Morestead could reverse Lingfield running with Cranky Corner on better terms but doesn't look that well handicapped himself over fences at present. Shangani probably isn't badly treated on his handicap debut over the larger obstacles, however, while Sew On Target could figure if putting in a clear round. The fitting of a hood has been the making of ANAY TURGE, who beat Sew On Target over C&D in November. He got back to winning ways at Uttoxeter eight days ago and, despite a penalty, can score again here as Saved By John could find this too sharp on his first run since June.
Saved By John (IRE) 11-10fav (11-5) Led, ridden and headed after last, no extra and lost 2nd place run-in, 3rd of 4, 14l behind Wave Power (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nov chs (4) hvy in Jun.
Shangani (USA) 7-2 (11-1) Tracked winner, ridden before 2 out, lost 2nd last, no extra, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Hazy Tom (11-1) at Warwick 2m nov chs (3) sft in Nov.
Anay Turge (FR) 15-8 (11-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, led after, stayed on (no time taken), won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec beating Sawpit Supreme (10-13) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Sew On Target (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) Led, ridden and headed 7th, weakening and 4th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Majala (11-0) at Taunton 2m beg chs (3) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Cranky Corner 6-1 (11-4) Held up, pushed along 8th, never on terms, well beaten before 2 out, last of 7, 36l behind George Nympton (11-7) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Speedy Bruere (FR) 33-1 (11-12) Chased leader, hit 7th, led 4 out, ridden and headed next, weakened before next, poor 5th when fell last, in a race won by No No Bingo (11-5) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Morestead (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Narrow lead, headed and lost place 7th, rallied to 2nd 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Duneen Point (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.