Dutiful Son encountered soft ground in both starts at Redcar this year and better is expected today from the half-brother to an all-weather winner. Shamassiba was fancied in the betting on her racecourse debut at Southwell and was only beaten a head by Barbados Bob. She should also figure, as should Ostralegus. But the latter could only manage fourth when sharing favouritism at Lingfield last week with EX EX. The latter finished just ahead in third place and is taken to confirm superiority in the process of landing this.
Christopher Chua (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, 7th of 9, 4l behind Iffranesia (9-4) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Dutiful Son (IRE) 2-1 (9-5) Dwelt, held up headway 4f out, chased leaders 2f out, soon driven along, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 9l behind Adiator (8-10) at Redcar 6f mdn stks (5) sft in Oct.
Ex Ex 5-4fav (9-5) Dwelt, soon pushed along, in touch in rear, wide into straight 2f out, sooon ridden and no impression until ran on towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Assertive Agent (9-0) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Minty Jones 66-1 (8-4) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd post, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Imperator Augustus (9-6) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Monty Fay (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Led to post, led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 11l behind Dark Lane (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Ostralegus 5-4fav (9-5) Led, headed over 4f out, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 1 3/4l behind Assertive Agent (9-0) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Vermuyden 20-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, took keen hold, ridden and one pace over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 7l behind Leonard Thomas (9-5) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Elounta 25-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 11l behind Artful Lady (9-5) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Queen's Princess 50-1 (8-9) Tracked winner until ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 8l behind Enfijaar (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Shamassiba (IRE) 7-4 (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, edged left and rallied to lead again inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 6, hd behind Barbados Bob (9-0) at Southwell 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.