William Haggas's charge notched up a treble in July,including a win in the Group Three Betfair Molecomb Stakes, before disappointing when upped to six furlongs
Prendergast and McDonogh were gaining quick compensation for the defeat of the favourite Wathab half-an-hour earlier in the Listed Rochestown Stakes over six furlongs
Luca Cumani had dropped Swains Bridge to seven furlongs
for his reappearance here at the end of May, but the old Sir Mark Prescott trick of stepping significantly up in distance worked the oracle for the Swain colt
He doesn't like Ascot really but that could work well for him over seven furlongs
- he won't go for the first couple of furlongs
but he is always coming through at the finish and he might just stay.
However, stall two is less advantageous, and in fact appears to be a problematic draw in races over five furlongs
Also working were 2002 Classic upsetter Volponi, 3 furlongs
in 35 seconds on Belmont Park's training track, and Dynever, 4 furlongs
in 49 1/5 on Belmont's main track.
The step up to 10 furlongs
tomorrow should suit Bacchus and with the benefit of a run under his belt he is awarded the nap.
The 7-2 shot, given a good lead on the stands' side by Willhewiz, was produced by Seb Sanders to lead over a furlong
out and scored by two and a half lengths from 3-1 favourite Zidane.
Launching a four-wide bid into the stretch, Spring Meadow forged to the lead with a furlong
to run, and was able to hold off the late charge of Brisquette who was last early in the field of seven.
The Last Jump Handicap Steeplechase over three miles two furlongs
gets off at 6.
George Baker had the 9-4 favourite anchored towards the rear in the early stages, but the Danzero colt threaded his way through the field in the final half-mile and, leading a furlong
out, held Pharaoh Prince by half a length.
250,000 Del Mar Debutante, 2-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs