SUNNY GAMES, Zuider Zee and Monkton Vale are the trio for the shortlist and the vote goes to Sunny Games. The selection progressed from his first run to his second when he won well at Windsor last time. He is bred to appreciate this longer trip and if he improves again then he will be hard to beat. John Gosden sends Zuider Zee to post and he was a close third in a tactical race at Kempton last time. He is another who looks to be going the right way and he does have a good low draw. Monkton Vale ran well at York earlier in the month and he won't be inconvenienced by this slight drop in trip. Mark Johnston's Bowdler's Magic is another who looks to be on an upward curve, and in a race full of progressives sorts, we will side with Sunny Games.
Bowdler's Magic 11-4 (9-3) Made all, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Oriental Scot (9-3) by 2l, 11 ran.
Sunny Game 9-2 (9-3) In touch, ridden to lead when hung right over 1f out, driven and ran on, won at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr beating Grey Bunting (9-3) by 2l, 16 ran.
Zuider Zee (GER) 9-4fav (9-0) Tracked leading pair, challenged over 2f out, led narrowly 2f out, kept advantage until headed and not pace of winner final 100 yards, kept on, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 5, hd behind Activate (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Monkton Vale (IRE) 5-2 (8-13) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 2f out, rallied entering final furlong, kept on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Judiciary (9-2) at York 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
I'm Super Too (IRE) 5-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure to go 2nd inside final furlong, closed on idling winner towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Caldercruix (9-1) at Redcar 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Saint Thomas (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and under pressure final furlong, held on well towards finish, won at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Battle Study (8-5) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Layla's Boy 9-1 (8-12) Held up last, headway to modest 3rd well inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Corsica (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Royal Patriot (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 10l behind Bonheurs Art (8-12) at Ripon 6f 3yo mdn (5) gf.