Craigneiche - 13:35 Doncaster
Smart Stat: 3 - Nicky Henderson's number of winners in the past nine runnings
Nicky Henderson has a good record in this contest and will be represented by a promising type in Craigneiche, who was an impressive winner of a bumper on debut and then caught the eye when staying on strongly to finish third on his first start over hurdles at Newbury. He chased home an exciting prospect last time and is expected to strike.
Cotswold Way - 14:10 Doncaster
Smart Stat: £51.14 - Philip Hobbs's profit to a £1 level stake with only one runner on the card
Cotswold Way enjoyed an excellent campaign last season, winning on four occasions, and he has shown some promise without scoring over fences. He can put his experience to good use here and justify Philip Hobbs' decision to send him on the long journey from Somerset.
Gale At Sea - 14:20 Fairyhouse
Smart Stat: £51:00 - Paul Nolan's profit to a £1 level stake with hurdling debutants
Gale At Sea won her only start in points and is closely related to smart chaser Ballybolley, so she makes plenty of appeal on her debut under Rules. Trainer Paul Nolan has an excellent record with hurdling debutants, so Gale At Sea is expected to be fit enough to do herself justice. Nolan has identified an excellent opportunity for Gale At Sea, who makes her debut against modest opposition.