Shirley's Pride failed to land a hat-trick off today's mark at Bath last time and Lexington Place is upped a grade having won a lowly handicap at Redcar a fortnight ago when beating the re-opposing Megaleka. Dream Ally is struggling for form, though he can race off a lower mark than when winning at Wolverhampton last season, but this looks a good chance for HOT SECRET to rediscover winning ways. She's been running well in mostly better company than this so far this year and Andrew Balding's filly produced another good effort at Bath last time.
Hot Secret 6-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, closed over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, unable to challenge, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Silverrica (9-0) at Bath 6f 3yo stk 0-70 (5) fm in Jun.
Dream Ally (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) With leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 7l behind Bondesire (9-7) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Shirley's Pride 2-1fav (9-5) Prominent, took keen hold, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 6th of 10, 3l behind Spray Tan (8-12) at Bath 5f fll hcp (5) gd in May.
Lexington Place 11-4fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on to lead narrowly inside final furlong, just held on, won at Redcar 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun beating Megaleka (8-12) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Roanne (USA) 6-1 (9-4) Pulled hard, chased leader, led over 4f out, hung right under pressure and headed over 1f out, continued to hang right and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 7l behind Glossy Posse (9-10) at Salisbury 6f fll hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Lager Time (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Difficult to load in stalls, in touch on inside, headway under pressure over 1f out, went 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Silca's Dream (8-5) at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Borough Boy (IRE) 8-1 (8-2) Hampered soon after start, chased leader, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 3l behind Holley Shiftwell (9-0) at Newmarket 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Megaleka 7-2fav (8-12) Led until halfway, ridden and weakened final furlong, last of 10, 7l behind Sir Geoffrey (9-0) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.