PLATINUM has a penalty for last week's comfortable win at Musselburgh but Philip Kirby's charge has been in great form under both codes recently and makes more appeal than fellow hat-trick seeker Zenafire, who has gone up 7lb since winning over 1m4f here at the start of the month. He can win again before being reassessed. Moidore has been quite highly tried this year but gets little respite from the handicapper while Softsong and Kashgar are probably also worth opposing, but the three-year-old Statutory is worth a try over this long trip as is Sir Bedivere. Twelve Strings is capable at this level but his best form is on softer ground.
Moidore 7-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders halfway, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 10l behind Flashman (8-6) at York 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Softsong (FR) 20-1 (9-3) Held up in 7th, headway on wide outside to 5th over 3f out, came wide on home turn, driven and hung left and right 2f out, soon beaten, 9th of 10, 8l behind Homeric (9-3) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Platinum (IRE) 12-5fav (9-7) Held up, headway to track leaders after 3f, led going well over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Hawk Mountain (9-1) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Sir Bedivere (IRE) 17-2 (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Poyle Thomas (9-3) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Twelve Strings (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Mr Snoozy (8-6) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Zenafire 3-1 (9-1) In rear, good headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Kashmir Peak (9-9) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Kashgar 7-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, pushed along 4f out, weakened 2f out, last of 11, 22l behind Eshtyaaq (8-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Statutory (IRE) 2-1fav (9-1) Mid-division in 5th, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, soon edged right, every chance over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Poyle Thomas (9-3) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.