Mayo Star - 12:40 Ayr
Smart Stat: 23% - Nicky Richards' strike rate at Ayr since the start of the 2014/15 season
Nicky Richards has been operating at a strike rate around 18% over the last five seasons, but that climbs to 23% at Ayr, where he has had more winners than at any other course in that period. Mayo Star was a promising second on his only start in the 2017/18 season and is of interest on his belated comeback and debut for Richards, who has his string in good form.
Mister Dependable - 14:00 Wolverhampton
Smart Stat: £51.00 - Tony Carroll's profit to a £1 level stake with horses off for over a year
Mister Dependable was a fair performer for Karl Burke and holds solid claims here based on his third at Nottingham in August 2018. Mister Dependable has been off the course for 16 months, but his new trainer Tony Carroll has an excellent record with horses returning from a long absence, which suggests he may be fit enough to do himself justice.
Hardline - 14:45 Thurles
Smart Stat: 3 - Gordon Elliott's number of winners in the past ten runnings
Hardline's trainer Gordon Elliott has won this contest on three occasions in the last ten years, including twice with the top-class Don Cossack. Hardline is his only representative today and can be given a chance based on his second to Min in the John Durkan at Punchestown last month. He was in the process of running below form at Leopardstown last time when falling at the last, but he is better judged on his previous effort.