Secret Witness won over 6f here earlier this month and only went down by a neck to stablemate Judge 'n Jury over C&D 24 hours later. Providing those exploits haven't taken too much out of him, the top weight could figure in this despite a 5lb higher mark. Others look better handicapped, however, with LEXI'S HERO particularly interesting. It could be a good day for followers of Kieren Fallon and Kevin Ryan's gelding is back on a decent mark judged on his staying-on fourth at Chester where he had veteran Tax Free behind. Tommy Stack's mare Celerina had a number of today's rivals behind when third in this race 12 months ago but is 7lb higher now while Dancing Freddy is better on the Fibresand. The three-year-old Vocational looks high enough in the weights.
Secret Witness 10-1 (9-6) Stumbled slightly and not much room start, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 2nd towards finish, kept on, just held, 2nd of 16, nk behind Judge 'n Jury (8-0) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Magical Macey (USA) 11-4fav (9-2) Led narrowly, ridden over 1f out, edged right and headed inside final furlong, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Partner (8-10) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Lexi's Hero (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, lost 2nd 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Confessional (9-2) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Ancient Cross 16-1 (9-5) Not much room start, held up towards rear, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, headway entering final furlong, stayed on, not able to get on terms, 10th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Judge 'n Jury (8-0) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Bajan Tryst (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Raced wide held up, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Fratellino (9-0) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Celerina (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, headway into 4th 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 15, 3l behind The Reaper (9-7) at Cork 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Apr.
Tax Free (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Off the pace towards rear, headway on inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 6th of 14, 4l behind Confessional (9-2) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Fratellino 33-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 16l behind The Cheka (9-2) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Mar.
Catfish (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Led group of 3 in centre but well off the pace of main group, closer order over 2f out, led inside final 2f, ridden and in command final furlong, ran on well, won at Goodwood 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul beating Albany Rose (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Vocational (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 8l behind Pearl Secret (9-2) at York 5f con stks (2) gd.
Dancing Freddy (IRE) 28-1 (9-2) Tracked leading pair, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Arctic Lynx (9-1) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Albany Rose (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Mid-division, outpaced 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 8th of 16, 6l behind Move In Time (8-12) at Ascot 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Oct.
La Fortunata 14-1 (9-1) Raced centre, prominent, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 15th of 19, 8l behind Gentle Lord (8-13) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Perfect Blossom 16-1 (8-9) In touch, effort and switched right 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 9l behind Medicean Man (9-5) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Johannes (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) In touch centre, driven when groups merged over 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression, 9th of 20, 2 1/2l behind Farlow (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Hazelrigg (IRE) 4-1fav (9-1) In touch on stands side rail, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Mayoman (9-3) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Bathwick Bear (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden inside final 2f, never on terms, 10th of 13, 8l behind Partner (8-10) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Mon Brav 5-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Arganil (9-5) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Ziggy Lee 14-1 (9-4) In rear, running on when not clear run and short of room inside final furlong, not recover, 13th of 14, 9l behind Dancing Freddy (9-2) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.