Meridius was only beaten a short-head on the Polytrack earlier this month but that was a very ordinary maiden. Spiraea should go well if reproducing her debut third at Salisbury but Millers Wharf has had more than enough chances to shed his maiden tag and isn't improving. Port Alfred has a nice pedigree but has already been gelded and we'd rather take a chance that GOLDEN SECRET and Coire Gabhail will improve markedly on their initial efforts to take a hand in the finish. Preference is for Clive Cox' daughter of Sakhee's Secret, who is related to a couple of winners and will have learned plenty from her debut at Haydock in the autumn.
Meridius (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, soon pressed winner, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 5, shd behind Ian's Dream (9-4) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol.
Millers Wharf (IRE) Evensfav (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, soon ridden to challenge, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 3, 2 1/4l behind Abated (9-0) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) gf.
Port Alfred Oasis Dream gelding out of Cape Merino.
Secret Weapon Choisir gelding out of Just Devine.
Cape Appeal 8-1 (9-0) Chased winner, pushed along 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, no extra in 3rd soon after, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Daylight (9-5) at Bath 5f 3yo mdn (5) fm.
Coire Gabhail 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Floating Along (9-0) at Newbury 6f 3yo mdn (5) gf.
Golden Secret 11-1 (8-10) Raced near side, chased leaders, led group and hung badly left from over 2f out, no chance with far side quintett, 5th of 9, 5l behind Eminently (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo stks (5) hvy in Sep.
High Tone 25-1 (9-0) Ran green in rear, well beaten over 1f out, 5th of 6, 13l behind Reqaaba (9-0) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn fll (5) pol in Apr.
Joyous Assertive filly out of Ivory's Joy.
Oasis Spirit 12-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and pushed left start, behind, headway on inside over 2f out, stayed on to 4th over 1f out, 4th of 11, 6l behind Zhiggy's Stardust (9-12) at Kempton 6f mdn stks (5) pol.
Soubrette 100-1 (9-0) Mid-division, losing place when not much rooom over 2f out, soon behind, last of 13, 11l behind Mrs Bannock (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Spiraea 66-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway 2f out, not clear run and switched right to inside over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd close home, never nearer, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Russian Royale (8-12) at Salisbury 6f fll mdn stks (5) gd in May.