PUT Pen on your paper. PENWORTHAM was a bit unlucky to only be fourth over course and distance on his return to action 12 months ago. He went on to notch up wins at Goodwood and Chester and is the type to do even better this term. His wide draw is a slight concern but Roll On Rory is likely to stretch the field out from the front.
Mishaal is interesting at a decent price. He won over six furlongs last summer but he does stay this far. There’s a chance he could follow the pacesetters before getting first run on the hold-up horses.
Twin Appeal has run two sound races on the all-weather this year. He’s won over today’s track and trip and he should be involved in the finish.
Ionization was progressive last season. She is another in with a chance if ready to show her best first time out.
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GET in the Abbey habit. LEXINGTON ABBEY often runs well when fresh. He won first time out last season and, although that was on heavy ground, he’s got plenty of form on faster going.
My fancy ended last season with a next second in a big-field York handicap when wearing blinkers for the first time. He’s got the cheekpieces on today and could be hard to catch if he pings out of the boxes from his stands’ rail draw.
Monsieur Joe is best off at the weights. He was consistent last season and only went down by a short-head in a Sandown Group 3. I’m just not willing to take a short price about a horse who possibly might need the run.
Glenrowan Rose missed most of last summer after a brace of wins in May. She returned with a sound course-and-distance effort but the lowest draw is no help.
GET on the Maz. Hugo Palmer’s MAZYOUN was runner-up in a valuable Doncaster sales race before hitting the frame in the Listed Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar in October. He was a little unlucky to only finish third as he fared much the best of those drawn high and he met traffic when trying to challenge. A gelding operation since breaking his duck on the all-weather should bring about more improvement.
Novoman has also been separated from his conkers over the winter. He was consistent in handicaps in the autumn and is the type to do better this year.
Richard Fahey’s Rashford’s Double is unbeaten in handicaps after rattling up a hat-trick of wins. He might find this mile trip on the sharp side now.
Stablemate Society Red is another to consider, while in-form Mailshot has each-way claims.
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He’s been most progressive on the all-weather this winter but there’s no reason why he can’t be just as good returned to turf.
He’s was badly off at the weights when runner-up at Lingfield last time and today’s likely strong pace should be ideal.
Mark Johnston also runs Soldier In Action. He trailed in last in the Triumph Hurdle last month but he won three times last season. Today’s 1m6f distance should be ideal.
Ebor runner-up Shrewd is another likely to do well around this trip but Montaly would prefer softer ground.
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- 1.50 Musselburgh – PENWORTHAM
- 2.05 Haydock – EASY STREET
- 2.25 Musselburgh – LEXINGTON ABBEY
- 2.40 Haydock – BEHIND THE WIRE
- 3.00 Musselburgh – MAZYOUN
- 3.15 Haydock – BROTHERLY COMPANY
- 3.35 Musselburgh – ISHARAH
TAKE it Easy. Improving EASY STREET lost his way in the winter but he bounced back to form when scoring at Fontwell a couple of weeks ago. There’s more to come from Jonjo O’Neill’s hope and the decent ground will help.
Some Buckle has a fine chance. He’s always looked to have a touch of class and he got his act together when thrashing Pull The Chord and Monetaire at Stratford last time. Good ground is the key to him but I’m worried he’s only had two weeks to recover as he likes longer between races.
Ballybolley is another who will like conditions. He won this prize 12 months ago and went on to score twice in the autumn. There was nothing wrong with his fourth in a good race at Kempton last time and he looks a live threat.
The ground might not be soft enough for Mumgos Debut.
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He’s taken really well to fences and promises to develop into a smart chaser. His slick jumping is sure to be a potent weapon and he’s got no problem with the decent ground.
Last month’s Newbury success over 2m6f was a personal best and today’s slightly longer trip should suit him even better.
Rathlin Rose has looked good in winning both Sandown’s military races. But the form of those contests is rarely very reliable.
Shanroe Santos is on a roll. He has only been nudged up 3lb for last month’s Sandown success and he should run well.
Fingerontheswitch and Bob Tucker are others in with a shout.
RELY on BROTHERLY COMPANY.
Harry Fry’s hope is well weighted on his brace of wins last spring. He had probably had enough later in the year but he returned with a promising Stratford effort on ground way too soft for him last month.
I fancy him to reverse that form with Midnight Maestro. He is 5lb better off with Alan King’s runner and the faster conditions will suit him better.
Stamp Your Feet is interesting. He’s not been disgraced in two runs since scoring at Hereford in December. I’ve a feeling he probably needs further but if they go hard up front he would have a chance.
Unison knows how to win and couldn’t be ruled out on ground he likes.
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