CLIC WORK won over hurdles here in November and was an impressive winner of a Doncaster novices' handicap on his chasing debut last month. He's gone up 8lb but there looks to be much more to come. Baby King has been running in very strong company and won twice so he has to be considered on his chasing bow while Zanstra, a very progressive hurdler last season, has been a bit unfortunate not to have won over fences though seems best over further. Polkarenix won a Listed contest over hurdles in France but has struggled over the bigger obstacles while Robin Of Locksley makes his chasing debut though is definitely bred for the job.
Clic Work (FR) 7-4 (10-9) Tracked leader, led before 5th, clear before 2 out, pushed out run-in, readily, won at Doncaster 2m hcp (3) gs in Dec beating Nicolas Chauvin (11-5) by 9l, 4 ran.
Baby King (IRE) 5-2fav (11-6) Held up in touch, raced wide from 6 out until 4 out, left 3rd from last, one pace, 3rd of 7, 8 1/4l behind Clyne (11-12) at Haydock 2m hcp (3) hvy in Nov.
Zanstra (IRE) 5-2fav (11-11) Chased leader, went right 3rd, lost 2nd 9th, chased winner fom next, every chance when blundered 3 out, no extra and held next, driven and stayed on same pace run-in, 2nd of 11, 3 3/4l behind Only Gorgeous (10-3) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Polkarenix (FR) 66-1 (10-3) Prominent on outside, led 4th, headed next, lost place before 10th, weakened after 3 out, last of 5, 37 3/4l behind O O Seven (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Jan.
Robin Of Locksley (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Held up in touch, shaken up before 2 out, weakened flat, 5th of 10, 13 1/4l behind Bennys King (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Speredek (FR) 33-1 (11-5) Led, pushed along and headed before 3 out, weakened quickly soon after, tailed off and pulled up before last, at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Jan.