Prince Bishop pipped his more strongly-fancied stablemate Royal Empire at the post in a Group 3 at Kempton. Masterstroke was well beaten in the same race and Saeed Bin Suroor's charge should go close given he's perfectly at home in soft ground. However, a chance is taken that there's more to come from Listed winner NICHOLS CANYON having scored in soft ground at Ascot earlier this month and he gets the nod. Sugar Boy has every chance on his best form though his recent efforts are a worry and he was well beaten once again on his debut for Marco Botti at Goodwood. Quiz Mistress picked up a Listed race in France and makes more appeal than Model Pupil and Cubanita.
Prince Bishop (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Tracked leading pair, challenged 2f out, soon 2nd, strong challenge throughout final furlong, driven ahead last strides, won at Kempton 1m 4f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol in Sep beating Royal Empire (9-7) by hd, 10 ran.
Masterstroke (USA) 4-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened rapidly over 1f out, moving poorly and eased inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 14l behind Prince Bishop (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol in Sep.
Model Pupil 12-1 (9-3) Keen tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 3l behind Caucus (9-6) at Newmarket 2m Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Sep.
Cubanita 7-2 (8-10) Mid-division, effort on outside over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Tac De Boistron (9-1) at Chester 1m 4f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Sep.
Quiz Mistress (9-3) won at Chantilly(FR) 1m 4f Listed stks sft in Sep beating Pagera (9-3) by 1l, 11 ran.
Sugar Boy (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Tracked leader until 5f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 24l behind Grandeur (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Sep.
Nichols Canyon 5-1 (9-0) Led, headed 9f out, pressed leader over 2f out, ridden to lead and edged right over 1f out, ran on, won at Ascot 1m 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft beating Greatwood (9-0) by 2l, 6 ran.
Cocktail Queen (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) 17th of 20, 18l behind Flotilla (8-13) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) hvy in May.