Full focus on Cuban Slide at Beverley following impressive debut success

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Karl Burke expects to have a clearer idea of Cuban Slide's capabilities after he contests the bet365 Two Year Old Trophy at Beverley on Saturday.

The Spigot Lodge handler has been firing in juvenile winners left, right and centre this season and few were more impressive on debut than this son of Havana Grey.

Cuban Slide was an odds-on favourite for a five-furlong novice event at Musselburgh and justified the cramped odds with a nine-length demolition job.

But while that Scottish success was visually striking, Burke is not convinced of the depth of the race and is anticipating he will learn more about his colt's big-race credentials in East Yorkshire this weekend.

"I think he's a nice horse, he's obviously got good ability and he works well at home," he said.

"I don't think it was much of a race that he won, so we're on a finding-out mission as much as anything.

"I do think he's useful, but whether he's top class or not I'm not sure. Stepping up to six furlongs could see him to good effect, but he's not slow and a stiff five with a good draw should be fine.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him run and learning a bit more about him."

Richard Fahey is represented by Bombay Bazaar, a Kodiac juvenile who also comes into this in winning form having been victorious over the course and distance last month.

He was previously third in a Thirsk maiden when beaten four lengths, with Kevin Ryan's Sergeant Wilko the winner and Dominic Ffrench Davis' Valadero the runner-up.

The latter was previously second in the Brocklesby, while Sergeant Wilko has some positive collateral form having finished second on debut to Hugo Palmer's Balon d'Or - subsequently third in the Lily Agnes and second in the Woodcote.

Next time out Bombay Bazaar got off the mark by an easy four and a quarter lengths and Fahey is looking forward to seeing him return to the Westwood.

"He improved a lot for his first and second runs and he seems to have gone on again," Fahey said.

"I don't know what he beat that day (at Beverley) but he beat them well, he will be a better horse again and whether or not he's good enough, we'll see.

"The form will do and we're getting better, so we'll see."

Other contenders include the Ryan-trained Room Service, who was a debut winner at Wetherby, and Richard Hannon's Fusterlandia, second on his introduction at Leicester late last month.

Andrew Balding's Loaded Gun, David O'Meara's Scoops Ahoy and the unraced Mehigburn from Roger Fell and Sean Murray's yard complete the field.

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