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Ruth Carr in with Ell of a chance of victory at Musselburgh

By Anita Chambers

Ellaal can make it a hat-trick in the Scott Coppola Electrical Distributor Handicap at Musselburgh today.

The seven-year-old may be lining up off his highest mark since 2012, but his confidence has been boosted after what has been a busy - and fruitful - 2016 so far.

Without a win since 2014, Ruth Carr's charge was sitting on a rating of 59 at the start of the year but started to climb back through the ranks after winning at Wolverhampton in March.

Mile successes at Musselburgh in April and May soon followed before Ellaal had a blip through June, before eventually coming good again at Scottish venue at the end of July.

He ran out a four-and-a-half-length winner, prompting a 6lb hike in the handicap which duly proved no barrier to success as he triumphed at Newmarket.

While his winning margin was cut to two lengths, he was putting in all his best work at the end under what was a well-judged ride from James Sullivan.

A similarly shrewd performance in the plate here can see Ellaal shrug off a 7lb rise and claim glory once again.

BELLEWSTOWN: 4.15 Shanid Castle, 4.50 Muthaza, 5.20 Stormey, 5.50 King's Wharf, 6.20 Big Bad Brian, 6.50 Top Of The Town, 7.20 Foggy Morning.

FONTWELL: 2.20 Osgood, 2.50 Daulys Anthem, 3.20 En Joule, 3.50 Abidjan, 4.20 Archie Rice, 4.55 Wyndcrest, 5.25 Ablazing.

LEICESTER: 2.10 Ocean Air, 2.40 Twin Point, 3.10 Storm Cry, 3.40 Mamoo, 4.10 Syncopation, 4.45 Dear Bruin.

MUSSELBURGH: 2.00 Lucky Mistake, 2.30 Lil's Affair, 3.00 Exclusive Diamond, 3.30 Introductory, 4.00 ELLAAL (NAP), 4.30 Stormy Art, 5.05 Thornaby Princess.

SEDGEFIELD: 5.00 Prince Khurram, 5.30 Golden Banner, 6.00 Bennachie, 6.30 Miro, 7.00 Only A Tipple, 7.30 Venue, 8.00 What A Game.

TIPPERARY: 4.35 Latin Beat, 5.10 Fair Game, 5.40 Utah, 6.10 Creggs Pipes, 6.40 Gordon Lord Byron, 7.10 Cavelli, 7.40 Laganore.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 6.15 Duke Of Yorkshire, 6.45 Xenon, 7.15 Coquine, 7.45 Believe It, 8.15 Let's Be Happy, 8.45 Pushaq, 9.15 La Contessa.

DOUBLE: Ellaal and Let's Be Happy.

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