Lean On Pete is not out of this only 2lb higher than when scoring here in November. He drops back down in class after a couple of outings in better company. Eastern Dragon has won over shorter trips at this track and can figure if lasting home, but SECULAR SOCIETY makes the most appeal in this. He returned a losing favourite over a mile at Lingfield last month but the half-brother to a 1m2f winner has plenty of scope on his handicap debut and Brian Meehan's charge can get off the mark today. Absent Amy won three times last year but looks to be treading water off her current mark and Arlecchino has failed to figure since winning his maiden at Ponterfact last summer.
Lean On Pete (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Modernism (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Dec.
Secular Society Evensfav (9-5) Close up, effort when not clear run and short of room approaching final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Big Baz (9-5) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Eastern Dragon (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 9l behind Firmdecisions (9-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Absent Amy (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Held up behind in touch, driven to chase leaders over 3f out, ridden and edged left 2f out, kept on same pace, hung right final furlong, no chance with leaders, 5th of 6, 12l behind Luv U Whatever (8-10) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
Arlecchino (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Took keen hold and held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, soon switched right, ridden and no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 10l behind Soul Intent (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.