This could turn out less competitive than it looks on paper. CAPTAIN SECRET has a 9lb hike to contend with but made all over track and trip last time for an impressive win. With more to come from the Botti filly she's preferred to Touch The Clouds, who landed a couple of plating races last month. Collateral form with the selection gives Exceeding Power plenty to find, despite arriving in fine form, while the maiden winner Queenie's Home will need to improve again to figure. Tautira is also facing a more difficult task than of late and the Fibresand debutant Searchlight could end up the biggest threat if taking to the surface.
Captain Secret 9-4 (9-7) Made all, clear when edged left over 1f out, ridden out, won at Southwell 6f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec beating Little Big Man (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Touch The Clouds 2-5fav (9-3) Led after 1f, ridden when pressed approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, driven out and stayed on to lead again, close home, won at Southwell 5f 2yo sell stks (6) fbs in Dec beating Meebo (8-2) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Searchlight 14-1 (8-13) Disputed lead until led entering final furlong, ridden and soon headed, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Thataboy (8-1) at Lingfield 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Exceeding Power 11-8fav (9-7) Led 2f, with leader, driven to lead again over 1f out, ridden and held on under pressure final furlong, won at Southwell 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs beating Little Big Man (9-4) by nk, 6 ran.
Queenie's Home 5-2 (9-0) Disputed 2nd, driven 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on to lead final 75 yards, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec beating Chunghua (9-5) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Tautira (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Soon outpaced and behind, ridden and headway towards stands side 2f out, hung left and kept on to chase leading pair inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Pensax Lad (9-7) at Southwell 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.