Tim Easterby regularly picks up this prize and today's representative Mojolika won the 2011 renewal. The latter hasn't won on the Flat since then although he's been in good form over hurdles of late. Nashville could be more consistent but has a shout on his best form while Tartan Jura bounced back with a win at Catterick last time but a poor strike rate tempers enthusiasm for him. PLATINUM scored over 1m6f at Musselburgh in May and this looks less competitive. Today's longer trip is no problem and Philp Kirby's charge gets the vote with both Body Language and Up Ten Down Two remaining out of form.
Platinum (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Held up, headway on outside 8f out, ridden over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, well held from over 1f out, 5th of 7, 10l behind Merchant Of Dubai (8-12) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Body Language (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Always towards rear, 8th of 14, 15l behind De Rigueur (8-13) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Tartan Jura 3-1 (9-6) Made all, 5 lengths clear 6f out, ridden 2f out, eased inside final furlong, won at Catterick 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Amir Pasha (7-13) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Mojolika 9-2fav (9-5) Held up mid-division and keen, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 7l behind Riptide (9-1) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Up Ten Down Two (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 17l behind Tetbury (9-6) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Nashville (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Took keen hold, raced wide in touch in 5th, headway 3f out, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Herostatus (9-8) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.