Verinco has little chance at the weights but likes to race prominently and should ensure a decent pace in this disappointingly small field. Tax Free hasn't won since 2009 and never looked like getting the better of Singeur over C&D last time. The latter is open to further improvement this year but so is TROPICAL TREAT, who is making her seasonal reappearance today. A Listed winner last season, her close-up sixth in a Group 2 sprint at Goodwood was an even better effort and Ralph Beckett's filly can take this having gone well fresh before.
Singeur (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, headway inside final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (3) gf in May beating Befortyfour (8-12) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Tropical Treat 25-1 (8-9) Took keen hold in mid-division on rails, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 8th of 11, 15l behind Lady Of The Desert (8-9) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) gs in Sep.
Tax Free (IRE) 5-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Singeur (8-12) at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (3) gf in May.
Verinco 12-1 (8-8) With leader, led over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 16, 1l behind Burning Thread (9-1) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 105 (2) gf.