A tough race to call with some powerful yards competing. Asterism finished fifth here last time and makes more appeal than stablemate and newcomer Chabada, while Moment Juste needed 1m6f at Wolverhampton to register her best effort so far. Whispered has gone close on her last four starts now but the application of first-time headgear suggests she's not pulling out all the stops so a chance is taken on SWEET LAVENDER. She finished second to the useful Blaise Chorus here on her debut and is likely to have improved since given Frankie prefers her to Deraasa, who is not with claims herself.
Asterism 6-1 (8-8) In touch, ridden 3f out, plugged on same pace final 2f, 5th of 12, 8l behind El Mansour (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jun.
Cape Princess 13-2 (8-3) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 11l behind The Fun Crusher (8-8) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Chabada (JPN) Bago filly out of Taygete.
Deraasa (USA) 6-1 (8-12) Soon pressing leader, ridden 3f out, driven to lead and hung right over 1f out, headed and unable to quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Gobooll (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (4) pol in Aug.
Midnight Waltz 9-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 8l behind Kyllachy Spirit (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Moment Juste 11-4fav (9-1) Dwelt headway to go prominent after 2f, led 8f out, headed over 6f out, led again over 1f out, ridden and headed final strides, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Raktiman (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
Silent Ninja 6-1 (8-12) In touch on inside, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 9, 13l behind Deck Walk (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo fll stks (5) gd in Aug.
Sweet Lavender (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, headway under pressure over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd last strides, never any chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Blaise Chorus (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f mdn fll (5) pol in Aug.
Tafaneen (USA) 7-1 (8-6) Held up, took keen hold, effort 3f out, ridden 2f out, no impression on leaders, 5th of 11, 14l behind Midsummer Sun (8-11) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Whispered 10-3 (8-12) Led, joined 3f out, sustained duel until 1f out, driven inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 10, nk behind Protaras (9-13) at Folkestone 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.