Bold Decision proved better than ever when runner-up at Wolverhampton recently, beaten only by another interesting one for this level. He would have had his head in front in another stride, so this step up to a mile should play to his strengths.
He has progressed significantly since switching to Tony Carroll’s yard last month and certainly has races in him form this sort of mark. He is drawn nicely and, with Hollie Doyle taking over in the saddle once again, holds obvious claims of opening his account against a field of largely more exposed sorts.
Elusif bounced back to form on his first outing for Phil McEntee, showing a good turn of foot to quickly put the race to bed, and he followed up under a penalty two days later when holding off a fast-finishing rival.
He is clearly better than ever after changing yards, and, though he must concede 5lb all round here, that still leaves him hugely favoured at the weights based on his recent performances. He is very much the one to beat as a result and is hard to oppose in his hat-trick bid.
A fairly useful performer on the Flat, Stonific was in the process of shaping well on his handicap debut over hurdles at Newcastle last month when his race was brought to a premature close.
He was yet to be asked for an effort when departing three from home and, though it is hard to say where he would have finished, he undoubtedly remains with potential in this sphere. He has a good chance on the pick of his form and, with further progress anticipated, he looks the way to go here at what could be an enticing price.