Saint de Reve - 14:50 Wincanton
Smart Stat: 5 - Paul Nicholls's number of winners in past 7 runnings
Smart Stat: 33% - Paul Nicholls's strike rate at Wincanton since the start of the 2014/15 season
Paul Nicholls can boast an excellent strike rate at his local track in recent seasons, and he is likely to have high hopes of adding to his tally when Saint de Reve lines up here in a race that has been particularly kind to the trainer of late. Admittedly, Saint de Reve has looked a slow burner in four outings under Rules to date, but he shaped with more promise than in bumpers when third on his hurdling debut at Exeter two weeks ago, looking well served by starting out over this sort of trip, and his scope for further improvement identifies him as the one to beat in a race lacking depth.
Plath - 16:25 Chelmsford
Smart Stat: 24% - Sir Michael Stoute's strike rate at Chelmsford since the start of the 2015 season
Plath made an encouraging start to her career when fourth at Kempton last month, running to a fair level despite looking as if she'd come on for the run, notably showing her greenness at the start (slowly into the stride). That form is as good as any in this line-up have achieved, and, given the likelihood of even better to come with that experience under her belt, she is fancied to take plenty of beating and can see off a whole host of interesting newcomers to make it second time lucky for a trainer who does well with his runners here.
Noble Behest - 17:30 Chelmsford
Smart Stat: 21% - Ian Williams's strike rate at Chelmsford since the start of the 2015 season
Ian Williams has established himself as another trainer to follow at Chelmsford in recent years, with 24 winners (from 116 runners) at the venue, and the one who appeals as the best of his four runners on this evening's card is Noble Behest. The five-year-old ran his best race for a while when second at Wolverhampton last time, keeping on well to be beaten a little over two lengths by a progressive sort. He remains potentially well treated judged on the pick of his form, and, with a record of five wins from seven starts over 2m+, this looks a good opportunity for him to get back to winning ways.