Brian Ellison appears to be running out of options with his mare PHASE SHIFT but she is surely still good enough to win a race like this having been beaten less than four lengths in a handicap on the Flat at Doncaster last month over 1m6f. It's a bit of a surprise to see May's Towcester winner Vedani in a seller after a decent run over 2m4f at Fontwell next time and he, too, has had a recent run on the level. Tender Surprise was second at Market Rasen last month following a break but that was a poor contest and she's clearly been hard to train.
Vedani (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on outside, not fluent 3 out, went 2nd before next, jumped left and not fluent last, weakened into 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Cinevator (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Phase Shift 12-1 (11-1) Held up in rear but in touch, weakened before 13th, no chance when blundered 2 out, last of 7, well behind Lamool (10-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gd in Apr.
Audacious 100-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, took keen hold, hit 3rd, well beaten 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by No Such Number (10-11) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec, 14 ran.
Tantalized 100-1 (11-0) Often niggled along towards rear, well beaten 8th, mistake 3 out, 7th of 11, 42l behind Grape Tree Flame (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Tender Surprise 7-2 (10-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, effort and every chance next, kept on same pace, no impression from last, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Goldie Horn (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sll hdl (4) gd in Jun.
The Right Time 16-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, 2nd 4 out, every chance when blundered and lost 2nd 2 out, edged right and stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 7, 6l behind Midnight Thomas (10-0) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in May.