Views from connections ahead of the Ladbrokes Handicap at Lingfield Park on Saturday.
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Rebellious Guest, who contested Group races both as a two- and three-year-old, goes for the Ladbrokes Handicap off joint bottom-weight at Lingfield on Saturday after a timely return to form.
Now a five-year-old, the Cockney Rebel gelding has been beset by problems but ended a losing streak going back to August 2011 when collecting in good style over this course and distance last weekend.
While trainer George Margarson was left frustrated the handicapper raised the five-year-old 6lb, he is still optimistic of a good run.
"I was a bit disappointed the handicapper took unkindly to him and put him up 6lb for his trouble," said the Newmarket handler.
"I wanted to go for a 0-85 race at Kempton, but they've put him on 86 because he won well.
"We were very pleased with his first run (at Southwell) and he took another step forward on the Polytrack. I thought he would handle that better. Jamie (Spencer) said he felt like a fair tool going round there. He went round their lovely, picked up nicely and won well.
"This is a step up in grade. He's taking on a few proven performers, but off his mark, bottom-weight in a big handicap, he's quite capable of making his presence felt.
"I'm hoping he can take another step forward in a better race, then we can aim him a bit higher."
Chris Dwyer is happy to give Mia's Boy is eighth run in the last three months, all on this course.
The Newmarket trainer reports the 10-year-old to have taken his last race earlier this month in his stride when he was sixth to Birdman.
"He's having another go. He seems well in himself and he's moving really well, so I might as well keep him going. He's in good form," said Dwyer.
reopens Emerald Wilderness won this race 12 months ago and his trainer Mark Rimmer has the 10-year-old back in top form after sore shins caused him to run below par last time.
"The horse is in great form and this race isn't as hard as some of the ones he's been running in. He's got to be thereabouts," said the Newmarket handler.
"He's been dropped a few pounds, he's Listed placed and he's got form in Class Two races so in a Class Three like this, you can never really rule him out.
"He's chased down Alfred Hutchinson and Grey Mirage and if they were in there tomorrow they'd be hot favourites, I'd have thought.
"The old boy has had some hot opposition, but he feels great. The other day when Nicky Mackay rode him, he felt he wasn't moving right going down the hill into the bend and said he didn't finish his race off.
"The next day he just had a touch of sore shins, so I put that down to a not so good run from him. At the moment he's in great form and I'm looking forward to running him."