Mark Johnston's ultra-powerful North Yorkshire yard, which has sent out more than 100 winners in each of the last 11 years, rolls into action at Musselburgh tomorrow.

On day two of the Flat turf season, which started this afternoon at Kempton, Middleham-based Johnston has excellent prospects of a double with Love Angel and Alrafidain.

Both horses will be partnered by Sheriff Hutton joclkey Kevin Darley, who is likely to get first call on the Johnston string this season.

Love Angel goes for the Haddington Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs and will be a popular choice to fulfill her juvenile potential.

A respectable third, despite being a beaten favourite, behind Madame Topflight at Ayr last autumn, Love Angel will be difficult to beat on her seasonal reappearance.

The same comment applies to Alrafidain in the Gullane Maiden Stakes.

Well regarded in the Johnston camp, this strapping colt just failed to justify favouritism at Ayr last September, being worn down close home by Kames Park.

Alrafidain looks the type to do considerably better as a three-year-old and will surely be tough to beat in this mile-and-a-half contest.

The Watch Racing UK Live on Sky Channel 432 Handicap looks a good opportunity for Into The Shadows to begin the season in the same style as she ended the previous one.

Keith Reveley's useful mare won her final two starts last term, at Newcastle and Newmarket, looking a most progressive performer on each occasion.

She was tried over hurdles early in the winter, but was then put away for another Flat campaign. That decision is likely to prove a shrewd one, starting with a victory tomorrow. Smart Norton apprentice Tom Eaves again has the mount on mt Nap selection.

Tomorrow's main race is the £20,000 Easter Sunday Musselburgh Handicap over five furlongs.

Fast and furious stuff is guaranteed and Bo McGinty is fancied to give a good account of himself.

Twice a winner for Richard Fahey last season, the Malton gelding has the scope to improve further this term. Paul Hanagan has the mount.

Norton trainer Linda Stubbs can also figure on the scoresheet.

She saddles Kung Hei in the opening race, the Aberlady Maiden Stakes, and the experience gained by this two-year-old when he finished third at Lingfield last Saturday will stand him in excellent stead against unraced rivals.

Down at Towcester, make a note of Peter Beaumont's Flight Command in the Novices' Handicap Chase. The seven-year-old has won two of his last three starts.

Tomorrow's Tips


2.20 Kung Hei, 2.50 Into The Shadows (Nap), 3.20 Love Angel, 3.50 Bo McGinty, 4.20 Alrafidain, 4.50 Master Robbie, 5.20 Majestical.


2.10 In Accord, 2.40 Jack Fuller, 3.10 Salut Saint Cloud, 3.40 Flight Command, 4.10 Hattington, 4.40 Lancastrian Jet, 5.10 One For The Boys.

Tomorrow's other meeting is at Plumpton.

Updated: 09:16 Saturday, March 26, 2005