Smart Stat: 35% - Harry Skelton's strike rate at Uttoxeter
The Skeltons have a phenonmenal record and they team up in the opener with Knotty Ash, who made a successful debut at Market Rasen last month. Harry Skelton will be hoping to enhance his superb 35% course record at Uttoxeter- he operates at around 22% elsewhere - as Knotty Ash looks the one to beat on the back of his win at Market Rasen.
Smart Stat: 4 - Tim Easterby's number of winners in the past eight runnings
Tim Easterby has won this mile-and-a-quarter handicap four times in the last decade, including the last two years with Regal Mirage and Highwaygrey. Regal Mirage is back again this year and arrives in decent form having hit the frame on his last seven outings. He has returned a Timeform performance rating of between 81 and 84 on his last seven starts, highlighting his consistency.
Smart Stat: £22.87 - Richard Fahey's profit to a £1 level stake with horses running in first-time headgear
Richard Fahey posts a healthy level-stake profit when fitting headgear for the first time so it is interesting that he reaches for a visor for Tareekh. Tareekh won a strong maiden at Thirsk - he beat subsequent Coventry Stakes runner-up Eldrickjones - and then won a valuable seller at York. He was possibly unsuited by softer conditions at Pontefract last time so that effort is best overlooked.