The north has taken this for the past two years and can make it a hat-trick via PEARL SECRET. David Barron is a master at training sprinters and his four-year-old went into last year's Nunthorpe unbeaten. He got no sort of run that day and finished behind several of today's rivals but is given a chance to make amends and prove himself a top sprinter. Sole Power doesn't win very often though when he does it's generally a top event. He'll love the ground and has returned from a spell in Dubai where he ran well without quite getting there. Spirit Quartz, runner-up in the Nunthorpe, also ran at Meydan before landing a minor race at Nottingham so he's in good enough shape to make his presence felt. Heeraat looked a really smart sprinter when returning with a victory in a Newbury handicap and deserves a crack at this level.
Bogart 9-2 (9-1) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon dropped to 3rd and one pace, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Spirit Quartz (9-1) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) gd in Apr.
Doc Hay (USA) 4-1 (9-12) Slowly into stride, 7th halfway, ridden and no impression in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Maarek (10-0) at Naas 5f Listed stks (1) sft in Apr.
Elusivity (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Raced centre, prominent, ridden well over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 15, 5l behind Maarek (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Free Zone 25-1 (8-12) Led, strongly challenged over 1f out, headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Doc Hay (8-12) at Ascot 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Oct.
Heeraat (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, edged right and ran on final furlong, comfortable, won at Newbury 5f hcp (2) gs in Apr beating El Viento (8-7) by 2l, 8 ran.
Kingsgate Native (IRE) 6-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 7th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 11th of 14, 5l behind Balmont Mast (9-11) at Dundalk 5f lst stks 2yo (1) pol in Oct.
Pearl Secret 6-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, shaken up over 2f out, headway over 1f out, not clear run inside final furlong, never on terms, 9th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Ortensia (9-8) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Aug.
Sole Power 6-1 (9-0) 4th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Shea Shea (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Spirit Quartz (IRE) 6-5fav (9-1) Chased leader on rail, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, comfortably, won at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) gd in Apr beating Humidor (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Stepper Point 25-1 (9-1) Went left start, held up tracking leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra in 4th inside final furlong, lost 4th post, 5th of 7, 7l behind Spirit Quartz (9-1) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) gd in Apr.
Tangerine Trees 11-4 (9-1) Made virtually all, ridden over 1f out, soon hard pressed, held on under pressure final furlong, won at Musselburgh 5f cond Stakes (2) gs in Mar beating Kingsgate Choice (9-1) by nk, 7 ran.
Angels Will Fall (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, took keen hold, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 10l behind Tickled Pink (9-3) at Newmarket 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.
Caledonia Lady 7-2fav (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Place In My Heart (9-0) at Bath 5f fll lst stks (1) gs in Apr.
My Propeller (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on inside, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Place In My Heart (9-0) at Bath 5f fll lst stks (1) gs in Apr.
Swan Song 6-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 6th of 11, 4l behind Place In My Heart (9-0) at Bath 5f fll lst stks (1) gs in Apr.
Bungle Inthejungle 9-2 (9-3) Take to post early, led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Zanetto (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 3yo aut stk (2) gd in Apr.
Fire Eyes 13-2 (9-0) Chased leaders centre, ridden inside final furlong, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 7l behind Sir Prancealot (9-0) at Doncaster 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Hoyam 16-1 (8-12) Raced centre held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 10th of 11, 4l behind Rosdhu Queen (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.