Roger Charlton sets a bit of a poser by saddling Secondo and the filly Sibaya. Both started favourite last time but neither are particularly well drawn here. SECRETLY was only beaten a head on her debut over this trip at Newbury in August and looks the one to beat on that form. She's much preferred to stablemates Apricot Sky and Mediska. Lady Vermeer showed promise at Newmarket and Doncaster last year but may do better when tackling handicaps, a route that Beverley third Talqaa has already gone down.
Surrey Dream (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Raced wide close up, ridden to chase clear winner over 3f out until inside final furlong, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 14l behind Beauchamp Xerxes (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Apricot Sky 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led 2f out, soon ridden and edged right, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Tartary (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Ovatory 11-2 (9-1) Chased leaders in 5th on inside, pushed along and kept on same pace inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 6th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Shore Step (9-1) at Bath 6f mdn stks (5) gs in Apr.
Royal Challis 8-1 (9-3) Disputed lead, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 19l behind Chesterfield (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Jun.
Secondo (FR) 13-8fav (9-3) Slowly into stide, held up, pushed along halfway, headway on outside 2f out, driven and went 3rd final furlong, kept on, no chance with winner, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Pivotal Movement (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Lady Vermeer 3-1fav (8-8) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to chase leaders final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 17, 7l behind Dance With Dragons (8-13) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug.
Light Catcher Sakhee filly out of Exorcet.
Marjong 66-1 (9-0) Keen early towards rear, headway 2f out, soon edged left and ran green, kept on final furlong, 6th of 12, 6l behind Pavlosk (9-0) at Newbury 7f mdn fll stks (4) gs in Apr.
Mediska Medicean filly out of Silca Boo.
Secretly 20-1 (9-0) In touch, headway to chase leaders halfway, upsides and every chance well inside final furlong, not pace of winner final strides, 2nd of 10, hd behind Tantshi (8-11) at Newbury 6f 2yo stks (4) gf in Aug.
Shikamoo Beat Hollow filly out of Shangazi.
Sibaya 11-8fav (8-8) Tracked leaders, driven over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Common Cents (9-12) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Talqaa 10-1 (9-2) With winner early, tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Shebebi (9-3) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.