North Pole belatedly got off the mark at Brighton last month but was then readily brushed aside here when odds-on. He looks worth opposing off the same mark as Unison looked to be on an upward curve when scoring at Ffos Las and New Falcon has been knocking on the door. FREEPORT probably hasn't quite lived up to expectations since dead-heating at Windsor in May but wasn't beaten far at Pontefract last time, despite blowing the start. This looks a bit easier than recent tasks and he gets the nod. Saint Jerome may not have stayed 1m2f at Brighton last time but looks vulnerable off his current mark.
Saint Jerome (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, last of 5, 12l behind Swift Bounty (8-12) at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Freeport 13-2 (9-1) Fly leapt start, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon outpaced, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Henry The Aviator (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Not Rigg (USA) 11-2 (9-7) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 9, 8l behind Knight Owl (9-1) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
New Falcon (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Close up, effort over 1f out, pressed winner inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Siouxperhero (9-5) at Bath 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Aug.
Madame Elizabeth 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 6l behind Vicksburg (9-0) at Chester 1m 2f fll mdn stks (4) gd in Aug.
Unison (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead last 75 yards, won at Ffos Las 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug beating Candyman Can (9-7) by nk, 9 ran.
North Pole 4-6fav (9-7) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, driven inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Pilates (8-12) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Aug.
Empiricist (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) In touch, led after 2f, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened and behind, last of 7, 15l behind Tinghir (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.