Slightly surprising to see PHASE SHIFT descend to this grade and she sets a demanding standard here for her rivals to match. Only beaten 6l at Doncaster this month in a handicap on the level, the Ellison inmate previously assembled a solid run of form over timber, including successes at Ludlow and on Town Moor. She looks too good for this level of opposition. Binowagh Bay is an interesting Irish raider who showed promise on hurdling debut and should progress accordingly, whilst Gulfport, a lesser light of the McCain team, brings each-way claims to the table.
Phase Shift 10-11fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, hampered 4th, headway before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Ironically (9-13) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Apr.
Binowagh Bay (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Towards rear, behind and pushed along 4 out, stayed on into moderate 5th entering straight, kept on same pace from last to 4th run-in, no impression leaders, 4th of 8, 10l behind Honey Bach (11-2) at Sligo 2m mares mdn hdl sft.
Bygones For Coins (IRE) 200-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, behind, headway when blundered 5th, outpaced after 4 out, beaten when hit next, 8th of 10, well behind Duke Of Navan (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Dane Cottage 40-1 (9-9) Jumped slowly 1st, always towards rear, 10th of 13, 44l behind My Lad Percy (11-4) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Diamond Sunrise (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Mid-division, weakened 3f out, 11th of 12, 31l behind Community (8-13) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs in Aug (flat).
Grethel (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway approaching 4 out, 5th when mistake last, never on terms, 5th of 15, 17l behind Saddlers Mot (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr.
Merry Minster 9-4 (10-7) Led 4 til hdd & wknd qckly aft 6; pu aft 8, in a race won by Radharc Na Mara (10-7) at Lauderdale 3m ptp gs, 9 ran.
True Pleasure (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Awkward away, towards rear, some headway over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 11l behind Arabela (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar (flat).
Gulfport 9-1 (9-9) Pressed leader, led narrowly 4 out, driven approaching next, headed after 2 out, soon ridden, 3rd and weakened before last, 3rd of 4, 32l behind Molon Labe (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gs.
Tantalized 66-1 (10-5) Led, jumped left at times, not fluent 2nd, headed 8th, no extra when hit 3 out, 11th of 14, well behind Mickie (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.