A fairly useful performer in bumpers, Olly The Brave shaped with plenty of promise when third on his hurdling debut at Warwick last month, keeping on well under a hands-and-heels ride to be beaten less than four lengths. That form comfortably sets the standard on weight-adjusted ratings here, and with further improvement on the cards, it will be disappointing if he can’t open his hurdling account at the second attempt for Dan Skelton. Perfect Predator was a similarly accomplished bumper performer and heads the list of dangers on his hurdling bow.
Get Boosting was value for extra when making a successful handicap debut at Wolverhampton last time, ultimately well on top at the finish after conceding first run to the runner-up (pair clear). That rival gave the form a boost when winning next-time-out, and Get Boosting certainly showed enough to suggest that a 6 lb higher mark is unlikely to prove beyond him here, representing the Keith Dalgleish yard that continues in great heart (six winners from last 29 runners under both codes). Auckland Lodge and Holloa, who won over six furlongs here last time, are feared most.
Way of The World looked rusty when well held after 12 months off at Bangor time, making mid-race mistakes and soon struggling after jumping three out. However, the fact he was sent off a short-priced favourite on that occasion suggests connections were hopeful of a big run, and, likely to strip fitter with that outing under his belt, he could be worth another chance to take advantage of his falling mark, with double-figure odds making plenty of appeal in a race where most arrive with questions to answer at present.