Racing: Goldie hopes to strike gold

Jim Goldie is hoping for plenty of success at Musselburgh's twilight meeting. Picture: Robert Perry
Jim Goldie is hoping for plenty of success at Musselburgh's twilight meeting. Picture: Robert Perry
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JIM Goldie is hopeful of ­getting among the winners with his strong team of runners on ­Musselburgh’s twilight card.

The Renfrewshire trainer starts off with Midnight ­Dynamo in the Cala Homes Straight Handicap and he said: “He is a course and distance ­winner and the draw isn’t ideal even though he has overcome a low berth ­before.”

Next up for Goldie is Silver Duke in the Handicap and he added: “He should stay and improve for the step up to 1m 4f and did well to finish a close second at Doncaster time on his first try at 1m 2f.”

Goldie saddles Titus Bolt, Testa Rossa, Dhaular Dhar and Grand Diamond in the William Hill Handicap and he said: “They could all go well but Titus Bolt is probably the best of the four. He reared at the start last time and is another course and distance winner. I expect him to run 
really well.”

Goldie winds up with New Lease Of Life in the Eastern Electric (Scotland Ltd) Handicap and he concluded: “He’s got a 6lb penalty for winning his first race at Hamilton Park. Any rain that comes will enhance his chances and it’s also a sharper track.”

Elsewhere, Common Touch appears to have been given a chance by the handicapper to return to winning ways in the Betfred G-Casino Handicap at Haydock.

Willie Musson’s six-year-old is one of many handicappers in training who has a certain level at which he is able to win and as soon as he gets above it he struggles. That has been the case this season but Musson has also given him a couple of runs over a mile, a distance which he has never truly convinced on.

Seven furlongs on ground that is not too quick are his ideal conditions and he should get them on Merseyside.

A win last November at Kempton off 90 meant he began this season off 95, but the majority of his seven wins have come from ratings in the mid-high 80s and he’s back down to 88 now.

Another one capable of outrunning his odds could be Tim Easterby’s Silvery Moon in the Betfred Bruntwood Handicap.

Not seen for over 100 days, last year’s Carlisle Bell winner ran well off his current perch of 89 in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar when he was last sighted. Before that he had run well ­behind Clever Cookie at York.

Roger Charlton’s Acolyte ­really caught the eye on his debut at Newbury behind the smart prospect Elm Park and it would be a major shock were he turned over at Kempton in the Irish EBF Maiden Stakes.