Secret Asset ran his best race for a long time on turf when runner-up to Iver Bridge Lad at Nottingham nine days ago, though fourth Five Star Junior has a chance of reversing the form on today's revised terms. Noble Storm is a consistent sprinter, while Noverre To Go starts the season on a decent mark. It would be no surprise to see Moorhouse Lad go close on his reappearance under ideal conditions but STRIKING SPIRIT could be the one to be on today. He just lost out to Bryan Smart's eight-year-old at Musselburgh around this time last year but has a good draw against the stands rail today and would take all the beating if reproducing his run in the Wokingham last June off only a 3lb lower mark.
Noble Storm (USA) 8-15fav (8-11) Prominent, led 3f out, nudged along over 1f out, soon well in command, easily, won at Southwell 5f stks (3yo+) (2) fbs in Nov beating Love Delta (8-11) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Rain Delayed (IRE) 28-1 (9-2) Mid-division, not clear run over 1f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 9th of 14, 8l behind Jimmy Styles (9-2) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Secret Asset (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, led 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Iver Bridge Lad (9-7) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) fm.
Moorhouse Lad 17-2 (9-0) Chased leader, effort 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Thats A Fret (8-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Cheveton 16-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, not clear run and switched right over 2f out, never dangerous, 14th of 17, 11l behind Russian Spirit (8-12) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) gs in Nov.
Noverre To Go (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, soon faded, 11th of 12, 8l behind Hitchens (9-2) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Striking Spirit 25-1 (9-4) Led stands side, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 16th of 26, 7l behind Redford (9-2) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Run For The Hills 20-1 (9-2) Pulled hard in mid-division, hard driven over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 12, 8l behind Hitchens (9-2) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Five Star Junior (USA) 3-1 (9-1) Held up, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ridden and chasing leaders inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 9, 4l behind Iver Bridge Lad (9-7) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) fm.
Captain Carey 5-1 (9-5) In touch, challenged 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 10, 2l behind Prohibit (9-12) at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug.
Courageous (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Held up towards rear stands side, ridden and headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, just held close home, 2nd of 27, hd behind Cheveton (9-1) at Ayr 6f hcap (2) gd in Sep.
Sohraab 9-2fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, reminders after 1f, never travelled, outpaced and always behind, 8th of 11, 8l behind Doric Lady (8-9) at Newbury 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Capercaillie (USA) 6-1 (9-6) Mid-division, not much room when making headway 2f out, ridden to lead and edged left 1f out, edged right and headed near finish, 2nd of 11, hd behind Jack Rackham (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.