Racoon just got the better of Hypnosis on their last encounter and given a three pound swing that result should be overturned in this handicap sprint but out in front of them both should be ROTHESAY DANCER. Allotted a six pounds penalty for a comfortable success last time Jim Goldie's veteran ran in the spirit of an animal who could follow up. This will be her 90th career start and the ground looks perfect for this milestone run. Hynosis is in receipt of a three pound swing form last time conquered Racoon so is entitled to reverse that form and challenge the pick. If Le Toreador takes this engagement instead of his Chetser booking on Saturday he has to be respected off a fair mark but with a lot to find on the two we've just mentioned. More was expected of Royal Intruder last time and a three pound mark reduction will help that one get closer but in a typically tight sprint Rothesay Dancer could follow up.
Tornadodancer (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Mid-division, no impression from 2f out, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Santo Padre (9-1) at Tipperary 5f hcp 60-100 sft.
Rothesay Dancer 16-1 (9-6) Held up well in rear, switched right to centre just inside final 2f, headway soon after, chased leaders over 1f out, pushed along and ran on well to lead final 100 yards, comfortably, won at Carlisle 5f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs beating Sirenuse (9-10) by 1l, 8 ran.
Le Toreador 9-4fav (9-3) Dwelt, soon in touch, switched right 2f out, effort on outside over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Raccoon (8-11) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Stolt (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, one paced and no impression final furlong, 8th of 14, 6l behind Discanti (8-13) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Hypnosis 11-1 (9-3) Made most, hung right over 1f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Raccoon (8-11) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
La Zamora 12-1 (8-2) Behind, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, last of 15, 15l behind Noble Storm (9-6) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Royal Intruder 11-2fav (9-1) Behind, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, not reached leaders, 5th of 11, 3l behind Seamus Shindig (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
The Nifty Fox 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden to dispute lead and every chance over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 1 1/4l behind Captain Scooby (8-6) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Raccoon (IRE) 9-4 (9-5) With leaders, led 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Musselburgh 5f sell stks (6) gd beating Fivefootnumberone (9-2) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Stoneacre Lad (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, driven along halfway, soon beaten, last of 6, 15l behind Luscivious (9-9) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Fivefootnumberone (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) With leaders, ridden entering final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Raccoon (9-5) at Musselburgh 5f sell stks (6) gd.