Wild Pitch is 4lbs higher than when getting up close home at Kempton earlier this month but is still well treated back on turf so is taken to follow up at the main expense of Secretary General and Authority. The last mentioned has the assistance of leading amateur Simon Walker so has to be respected but lack of a recent run has to be of concern. Let Slip is better than his latest effort would suggest but he would not want the ground to dry out any further, while Top Spec could probably do with some help from the handicapper. Newbury winner Prime Powered may struggle to follow up under his 5lb penalty and makes less appeal than Secretary General, who took advantage of a favourable mark when winning at Folkestone last time and remains on a fair mark. Wild Pitch is similarly well treated though and he is marginally preferred.
Zarakash (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Started slowly, always behind, last of 12, 15l behind Lizarazu (8-0) at Warwick 7f hcap (4) gf.
Secretary General (IRE) 9-4fav (8-8) Chased leaders, chased leader over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, edged left, kept on well, won at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Alekhine (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Authority (IRE) 9-4fav (11-8) Led 1f, remained close up, ridden and every chance 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Anuvasteel (11-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f amt hcp (5) gf in May '05.
Top Spec (IRE) 11-4 (8-10) Held up in rear, headway under pressure on inside from 2f out, stayed on final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 11, 3l behind Secretary General (8-8) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Forthright 16-1 (8-1) Held up towards rear, ridden 4f out, weakened and well behind final 2f, last of 10, 19l behind El Tiger (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Fabrian 10-1 (8-9) Soon with leader, hung right over 4f out, weakened 3f out, 11th of 15, 9l behind Commitment Lecture (8-10) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Prime Powered (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, won at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Compton Court (9-2) by 1l, 15 ran.
Akash (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Soon led, headed after 2f, remained prominent, driven to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 12l behind Weet A Head (11-3) at Haydock 1m 3f amt hcp (5) gs in Sept.
Wild Pitch 20-1 (9-4) Held up, good headway on wide outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led last stride, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Seattle Robber (8-13) by a shd, 16 ran.
Entailment 25-1 (8-1) Slowly into stride, soon prominent, ridden over 2f out, no progress, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 15, 6l behind Captain Margaret (7-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Asaateel (IRE) 13-2 (9-5) Prominent, came wide into straight, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 10, 14l behind Zinging (8-5) at Brighton 1m 2f app hcp (6) gs.
Halcyon Magic 20-1 (8-12) Held up, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, eased over 1f out, last of 10, well behind High (8-10) at W'hampton 1m 4f banded stk (7) pol in Mar.
Russalka 25-1 (8-4) Prominent, ridden and edged right over 2f out, soon one pace, 5th of 9, 5l behind Corky (8-13) at Yarmouth 1m clm (6) hvy in Nov.
Let Slip 15-2 (8-8) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, soon weakened, 15th of 16, 18l behind Cool Hunter (8-11) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.