Smart Stat: £20.15 - Hughie Morrison's profit to a £1 level stake when having only one runner on the card (hurdles)
Hughie Morrison continues in good form and it is worth giving Urban Artist another chance. She was a dual winner in bumpers, showing useful form to win a listed event at Cheltenham in November, and rates the type to progress further over hurdles. Admittedly, she made an inauspicious start in this sphere when unseating her rider at the first at Wincanton on Boxing Day, but she ought to have learnt from that experience, and should be suited by this longer trip on pedigree.
Smart Stat: 21% - Nicky Henderson's strike rate at NEWBURY since the start of the 2014/15 season
Nicky Henderson saddles two here but it is Precious Cargo that very much stands out. He made good strides over hurdles upon joining this yard last season, and looked a natural over his fences when making a winning start in this sphere at Haydock last month. He had undergone a second wind operation prior to that success, but he typically travelled strongly and jumped well in the main, well clear of his rivals after two out and winning easily. He has to concede 3 lb to his rivals now, but he looks a smart chaser in the making and is strongly fancied to follow up.
Smart Stat: 21% - Adam Kirby's strike rate at WOLVERHAMPTON
There is some risk involved in backing Bobby Wheeler given that he has failed to beat a rival home in his last three starts, the last two after a long absence. However, the handicapping is beginning to relent, and he now finds himself 2 lb below his last winning mark. Furthermore, he hails from a yard that are currently in good form and, for the first time since 2017, Bobby Wheeler has a professional jockey on his back. Adam Kirby has a good record round here and it would be no surprise were the pair to go very close.