Xinbama beat the re-opposing Dandy at Lingfield last month but is upped in class off a 6lb higher mark. SILVER DIXIE will have benefited for his recent comeback over a mile here having found only Rakaan too good over today's trip at the end of last year. Charlie Bishop's allowance may give him the edge over the other contenders. They include Little Buxted, only beaten a head over track and trip in November, while Rouge Nuage and St Paul De Vence finished practically upsides here last week and are hard to separate.
Silver Dixie (USA) 7-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, not much room amd keen 5f out, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 10, 12l behind Lawmans Thunder (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in May.
Xinbama (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Restrained start, held up in rear, steady headway over 2f out, driven over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong to lead final 75 yards, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May beating Dandy (8-11) by 1l, 11 ran.
Little Buxted (USA) 6-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, headway between horses when not clear and switched left over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, strong run in closing stages, just failed, 2nd of 14, shd behind Maria's Choice (9-8) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Dandy (GER) 6-1fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 18, 23l behind Chain Of Events (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Qanan 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 9th of 11, 11l behind Red Warrior (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Rouge Nuage (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Led and set steady pace, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression on winner but kept on to held 2nd, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Barnmore (8-9) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
St Paul De Vence (IRE) 11-8fav (9-4) Chased leader until ridden inside final 2f, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, almost snatched 2nd but no impression on winner, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Barnmore (8-9) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Takeitfromalady (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Always towards rear, last of 9, 18l behind Vital Evidence (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.