Crievehill is in great form but the 9lb rise for his win at Sandown is just enough to make me go with Creep Desbois. This horse could still be improving and gets the nod after his recent second at Leicester.
Donald McCain loves having winners at Haydock and I quite like the longer-priced one of his in this. William Of Orange has some good form to his name and with his rider taking weight off with his claim too. Add in the fact he has had a wind op and he has strong claims.
Behind Time will be all the rage here after his good win at Uttoxeter. He was impressive but is not straightforward. Wicked Willy could be a good alternative each-way.
Twin Appeal is your favourite. A good winner of this last year has to be strong here, and races off a 4lb lower mark too.
Keep an eye as well on a market move for Imperial State on first start for Mick Easterby and has had a wind op.
Alpha Delphini is favourite on the back of two runs and two wins at the track. But I like one at a price each-way here: Line Of Reason has had a couple of runs this season to blow the cobwebs away, and was beaten by a neck by the favourite at Beverley on soft ground last season, when giving him 9lbs. He is a course and distance winner too, so ticks all the boxes.
It’s always tricky backing 3-year-olds after a winter on their backs – some thrive and others don’t develop at all. Ayutthaya looked very promising when winning at Chester. Indomeneo is the each-way pick, as he was going the right way when last seen.
Lots of horses here who are fit from jumping this winter, and they must have an edge on fitness. My preference is for Night Of Glory as his trainer is going great guns at the minute. Sir Chauvelin has run some good races at this track and is the each-way one.