ILLUSTRIOUS PRINCE has a 6lb penalty for his win at Chester but did it easily and his stable remains in fine form. With Neil Farley's claim just about negating the extra, the top weight can score again. Rio Cobolo is capable of going close if in the mood, but Frontline Girl and Frequency both look as though they are in the handicapper's grip and North Central's sole win came on fast ground. Keys Of Cyprus, the winner of this three years ago, is well treated on his old form but looks on the downgrade, though fellow veteran Beckermet has been thereabouts lately and could make the frame again.
Illustrious Prince (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear, ran on well, won at Chester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Hoppy's Flyer (8-7) by 4 1/2l, 13 ran.
Rio Cobolo (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway and effort inside final 2f, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression with winner well inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Marvellous Value (9-6) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Frontline Girl (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) In touch on outside, lost place over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 13l behind Solar Spirit (9-0) at Carlisle 1m clm stks (6) gd in Jul.
Frequency 13-2 (9-8) Slowly away, outpaced, last of 11, 12l behind Lady Kildare (8-6) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Fishforcompliments 9-2fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 18, 7l behind Blues Jazz (8-12) at York 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
North Central (USA) 10-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 14, 15l behind Ingleby Star (8-8) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (4) gd.
Strictly Pink (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon headed, no extra well inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Close To The Edge (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Social Forum (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 10l behind Trumpington Street (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Keys of Cyprus 12-1 (9-1) Raced keenly, tracked leader, outpaced 3f out, soon ridden and lost place, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 12l behind Hot Rod Mamma (9-6) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Thoroughly Red (IRE) 50-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure, no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3l behind Broctune Papa Gio (9-0) at Redcar 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Beckermet (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Coolminx (9-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Aug.
Berbice (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 2f out, driven and kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 7th of 14, 8l behind Focail Eile (8-7) at Musselburgh 1m hcp (4) gd.
Sam Nombulist 25-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway and not much room 3f out, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 6l behind Thatcherite (9-4) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Hayek 5-1fav (10-9) Held up behind, driven and outpaced over 2f out, kept on under pressure from over 1f out, never reached leaders, 5th of 12, 5l behind Ryedane (10-4) at Hamilton 6f am hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.