Kashgar is chasing a four-timer and won twice over the trip at Chepstow in June, beating GABRIAL'S KING, Montaff and L Frank Baum on the latest occasion. However, those rivals are all better off at the weights today and we fancy David Simcock's charge to come out best now as he was checked in his run last time when starting a hot favourite. Presto Volante is entitled to be thereabouts again and Bernard Llewellyn also runs Filatore but Sign Manual probably needs to drop a few pounds. Zarosa has been in good form and could figure off bottom weight and is preferred to Riptide and Eshtyaaq of the others.
Gabrial's Star 12-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Mr Snoozy (8-6) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Sign Manual 7-1 (9-4) In rear, headway over 2f out, kept on and no impression final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Mr Snoozy (8-6) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Presto Volante (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, never going pace to trouble winner, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Dark Ranger (8-9) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Jul.
L Frank Baum (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 8l behind Mutual Regard (9-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) In touch, effort when not clear run over 2f out to 1f out, ridden and stayed on into 3rd on far side rail inside final furlong, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Eagle Rock (8-2) at York 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Montaff 3-1 (9-4) Held up last, went 3rd on inside over 3f out, stayed on same pace and no impression, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Aquilonius (9-1) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Kashgar 10-3 (8-11) Tracked clear leader, closed 7f out, led well over 1f out, soon ridden and stayed on strongly final furlong, won at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun beating Gabrial's King (9-4) by 4l, 6 ran.
Riptide 66-1 (9-2) Mid-division, weakened lost place and towards rear 6f out, tailed off and eased final 2f, 12th of 19, well behind Chiberta King (9-2) at Royal Ascot 2m 6f stks (2) gf in Jun.
Filatore (IRE) 7-4fav (9-4) Soon led, ridden and headed entering final 2f, still every chance until near finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Tijori (8-12) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Eshtyaaq 16-1 (8-2) Dwelt in rear, headway on inner to lead over 1f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Mutual Regard (9-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Zarosa (IRE) 5-2 (8-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Estemaala (9-6) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.