As long has this surface suits SHOSTAKOVICH as much as the Fibresand does, and it should, then Sylvester Kirk's runner should be landing a hat-trick. A winner of a seller at Southwell before a runway success at that venue in a handicap the selection should win this well as this doesn't look any tougher. Slatey Hen is well served by the framing of the race and is open to improvement, which he'll need, while Cootehill Lass sets the standard on the ratings but will need to bounce back to form now down graded. Whipphound will find this easier than recent assignments so might yet show more but Shostakovich should be winning this well.
Shostakovich (IRE) 11-10fav (9-3) Chased leaders, led approaching 3f out, ridden clear well over 1f out, pushed out, won at Southwell 6f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Ace Master (8-12) by 9l, 11 ran.
Irish Boy (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Bumped start, tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 10, 16l behind Angelic Upstart (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Likeable Lad 100-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, led 2f, ridden and weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Joyously (8-9) at Kempton 1m 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
Magic Cross 25-1 (8-1) Switched right soon after start, in rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 2l behind Rosina Grey (8-11) at Kempton 6f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Scommettitrice (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up in rear, hung left halfway, soon beaten, 9th of 11, 17l behind Country Waltz (8-3) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gf in Oct.
Tony Hollis 14-1 (9-5) Close up, lost place over 2f out, last of 14, 12l behind Black Annis Bower (9-3) at Nottingham 5f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy.
Whipphound 5-1 (8-10) Chased leader, led over 3f out until over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 9l behind Richmond Fontaine (8-10) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Cootehill Lass (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Dwelt, in rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 8, 10l behind Bachelor Knight (8-5) at Ayr 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Granny Anne (IRE) 80-1 (8-7) Always behind, 10th of 12, 15l behind Jibaal (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Ice Angel Iceman filly out of Someone's Angel.
Mrs Nisbett (IRE) 80-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 21l behind Hayley Cropper (8-13) at Thirsk 6f 2yo sll (4) gd in Jun.
Slatey Hen (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 5l behind Second Encore (8-8) at Nottingham 5f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gf in Jul.
Street Cred (IRE) 100-1 (8-4) In touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 12, 42l behind Rosina Grey (8-11) at Kempton 6f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Oct.