Smart Stat: 3 - William Haggas' number of winners in the past three runnings
William Haggas has won the last three runnings of this maiden and last year's winner, Sense of Duty, has since developed into a very smart filly. This time Haggas is represented by the speedily-bred Mystic Pearl who is by Invincible Spirit and out of a six-furlong maiden winner. Mystic Pearl shaped as if in need of the experience when sixth at Newmarket on debut and she ought to prove sharper with that outing under her belt.
Smart Stat: 4 - Willie Mullins' number of winners in the past ten runnings
Willie Mullins has won this novice hurdle four times in the last decade, including three of the last six editions. This time around Mullins relies on Dragon Rock who made a winning debut under Rules at Tramore last month. Dragon Rock, who has a pointing background, kept on well to score by three lengths and shaped like a stayer, so this slight step up in trip ought to suit.
Smart Stat: 26% - Roger Varian's strike rate at Wolverhampton since the start of the 2018 season
Roger Varian tends to operate at a strike-rate around the 20% mark but that increases to 26% at Wolverhampton where he sends only one runner on Friday. Asraabb relished the step up to a mile and a quarter when getting off the mark on her handicap debut at Chelmsford recently. She was well on top at the finish so looks ahead of her mark under a 6 lb penalty, and there should be more to come from this lightly-raced filly.