Noble Behest continued his winning sequence on the all-weather with a dominant performance at Southwell four days ago, forging clear in the final furlong to get the verdict by four and a half lengths.
Clearly thriving at present, Ian Williams’ charge remains potentially well treated here under a 5 lb penalty and looks sure to take all the beating in his four-timer bid, with the quick turnaround unlikely to be an issue such was the ease he appeared to win with last time.
Nataleena and Flat To The Max can battle it out for the minor honours.
Ben Curtis has made a blistering start to 2020, with 13 winners already on the board at this relatively early stage, and he is likely to have high hopes of adding to his tally when jumping aboard Winning Streak in this three-year-old handicap.
Admittedly, the son of Hot Streak failed to meet market expectations at Lingfield last time, but he had viable excuses after losing his place amidst interference on the home turn. An eye-catching fourth on his previous start at Wolverhampton (beaten just a length and a half after enduring trouble in-running), he remains unexposed on the all-weather and is worth the chance to recoup the losses from last time.
Jan Van Hoof shaped better than the bare result when seventh over C&D last time, forced to deliver his challenge from further back than ideal and doing well under the circumstances to finish as close as he did (never nearer than the four lengths he was beaten at the line).
That first run for six months is likely to have blown the cobwebs away, and, now 5 lb lower than when winning over C&D last winter, he appeals as one to keep onside at rewarding odds.