Shostakovich went close over a longer trip here last week and should be thereabouts again, while Dead Cool is now back on the same mark as when scoring at Salisbury back in June. A repeat of Yahafedh Alaih's earlier second at Yarmouth would put him in contention, but the vote goes to ROMAN STRAIT. He's not exactly prolific, with just the single win to his credit, but nearly caught the winner when runner-up at Wolverhampton last month with Fantasy Fighter well behind and now looks ready to strike again.
Punching 66-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 9th of 12, 6l behind Titus Gent (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Shostakovich (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Tracked leader, carried head high and led over 1f out, ridden and headed towards finish, 2nd of 14, nk behind Doncosaque (7-12) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Dead Cool 8-1 (9-7) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 5l behind Paradise Spectre (9-0) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Yahafedh Alaih 25-1 (8-6) Raced center held up, effort 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 13, 12l behind Elna Bright (8-12) at Ascot 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Roman Strait 17-2 (8-8) Held up in rear, headway on inside 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, nk behind Shifting Star (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Alis Aquilae (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never nearer, 8th of 13, 7l behind Downhill Skier (8-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Volito 16-1 (9-5) Raced centre, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 15, 6l behind Paradise Spectre (9-7) at Nottingham 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Towy Boy (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden over 3f out, never near leaders, 9th of 13, 8l behind Colourbearer (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Fantasy Fighter (IRE) 14-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, in rear, never on terms, 6th of 10, 10l behind Shifting Star (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Desert Falls 18-1 (8-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, still every chance, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 8, hd behind Flowing Cape (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Mirabile Visu 16-1 (8-12) Raced centre, took keen hold, always in rear, ridden and struggling 3f out, tailed off, last of 13, 36l behind Myboyalfie (9-3) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.