Albaqaa won over a mile here last season and is back on a winning mark. But SILVER DIXIE has won over today's longer trip before and this is easier than his most recent task at Ascot. Peter Hedger's charge is preferred to Response, who makes his belated handicap debut on his first start of the year. Le Deluge and Watersmeet have both been beaten off higher marks since winning at Redcar and Haydock respectively and the former still carries a penalty. Chapter And Verse can race off a much lower mark on Turf but hasn't won on this surface since 2009.
Albaqaa 20-1 (8-2) Raced centre towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 11, 12l behind Balty Boys (9-7) at Newmarket 1m hcp 105 (2) gf.
Silver Dixie (USA) 10-1 (9-1) Held up behind leaders, ridden and effort 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4l behind George Cinq (9-9) at Ascot 1m app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf.
Response 5-2 (9-5) Led early, tracked winner, ridden to challenge from over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1l behind My History (9-5) at Beverley 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Le Deluge (FR) 25-1 (9-4) In touch on outside, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 25l behind Dance King (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Watersmeet 9-2 (8-12) With leader, led over 3f out, headed approaching 2f out, no extra, 3rd of 6, 6l behind New Story (9-7) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway entering final furlong, never on terms, 9th of 13, 5l behind If I Were A Boy (9-2) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.