Mason Hindmarsh almost died a couple of years ago from a serious stomach problem, but has bounced back to score three times in the interim and can oblige again at Musselburgh tomorrow.
The chestnut had registered three victories before a growth in his gut threatened his life, but after pulling through a serious operation early in 2012, he scored in good style on the East Lothian track.
That victory came over 14 furlongs, but the seven-year-old stays well and netted another success over two miles at Catterick a few weeks later, while he also scored over that trip at Ripon in the early part of last year.
So the two miles of the Boogie in the Morning Handicap (4.55) tomorrow should hold no fears and the sharp seaside circuit plays to his front-running style.
He was having a first outing for almost eight months when third over a mile and three quarters here on his reappearance in May when he led until entering the final furlong and went down by just over a length.
Another fair effort followed when he was fourth at Newcastle at the end of May and he now runs off a mark 1lb lower than for his last success. Trainer Karen McLintock has booked smart apprentice Conor Beasley for the mount and his 3lb allowance will be a big help.
Keith Dalgleish has his team in sparkling form – he netted a four-timer at Hamilton last week – and Porthos Du Vallon can defy top weight in the William Hill bet on the Move Handicap (5.30) which closes an interesting card.
The gelding made the frame in three of his five races as a juvenile and opened his winning account at Hamilton when he was one of his trainer’s four winners on the afternoon.
The three-year-old has a 6lb penalty tomorrow, but is due to go up 7lb in the ratings from Saturday, so Dalgleish has opted to strike while the iron is hot.
Live Dangerously has been placed in his last four races and will be fancied to initiate a double for his trainer in the Viridor Transforming Waste Racing Handicap (4.20), but I prefer the chances of Next Door.
Thirsk trainer David Barron saddled the filly to score twice last term, but she was off the track for nine months after the second success at Ripon last July. However, she was clearly thought to be over whatever the problem was as she was sent off favourite when fourth on her reappearance at Doncaster in April and again headed the betting when runner-up at Catterick last month.
She steps up in trip to seven furlongs tomorrow, but has been eased a couple of pounds in the ratings and can recover those recent losses.
Bunce has been in good form this term, winning twice and finishing runner-up twice from seven starts and can take the Ross Electrical Handicap (3.45) for trainer Linda Perratt.
The six-year-old was bought for just £3000 by the Ayr trainer after winning a claimer at Redcar early in May and was second at Hamilton and Ayr later that month. He bounced back from a couple of below-par efforts to win again on this track a fortnight ago under Joe Fanning who will be on board again and a 6lb rise in the ratings may not stop a repeat performance.
Musselburgh selections: 3.45 Bunce; 4.20 Next Door 4.55 Mason Hindmarsh; 5.30 Porthos Du Vallon.