This looks a cracking contest with yet another Mark Johnston improver in Kosika arriving in spectacular form after her best performance yet at Newbury. She's down a furlong here but will prove a tough nut to crack at her best but LAFTAH and Perfect Persuasion, first and second at Leicester last time, are preferred in receipt of so much weight, especially as both should progress further after a mere handful of outings. There is a case for suggesting that the Haggas filly could turn the form around with the selection, but the 5lb claim of Cam Hardie is taken to prove the decisive factor and the Varian inmate can complete the hat-trick. Bragging needs to come forward to contend but was pulled out of a hot handicap at the July meeting on account of the soft ground and is clearly well regarded. Athenian is of interest on her first stab at this trip, with Remember, progressing nicely, also likely to deliver a prominent account.
The Gold Cheongsam (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Towards rear and pushed along, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra and lost 4th place inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Willbeme (8-2) at York 6f flls hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Desert Blossom (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, close up, ridden to go 3rd over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, last of 5, 7l behind Crowley's Law (8-7) at Leicester 7f flls cond stks (3) sft in Jun.
Athenian (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Stumbled start prominent, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Artistic Charm (8-9) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Kosika (USA) 8-1 (9-5) Made all, came clear final 2f, stayed on strongly, unchallenged, won at Newbury 1m fll hcp (2) gd beating Token Of Love (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Wedding Ring 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd well over 1f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden, headed final 150 yards, no extra and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Nakuti (8-10) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Remember 11-1 (8-11) Raced near side, tracked leaders on rail, went 2nd in group inside final furlong and 2nd overall but not pace of winner, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Deeds Not Words (8-5) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Musicora 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 10, 7l behind Evita Peron (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 3yo lst fll (1) sft in Jun.
Stealth Missile (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Chased leaders on inside, went 2nd from 2f out, led over 1f out, held on, won at Lingfield 7f fll hcp (4) pol beating Meeting Waters (9-2) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Bragging (USA) 6-4fav (9-5) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, always held by winner, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Native Heart (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jun.
Laftah (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Keen early, made virtually all, ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, just pushed out towards finish, stayed on, won at Leicester 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Perfect Persuasion (9-7) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Perfect Persuasion 4-6fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd close, unable to challenge winner, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Laftah (9-6) at Leicester 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-80 (4) gf.