A tricky affair with plenty open to improvement and preferred to the more exposed types such as Oscars Journey, Bosham and Lucky Di. SMOKETHATTHUNDERS ticks a few boxes as he found only one too good over track and trip last time with El Mirage back in third - a 3lb rise may not be enough to prevent him going one better. Scala Romana and Blue Twister have a bit more to find to get involved but are not easily dismissed and Broughtons Charm isn't out of this either as he makes a belated seasonal debut.
Lucky Di 20-1 (9-0) Awkward and went left leaving stalls, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never a threat, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Grand Denial (9-0) at Windsor 6f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
El Mirage (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on inside over 2f out, soon switched right, ridden and went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace of leading duo, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Duke Cosimo (9-6) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Surge Ahead (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden inside final 2f, never on terms, 10th of 11, 12l behind Labienus (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Broughtons Charm (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Soon switched left towards far side and held up in touch, headway over 2f out, chasing leaders when hampered on far rail inside final 2f, switched right and stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, kept on without threatening, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Reliant Robin (9-4) at Windsor 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Smokethatthunders (IRE) 11-4 (9-2) Led, ridden and joined over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Duke Cosimo (9-6) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Oscars Journey 9-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, effort to chase leader over 1f out and every chance, 4th and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Tychaios (8-3) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Scala Romana (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) Prominent, led briefly 2f out, chased winner, well held and no chance over 1f out, weakened and lost places inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 10l behind Plover (9-0) at Kempton 7f mdn fll (5) pol in Jun.
Bosham 15-8 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on to go 2nd inside final furlong, not troubled winner, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Roland (9-6) at Warwick 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Blue Twister 10-3 (8-10) In touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 8, 5l behind Roland (9-6) at Warwick 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.