CABAL is holding her form well having gone close at Musselburgh last time on the back of a couple of wins at Wolverhampton. She's just preferred to Maven, who landed a hat-trick on the Polytrack in December though she'll need to step up on her latest effort at Pontefract to figure. Sangar begins this year off a 7lb higher mark than when scoring at Ripon in August but she's open to further progress, as is Smart Step, who won three times at the end of last season though all three wins came in testing ground. Climaxfortackle showed a bit more when third at Lingfield a week ago though she's proving hard to win with.
Maven 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden and hung left over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 6l behind Thackeray (8-9) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Spey Song (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Slowly away behind, never a factor, 8th of 14, 8l behind Beat Route (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Sangar 8-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 19, 12l behind Shamdarley (9-6) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct.
Smart Step 9-4fav (9-5) Chased winner, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, soon eased, 10th of 11, 48l behind Watts Up Son (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Nov.
Climaxfortackle (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, effort over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Ssafa (9-3) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol.
Cosmic Moon 8-1 (8-13) Pushed along to chase leaders, ridden and weakeend 2f out, 10th of 12, 28l behind Ventura Sands (9-5) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Cabal 9-2 (9-2) In touch, headway on inside over 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, no impression with winner, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Shamarlane (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Maybeme 14-1 (8-6) Held up last, always behind, 8th of 10, 19l behind Countrywide Flame (8-13) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
American Lover (FR) 12-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway to 3rd on inside over 2f out, going well when clipped heels and fell inside final 2f, in a race won by Vanilla Rum (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan, 11 ran.
Merrjanah 33-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, pushed along 4f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 10l behind Arizona John (10-10) at Doncaster 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd.