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  • 14:55 Ladbrokes Handicap1m

  • £11,500 added 4yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner £7,439 2nd £2,214 3rd £1,106 4th £553
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
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  • Winning time: 1m 35.76s
  • Off time: 14:57:26
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Rebellious Guest booked in for Lingfield prize

Last Updated: 31/01/14 10:13am

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George Margarson: Trains Rebellious Guest

George Margarson: Trains Rebellious Guest

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.

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