In the Old Borough Cup (2.35) at Haydock on Saturday, Polarisation has already run a dozen times this season, but has taken his form to a new level in recent weeks and may be capable of defying another 7lb rise in the weights.

The Echo Of Light gelding sprang a surprise when edging out Not Never in the Melrose Stakes at York two starts ago, but proved that performance was no fluke when following up, off a 6lb higher mark, in the Lanark Silver Bell at Hamilton last Friday.

Mark Johnston’s four-year-old has won on going ranging from good to firm to soft, so should be perfectly effective even if the ground at Haydock dries out a little and, while this represents his stiffest task to date, he looks a worthy favourite.

Mark Johnston has a 2-8 (25%) strike rate with his three-year-olds at the Newton-le-Willows course this season and Silvestre De Sousa is 39-158 (25%) for the yard this season, so the statistics are quite favourable, too. In fact, the Middleham Moor trainer has won three of the last ten renewals of this race, so Polarisation definitely looks the one to be on.

Selection: Haydock 2.35 Polarisation (8/1)