Cardinal won with a deal in hand at Wolverhampton earlier in the month but will find this tougher off an 8lb higher mark. Billy Red was only beaten a length over 5f here in October but races off a high enough rating on the all-weather and we're suggesting the grey SECRET ASSET may have his measure. The top weight hasn't had a lot of luck since scoring at Wolverhampton in the spring but was good enough to finish third in a Group 3 at Newbury in July and a repeat of that effort should suffice here.
Secret Asset (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden on outside over 2f out, wanting to hang left from well over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Piscean (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Billy Red 25-1 (8-13) Held up tracking leaders, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Piscean (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Art Scholar (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, well beaten over 2f out, 11th of 12, 19l behind Angel's Pursuit (9-11) at Kempton 7f hcp (2) pol.
Sioux Rising (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Went right start, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, driven and ran on near finish, just failed, 2nd of 12, ns behind Perfect Act (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Dingaan (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Always in rear, last of 8, 8l behind Norman Orpen (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Cardinal 6-1 (9-7) Held up behind, steady headway 2f out, challenged on outside over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven clear final 100 yards, readily, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Norville (8-13) by 4l, 9 ran.
Vhujon (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Keen early, tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, soon one pace, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Ray Of Joy (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.