (9-4) Tracked winner centre of track, effort over 2f, soon beaten, last of 8, 18l behind Charles Darwin (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp (4) gf in May '08.
Bahamian Lad 7-2 (9-3) Dived left start, led, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Lujeanie (8-10) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Lujeanie 10-3 (9-4) Held up in 4th, raced keenly, snatched up just over 3f out, kept on under pressure to go 2nd just over 1f out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Sutton Veny (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Secret Witness 5-2fav (8-11) Keen tracked leaders, effort between horses 1f out, led inside final furlong, caught post, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Lucky Redback (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Bertoliver 7-4fav (9-0) Pressed leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 8, 1/2l behind Excellent Show (9-3) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Vhujon (IRE) 10-3 (8-12) Chased leaders, hard driven and headway over 1f out, ran on under pressure, not reached winner, 3rd of 4, 1/2l behind Sherjawy (8-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
New Leyf (IRE) 11-4 (8-5) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, ridden and headway on wide outside over 1f out, ran on, not reached leaders, 4th of 8, 1l behind Thebes (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb.
Ray of Joy 8-1 (9-2) Dwelt ,soon chased winner, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 9l behind Kipchak (8-8) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Feb.
Bonnie Prince Blue 7-1 (9-10) Always prominent, chased winner over 5f out, ridden well over 1f out, lost 2nd well inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Cobo Bay (10-0) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol.