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Kempton awaits Guest of honour

George Margarson hopes Rebellious Guest can justify his decision to miss the Lincoln in Saturday's Rosebery Handicap at Kempton.

Margarson said: "He handles the track well and I think he'll get the trip no problem, so we decided to come here instead of Doncaster.

"This looks an easier race than the Lincoln and if we'd have gone there we wouldn't have known what draw we would get or what the ground was going to be like.

"He's got a good draw for the Rosebery (stall two) and he didn't have a hard race last Saturday after getting stopped twice.

"He was bucking and kicking, so I'm expecting him to run a big race."

Rod Millman-trained veteran Shavansky is a three-times winner at the Sunbury circuit and returns to the track at the top of his game following success at Lingfield a fortnight ago.

"He's one of those horses that needs everything to fall right for him and it tends to happen every fourth run," said Millman.

"Things couldn't have gone better for him at Lingfield, the gaps came when he needed them and he won nicely in what was quite a competitive race.

"He holds his form remarkably well for a 10-year-old."

The one-mile-three-furlong contest has attracted a field of 13 runners, with Sir Michael Stoute's Vital Evidence and Marco Botti's Grendisar also in the line-up.

The other feature event is the Listed 6 Places At Aintree At BetVictor Magnolia Stakes, in which six runners are set to go to post.

Richard Hannon's one-time Classic hope Trumpet Major is the highest-rated horse in the field, making his first appearance outside Group company since August 2011.

William Knight saddles smart filly Modernstone, who pushed Grandeur close in last month's Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield.

Knight said: "She's in good form and we've trained her specifically for the race.

"We would have preferred a lower draw - she's widest of all in stall six - but there's nothing we can do about that and we'll make the best of it."

Tinshu finished a long way back in the Winter Derby itself, but trainer Derek Haydn Jones expects an improved performance.

"I told Jamie (Spencer) what to do last Saturday and he did what I told him, but it turned out to be the wrong thing as they went too quick," said the Welsh handler.

"She's going to stud to see Equiano next week and she'll come back, hopefully in foal, later in the year.

"She's a very tough mare and I have a feeling she'll run a blinder on Saturday."

Energia Davos, Squire Osbaldeston and Contributer complete the sextet.