Officer In Command has only ever won on the artificial but if acting on the turf he looks agreeably weighted and the blinkers that brought about improvement last time are applied again. James Pollard is still a maiden from twenty eight starts and this statistic is off-putting, although he does have the assistance of Andrew Heffernan. Apt Son hasn't won for more than two years but is worth a market check as he travels over from Ireland. SPRING SECRET gets the vote over a trip he can handle and although Bryn Palling doesn't have a good record at the course his option under the assistance of Declan Cannon can win this race. Sandy Shaw is a danger having won over this trip on faster ground at Bath in July but her last two efforts haven't inspired confidence. Spring Secret is the tentative vote.
Apt Son (USA) 20-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, last of 13, 29l behind Rock Medley (9-7) at Listowel 1m 4f hcp 60-90 in Sep.
Officer In Command (USA) 12-1 (9-8) Chased winner throughout, ridden 2f out, soon no impression, clear 2nd best, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Whistleinthewind (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol.
Spring Secret 11-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 5l behind Maristar (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Sandy Shaw 7-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Aurora Sky (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Easy Terms 8-1 (8-10) Dwelt, took keen hold in 5th, effort to chase leaders and hung right over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Bondage (9-1) at Leicester 1m 4f clm stks (5) gs.
Edition 6-1 (8-11) Stumbled start, in touch, steadied after 1f, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 9l behind Flipping (8-10) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
James Pollard (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, 4th of 12, 2l behind Star Addition (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Josephine Malines 7-2fav (8-11) Mid-division, headway and not much room over 1f out, soon switched right, stayed on well to take 3rd inside final furlong, nearest at finish, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Lordship (8-6) at Ayr 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug '09.
Mountain Pass (USA) 16-1 (10-0) Awkward leaving stalls and slowly away, always behind, last of 11, 23l behind Clumber Place (10-11) at Chester 7f am hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Devon Diva 100-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 11, 14l behind Compton Park (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol.