Rely on Lanai to get Gibbons and Barron off mark at Musselburgh

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Graham Gibbons is a jockey in great form with ten winners in the past fortnight and he looks set to continue the successful run at Musselburgh this evening.

He travels north to the East Lothian track principally to partner a couple of runners for his boss – Thirsk trainer David Barron – and Lanai can get them off to a good start by winning the Canaccord Genuity Maiden Stakes (6.40).

The youngster showed bags of promise when third on her debut at Nottingham earlier this month and is the sort with which Barron excels.

She cost 42,000 gns and is a half-sister to six winners, including Roger Sez ,who was successful at Group Three level, so a win tonight would boost her value as a future broodmare considerably.

Her dam was a juvenile winner over the minimum trip and it is worth noting that Barron has elected to send her on the long trip across the border rather than take up an engagement tomorrow considerably nearer home at Beverley.

Gibbons and his boss can complete a double with Twin Appeal in the Turcan Connell Handicap (8.40). The three-year-old showed distinct promise last term, making the frame at Nottingham and Wolverhampton and caught the eye with some good late work when fifth on his reappearance at Ripon last month.

A half-brother to seven winners, he looked set to open his account when bounding clear approaching the final furlong at Doncaster last week, only to be caught on the line and beaten a nose by a 50-1 outsider. The gelding has been put up 5lbs by the handicapper and with that new mark due to come into operation tomorrow, Barron has shrewdly decided tonight is the night. Compensation awaits.

Gibbons can make it a treble on board Medieval Bishop in the Belmont Wallyford Handicap (7.40) when the gelding can take his revenge on Choisan for a recent beating over this course and distance.

The latter prevailed by three parts of a length here three weeks ago, but has since been well beaten at Ripon and although Medieval Bishop is only marginally better off at the weights tonight, he will be suited by the better ground.

His trainer, Mark Walford, has done well since taking over the family yard in Yorkshire from father Tim and Medieval Bishop will prove hard to beat tonight.

Camerooney ended last turf season with a win on the seaside track and two of his eight career victories have come here. He can score again in the concluding Gordon & Halliday Flooring Handicap (9.10).

The gelding led for a long way when fourth at Redcar over seven furlongs on his reappearance recently and the winner there has boosted the form by going on to complete a hat-trick.

Camerooney has top weight tonight, but will be suited by the extra furlong.

Selections: 6.40 Lanai; 7.40 Medieval Bishop; 8.40 Twin Appeal; 9.10 Camerooney