Backers of PORT ALFRED have had to endure two second places in as many starts, and while the six-figure sum that he realised at auction looks expensive, it will be a major surprise if he isn't good enough to account for tonight's opposition. Hand Grenade was bought for just 800gns and comes into the race with a similar track profile. Eve Johnston-Houghton's string are in good form and her runner has to be respected. Roger Charlton has a 50% strike rate with his runners at Leicester this year so Random Success is closely watched in the market on debut. Golden Secret would have to reverse Windsor form with our selection, and the remainder make very little appeal.
Port Alfred 5-4fav (9-5) Chased leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Muthmir (9-5) at Doncaster 6f mdn stks (5) gf.
Swift Code (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Always behind, last of 10, 30l behind Lexington Place (9-0) at Newcastle 6f mdn stks (5) gs in Apr.
Euroquip Susie Monsieur Bond mare out of Fizzy Lady.
Lady Rain Resplendent Glory filly out of Devils Desire.
Golden Secret 7-2 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 6l behind Oasis Spirit (8-9) at Windsor 6f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Hand Grenade (IRE) 5-4 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Trinityelitedotcom (9-5) at Bath 6f 3yo mdn (5) fm.
Random Success (IRE) Shamardal filly out of Foreplay.