PHASE SHIFT has done well since getting her head in front and showed a willing attitude to hold off Candelita at Ludlow last time. She's been raised 4lb but Craig Gallagher claims 7lb and the top weight can take advantage of the fact that several of her rivals are returning from a break of one form or anther. Overpriced had Bollin Dolly a long way behind at Wetherby in November but hasn't been seen since while Sky Calling hasn't raced since December when she unseated her rider over fences. The four-year-old Ironically is another who hasn't had an outing since the turn of the year.
Phase Shift 10-3 (11-10) Held up in touch in rear, pulled out wide and headway to lead 3 out, went right 2 out, soon edged left, went right and not fluent last, edged left towards finish, held on, won at Ludlow 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo+) (3) gd beating Candelita (11-4) by nk, 7 ran.
Overpriced 4-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd at 4th, led 2 out, ridden clear approaching last, ran on well, won at Wetherby 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Easter Dancer (10-10) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Sky Calling 12-1 (10-1) Held up in touch when blundered and unseated rider 7th, in a race won by Drumshambo (11-12) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec, 7 ran.
Bollin Dolly 8-1 (11-3) Took keen hold in rear, headway approaching 4 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened next, 7th of 11, 33l behind Overpriced (10-10) at Wetherby 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Ironically (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Prominent, not fluent 2nd or 5th, ridden after 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 5, 47l behind Matrow's Lady (10-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) sft in Dec.
Rano Pano (USA) 7-1 (9-5) Mid-division, mistake and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Descaro (10-10) at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (4) gd, 15 ran.
Talk of Saafend (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Towards rear, weakened from 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Nicene Creed (10-8) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd, 13 ran.