It was soft ground when Clubland won at Newcastle last month and Secret City is preferred. The latter scored over track and trip last time when just getting the better of Lenny Bee with subsequent Carlisle winner Spykes Bay further behind. Lenny Bee also came out second best when taking on Half A Billion at Doncaster and the inconsistent Towbee threw in one of his below par efforts last time having won over 5f here before that. Meandmyshadow has claims if forgiven an off-day at Chester but the vote in an open sprint goes to WILLBEME, who will have come on for her recent reappearance and showed progressive form when landing a double in August last year.
Trade Secret 28-1 (8-9) Started slowly, soon pushed along towards rear, some headway halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 28l behind Smarty Socks (9-1) at York 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Half A Billion (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Made all, ridden 1f out, held on well, ridden out, won at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May beating Lenny Bee (9-1) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Towbee 40-1 (8-2) Prominent, hung right under pressure over 2f out, soon lost place, 9th of 11, 8l behind Dick Bos (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Lenny Bee 5-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 6l behind Just Like Heaven (8-4) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Meandmyshadow 10-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, soon weakened, 14th of 15, 24l behind Lucky Numbers (9-7) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Victoire De Lyphar (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Resless in stalls, pressed leaders, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 16, 5l behind Enrol (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Imperator Augustus (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, effort 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind Living Leader (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Willbeme 7-1 (9-1) With leader, hung left over 1f out, ridden and weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Above Standard (9-5) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Baldemar 8-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 18l behind Klynch (9-3) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Secret City (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Towards rear stand side, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, won at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May beating Lenny Bee (9-7) by nk, 15 ran.
Spykes Bay (USA) 3-1fav (9-7) Restrained start, held up in rear, headway on inner over 1f out, soon riddden, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Haajes (9-6) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Clubland (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Raced centre, tracked leader, headway to lead overall over 1f out, edged right and ran on final furlong, won at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May beating Kings 'n Dreams (8-7) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.