SUD PACIFIQUE was beaten 17 lengths on his only previous try over 1m4f. But the ground was very holding at Ascot that day and the way Jeremy Noseda's colt stayed on over 1m2f up the Beverley hill last time suggest he'll have no problems with the longer trip on this easier track. He can send Frankie's supporters home in good cheer. Swift Alhaarth has been knocking on the door and is only a pound higher than when a close third to Barbican at Ascot last week. He seems sure to be thereabouts again while Midnight Oil has already won twice over the trip and wasn't disgraced off his new mark at Newmarket a fortnight ago. Joseph O'Brien's claim wipes out York third Prompter's weight rise and he has the beating of Agent Archie on that run, but Tepmokea and Dansili Dancer are best watched after a couple of months off and Picture Editor has his stamina to prove.
Prompter 20-1 (10-0) Keen close up, headway over 2f out, chased leading pair over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 20, 3/4l behind Crackentorp (9-4) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Almail (USA) 40-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, well beaten over 1f out, 11th of 12, 26l behind Berling (8-13) at Chester 1m 5f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gf in Aug.
Tepmokea (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, effort and not much room over 2f out, headway on inner over 1f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 19, 8l behind Green Destiny (8-10) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Waldvogel (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never able to challenge leaders, 8th of 20, 11l behind Crackentorp (9-4) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Picture Editor 7-2fav (8-8) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, still every chance inside final furlong, not quicken, 4th of 8, 1 1/4l behind Vesuve (9-2) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f cond Stakes (3) gs in Aug.
Sud Pacifique (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Held up in last pair, headway when not clear run and switched right inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, switched outside and led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Aug beating Las Verglas Star (8-9) by 3l, 7 ran.
Agent Archie (USA) 13-2fav (9-5) Led 3f, tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 20, 8l behind Crackentorp (9-4) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Aug.
Dansili Dancer 14-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, no impression, 9th of 17, 5l behind Halicarnassus (8-13) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Midnight Oil 8-1 (9-0) Held up, reminders halfway, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 4l behind Status Symbol (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug.
Swift Alhaarth (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) With leader until led 2f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 15, 3/4l behind Barbican (9-7) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gd.