In Saturday's Haydock feature, Ortensia sits at the top of the field of 18 runners.
James Fanshawe could saddle Society Rock for his first start since finishing third in the July Cup. Having won that Group 1 contest, Mayson is poised to represent Richard Fahey, while Wizz Kid is a potential runner from France.
There is also a strong challenge from Ireland, with Dandy Boy, impressive York winner Gordon Lord Byron and Aidan O'Brien's Reply in the mix. Stewards' Cup hero Hawkeyethenoo could step back up in class for the Jim Goldie-operation.
Significant absentees include Hoof It and David Barron's Pearl Secret, which gave up his unbeaten record when ninth in the Nunthorpe.
David Redvers, racing manager for owners Pearl Bloodstock, said: "He had an easy week after his first real shock to the system at York and David just feels we'd be rushing him by running at Haydock. He's had a nice little break and is very fresh and well, so we'll just give him a bit more time before we run him again. There might be a race at Newbury for him, but plans are fluid at this stage."
Redvers will still have an interest in Saturday's race, with Strong Suit set to run for champion trainer Richard Hannon and Qatar Racing.
"He's on course to run and I'm pleased to see conditions are drying out for him. We're looking forward to it," said Redvers.
Other possibles include Kingsgate Native, Hitchens and Godolphin's Soul.
Ortensia heads the Betfair ante-post market, trading @ Betfair odds of (3.75).