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.
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.
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