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Ocean Bay looks well worth salt

OCEAN BAY looks like the type to develop into a classy performer on the all-weather this winter and he can strike gold again at Wolverhampton.

John Ryan's three-year-old enjoyed a decent juvenile campaign, but could not reproduce that kind of form when subsequently tried in maiden company before his two-year-old season was cut short in July.

Ocean Bay was off the track for 462 days before returning in a Listed heat at Newmarket in October where his lack of race action really told.

The outing obviously brought him on though as dropped back to maiden company on his first all-weather start at Kempton, Ocean Bay justified his odds-on favourite tag with a stylish success.

Ocean Bay appeals as a horse with plenty of progression to come. Upped in company for the totequadpot Conditions Stakes, he makes plenty of appeal.

Double Trouble is no world-beater but should be up to the mark in the Wolverhampton Holiday Inn Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Lisahane Bog can make a swift reappearance pay in the Jenny Cutting Memorial Handicap at Lingfield. He hit the bar when third at Kempton just over a week ago but was only beaten a length and is certainly not one to discard yet.

Sandown's Christmas meeting kicks off with Fingal Bay set to be a worthy favourite in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

The five-year-old is already a dual Grade Two winner and Philip Hobbs is sure to have sharpened him up for this.

Bostons Angel can enjoy a confidence-boosting success in the Sportingbet Future Stars Chase.

The seven-year-old won three Grade Ones for Jessica Harrington last season, culminating in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Hopes were high that he could make a victorious return in the Champion Chase at Down Royal earlier this month but a major blunder five fences from home saw him unship his rider.

He was far from out of it at that stage and it was a fair performance on his seasonal return.

The competition certainly does not look as hot here and Bostons Angel should be winning if he is to live up to expectations this term.

Notus De La Tour can take the next step up the ladder in Exeter's Harry Dutfield Memorial Novices' Chase.

The five-year-old is two from two over fences so far, most recently strolling home by 24 lengths at Plumpton.

This race represents a tougher test but Notus De La Tour can rise to the challenge.