A review of the pick of the action from Musselburgh
Last Updated: 21/08/13 6:21pm
Carol Bartley won the amateur riders' handicap
Platinum, entered for the Cesarewitch later in the autumn, was an impressive winner of the feature race at Musselburgh.
Ridden by Russ Kennemore and trained by Phil Kirby, the top-weight and well-backed 12/5 favourite travelled like a dream before slamming Hawk Mountain by a comfortable four and a half lengths in the Ray Hawthorne Memorial Handicap.
Kirby, enhancing his decent course record at the East Lothian venue, said: "He wears cheekpieces but he's getting more and more genuine. He is a strong traveller and stays well.
"We only stuck him in the Cesarewitch yesterday and we'll see how things go between now and October but he's in great form. He's owned by my wife Pippa and she also led him up so she's delighted."
David O'Meara-trained Sharaarah and David Nolan took the Robbie Howey Handicap by a neck from Modern Lady.
The winning jockey said: "She ran well at Thirsk from a poor draw. We got a nice lead from a better draw today and things panned out well."
Keith Dalgleish, who was at York watching Les Gar Gan finish fourth in the nursery, reached the 37 mark for the year when Gottcher and Argaki supplied the Carluke trainer with a 40/1 double.
The former romped away with the Partnership Challenge Handicap for Tom Eaves. The 11/4 chance, trained by David Barron until this season, beat Here Now And Why by three and a quarter lengths.
Argaki, ridden by Hawick-born apprentice Jason Hart, beat well-supported 11/4 favourite Just Paul by two and half lengths in the Blackrock Handicap.
Evergreen Carol Bartley, who has won pretty much every major race for the unpaid ranks, scored on Jim Goldie-trained Lady Gargoyle in the concluding Redbuild Amateur Riders' Handicap.