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13:50 Musselburgh Lat Halwill looks to be dropping to a lenient mark and following a prep run at Doncaster where he was far from disgraced behind Ballet Concerto he can go close. That initial run should have brought him on in leaps and bounds and despite topweight here he has to be considered. His trainer has a decent level stakes profit with his runners at this track and with a plum draw in stall one today he has to command utmost respect. Shirley Teasdale keeps the ride on the six year old and she ought to know a bit more about him this time around. Roll On Rory is likely to prove popular as he is a previous course and distance winner who also has a pivotal low draw. It took him a few runs to get going last year though and it may well be the case this time around also. An intriguing raider is Ionization. JP Shanahan tends to bring his runners over when they have a genuine chance and this unexposed four year old may well prove the main threat. Twin Appeal has warmed up for this with two recent outings on the all weather. He is a consistent sort who is likely to make the frame once again. Lat Halwill (E/W if 9/2+)

14:05 Haydock Monetaire made an encouraging reappearance at Stratford a fortnight ago following a year and a half off the track. Unlike many of his rivals today he comes here a relatively fresh horse and there isn’t much mileage on the clock of this eleven year old. Tom Scudamore is keen to retain the partnership with a return to two and a half miles expected to bring about more improvement from this lightly raced individual. Despite having almost seventeen lengths to find with Some Buckle, that horse hasn’t always been the most consistent and may struggle giving weight away all around this afternoon. Ballyboley missed Cheltenham in order to run at Kempton and still managed to fluff his lines despite being sent off as joint favourite. He just wasn’t quick enough and had to settle for a disappointing fourth place behind Max Ward. JP McManus owns two of these runners and Barry Geraghty prefers the chances of Cernunnos to last game out winner Easy Street. His choice has to be respected but the latter won quite easily last time and could well make the podium here. Upland Bute finds winning hard to do whilst Morning Reggie has seven pounds extra to carry here and may not react as well to the second time blinkers today. Monetaire (E/W if 9/2+)

14:25 Musselburgh Monsieur Joe is some way clear in the ratings of the rest of his rivals in this five furlong sprint. Despite not being seen on a racecourse since last summer, he has had to deal with a well documented bout of colic along the way. If fully over that he has to command utmost respect in what looks to be a solid opportunity found by his trainer Paul Midgely. He managed to finish runner up in a listed race on his seasonal reappearance last year and this is a big drop from that. Paul Midgely is keen to win this race though by saddling three of the seven runners. Line Of Reason has been kept busy out in Dubai this spring but will certainly have fitness on his side. Having run some decent races in the desert sun, he is likely to capitalise the most if his stablemate fails to fire. Lexington Abbey goes well fresh but is drawn worst of all. There may well be other days for the Kevin Ryan trained six year old. Monsieur Joe (WIN)

14:40 Haydock Regal Flow may well be the one in a wide open handicap given his hard fought win at Warwick last time. Always prominent, he was challenged he soon took the lead but was hard pressed in the closing stages by After Hours. The duo pulled some twenty lengths clear of the third suggesting that the form may well be worth following. He is still well handicapped on the best of his old form and from the foot of the weights today, he has to be high on any shortlist. Fort Worth looks sure to be there or thereabouts in the closing stages this afternoon. Jonjo O’Neill has coaxed him back into decent form and he certainly stays further than this three mile trip. He travels well on flatter tracks as placings at Exeter and Doncaster suggest and can go close here. Rathlin Rose will carry the hopes of many having won three out of his last four starts. As a consequence he has the burden of top weight this afternoon. He is clearly on the upgrade and despite the rise in weights he still is only lightly raced compared to quite a few of these. Regal Flow (E/W if 9/2+)

15:00 Musselburgh Mailshot likes to dominate his races and he has to be of obvious interest at a racetrack that where front runners tend to be favoured. He has been kept busy on the all weather tracks winning at the likes of Chelmsford and Lingfield in recent weeks. The step up to a mile seems to have been the making of three year old and he has to rank highly now that he reverts back to turf in a race where quite a few of these are making their seasonal reappearance. Hugo Palmer enjoyed his best ever season last year and it is of note that he sends Mazyoun into battle today. Having been placed in decent sales races last term over six furlongs, he is likely to have strengthened up over the winter and this extra couple of furlongs ought to suit. This is his handicap debut and if in the mood he looks the likeliest of dangers. Richard Fahey’s horses have struck a rich vein of form in recent weeks and despite a layoff Rashfords Double has a perfect strike rate in handicaps. Having won all three that he has contested he promises that there ought to be more to come and he too can go well. Mailshot (E/W if 9/2+)

15:15 Haydock Caius Marcius came from off the pace to strike in two mile race at Wetherby last time out. With so many horses fighting for the lead in this race, it is likely that it would make most sense to be held up off the pace. He is a decent prospect for Nicky Richards and has won four times in a ten race career to date. He seems to go best when there is good in the going description and that ceralooks the case today. Craig Nicol keeps the ride on the six year old son of Kings Theatre and despite a six pound rise in the weights he commands respect. Stamp Your Feet will also love a guaranteed strong pace. He won in dramatic fashion at Hereford back in December when pouncing late on to get the better of The Gipper and the re-opposing St Saviour. Tom George and Adrian Heskin are in fine form and the combination look likely to go well here. Limited Reserve has recently moved yards from Paul Morgan to Christian Williams. That always seems to encourage horses to improve and he too makes the shortlist. His chances would increase with any further rain but that is not guaranteed. Caius Marcius (E/W if 9/2+)

15:35 Musselburgh Isharah is a four year old on the upgrade and has been winning competitive races on the all weather throughout the winter. Despite getting beaten in his last two starts they have been career best efforts and with him being proven over two miles and further he has to be considered here. With so many of his rivals lacking a recent run it makes sense to follow him now that he reverts back to turf. Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning are a powerful combination and they are taken to get the job done here. Carbon Dating has been sent back to JP Shanahan following a spell out in Dubai with Saeed Seemar. He wasn’t beaten far over this trip in Dubai back in February when nudged out by the likes of Zamaam, Los Barbados and Red Galileo. There would be nothing of their calibre in here so his presence is somewhat noteable. Ian Jardine is a local trainer who has his yard in good form. Shrewd was runner up in the Ebor last summer and is a previous course and distance winner here. If fully fit enough to do himself justice, he looks likely to play a leading role here too. Isharah (E/W if 9/2+) Carbon Dating (E/W if 9/2+)


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