This doesn’t look a very strong race and looks like it might develop into a match between Annangel and Joshua R. Annangel has to carry a penalty, but she might be up to it. She showed very little on debut at Newcastle when a 50/1 shot, but stepped forward massively for that experience when bolting up at Beverley on her second start when a massive 80/1.
There didn’t appear to be any fluke about her win and the second ran well behind the very useful Bomb Proof to give some substance to the form. Five furlongs on a sharp track like Musselburgh might catch out Joshua R and if that proves to be the case, Annagel will take plenty of beating.
Citron Major has won five handicaps in the past two seasons and while he hasn’t been at his best on his last few starts, he has now come back down to a rating of 86 which is below his last winning mark.
He won handicaps last season at York and Windsor off marks of 86 & 89 respectively and ran a cracker in the Great St Wilfred handicap when third off a mark of 90. He ran ok on reappearance at Newmarket but was unusually ridden prominently over 7f at Redcar last week.
I assume he will be held up here and the likely strong pace should suit and I can see him travelling into contention at the furlong pole. Faye McManoman takes 5lbs off his back and with Paddy paying 4 places in this race, Citron Major makes plenty of each-way appeal at a big price.
Mark Prescott has his string in decent form since the resumption of racing and the is every chance that Pleasure Garden can be another winner for him. In typical Prescott fashion, Pleasure Garden showed very little in four starts in maidens but showed plenty on handicap debut last week when third off a lowly mark of 49. He gets to run off the same mark again and the step up in trip looks sure to suit, based on how he was running on at the finish over 10 furlongs last week.
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