It's hard to make a strong case for any of these, so just a speculative vote goes the way of FANOOS. She's one of the least exposed as she makes her handicap debut but has been nowhere near soft ground as yet. Polytrack winner Upper Grosvenor failed to cope with the Fibresand at Southwell last time while Trade Secret is dropped in class, but is another unknown on today's surface. Bond Club should handle the going along with Perfect Words, though the latter has now raced 21 times without success.
Trade Secret 7-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along 2f out, disputing well held 2nd when hung left under pressure over 1f out, 2nd briefly soon after, no extra in closing stages, 5th of 9, 5l behind Evanescent (9-2) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Living Leader 20-1 (9-9) In rear when injured and pulled up over 3f out, in a race won by Cape Samba (9-5) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf, 14 ran.
Beau Amadeus (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden 2f out, kept on, never nearer, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Perfect Pasture (8-12) at Carlisle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Upper Grosvenor 11-4fav (9-1) Slowly into stride, outpaced over 4f out, never able to challenge, 10th of 11, 12l behind King Bertie (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Space War 14-1 (8-10) Started very slowly, held up in rear, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, not clear run inside final furlong, eased, 7th of 12, 4l behind Sardanapalus (9-1) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Fanoos 7-2 (9-1) Taken to post early, held up, headway over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Intrinsic (9-5) at Newcastle 6f mdn stks (5) gf.
Secret City (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Went right start, outpaced and always towards rear, last of 10, 21l behind Compton Heights (8-10) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Bond Club 20-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 10, 9l behind Baron Run (8-9) at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.
Perfect Words (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out until well inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Lil Sophella (8-1) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Cinderslipper (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, outpaced, last of 10, 31l behind Mandy The Nag (8-12) at Southwell 1m 3yo clm stks (6) fbs in Jul.
Red Cobra (IRE) 4-1fav (9-0) Tracked leaders in 4th stand side, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Rise To Glory (9-0) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Pivotal Prospect 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders near side, pushed along to challenge 2f out, ridden approaching final furlong, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Ambitious Icarus (9-6) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep.
Eastlands Lad (IRE) 4-1 (9-12) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 9l behind Snap Music (9-0) at Catterick 7f mdn auc stks (6) gf in Jul.
Don't Tell 25-1 (8-10) In touch, outpaced halfway, 8th of 11, 7l behind Mysterious Wonder (8-10) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep.