Boundaries had his strongly-fancied stablemate Berberana well behind when a 25/1 third at Thirsk recently. It's anybody's guess who will come out on top this time and DEFENCE COUNCIL is a more straightforward option. Mel Brittain's colt was headed on the line over today's trip at Haydock on his recent reappearance and is taken to go one better with that run under his belt. Look Who's Kool ended last season with a win at Lingfield and better is expected from him this year, while Bold Bidder was aimed high after landing a double in the summer and could do better back at this level.
Bold Bidder 100-1 (8-12) Raced wide, close up, effort to chase winner halfway until 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 27l behind Hooray (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Boundaries 25-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, driven to challenge approaching final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 16, 2 3/4l behind On The High Tops (8-2) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Berberana (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon weakened, 12th of 16, 14l behind On The High Tops (8-2) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Look Who's Kool 6-1 (9-3) Chased leader, led over 1f out, hard driven inside final furlong, just held on close home, all out, won at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct beating Pearl Ice (9-3) by shd, 10 ran.
Major Muscari (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no impression, last of 4, 10l behind Lord Of The Stars (9-5) at Southwell 6f 2yo nov stks (4) fbs in Oct.
Azzurra Du Caprio (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Chased leaders on inner, ridden and raced stands side over 1f out, soon weakened, eased inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 10l behind Jack Smudge (9-2) at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (5) sft in Oct.
Defence Council (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) With leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, headed final strides, 2nd of 13, hd behind Mr Optimistic (8-9) at Haydock 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.