September Blaze ran well against Call Me A Star at Doncaster last month but has been done no favours by the handicapper. We'll take her on with the consistent PHASE SHIFT, who won on this surface at Doncaster before finding heavy ground and 2m4f too much in a valuable mares' handicap at Sedgefield. Synthe Davis is usually worth opposing but there should be more to come from Terre Du Vent and Candelita will be happier back over timber. Pass The Time and Dark Spirit appear to have a little to find on their efforts to date however.
September Blaze 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leader to 6th, remained in touch, ridden to regain 2nd before last, kept on, no impression with winner, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Call Me A Star (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Synthe Davis (FR) 33-1 (10-4) Chased leading trio, went 3rd 3 out until 2 out, weakened, 4th of 5, 25l behind Rebel Rebellion (11-7) at Sandown 2m nov chs (3) hvy in Mar.
Phase Shift 7-2 (10-9) In rear, raced wide, headway after 3 out, challenged 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Walkabout Creek (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (2) hvy in Mar.
Terre Du Vent (FR) 2-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, every chance when bad mistake last, not recover, 4th of 14, 3l behind Mixologist (11-2) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Candelita 16-1 (10-10) Took keen hold, headway to lead 5th, headed 11th, pecked and lost 2nd next, went modest 3rd briefly 3 out, eased soon after, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Jackies Solitaire (11-1) at Warwick 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft in Mar.
Pass The Time 10-1 (10-8) Took keen hold, held up, not fluent 2nd, headway 6th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Queens Grove (11-13) at Fontwell 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) hvy in Dec.
Dark Spirit (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway on outside before 3 out, soon switched left and outpaced, staying on to press for 3rd when mistake last, one pace, 4th of 7, 11l behind Dirty Deal (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.