It remains to be seen if ALMARGO copes with a 6lb rise back over a longer trip after scoring over 6f last week. But doubts also surround the opposition so he gets the vote. Secret Suspect was well beaten stepped up in distance for her handicap debut but had won over course and distance before that. Quincel went close at this track last time but that was back in August and Brighton maiden winner Picks Pinta never figured on her latest start in September. Neither Big Boned nor Rostrum Farewell have shown anything so far though the suspicion remains both are capable of better.
Almargo (IRE) Evensfav (9-6) Led 2f, tracked leader, ridden to lead again over 1f out when hung badly left, edged left inside final furlong, found extra when pressed towards finish, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar beating Minley (9-7) by 1l, 7 ran.
Secret Suspect 15-8 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, outpaced and no impression from 2f out, 4th of 6, 5l behind Filament Of Gold (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Big Boned (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, never involved, 9th of 13, 11l behind Aertex (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct.
Quincel 2-1fav (9-1) Led, hard ridden when challenged over 1f out, headed and no extra last strides, 2nd of 10, shd behind Lady Marl (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Picks Pinta 16-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden over 2f out, well beaten from over 1f out, 8th of 10, 12l behind Al Baz (9-0) at Catterick 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Rostrum Farewell 6-1 (9-0) Keen, close up, behind leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 10l behind Alumina (9-7) at Southwell 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.