held up tracking leaders in 5th, headway tracking leading pair over 3f out, ridden to challenge and edged left over 1f out, driven to lead entering final furlong, headed last strides
held up in rear, steady headway 2f out, driven chasing leaders over 1f out, stayed on into 3rd well inside final furlong
held up in last pair, headway into 4th and pushed along over 2f out, ridden to challenge on outside over 1f out, chased leader inside final furlong, edged left and stayed on to lead near finish
chased leading pair, outpaced 3f out, ridden and weakening when hung left over 1f out
chased leaders on outside, driven along 3f out, weakened over 2f out
pressed leader, every chance 2f out, still pressing entering final furlong, weakened well inside final furlong
held up in last trio, pushed along 4f out, soon outpaced and struggling
half-reared start, soon recovered to lead, ridden and pressed over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, weakened well inside final furlong
HIGH SECRET started out in a handicap last season off a mark of 52 and ended up on 78 after completing a hat-trick. He was surprisingly beaten on his final start but may have been feeling the effects of his fourth race in a couple of weeks and should be hard to beat here. Karam Albaari has a course and distance victory to his credit and didn't run badly in a better race at Newbury last month while Mystery Drama has two all-weather victories to his credit and has also scored over hurdles. The Quarterjack has won five times on Turf but never on an artificial surface and has climbed the weights without winning recently, though he holds Noguchi on their run here last month. Dalaki has never been this far but his pedigree suggests it will suit so he's on the short-list.
High Secret (IRE) 4-11fav (9-2) Keen led, ridden entering final furlong, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Atalanta Bay (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) in Oct.
Karam Albaari (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) In rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 6th of 12, 11l behind Wordiness (8-10) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Mystery Drama 10-1 (9-10) Midfield, headway and in touch 5f out, effort over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Red Runaway (9-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Sep.
The Quarterjack 8-1 (8-7) Went right start, held up in 5th, pushed along chasing leaders over 3f out, not much room and squeezed through inside final furlong, stayed on into 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Nabatean (9-7) at Chelmsford City 1m 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr.
Dalaki (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders on outside, went 2nd over 3f out, led narrowly 2f out, ridden and pressed over 1f out, headed final 100 yards, hung right and rallied towards finish, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Able Dash (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Noguchi (IRE) 8-1 (8-0) Tracked leader 2f, not much room soon after and raced in 4th place, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 8l behind Nabatean (9-7) at Chelmsford City 1m 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr.
Our Phylli Vera (IRE) 9-1 (10-4) Held up in last pair, headway on outside into 3rd and hung left over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 15l behind Low Key (9-12) at Newbury 1m 4f ladies hcap (5) sft in Oct.
Eshtyaaq 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on outer, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 34l behind Wordiness (8-10) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.