SECRET CITY last won a race in May of last year when successful over today's C&D. He's steadily been dropping down the weights and with Kieren Fallon an eye-catching booking and a 4lb lower mark he's taken to get back to winning ways. He's A Humbug has gone even longer without winning but he's run very well in four of his last five starts from today's mark, the only poor effort coming on soft ground. Steel City Boy is better on the all-weather but has been going well on turf recently and must be considered along with Flaxen Lake, a winner at Bath last month before a decent effort on turf at Lingfield from his revised mark.
Rainy Night 8-1 (8-9) Held up, ridden on outside over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Whiskey Junction (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Jul.
Elhamri 16-1 (9-9) Raced center, tracked leader until ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, 7th of 9, 9l behind Liberty Ship (9-7) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
He's A Humbug (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Raced wide, tracked leaders, chased winner over 4f out, clear with winner over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Dhhamaan (9-9) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 6-1 (8-5) Soon led, headed 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Kings 'n Dreams (9-1) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Commander Wish 40-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Simple Rhythm (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Charles Parnell (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Slowly away, in rear headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 14l behind Northern Bolt (9-10) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jul.
Secret City (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) With leader far side trio, led farside trio over 2f out, kept on, no chance with stands side leaders, 7th of 12, 3l behind Blues Jazz (8-12) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Wong Again 8-1 (8-9) Chased leading pair, went 2nd on inside over 1f out, no chance with winner, outpaced to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Bravo King (9-3) at Lingfield 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jul.
Flaxen Lake 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, soon hard ridden to challenge, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 15, 2 3/4l behind Simple Rhythm (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Takajan (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Chased leading pair, weakened 2f out, last of 8, 18l behind Bouncy Bouncy (9-7) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jul.
Danzig Fox 33-1 (9-9) Behind, soon driven and outpaced, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Avoncreek (9-12) at Thirsk 6f ladies hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Jul.