STEELY ADDITION (2.45 Chepstow) has taken really well to chasing and got off the mark well over course and distance last time out.
The ground was testing that day but he didn’t simply outplod them and showed a turn of foot at the end of the 3m distance.
That was in a handicap and he returns to novice level today on decent terms with his rivals.
At this early stage of his career over fences, you would expect a fair amount of improvement.
MR MAC (1.25 Lingfield) went into many notebooks after battling well to win over course and distance last time out.
He had to make up a lot of ground to score and a 6lb penalty gives him every chance of landing a hat-trick after winning here before Christmas. Both those successes came in a similar grade.
GRACELAND (2.20 Musselburgh) caught the eye on her hurdling debut at Catterick last time when allowed to do things in her own time.
She was a decent third after making a couple of mistakes and should improve for the experience. The cheekpieces go on today, which could help her to concentrate and meet her obstacles a little better.
EVIDENCE DE THAIX (3.20 Chepstow) is being brought along at a sensible pace by the excellent Philip Hobbs and is ready for this slight hike in grade.
She was bought from France after showing promise in bumpers and won with something left in the tank at Exeter last time out.
This sort of distance looks ideal and the handicapper hasn’t gone mad ahead of this debut at that level.
Wizard’s Each-Way Double
LISNAGAR OSCAR (1.35 Chepstow) is dropping down from a Grade 2 at Cheltenham where he finished an excellent second. It will be hard to keep him out of the frame against these lesser rivals.
Pair him with GOODGIRLTERESA (3.50 Chepstow) who cruised to victory at Ffos Las earlier this week and can repeat the feat on this quick comeback.
SHARP OPERATOR (5.15 Kempton) went down in a head-bobber at Lingfield last time after coming through the field.
A few more strides would have seen him in front and he goes off the same mark here.
Granted a little more luck and being closer to the pace, he has every chance of success.
1.05 The Ogle Gogle Man
1.35 Lisnagar Oscar (ew)
2.45 STEELY ADDITION (NAP)
3.20 Evidence De Thaix
3.50 Goodgirlteresa (ew)
1.25 Mr Mac
2.00 Milldean Panther
3.05 Alaskan Bay
2.55 Royal Reserve
3.30 John Williams
4.45 Rock Bottom
5.15 Sharp Operator
6.15 Spirit Warning
6.45 Given Choice
7.15 Nylon Speed
7.45 Foreign Legion