KIDLAT is preferred to the progressive pair Stand Guard and Dream Of Fortune. Kidlat has yet to win a race but has shaped well on a number of occasions and none more so than when a close second to a progressive rival over this trip at Lingfield on his latest start. This circuit could suit Brendan Powell's charge's style of running a little better and he's taken to open his account. He certainly doesn't face an easy task though as Dream Of Fortune and Stand Guard are two in-form rivals with respected claims as neither runner has shaped as though the handicapper has caught up with them yet. The handicapper knows all about Folio but he's won from higher marks than this in the past and gets on well with Chris Catlin so he, too, enters calculations but the answer is Kidlat.
Stand Guard 8-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, pushed out, won at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Feb beating Tourist (9-2) by 1l, 11 ran.
Dream of Fortune (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Steadied start, held up towards rear, headway and hanging left over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong to take 2nd close home, not troubled winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Spectait (8-12) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Mafeking (UAE) 5-1 (9-8) Led, headed after 2f, led again 7f out, weakening when headed 2f out, 6th of 7, 7l behind Scarab (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Folio (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Led 1f, remained close up in main group, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, not quicken towards finish, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind King Olav (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Kidlat 13-2 (9-3) Held up, headway, chased leaders 4f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed post, 2nd of 13, shd behind Can Can Star (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Cold Turkey 12-1 (8-8) Slow into stride, headway to chase leading pair after 2f, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 6, 11l behind Planetary Motion (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (4) pol in Feb.
Alpes Maritimes 3-1 (8-13) Keen, chased leading pair, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 4l behind Planetary Motion (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (4) pol in Feb.
Lake Poet (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Settled in rear, not much room over 2f out, not quicken, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Mourilyan (9-1) at Nad Al Sheba 1m 4f hcp gf in Feb '08.