A decision on whether Ascot Gold Cup fourth Gulf Of Naples will take his chance in Saturday's John Smith's Northumberland Plate will be delayed until much later in the week.
Trainer Mark Johnston has left the four-year-old in the famous handicap at the latest forfeit stage but is in no rush to decide on future plans.
Gulf Of Naples was third in the Chester Cup off a mark of 101 in May and would be running off 107 if he took his chance this weekend.
After his great effort in defeat last week, his handicap mark is expected to shoot up again.
"He's very well but we won't know if he runs until much later in the week," said Johnston.
"He ran a very brave race and was still in front a furlong out.
"He stays forever and he must have cut in the ground, which is why we've left him in the Plate as it looks like being soft."
Johnston could also run Eternal Heart and Becausewecan.
Top weight Mount Athos remains a possible for Irish trainer David Wachman with Steps To Freedom an interesting runner for Jessica Harrington.
Chester Cup winner Ile de Re could bid for a famous double with last year's winner Tominator still engaged.
Cesarewitch winner Never Can Tell is still there along with Sir Mark Prescott's Motivado.
Ermyn Lodge, Old Hundred, Crackentorp and Thimaar are also among the 45 still engaged.
Ascot runner-up Al Khawaneej has been taken out by David Simcock.