A very tricky event but FILS ANGES may be good enough over a track and trip that should suit. Michael Bell's colt, an easy winner at Nottingham on his final juvenile start, got a poor run on his return at Yarmouth and found the post coming too soon over the minimum trip back at Nottingham last month. Secretinthepark has won narrowly on both starts but has the potential to do much better and could be very well handicapped. Robot Boy came with a strong burst to score over 5f at Doncaster and will be well suited by the extra furlong while Vallarta improved with each run last season and begins the new campaign with a lowly weight. Shahdaroba won a really tough looking handicap here last month and that will stand him in good stead for this.
Shahdaroba (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Close up, headway to join leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr beating Regal Dan (8-8) by 1l, 15 ran.
Fils Anges (IRE) 7-4fav (9-7) Held up in last pair, ridden and hung right 2f out, headway and switched left over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, finished well, not reach leaders, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Mayfield Girl (9-1) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Jamesbo's Girl 8-1 (8-12) Close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 9, 8l behind Waterway Run (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Agerzam 9-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and unable to quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Cappadocia (8-8) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Secretinthepark 5-2fav (8-10) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on and held on close home, won at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct beating Dashing David (9-7) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Purcell (IRE) 4-5fav (9-5) Made all, quickened clear over 1f out, pushed out, comfortably, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr beating Almalekiah (9-4) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Bapak Sayang (USA) 14-1 (9-0) Led, 3 lengths clear 5f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 21l behind Country Western (8-13) at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Robot Boy (IRE) 7-4 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, driven to challenge inside final furlong, ran on to lead post, won at Doncaster 5f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr beating Lewisham (9-1) by ns, 11 ran.
Vallarta (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Held up in touch, good headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, came clear final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep beating Homage (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Brazen 7-2fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway over 2f out, went 3rd and one pace final furlong, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Professor (9-7) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Dance With Dragons (IRE) (9-4) won at Deauville(FR) 6f 2yo clm stks in Dec beating Snow Bell (9-2) by shd, 15 ran.
Limit Up 20-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, last of 13, 24l behind Zanetto (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 3yo aut stk (2) gd in Apr.
Secret Missile 8-1 (8-2) Behind, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Riskit Fora Biskit (8-3) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.