Don't rule out veteran Colinca's Lad in this while Aegaeus probably has the ability to win a race of this nature but often ruins his chance by pulling too hard. Dandy must go close as he's already won at Chepstow and Leicester this term, though was slightly disappointing when only second off his new mark at Brighton last time. VILLA ROYALE won easily at Catterick before finding 1m6f at Ayr a shade too far. Though he might prefer an easier surface, the top weight can resume winning ways here as Honest Deal is much better on an artificial surface and Queen's Estate is woefully out of form.
Villa Royale 9-2 (9-4) Led 1f, with leader until led again 6f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 11l behind Jonny Delta (8-9) at Ayr 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Honest Deal 3-1 (9-7) Made all, ridden and edged right inside final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr beating Dr Livingstone (9-1) by nk, 7 ran.
Aegaeus 5-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway and not much room over 2f out, switched left 1f out, kept on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Clowance Estate (9-4) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Dandy (GER) 5-4fav (9-5) Led, joined 2f out, ridden and rider dropped whip over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-0) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fm.
Colinca's Lad (IRE) 33-1 (8-0) Led, clear 10f out, reduced lead inside final 2f, kept on well until ridden and headed inside final furlong, no chance with winner, no extra in 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Sheikhzayedroad (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Queen's Estate (GER) 40-1 (8-12) Chased leader 4f, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 21l behind Now My Sun (8-12) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Layline (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Dwelt towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on, never near leaders, 5th of 8, 4l behind Tetbury (9-6) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.