Four of today's runners return from racing in Dubai, though none were successful. Last season's Ayr Gold Cup winner Captain Ramius will handle the likely going and so will Confessional, but Hitchens would prefer a faster surface and Humidor is better over the minimum trip. JACK DEXTER can be forgiven a below-par run over track and trip at the end of last season as Jim Goldie's charge had won five times earlier in the year and was probably over the top. He can continue his progressive form on his comeback and is just preferred to Our Jonathan. The latter goes well fresh and has leading claims if at his best but Regal Parade is rare winner nowadays and is harder to fancy. The three-year-olds, Effie B and Equitania, face a tough task against these older sprinters and last week's winner Gouray Girl looks outclassed.
Hitchens (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) 6th of 10, 7l behind Reynaldothewizard (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1).
Captain Ramius (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) 11th of 16, 7l behind Time Prisoner (9-4) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Jan.
Confessional 16-1 (9-1) 13th of 16, 13l behind Tamaathul (9-5) at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp 0-110 std in Jan.
Humidor (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Kavanagh (9-4) at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp fst.
Jack Dexter 4-1fav (9-3) In touch, under pressure over 2f out, soon lost place, 10th of 19, 9l behind Eton Rifles (9-3) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Nov.
Our Jonathan 10-1 (9-6) Towards rear far side, ridden 1f out, kept on same pace, 12th of 26, 8l behind Captain Ramius (9-0) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) hvy in Sep.
Regal Parade 6-1 (9-3) Towards rear, never a factor, 7th of 10, 5l behind Solar Deity (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed stks (1) pol.
Gouray Girl (IRE) 9-2fav (9-2) Held up towards rear, good headway 3f out, led just inside final 2f, ran on strongly, won at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft beating Fieldgunner Kirkup (9-7) by 5l, 10 ran.
Effie B 9-4fav (8-8) 7th of 10, 8l behind Gengis (8-11) at Fontainebleau(FR) 6f 2yo lst stk (1) sft in Nov.
Equitania 4-1 (9-9) Led, pushed along over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, last of 2, 1 1/2l behind Foxtrot Jubilee (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.