Producer looks a 7f specialist judged on his five wins over that distance but Belgian Bill has scored over a mile before and won a conditions race over 7f here last week. Ayr Gold Cup hero, Captain Ramius, is another with something to prove over the trip and Sirius Prospect's presence looks a slightly desperate measure after a disappointing season sprinting. C&D winner Pearl Mix has solid claims but another lightly-raced sort in VALIDUS is preferred. He made light of a year's absence from the track when scoring over track and trip a fortnight ago and can take this step up in class in his stride. Instance should also go well with a repeat of his fourth in the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster.
Producer 16-1 (9-3) Held up behind in touch, effort to chase leaders 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 12, 13l behind Mull Of Killough (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Belgian Bill 8-11fav (8-11) Tracked leader, led inside final 2f, ridden 1f out, held on under pressure when hard pressed towards finish, won at Kempton 7f stks (3yo+) (4) pol beating Santefisio (8-11) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Captain Ramius (IRE) 10-3 (8-11) Prominent, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led and edged right inside final furlong, kept on, won at Doncaster 7f cond Stakes (3) sft in Oct beating Justineo (8-9) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Sirius Prospect (USA) 9-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Eton Rifles (9-3) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
St Moritz (IRE) 13-8 (8-10) Made all, ridden 2f out, stayed on, won at Nottingham 1m cond Stakes (3) sft beating Focail Eile (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Pearl Mix (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Raced wide in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened approaching final furlong, last of 11, 11l behind Fulbright (9-1) at Newmarket 7f Grp 2 (1) gs in Oct.
Validus 14-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, good headway between horses over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, led final 100 yards, won going away, shade comfortably, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol beating True To Form (9-6) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Libys Dream (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 2f out, no impression in 7th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Lily's Angel (9-0) at Dundalk 1m flls lst stks (1) pol.
Diverting 40-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 11, 5l behind French Navy (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) sft.
Hold The Star 33-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 6l behind Strong Man (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Jul.
Instance 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and held up in rear, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, finished well but unable to reach leaders, 5th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Sentaril (8-12) at Lingfield 1m flls lst stks (1) pol.
Valencha 16-1 (8-12) Behind, headway when not clear run over 1f out, soon beaten, 14th of 19, 13l behind Eton Rifles (9-3) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Dance Company 25-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Santefisio (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Wahylah (IRE) 15-2 (9-2) Raced wide towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, never nearer, 6th of 13, 2l behind Schoolmaster (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.