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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.

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