Smart Stat: 39% - Sam Twiston-Davies's strike rate on hurdling favourites since the start of the 2012/13 season
Luckofthedraw showed much improved form to get off the mark over hurdles here last time, jumping much more fluently than on his debut and keeping on well to beat the useful runner-up by eight lengths. He could yet have more to offer after just two starts in this sphere and, with the step up to this trip also expected to suit, Luckofthedraw is fancied to see off the attentions of Oxwich Bay and can justify favouritism under Sam Twiston-Davies.
Smart Stat: £48.23 - Venetia Williams's profit with chase favourites since the start of the 2011/12 season
Achille had headgear fitted for the first time in Britain and took a step back in the right direction when second on his most recent outing at Wincanton, no match for the winner but keeping on well to pull clear of the remainder. He remains potentially well treated from the same mark here and could be worth chancing for Venetia Williams, who has been back among the winners of late (eight winners from her last 20 runners).
Smart Stat: 20% - Sean Bowen's strike rate at FFOS LAS since the start of the 2012/13 season
Cruising Bye stepped up markedly on the form of his stable debut when a half-length second at Bangor last month, closing all the way to the line though perhaps flattered by his proximity to the idling winner. He will relish the emphasis on stamina in what look likely to be extremely testing conditions here and is fancied to be thereabouts once again if keeping jumping errors to a minimum under Sean Bowen, having often made mistakes in the past.