Paul Nicholls enjoys an excellent record in this race, with ACT OF VALOUR looking to add to that. He has already shown himself to be a smart type, rated 97 on the flat, he could have room to manoeuvre off this opening mark. A big field and strong pace are going to suit him down to the ground. Mitchouka is one of the more exposed runners, but he’s done little wrong so far and deserves to be towards the head of the market. Esprit De Somoza represents a yard in flying form and a yard who won this in 2017, he along with Nube Negra should be right in the mix.