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Musselburgh – Preview 23rd June 2023

Gordon Brown – Race Reporter

Gordon has a wealth of experience of racing through his background in the written and broadcast media. His current principle role is reporting and supporting the scene in Scotland on Racing TV and relaying the latest news with Scottish angles.

GLORY FIGHTER is aiming for a third course and distance triumph in the C & P Recruitment 90S Classic Handicap at Musselburgh on Friday evening.

Now based with Yorkshire handler Paul Midgley, he faces seven rivals in a competitive dash over the minimum trip of five-furlongs.

“We picked him up at the sales nearly two years ago and this will be his first run at the track for us,” said the man who specialises with sprinters and is also represented in the race by Spring Is Sprung. “We were going to go for the Scottish Sprint Cup last summer but the ground turned against him.

“He’s been to Musselburgh four times in all and won on two occasions so he likes the place alright. He’s pretty speedy, as he showed when winning at Catterick last time, and I’d be hopeful of a big run even though he has plenty of weight.”

Course and distance form is also boasted by Sugar Baby, who showed his own share of pace when scoring from the front at Musselburgh last July for his Tayside-born trainer Peter Niven.

The night gets underway with the GTC Apprentice Handicap in which two-thirds of the nine-runner line-up have previous winning form at the East Lothian venue.

Red-hot Malton trainer Tim Easterby may hold the key with Little Ted, who scored at the track off a much higher mark by a head three years ago.

The famous Monteith of Rosewell colours are sported by hat-track seeking Simple Star in the Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes Handicap over 1m 4f.

Trained in Cumbria by Dianne Sayer, he posted strikes both here and at Hamilton Park last month.