Smart Stat: 6 - Paul Nicholls' number of winners in the past ten runnings
Paul Nicholls has dominated this Grade 2 in the last decade, landing the prize on six occasions, including last year with Cyrname. He saddles half the four-runner field this time, with Real Steel, a new recruit to the stable, representing his best chance. Real Steel showed high-class form last season, winning a couple of Grade 2s and then running a blinder when a non-staying sixth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Despite the numbers, this is a competitive, high-quality race for Real Steel to be starting out in but it would be a surprise were lack of fitness an issue.
Smart Stat: £74.16 - Ben Pauling's profit to a £1 level stake when having only one runner on the card
An impressive level-stake profit shows that it's worth taking note when Ben Pauling sends only one runner to a meeting, and Imperial Knight is his sole representative at Huntingdon on Saturday. Imperial Knight shaped as if he would be better for the run when finishing mid-division on his reappearance at Wetherby last month. His form when runner-up at Haydock last year is among the best on offer, though, so he is entitled to respect.
Smart Stat: £47.54 - Paul Nicholls' profit to a £1 level stake with chasers running in first-time headgear
Capeland looked like a potential Graded performer when landing this contest by 12 lengths last season, but he failed to build on that and his campaign ended with a bit of a whimper. He didn't make it past the sixth on his reappearance over course and distance, but he's not badly treated on last season's efforts and connections will be hoping that the application of cheekpieces makes a difference. Nicholls has an excellent record, showing a healthy level-stake profit, when reaching for headgear.