Previous winners of this, Inxile and Jimmy Styles last won a race in 2012. But JACK DEXTER went on to win another twice after picking up last year's renewal including the Wentworth Stakes in soft ground back here in November. Jim Goldie's charge finished well ahead of both Dinkum Diamond and Mass Rally on that occasion and looks the one to beat again. Captain Ramius should provide more of a challenge now the rain has arrived given he finished runner-up last year, but Tropics is more of a threat after landing a Group 3 sprint at Ascot in October. Maureen competed over further last season but won the Princess Margaret over today's trip as a two-year-old and makes most appeal of the remainder.
Jack Dexter 10-3fav (9-9) Held up, headway over 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, soon switched left, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Nov beating Highland Colori (9-3) by 3/4l, 18 ran.
Tropics (USA) 9-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders towards far side, smooth headway when switched left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon clear, ran on well, won at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct beating Music Master (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Captain Ramius (IRE) 22-1 (9-8) Raced far side, held up, never on terms, 14th of 20, 9l behind Baccarat (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 6th of 18, 5l behind Jack Dexter (9-9) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Es Que Love (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Led, clear 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 7th of 17, 2 1/2l behind Heaven's Guest (8-13) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Heaven's Guest (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) Raced in centre tracking leader and mid-division overall, ridden and no progress over 1f out, 7th of 14, 8l behind Slade Power (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Inxile (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 13th of 15, 13l behind Stepper Point (9-0) at Beverley 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Aug.
Jimmy Styles 33-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 19, 2 1/2l behind Mass Rally (9-7) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Mass Rally (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Awkwardly away towards rear on stands side, effort halfway, weakened approaching final furlong, 13th of 18, 19l behind Jack Dexter (9-9) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Maureen (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Raced far side, mid-division, switched left and headway well over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 4l behind Zurigha (8-10) at Newmarket 1m fll lst stks (1) gf in Sep.