Kaheall is bred to be useful (by Muhaarar out of a half-sister to The Tin Man) and shaped promisingly when third on his debut at Doncaster three weeks ago. Settled just behind the leaders in the early stages, he held every chance entering the final two furlongs and stuck to his task well to be beaten just half a length. That form sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, and, with further improvement on the cards, he is a confident selection for the William Haggas yard that has an impressive 30% strike rate at Wolverhampton in recent seasons.
Garth Rockett is thriving at present, winning his penultimate outing at Chelmsford and then proving better than ever to defy a 2 lb higher mark over the same course and distance. He could hardly have been more impressive on the most recent occasion, hitting the front over a furlong out and quickly forging clear to land the spoils by five and a half lengths. This will be a quick turnaround, but he’s very hard to oppose if continuing in the same rich vein of form. He’s essentially very well-in under a 5 lb penalty and will be seeking to take his tally on the all-weather into double figures.
Zafaranah produced her best effort for a while when second at this course last time, leaving the impression it’s only a matter of time before she takes advantage of a significant drop in the weights. She certainly shaped better than the bare result, racing closer than ideal to the strong gallop and keeping on well under the circumstances to be beaten just a length, especially as the other principals all came from further back. She can race from the same mark here and deserves a chance to get her head in front for the first time since September 2019.
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