VOLCANIC won three bumpers in France and made a successful start for Donald McCain at Carlisle where he had little to beat. He jumped out to the left throughout and may not get away with it in this much tougher race though there looks much more to come and he's handed the vote. The very experienced Circus Star has won here in the past and though well beaten at Newcastle last time the ground was too quick and today's conditions are more to his liking. Tikkandemickey has won twice over hurdles, both on this track including a handicap. He was very impressive last time and his rider's claim is a major bonus. Mohawk Ridge ploughed through the Carlisle mud last month to gain a comfortable all-the-way victory and was conceding 7lb to the odds-on Desoto County at Kelso on quicker going last time. If the ground remains testing he should go well again. Kings Folly may do best of the remainder.
Circus Star (USA) 10-3 (10-9) Led, headed before 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 26l behind Satanic Beat (10-12) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.
Tikkandemickey (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leader, led before last, ran on strongly, won at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs beating Wilde Pastures (10-8) by 8l, 10 ran.
Mohawk Ridge 4-1 (11-8) Led, ridden after 2 out, headed approaching last, kept on same pace, no impression with winner flat, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Desoto County (11-1) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Volcanic (FR) 2-5fav (11-2) Held up in touch, jumped left 5th, closed before next, went 2nd and jumped left from 7th, led on bit before last, cruised clear, won at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy beating Riskier (11-2) by 21l, 4 ran.
Crofton Lane 100-1 (10-11) In rear and keen, pushed along halfway, soon tailed off, last of 6, well behind Claiming Benefits (10-13) at Hexham 2m cond NH flat (6) hvy in Oct '12.
Elfego Baca (IRE) 28-1 (10-7) Raced keenly, mid-division, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, 7th of 13, 49l behind Kilgefin Star (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Garth (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Held up, pushed along after 5f, outpaced 8f out, closed from over 4f out, went 2nd and pressing winner briefly 2f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Bobs Lord Tara (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft.
Kings Folly (IRE) 40-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, 4th of 10, 23l behind Tikkandemickey (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Marrakech Trader (NZ) 40-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 4th and beaten when fell last, in a race won by Titus Bolt (11-2) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb, 8 ran.
Mighty Cliche (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Behind, blundered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Nesterenko (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gs, 10 ran.
Purple Harry 20-1 (10-12) Close up, led before halfway, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 26l behind Grove Silver (11-3) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Syrian 66-1 (10-12) Always behind, jumped last very tired, virtually stopped, 9th of 10, well behind Master Red (11-1) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Taxi Des Obeaux (FR) 9-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 3 out, 9th of 11, well behind Counsel (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan '13.
Boruma (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Led until before 4th, last approaching next, weakened 7th, tailed off 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 4, well behind Volcanic (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Miss Mohawk (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Chased leader, hit 3 out and soon pushed along, ridden and lost 2nd before next, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Maison De Ville (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gs.
Zuileka 125-1 (10-12) In touch towards rear, headway to track leaders 4th, chased winner 4 out until after 3 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 7, 33l behind Churchtown Love (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.