Shostakovich is interesting racing off a 10lb lower mark after winning three times on the Fibresand at Southwell over the winter. He clearly has leading claims if he can translate that form back to the turf but preference goes STUNNING IN PURPLE. Andrew Haynes' consistent filly has made the frame in all eight starts that includes a win on fast ground at Bath in July and she looks capable of taking this on her seasonal debut. Windsor maiden winner Native Picture is one to note on her comeback, while Fairy Tales makes most appeal of those runners coming off recent runs on the all-weather.
Loves Theme (IRE) 13-8 (9-0) Chased leader, pushed along before halfway, hard ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased well inside final furlong, last of 4, 13l behind Golden Taurus (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo stks 0-70 (5) pol.
Stunning In Purple (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Led, strongly challenged from well over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Magic Cross (8-0) at Bath 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Shostakovich (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) Chased leaders in rear, ridden and effort on inside 2f out, stayed on to chase leading pair final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Fred Willetts (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Jan.
Native Picture (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride and always behind, 12th of 13, 10l behind Style And Panache (8-11) at Newbury 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Fairy Tales 25-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden on inside over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Ellie In The Pink (8-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Ajaafa 50-1 (9-4) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, weakening when not much room over 2f out, 7th of 8, 15l behind Paradise Place (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Alfraamsey 6-1 (8-10) Chased winner until approaching final furlong, ridden and kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Avalon Bay (9-3) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Majestic Ridge (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Soon led, headed after 1f, chased leader until ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 21l behind Go Maggie Go (8-4) at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo clm stks (5) pol in Mar.