CERTIFICATION gets the vote here as he had just three runs on the Flat for Mark Johnston and made an encouraging debut over hurdles behind the odds-on Dawalan at Newbury. Rawak, who finished just in front of him, already had experience over timber and may not be up to confirming the form. Investment Expert won twice on the Flat for Jeremy Noseda and a recent run at Wolverhampton will have put him straight. Chebsey Beau made a fair debut in a heavy ground bumper at Carlisle but disappointed on his next start on this track.
Certification (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, hit 4th, headway approaching 3 out, chasing leaders and every chance when not fluent 2 out, went 3rd last, one pace when carried head high and hung right flat, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Dawalan (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Chebsey Beau 4-1fav (10-12) In touch, headway before 3f out, went 3rd 2f out, one pace, 4th of 13, 13l behind Lady Buttons (10-0) at Wetherby 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Dec.
Investment Expert (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Towards rear, outpaced over 2f out, headway when switched right over 1f out, hung left and kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 11, 7l behind Berlusca (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec (flat).
Khelac 25-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened from 2 out, 4th of 9, 34l behind Yorkist (11-5) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Poetic Star 33-1 (8-7) Always behind, 11th of 12, 41l behind Intrigo (8-13) at Leicester 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct '12 (flat).
Rayak (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, smooth headway on inside approaching 3 out, led 2 out, joined last, soon headed and not pace of winner, kept on for 2nd, 2nd of 14, 8l behind Dawalan (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Spencers Lad 7-1 (10-12) Behind until ridden and stayed on into mid-division final 2f, never nearer, 6th of 12, 13l behind Starplex (10-5) at Newcastle 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Dec.
Young Jay 50-1 (10-4) Mid-division, hampered 3 out, soon beaten, 7th of 9, 47l behind Aalim (10-7) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.