STARPLEX (5.25) catches the eye in the closing 1m 5f handicap at Musselburgh.
Keith Dalgleish sent out Starplex to land a 1m 4f handicap at Thirsk in April 2018 off a mark of 78 before the gelding left the yard for a spell with Kenny Johnson. Starplex has returned to Dalgleish’s Carluke base and races off a lowly rating of 60 this afternoon. Smart Lass was something of a revelation when skelping Lincoln Tale over course and distance and should confirm places on 2lb worse terms.
NORMAL NORMAN (4.15) should be seen in a better light now raised significantly in trip. John Ryan’s dual bumper winner is nothing if not versatile and lined up in last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. He found a mile too sharp when stripped for action here last month but scored over hurdles at Musselburgh’s New Year’s Day fixture. Soft ground is a slight worry but the yard had a winner with Battle Of Marathon yesterday in the Gerry Mcgladery silks. Tor is fairly interesting on debut for Marjorie Fife, while Beechwood Jude wasn’t disgraced in slightly better company at Ayr.
DREAMSELLER (3.10) is capable of mopping up this modest contest over seven furlongs. He made no show at Southwell but his earlier third to in-form My Ukelele at Ayr was much more like it.
GLASSES UP (4.50) should go well for Mike Smith in the Class 4 mile handicap. The gelding handles soft ground and ran a cracker at Ayr last time when chasing home useful Addis Ababa. Glasses Up wasn’t beaten far by Aiya at Pontefract and should cope with today’s drop in distance. Gometra Ginty runs the track exceptionally well but is up 6lb for his latest success. Be Kool won a Redcar seller on the back of a fine third to Glengarry here and should go well along with nicely-weighted Greek Hero, fifth to the Charlie Hills-trained Time For A Toot in the Haydock mud.