VOYAGE A NEW YORK showed good battling qualities to get head in front at Carlisle last time. This longer trip should suit on that evidence and Lucinda Russell's charge gets the nod. Maxed Out King has claims on his earlier second in heavy ground over these hurdles but ran below par at Market Rasen last time and is back from a short-break. Bumper winner Cape York faded quickly after a blunder on his hurdling bow and The Backup Plan paid the price for refusing to settle when attempting to make all at Huntingdon last time. Lachlan Mor may prove best of the remainder after a slightly better effort at Newcastle.
Voyage A New York (FR) 8-13fav (11-0) Tracked leader, left in lead 5 out, headed 2 out, rallied to regain lead run-in, driven out, won at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Quick Brew (10-7) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Cape York 14-1 (11-2) Chased leaders in 3rd, lost place 5th, tailed off 3 out, 5th of 8, 34l behind No No Mac (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Casual Cavalier (IRE) 150-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, jumped slow 1st, soon lost place and towards rear, jumped slow 5th, tailed off 3 out, 8th of 10, well behind Tikkandemickey (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Hi Bob 100-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, mistake 4 out, tailed off and pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Ballythomas (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gs, 13 ran.
Jasani 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leader until ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Aniknam (10-11) at Hexham 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Lachlan Mor 66-1 (11-1) Prominent until jumped slowly 1st, tracked leaders, hit 7th, ridden approaching 3 out, no chance with winner, well held in 4th 2 out, 4th of 7, 17l behind Boondooma (11-1) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Maxed Out King (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, led before 1st, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 33l behind Panama Petrus (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) sft in Feb.
Steady Progress (IRE) 12-1 (12-2) Pr & ld, jnd 3out, wknd bef 2out, 6th of 11, 48l behind Chosen Dream (12-2) at Limavady 3m ire ptp gd in Oct.
The Backup Plan (IRE) 9-4 (11-3) Led, hit 4 out, headed before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 43l behind Many Stars (11-3) at Huntingdon 3m 2f mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Verko (FR) 40-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, ridden before 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 47l behind Master Red (11-6) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Looking Glass 8-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up in rear, went poor 3rd in closing stages, never a factor, tailed off, 3rd of 5, well behind Jennys Melody (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gs in Mar.
Manyshadesofblack (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) In touch, lost place 4th, under pressure next, behind when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Cloudante (11-6) at Catterick 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Feb, 9 ran.