CIRCUS CLOWN has shown progressive form since joining Jim Goldie and sent handicapping. He won here last month before defying a 7lb penalty five days later when beating a subsequent winner at Kelso. A further 11lb hike in the weights may not be enough to prevent him landing his hat-trick and he makes more appeal than stablemate Arctic Court who needs a longer trip to show his best. Double Eagle scored at Carlisle recently when Livvy Inn was a faller and he could figure, but Kempski has disappointed since winning at Hexham in November. Teenage Idol won over 2m here in January and there should be more to come from him.
Chester Lad 7-2 (11-2) Held up in touch and keen, mistake 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, not fluent 2 out, switched left and chased winner before last, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Palypso De Creek (11-10) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
Teenage Idol (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd and keen, ridden before 2 out, chased winner run-in, no impression, 2nd of 8, 10l behind Cool Operator (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) hvy in Feb.
Livvy Inn (USA) 11-1 (11-5) Held up behind, headway approaching and 1 length down and going well when fell 3 out, in a race won by Double Eagle (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
Double Eagle 13-8fav (10-11) Made all, challenged 3 out, soon left clear, stayed on strongly from last, eased towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb beating Mister Pete (10-1) by 8l, 6 ran.
Arctic Court (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Held up mid-division, chased leaders approaching 4th, went 3rd from 4 out, chased winner from 2 out, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 9, 14l behind Yes Tom (10-5) at Ayr 3m nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Currahee 18-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 15, 20l behind Al Co (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Feb.
Strobe 8-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, mistake 12th, about 6 lengths down when left 3rd at last, no impression, 3rd of 10, 17l behind Desperate Dex (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f ch (0-95) (5) gd in Oct.
Circus Clown (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Tracked leaders on inner, led before last, kept on well, won at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb beating Willie Hall (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Kempski 100-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place after 5th, tailed off from 6th, 8th of 9, well behind Peddlers Cross (11-10) at Kelso 2m 2f hdl (2) sft in Feb.