Tikkandemickey beat today's rival Walser 7l in heavy going at Hexham in November and hasn't performed badly in his two subsequent races following a 9lb rise. Big Society appears to have lost confidence following two mishaps over fences while Picks Milan broke a blood vessel when last seen at Wetherby in May. The latter's stablemate Just Cameron faces testing ground for the first time but has more scope than most of these rivals and ran well for a long way at Carlisle last month. Philip Kirby also saddles Mrs Eff, who completed a hat-trick in the spring and would have a chance of taking to the conditions. BASFORD BOB ran his best race for a very long time when a close third to No No Bingo in heavy ground at Haydock and that form would probably be good enough for this. Sparkling Hand has won twice here and looks well enough treated to get competitive along with the lightly-raced Northern Oscar, who was beaten less than a length when fourth at Market Rasen.
Rock Relief (IRE) 50-1 (10-2) Held up, ridden 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 9, well behind Kaki De La Pree (10-6) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec.
Tikkandemickey (IRE) 11-2 (10-11) Held up in touch, pushed along before 3 out, soon outpaced, kept on to take 3rd run-in, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Trucking Along (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy.
Big Society (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, led 4 out, headed after next, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 30l behind Sausalito Sunrise (11-1) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Dec.
Walser (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) In touch on outside, lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Calculated Risk (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f (3) sft in Dec.
Just Cameron 6-1 (11-5) Led, ridden 2 out, headed next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Oscars Den (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Picks Milan (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, quickly lost place before 6th, tailed off and pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Candleford (10-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May, 11 ran.
Baileys Concerto (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Led, headed when mistake 3 out, 3rd and beaten when mistake 2 out, no extra, 3rd of 7, 17l behind Bendant (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Mrs Eff 13-2 (11-9) Mid-division, driven 8th, weakened before 2 out, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Gulf Punch (11-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Dec, 10 ran.
Basford Bob (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, closed from 6th, ridden and pressing leaders when bumped last, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind No No Bingo (11-0) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Northern Oscar (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leader early, close up, ridden and headway 2 out, driven and stayed on towards finish, 4th of 8, 3/4l behind Kilflora (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Sparkling Hand 11-1 (11-4) Led, pushed along and headed before 3 out, soon lost 2nd, weakening when hit 2 out, 5th of 9, 15l behind Iron Butterfly (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f (4) gs in Dec.
Wheyaye 22-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, driven and lost place after 7th, weakened after 3 out, tailed off when puulled up before next, in a race won by Gulf Punch (11-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Dec, 10 ran.