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Sandy Steve – 19:30 Chelmsford

Sandy Steve disappointed at Brighton in September after winning a Chelmsford handicap in decisive fashion not long before, but he wasted no time in getting back on track when recording his second all-weather win from as many starts at Kempton last time.

He was briefly trapped behind horses but made up ground well and recorded a good time for the grade. That race has already produced two subsequent winners, so Sandy Steve certainly looks one to keep an eye on for the in-form Stuart Williams yard, particularly on artificial surfaces.

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Manofthemountain – 14:15 Taunton

Manofthemountain has benefited hugely from the switch to fences since joining Emma Lavelle and looks to have plenty more to offer in this sphere. He made a winning start to life as a chaser on his first run for his new yard, travelling smoothly and always holding on at Newton Abbot, and followed that up with a comfortable victory at Southwell last month.

He may have faced only two rivals on that occasion, but the way he went through the race suggests he has a good deal more in his locker and is capable of defying a 6lb rise here to complete his hat-trick over fences.

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Twice As Likely – 16:30 Chelmsford

Twice As Likely has struggled to recapture the form she showed when winning a novice at Newbury in June, but she got back on track to some extent at Kempton last month, having slipped in the weights. She finished a good fourth in that nursery – which has already produced two subsequent winners – and should go close again here if jockey Shane Kelly is able to secure a prominent position early on.

*Prices and entries correct at time of publication

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