14:10 Wolverhampton

I thought SHOOT TO KILL (best price 5/2) was very impressive on debut for this yard winning at Lingfield last month. He travelled notably well tucked in off the pace before coming between horses to win readily. He steps up in trip here but he goes through the race so strongly I think Darragh Keenan can just delay the challenge and produce him when needed. He is up just 2lb and has more to offer yet. Lafan was denied just a neck over C&D 11 days ago so has to be feared off the back of that effort. I think the handicapper knows where he is for now though. Green Power could be the danger as he did it well at Kempton. A 6lb rise looks a little harsh though but he is still likely to run well. Defence Treaty ran well when third at Chelmsford but he enjoyed having a good pace to aim at and he has been a bit expensive to follow in the past.
 

16:00 Kempton

Havana Gold filly CUBAN BEAT (best price 9/4) shaped with plenty of encouragement when third on debut over C&D a fortnight ago. She looked to me like she needed the experience slowly into stride before making her effort sooner than ideal. She should come on for it and in receipt of 5lb here she looks well placed to go a couple of places better. Plenty of unknowns in here but I thought on form Big Bear Hug was the obvious danger. She is by Belardo and ran as well as connections could have hoped at a big price when fourth at Yarmouth. Like the selection she can improve so shouldn’t be far away. Belacqua made a winning start at Lingfield but this will be tougher under a penalty which could leave her vulnerable. Ardad filly Initiate is the most interesting of the debutants but unless the market speaks in favour she might need it.