Whispering Leaves - 14:30 Windsor
Smart Stat: 22% - Clive Cox's strike rate at WINDSOR since the start of the 2015 season
With all but one of today's 14-strong field making their debuts this afternoon, we're relying on things like pedigree and market clues to get a better picture of things. The fact that all three of Archie Watson's three-year-old fillies have won so far is perhaps the reason why Lambeth Walk is so popular in the market this morning, and while her claims on paper are obvious, she's worth taking on at the prices considering she's an odds-on favourite at the time of writing. One who makes appeal at a much bigger price isWhispering Leaves, who represents the Clive Cox team. She makes plenty of appeal on paper in her own right (closely related to 2-y-o 5f winner Dark Shadow), and considering her trainer has a 22% strike-rate here since 2015, it may be worth chancing that Whispering Leaves knows her job on debut at around the 16/1 mark this morning.
Whitehall - 14:50 Pontefract
Smart Stat: 22% -Silvestre De Sousa's strike rate at PONTEFRACT
While Whitehall signed off last term with two below-par runs, he had proven to be a consistently useful performer in handicaps over the summer, scoring over this trip at Nottingham last June. She's switched yards to Geoffrey Harker over the winter, and an extended break over winter should hopefully have freshened him up. Whitehall strictly has around 8 lb to find on Timeform ratings with the principals, though a return to his peak form would make him dangerous, and Silvestre De Sousa is a notable booking. Indeed, De Sousa has a strong record at Ponte Carlo over the past few seasons, and Whitehall looks worth chancing to take this at the prices.
Tynecastle Park - 15:50 Pontefract
Smart Stat: 24% -Sir Mark Prescott Bt's strike rate with horses running over 10f+
Tynecastle Park arrives here in fine form having racked up back-to-back wins on the fibresand over slightly further than two miles at Southwell last month, and his hurdling form means that the extra four and a half furlongs this afternoon shouldn't be an issue. He's yet to win on the turf, but looks to have been found a particularly good opportunity to do so by Sir Mark Prescott, having been raised just 3 lb by the handicapper for his latest success. Indeed, Prescott has a good record with his runners over further than ten furlongs, and Tynecastle Park is a strong fancy to complete the hat-trick.