Eve Johnson Houghton is doing well with her juveniles and will be glad to see one of her two contenders earn black type at least with Cool Bahamian, a neck winner over Fair Ranger at Pontefract last time looking the likelier. However, he's held by THUNDER STRIKE on Woodcote Stakes running at Epsom earlier in the season when the Hannon charge was a most impressive and decisive scorer. He followed up with a meritorious fourth behind the highly-rated War Command in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and sets a tough standard for others to match despite conceding weight all round. Miracle Of Medinah will need to improve again so Survived looks the main danger in receipt of 8lb from the topweight. Sixth in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, she looked ready for the step-up to 6f when a possibly unlucky fourth in Listed grade at Sandown last time.
Thunder Strike 11-2 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 15, 7l behind War Command (9-1) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Cool Bahamian (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Held up in 4th, smooth headway between horses halfway, went 2nd over 2f out, led well over 1f out, pressed and edged right briefly inside final furlong, driven to assert and hung right towards finish, won at Pontefract 6f 2yo stk (2) gd beating Fair Ranger (8-10) by nk, 4 ran.
Mappa Mundi (USA) 15-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, won at Ascot 6f 2yo mdn (3) gf beating Tanzeel (9-5) by 1l, 11 ran.
Miracle of Medinah 7-1 (8-6) Raced wide close up, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven and all out, won at Salisbury 6f 2yo aut (3) gf in Jun beating Treaty Of Paris (8-6) by shd, 9 ran.
Survived 3-1fav (8-11) Chased leaders on rail, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, outpaced to 4th final 50 yards, 4th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Ambiance (9-2) at Sandown 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) gf.