Platinum Stakes betting tips: Making Light can shine at Cork

Platinum Stakes betting tips from Horsebetting.com experts say Making Light looks worth a wager to win the Listed 1m Platinum Stakes at Cork for her in-form trainer Demot Weld. Panstarr is the main danger, while Alexios Komnenos is one to consider each-way if treated on the pick of his form. Read our 2018 Platinum Stakes betting tips for more details on this race in Ireland.

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Making Light the Platinum punt for in-form Weld

Trainer Dermot Weld has won two of the last three renewals of the Listed 1m Platinum Stakes, so his filly Making Light looks worth backing to land the spoils at Cork on Saturday (14:25) now eased in grade.

The four-year-old is a juvenile Group 3 winner who landed a Listed contest at Leopardstown on her final start of last season after going down by narrow margins on two previous appearances at that level. Making Light was also victorious on reappearance when scoring by half-a-length in the Group 3 Park Express Stakes at Naas over this trip.

She was going best to get on terms inside the final furlong and timed her run to perfection to land the spoils on pretty tough going. Connections have since stepped her down then back in trip on different surfaces with the daughter of Tamayuz finished third in two subsequent starts.

Making Light has been given a break since May when just 2 3/4 lengths behind very handy Aidan O’Brien filly Hydrangea, so comes into the contest fresh. With Weld’s yard in pretty decent form, she rates a solid and value bet to land the spoils on an unchanged mark of 101 that she has two previous wins off.

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Panstarr a danger

Jim Bolger’s Panstarr was just touched off by Making Light in that Naas Group 3 on reappearance and has gone down by narrow margins in three of her four starts this season, so looks the biggest danger instead of Pincheck for Jessica Harrington.

This four-year-old daughter of Pivotal landed the valuable Northfields Premier Handicap at The Curragh over 1m 2f last season when all out and just holding out for a neck victory in September. It was a display which suggested she had the potential to be better than a handicapper and, since stepping into pattern company, Panstarr has been unlucky in defeat.

Having met Making Light off level weights at Naas, she now gets 5lb from that rival and it could make all the difference when they line up against one another here. Panstarr was also a length third in a Listed contest at Killarney on her penultimate start and then went down by just a neck nine days ago in a similar grade affair at the Galway Festival.

Going so close to landing the spoils at this level suggests she is he most dangerous. The more favourable terms for her rematch with Making Light means – provided this run doesn’t come too soon off the back of Galway – Panstarr is preferred to Pincheck, who has lofty looking rating to live up to by comparison.

Alexios Komnenos has each-way claims on pick of his form

Fozzy Stack also has a Platinum contender in Alexios Komnenos, who looks big each-way value if treated on the pick of his form. The four-year-old colt is also a Group 3 winner over the trip and was only beaten 10 lengths when ninth of 14 behind Rhododendron in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on reappearance.

Although he was never a danger in what is always a red-hot contest, Alexios Komnenos made some late progress and that gave connections the confidence to make a transatlantic trip. He was aimed at the Grade 1 Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park, but found the extra two furlongs and firm going just too much to handle.

Alexios Komnenos again shaped better than the bare result suggested when 12th of 13 in New York, but only beaten 4 1/2 lengths when winning inside the last. He was also eased when it was clear he wouldn’t be winning last time out in a Listed contest at The Curragh.

Something was clearly amiss with Alexios Komnenos when dropped back to a mile. This similar grade affair may actually be easier so, if able to recapture his best form that includes being just a neck runner-up to Churchill as a juvenile, he could easily be making the frame.

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