Oman - 15:20 Chester
Smart Stat: £125.12 - Ralph Beckett's profit to a £1 level stake with horses running in first-time headgear
Oman is fitted with blinkers for the first time and that is an interesting move when you consider trainer Ralph Beckett's extraordinary level-stake profit when applying headgear. Oman gave the impression that he would prove vulnerable to well-treated sorts when only third at Haydock last time, so connections will be hoping that the application of headgear can eke out some improvement.
Grifter - 16:15 York
Smart Stat: 4 - Richard Fahey's number of winners in the past ten runnings
Richard Fahey has won this race four times in the last decade so his runners are always entitled to respect. He is represented by Grifter, whose sales price more than doubled from a yearling to a foal. He is by noted speed influence Dandy Man and out of a mare who won on debut, albeit over a mile, so he makes some appeal on paper.
General Zoff - 16:35 Sandown
Smart Stat: 23% - Silvestre de Sousa's strike rate at Sandown
Silvestre de Sousa has an impressive 23% strike rate at Sandown - he operates at around 18% overall - and he will be hoping to enhance that with General Zoff, who has been in good form of late. De Sousa won aboard General Zoff at Lingfield and was then a creditable third at York. General Zoff was only narrowly denied at Lingfield last time and he is a likeable, consistent sort who should give another good account.