Grandads Horse bounced back to form at Wetherby last time but is 5lb higher in a better grade. Mart Lane won well at Stratford on his first start for Richard Newland and may be capable of better while Paul Nicholls runs Rebel Rebellion, who started favourite at Chepstow on his reappearance, and the consistent Domtaline. Ackertac ran well in decent company last season but may struggle to defy his big weight and more interesting is KAPGA DE CERISY. He's turning into a real Sandown specialist and his in-form yard won a competitive handicap chase with a similar type at Ascot last week.
Ackertac (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, challenged 2 out, led before last, ridden out, won at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov chs (2) gs in Apr beating Goulanes (11-8) by 2l, 4 ran.
Rebel Rebellion (IRE) 7-4fav (10-5) Tracked leading trio, mistake 4th, pushed along after 7th, weakened quickly soon after, 5th of 6, 32l behind Sire De Grugy (11-12) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs (2) sft in Oct.
Grandads Horse 2-1fav (11-12) Held up in touch, challenged 2 out, led before last, kept on, driven out, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct beating Tara Rose (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Kapga De Cerisy (FR) 3-1 (11-8) Tracked leader until 2nd, in touch, brought down 8th, in a race won by Theatre Guide (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov chs (3) gs in Apr, 6 ran.
Domtaline (FR) 11-2 (10-5) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden one pace and well held after 4 out, 5th of 6, 17l behind Hunt Ball (11-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp chs (2) gf in Apr.
Hector's Choice (FR) 18-1 (11-3) Blunderd 1st, in touch, hit 12th (canal turn), driven 3 out, weakened from next, 16th of 29, well behind Triolo D'Alene (10-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr.
Mart Lane (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, not fluent 1st, outpaced 3 out, rallied from bend after 2 out and led last, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Oct beating Simply Wings (11-4) by 3l, 9 ran.
Mister Grez (FR) 13-2 (10-0) Mid-division, not fluent 8th, headway 12th, blundered 3 out, chased winner next, no impression, edged right flat, lost 2 places close home, 4th of 16, 8l behind Balthazar King (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs (2) gd in Oct.
Nozic (FR) 14-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, ridden 3 out, weakened last, 9th of 12, 20l behind Tindaro (11-6) at Kempton 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in May.