Phase Shift has failed to threaten over fences of late and reverts to hurdling off a 7lb higher mark than last year's win at Ludlow. LILY WAUGH has been placed in both starts over timber and with more to come from Anthony Honeyball's mare, she gets the nod on her handicap bow. Buxom has a shout on her earlier win at Huntingdon and Fine Moment could make the frame again after finishing runner-up in a maiden race at this track. Ussee ran well last time considering she'd been off the track for nearly a year and she could also figure.
Phase Shift 9-2 (11-12) Raced in last, niggled along after 8th, outpaced when not fluent 2 out, weakening when mistake 2 out, last of 4, 28l behind Morgan's Bay (10-13) at Leicester 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Feb.
Lily Waugh (IRE) 8-13fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, soon tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 4 out, led 2 out, ridden and headed last, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind A Shade Of Bay (11-5) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Buxom (IRE) 3-1 (10-9) Led, headed over 14f out, stayed handy, outpaced over 4f out, went 4th over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 7, 7l behind Direct Approach (11-2) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Fine Moment 4-1 (11-3) Prominent, jumped left 1st, led next until 3rd, not fluent 3 out, led again 2 out, headed when not fluent last, one pace and no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Rosa Fleet (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Ussee (FR) 4-1 (11-8) Tracked clear leaders, close up 5th, chased winner after 3 out to next, no impression in 3rd before last, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Should I Stay (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.