SHARNEY SIKE showed nothing in three starts over hurdles and was having his first start for 21 months when attracting support on his chasing debut at Newcastle, where he overcame several errors to get up on the line. A 6lb rise shouldn't prove a problem as his rider can claim all of it back. Harris Hawk hasn't been seen for almost a year and all of his victories have been over further. Little Glenshee was in tremendous form over hurdles at this time a year ago but took a heavy fall over fences at Kelso three weeks ago and could just need a confidence booster. Free World followed his victory at Warwick on New Year's Eve with a good run from 5lb higher on this track, though he's gone up another 4lb. Be My Deputy may find the ground too testing but Kykate is taking a drop in grade and doesn't look badly treated.
Little Glenshee (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) Prominent on outside until fell heavily 3rd, in a race won by Ballycool (9-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 7 ran.
Kykate 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, one pace from 3 out, 4th of 9, 17l behind Noble Legend (11-8) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Purcell's Bridge (FR) 12-1 (11-0) Always in rear, weakened 7th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Westward Point (11-1) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Dec, 8 ran.
Be My Deputy (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) In rear, not fluent 2nd, ridden 3rd, struggling to keep up from 5th, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Off The Ground (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Harris Hawk 15-2 (10-6) Towards rear, ridden 11th, soon struggling, 10th of 14, well behind Relax (11-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Free World (FR) 8-1 (10-6) Raced keenly, made most from 3rd, driven and 11/2 lengths clear when mistake last, ridden and headed flat, no extra, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Chicklemix (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Sir Lynx (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Mistakes towards rear, blundered 6th 10th and next, tailed off, 7th of 12, 39l behind Alpancho (11-12) at Warwick 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Sharney Sike 15-2 (10-2) Held up in rear, headway before 5 out, stayed on to lead post, won at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Dec beating Radio Nowhere (11-0) by hd, 9 ran.