Through The Card: Musselburgh, Monday May 9

There is racing from Musselburgh on Monday
There is racing from Musselburgh on Monday

Timeform take you through the card at Musselburgh on Monday.

14:10 - Last year's winner Roc De Prince may have had this race on his radar again for some time for his new handler Keith Dalgleish, and under top amateur Simon Walker, he looks set to run well after his stamina was stretched last time at Pontefract. He is clearly of interest from a 4 lb lower mark this time around, and is worth including for the Placepot. It is worth noting, however, that the best of his form has come on an easier surface than the one he is likely to be faced with today, and it could also be worth including Exclusive Contract, who has form at this track and should appreciate the conditions under a workable mark (1 lb higher than last win).

14:40 - Newcomer Galahad could run well first time up for a yard that do well with debutantes, but Valentino Boy sets a fairly useful standard after pulling some eight lengths clear of the field when just touched off by Mailshot at Pontefract last time, and with more improvement to come, he could be hard to beat.

15:10 - C&D winner Opt Out looked set for another solid season when third here over seven furlongs on his reappearance last month, and as a horse that usually gives his running, he looks a good Placepot option. Ellaal won well here from the front last time, and remains fairly treated despite a 6 lb rise in the weights, seeing as he placed off a BHA mark of 73 last season. He is also worth including for the Placepot with a fairly easy lead in prospect.

15:40 - Tellovoi went close last time but he has not won for over two years and it wouldn't be a huge shock if he found one too good once again here. At the prices, it could be worth chancing Mr Sundowner, who showed improved form at the end of his three-year-old campaign and may be capable of further still given he has not had that many starts. He is entitled to improve for his poor reappearance, where he had a lot on from a bad draw, and with his yard in good form at present, he could easily outrun his odds in what is a modest race.

16:10 - Plenty to consider here but Jammy Moment is 1 lb lower in the weights than when winning at this track early last season and is worth considering on his second start for the in-form Keith Dalgleish, who is a trainer who has a good record with horses that have lost their way somewhat. Love Marmalade is sure to come on for his reappearance effort, which came in a muddling race, and is worth including for place purposes after posting some credible efforts here last season in defeat.

16:40 - Hard to get away from Madame Butterfly, who looks to have been found a good opportunity to get off the mark at the fourth attempt after finishing second on her three previous starts. She sets a high standard already here, while the step up to this trip should be in her favour and may be a source of further improvement.

17:10 - A few non-runners have made this less competitive than it first looked. Kingthistle was seemingly stretched by a mile last time at Haydock and this drop back in trip should see him to better effect. Prior to that he ran his best race when a close third at Wolverhampton over seven furlongs, and with a decent pedigree to call upon (half-brother to the prolific Alfred Hutchinson) he may bounce back here and looks worth a bet at the prices.

17:45 - Atreus was keen last time when second at Wolverhampton and will seemingly be suited by this drop in trip, so is one to consider, but overall this is competitive and is probably best watched.

Recommendations:

Back Mr Sundowner in the 15:40
Back Kingthistle in the 17:10

Placepot permutation:
14:10 - 1, 3
14:40 - 3
15:10 - 3, 6
15:40 - 3, 7
16:10 - 2, 9
16:40 - 5
= 16 lines

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