ASSIZES only had to be pushed out to win a Newbury maiden on his racecourse debut in October. The third franked the form next time and Mark Johnston's grey could be the answer to this tricky handicap, despite top weight. Trail Blaze finally got off the mark at Catterick last month but has more on his plate here while it's not certain the drop in distance will suit Clare Island Boy. There looks to be little to choose between Mick Channon's runners but Dance The Rain holds Mr Spiggott and Bountiful Girl on Ripon running and is probably the main danger to the selection.
Assizes 15-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, kept on to lead 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, won at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (5) gf in Oct beating Hallings Comet (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Clare Island Boy (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Chased winner until 4f out, soon pushed along, went 2nd again 3f out, no chance with winner when ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 8, 13l behind Samba King (9-6) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Apr.
Mr Spiggott (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, headway and switched left insids final 2f, stayed on to 4th inside final furlong, kept pressing for 3rd, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Hajras (8-8) at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Dance The Rain 28-1 (8-8) Chased leading pair, led over 2f out, ridden and stayed on from over 1f out, headed final 100 yards, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Hajras (8-8) at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Tidal Way (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 12, 12l behind Paloma's Prince (8-11) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Trail Blaze (IRE) 5-4fav (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, idled inside final furlong, won at Catterick 7f 3yo mdn (5) gs in Apr beating Liliargh (8-12) by 1l, 10 ran.
Bountiful Girl 12-1 (8-11) Took keen hold in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 12, 8l behind Hajras (8-8) at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Act Your Shoe Size 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, hampered over 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Prussian (9-0) at Musselburgh 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs.