Skilled Warrior - 15:12 Gowran Park
Smart Stat: 21% - Johnny Murtagh's strike rate at Gowran Park since the start of the 2017 season
Skilled Warrior showed improved form when fifth on his most recent outing at Cork, sticking to his task well to pass the post less than two lengths behind the winner in a bunched finish. He is 1 lb lower in the weights here and looks sure to give another good account for Johnny Murtagh, who has enjoyed plenty of success at Gowran Park in recent seasons.
Barshaa - 15:20 Bath
Smart Stat: 24% - Simon & Ed Crisford's strike rate with handicap debutants
Barshaa didn't need to improve to get off the mark in a novice event at Kempton last time, making all to land the spoils by a length and three quarters in comfortable fashion. He now makes the switch to handicaps and it's not out of the question that he may yet have more to offer in this sphere. After all, this will be just the sixth start of his career and an opening BHA mark of 78 certainly looks workable, representing a yard which has done well with similar types in the past.
Rayong - 17:15 Pontefract
Smart Stat: 24% - Silvestre de Sousa's strike rate at Pontefract
Rayong was strong in the betting and duly bounced back to form when second over this course and distance last time. He was beaten just half a length and possibly should have finished closer still having been hampered inside the final furlong. He clearly goes well under these conditions (won here in July 2020) and this looks a good opportunity for him to resume winning ways under Silvestre de Sousa, who rides this track particularly well.