Production - 14:15 Kempton
Smart Stat: 4 - Alan King's number of winners in past nine runnings
Alan King's representatives are always worth noting in this contest, bearing in mind he has won four of the last nine runnings, and he saddles an interesting runner in Production. The three-year-old was fairly useful on the Flat, though he failed to run up to his best when tried over a mile and a half, suggesting he's likely to be seen to best effect over hurdles when the emphasis is on speed. He was slightly disappointing on his hurdles debut at Market Rasen, where he faded between the last two, but better ground and half a furlong less will suit.
Battle Of Midway - 14:35 Cork
Smart Stat: 2 - Noel Meade's number of winners in past seven runnings
Noel Meade has won the last two editions of this novice hurdle and sends out an interesting contender this time in Battle of Midway. The five-year-old was useful in bumpers and created a good impression when making a winning start over hurdles at Galway, finding plenty under pressure, which bodes well for his prospects of staying three miles.
Scoop The Pot - 16:05 Sedgefield
Smart Stat - £51.14 - Philip Hobbs's profit to a £1 level stake with only one chase runner on the card
Philip Hobbs sends Scoop The Pot from his Somerset base to Sedgefield for the Durham National and the trainer has a good record when targeting a meeting with only one runner. Scoop The Pot is not a fluent jumper of fences, but is fairly treated and should stay this far, so he merits respect.