TAX FREE isn't the force of old but he's still capable of winning a race of this nature judging by his run behind Masama at York a week ago which was his first run in a handicap since 2006. Dandy Nicholls' veteran ran a fine race here in September behind Tangerine Trees and Captain Dunne and Paul Hanagan takes over from Adrian Nicholls, who has ridden him in 41 of his 44 starts. All of Love Delta's five victories have been on the all-weather, four of them on Fibresand, but he's no slouch on turf and made a highly promising comeback when just touched off by Crown Choice at Goodwood. Singeur had dropped to a fair mark when landing a Thirsk handicap a fortnight ago and may not be as effective in this company while Fitz Flyer has been out of form so far this season. Liberty Lady is progressing nicely but this is much tougher than the handicaps she won at Folkestone and Lingfield and Sandown Listed winner Burning Thread has finished last in both subsequent starts.
Burning Thread (IRE) 50-1 (9-12) Rider was late taking hood off, slowly into stride, chased leaders, weakened halfway, last of 7, 30l behind Hamish McGonagall (8-12) at Musselburgh 5f cond Stakes (2) gs in Apr.
Befortyfour 40-1 (9-1) With winner until ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 19, 6l behind Masamah (9-9) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Fitz Flyer (IRE) 22-1 (8-8) Close up on outer, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 18, 6l behind Ancient Cross (8-5) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Love Delta (USA) 28-1 (9-11) Went left start, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Crown Choice (9-8) at Goodwood 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Singeur (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd beating Silaah (8-12) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Tax Free (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Close up, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Masamah (9-9) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Liberty Lady (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Admirable Duchess (8-7) by shd, 10 ran.