Smart Stat: £39.10 - Gavin Cromwell's profit to a £1 level stake when having only one runner on the card
Gavin Cromwell has a fine record when relying on one runner at a meeting and he sends Presenting Meghan to Doncaster from his base in County Meath. Presenting Meghan produced her best effort yet when runner-up at Navan this month and would have finished closer to the winner had she not suffered late interference from a riderless rival. That is just about the best form on offer so she is entitled to respect.
Smart Stat: 3 - Nicky Henderson's number of winners in the past ten runnings
Nicky Henderson has aimed some smart sorts at the Gerry Feilden, most notably Epatante who struck here before landing the Christmas Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle last season. Henderson has two representatives but his number one hope is Marie's Rock, who looked like an exciting prospect when winning both starts over hurdles last season and has been handed a lenient opening mark. Marie's Rock would have been a leading fancy for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival had injury not curtailed her campaign and she has the potential to rate much higher than a BHA mark of 141.
Smart Stat: 37% - James Doyle's strike rate at Wolverhampton
Liberated Lady finished two lengths behind the reopposing Star Jewel on her debut at Kempton this month but she was a big eye-catcher, making up plenty of ground and clocking a notable sectional time. Liberated Lady will not want to concede first run again, especially around this tight track, but James Doyle takes over in the saddle and he has an exceptional record at this venue. Doyle boasts a 37% strike rate here and should be able to secure a good position from a favourable draw in stall two.