Zebelini looked an unlucky loser at Catterick last week and can make amends at Musselburgh tomorrow.
The grey filly was well fancied to make a winning start for trainer Ollie Pears, but completely missed the break, forfeiting half a dozen lengths out of the stalls and in the circumstances she did well to finish sixth, beaten just over three lengths.
She was behind Takafol who finished second and they re-oppose in tomorrow’s Baillie Gifford Handicap (4.35) when Zebelini can take her revenge, even though they meet on the same terms.
Takafol had the run of the race being up with the leaders all the way and having every chance inside the final furlong, whereas Zebelini not only blew the start, but also had precious little room in the inside rail when making ground in the closing stages.
Zebelini clearly does well when fresh, for she caused a shock on her debut at Ripon last year when making all to score at odds of 40-1 on her racecourse bow in August. The filly followed up with a fair effort on the East Lothian track when beaten just two lengths into fifth in soft ground off a mark of 70.
Two unplaced runs followed for trainer Mrs Ilka Gansera-Leveque and Pears bought the three-year-old for 10,000 guineas at the end of last term.
She now runs off a mark of 65 and although she is due to drop a further 2lb this weekend, Pears clearly thinks this race will suit her early pace, especially as she has a draw near the favoured stands rail. If she can make a smart exit, the opposition may well struggle to catch her.
Halsall showed bags of promise when runner-up on his debut at Beverley and can go one better in the opening Stats Group British Stallions Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (1.50). This 20,000 gns yearling has plenty of stamina in his pedigree, but showed lots of pace at Beverley where he was quickly into his stride and seemed to have the race in safe keeping until tiring on the stiff uphill climb to the line.
He was caught in the last 50 yards and beaten half a length, but can make amends on this easier track with that experience.
Trainer David O’Meara and jockey Danny Tudhope can complete a double with Regal Dan in the Weatherbys Bank Handicap (4.00).
The gelding went down by a head on his reappearance at Catterick and the winner there has since defied a penalty to win at Ayr, so the form looks rock solid.
Regal Dan scored at Doncaster as a juvenile and although he failed to win last summer, he turned in some decent efforts and was placed on several occasions when trained at Lambourn by Charlie Hills.
O’Meara paid 23,000 gns for him at the sales last October and the four-year-old ran well when finishing in midfield in a highly competitive affair at York before the season ended. He can defy top weight tomorrow.
Argaki ran well when third at the opening meeting of the year here and went on to score on the all-weather at Wolverhampton for Scots trainer Keith Dalgleish.
The gelding was favourite at Ayr on Monday, but failed to stay the ten furlongs and finished only fourth. He makes a quick re-appearance in the Core (Oil & Gas) Ltd Handicap (2.20) when he should relish the step back in trip to a mile, especially as he won over course and distance a couple of years ago.
Selections : 1.50 Halsall; 2.20 Argaki; 4.00 Regal Dan; 4.35 Zebelini