Mark Johnston's horses are in good form at the moment so the verdict lands on SECRETIVE with Guilded Warrior considered after his win last time a reason that is also made to bring in Zubova for consideration. A winner of a Haydock contest off a mark of 74 the selection had been struggling in better races off ratings in the low 80's before running well in defeat the last twice including off this mark on his latest. He may need to improve but this looks an easier race than that last one so he has a solid chance. Guilded Warrior scored on his first start of the season but then disappointed in two runs before bouncing back in style to win comfortably last time out. Based on that he should go well from this revised rating but a previous lack of consistency is a worry. Zubova capped a progressive run of form this term with a easy win in a claimer but will find things tougher back in handicap company while Innocuous wasn't beaten far off this mark on his handicap debut and is unexposed enough to improve. A tricky race to judge this but the form of Mark Johnston's string gives Secretive the edge.
Aeroplane 3-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, last of 5, 4l behind Elna Bright (9-5) at Kempton 6f cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Jan.
Guilded Warrior 14-1 (9-10) Made all, ridden and pressed from over 1f out, found extra under pressure inside final furlong, won at Windsor 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun beating Play It Sam (9-7) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Mujood 10-1 (8-13) Prominent, effort on rail and ridden 2f out, soon beaten, 3rd of 4, 9l behind Yaa Wayl (8-6) at Newbury 7f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Huzzah (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Close up, ridden to chase leader 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Crown Choice (9-3) at Sandown 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Swift Chap 11-2 (9-2) Led until ridden, edged left off rail and headed 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 12l behind Mahadee (9-5) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Secretive 9-2 (9-2) In touch, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 15, 3l behind Suited And Booted (9-6) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Innocuous 7-2 (9-4) Keen tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, not pace to challenge, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Fontley (9-8) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Zubova 11-1 (8-7) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd over 4f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Southwell 1m 3yo clm stks (5) fbs beating Takajan (8-4) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.