Several look to have claims in this mares' handicap, though Faith Jicaro's form has rather tailed off since the summer and she was well behind Flying Phoenix at Stratford in October. The latter has been beaten in a claimer since. PASS THE TIME was only carrying a feather weight when beating She Ranks Me by 11 lengths at Taunton last week but her earlier second to Weather Babe at the same track confirms she's on an upward curve and, as she looks to hold Western Approaches on the form book, the four-year-old is fancied to defy her penalty here. Buxom's win at Huntingdon last month will have boosted her confidence and she looks the danger.
Pass The Time 9-2 (10-2) Tracked leaders, led before 2 out, jumped left last, kept on well, won at Taunton 2m 1f mares hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov beating She Ranks Me (11-12) by 11l, 5 ran.
Faith Jicaro (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place after 4th, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 11, 42l behind Rosie Probert (11-5) at Stratford 2m (3) sft in Oct.
Buxom (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, led 4 out, ridden 2 out, driven and all out, won at Huntingdon 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Definite Ruby (11-12) by 1l, 5 ran.
Western Approaches 4-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, weakened before 7th, last of 5, 36l behind Pass The Time (10-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mares hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Flying Phoenix 3-1fav (10-2) Mid-division, tracked leaders 3 out, effort to lead on inside approaching next, ridden and hard pressed between last 2, headed last, no extra flat, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Edlomond (10-4) at Towcester 2m clm hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Faustina Pius (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, no extra into straight, 10th of 17, 28l behind Mrs Mac Veale (10-9) at Limerick 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Oct.
Miss Tilly Oscar (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Prominent, led before 2nd, soon headed, led 4th until after next, ridden 7th, weakened after next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Kings Apollo (10-1) at Ludlow 2m 5f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov, 17 ran.