Silvanus bids for his sixth course and distance strike as his sprint specialist trainer Paul Midgley targets more success at Musselburgh today.
The Yorkshire raider, whose latest win at the East Lothian venue came earlier this month, is partnered by Graham Lee as he faces seven rivals in the Arthur Mckay Servest Handicap.
Evergreen Silvanus, now a 12-year-old, started his career with eight runs for William Haggas and then had 15 starts for Ian Semple before his claiming success at Catterick in August 2009.
In a remarkable career he has won 17 times and is having his 126th outing this afternoon. Midgeley said: “He’s a grand old horse and still keeping a decent level of form. We claimed him for £5,000 after he won at Catterick eight years ago and he doesn’t owe us a penny.”
Among the opposition to Silvanus is Economic Crisis, the winner of the race last year, who carries the colours of Ayrshire owner Willie Burns.
Meanwhile, Uplawmoor based trainer Jim Goldie wrote his place in the record books at Ayr yesterday when saddling the 1-2-3-4 home in the Coastal Getaway Offer At Western House Hotel Handicap.
The six-furlong sprint looked to be going the way of Goninodaethat, 10-1, bidding for his ninth course win and ridden by Callum Rodriguez but stablemate Cheeni, an 11-2 chance,collared him on the line to win by a head and give the filly her first-ever win with PJ Mcdonald riding. Insurplus was third with Sea Of Green fourth making it a very special day for Goldie’s team.
A delighted Goldie said: “I thought they would all run well but to train the first four home is special.”
It was also a very special day for the Ontoawinner Syndicate when Cosy Club won The QTS Ladies Night on August 12 Handicap to give them their 100th winner.
The yellow and white colours are best known for the Group 1 winning exploits of Quiet Reflection but this handicap win by the 16-1 shot trained by Adrian Keatley near the Curragh in Ireland and ridden by Danny Sheehy was a very proud moment for all concerned.
Carluke trainer Keith Dalgleish was celebrating a double with wins for Crazy Tornado, 11-2, on the one-mile handicap and Maulesden May, 16-1, in the feature race the Racing UK Handicap. Both horses were ridden by Graham Lee.
The apprentice handicap over one mile and five furlongs was won by Kashmiri Sunset at 13-2, on his first run for trainer Iain Jardine and given a first-class ride by stable apprentice Jamie Gormley.