PEPPER LANE, Secret Venue and last-year's winner Highland Warrior could be the three to focus on here with the nomination going to the first-named. Now in the care of rookie trainer David O' Meara, the selection ran very well behind Esuvia at Redcar last time out. The first two were clear there (winner a well-handicapped and progressive horse) and off this mark of 63 he should run a big race. Alacity was in good form when last seen at Nottingham in November, Bravely is well-handicapped and needs a market check, whilst similar comments apply to Liberty Ship. Secret Venue ran well behind Mey Blossom at Thirsk last month and his trainer is starting to have a few winners, whilst Ridley Didley is a quick sprinter who should be suited by the way that races tend to unfold at York. Brierty is a course and distance winner but he needs to get over a poor Haydock run and so a bigger threat could be Highland Warrior. He too needs to forget his latest start but Paul Midgley has given the ever-green 11-year-old a break since and he remains capable of better. Pepper Lane is given the nod.
Brierty (IRE) 17-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 17l behind Novellen Lad (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Highland Warrior 10-1 (9-1) Dwelt, outpaced, last of 9, 20l behind Ingleby Star (9-2) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Ridley Didley (IRE) 7-4fav (8-10) Led, strongly challenged over 1f out, soon under pressure, headed inisde final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Ryan Style (9-6) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Secret Venue 8-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 5, 2 3/4l behind Mey Blossom (8-8) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Liberty Ship 16-1 (9-9) Towards rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 6l behind Cape Royal (9-11) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Bravely (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, soon lost place, 8th of 9, 6l behind Atlantic Beach (8-12) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Pepper Lane 11-2 (7-11) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Esuvia (9-3) at Redcar 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Alacity (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Raced stands' side, led that group, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, headed and kept on towards finish, 2nd of 17, hd behind Mission Impossible (8-8) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Nov.