GO DAN GO was an impressive winner of the Download Your Racing UK App Handicap at Musselburgh yesterday.
Sent off 5/2 favourite, he slammed top-weight All You by five lengths under Phillip Makin.
Winning trainer Keith Dalgleish said: “He’s progressing nicely and even more so on the evidence of today. He’s a nice, big horse and pretty versatile regarding track and ground.
“We will see where to go from here, but he will stay a mile on a galloping track. He’s also very relaxed and was half asleep in the paddock.”
Easton Angel romped away with the juvenile maiden on her debut for the Michael Dods/Paul Mulrennan combination.
She was supported into 11/8 favouritism just before quickening up well to beat Fishergate by three and a quarter lengths.
Veteran amateur Serena Brotherton steered James Ewart’s Roc De Prince to victory in the opening Racing Together Give And Gain Day Amateur Riders’ Handicap.
The winning pilot, having her first ride for the Ewart yard, said: “The rain got into the ground and it turned soft, which suited my horse. They went a decent gallop and James told me his stamina would kick in up the straight and he stayed on strongly.”
Meanwhile, Grand National-winning rider Timmy Murphy claimed his first winner as a fully-fledged Flat jockey aboard Houdini in the Roger & Mary Marsh Handicap at Wolverhampton. Murphy had been on the sidelines since the beginning of 2014 due to a shoulder injury before having his first rides on the level at Thirsk on Saturday.
Just three rides into the next chapter of his illustrious career, Murphy was seen to great effect on the three-year-old, who is trained by his former weighing- room colleague, Jamie Osborne.
Murphy had been due to return at Brighton last Wednesday but the meeting was called off after only two races due to high winds.
Houdini was sent off at 7-1 and held off Arlecchino’s Leap by a head.
At Chelmsford today, Regal Parade can roll back the years by winning the totepool Handicap.
Now an 11-year-old, Regal Parade has enjoyed plenty of days in the sun, not least when winning the 2009 Sprint Cup at Haydock and landing the Prix Maurice de Gheest in France the following year after graduating from claiming the likes of the Ayr Gold Cup during his handicap career.
His ability has diminished with the passing of years, but his enthusiasm endures and he has shown up well a couple of times already this year for new handler Charlie Wallis.
Third on his return from over 200 days off the track, Regal Parade felt the benefit of that Chelmsford run when returning to the Essex course to claim second in a very similar event to this. He clearly remains competitive at this level and would be a popular winner.