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Star looks to shine on return to midlands.

STAR Links was possibly a bit unlucky at Wolverhampton last time out but compensation awaits in the Ladbrokes Handicap back at that track.

Shane Donohoe's eight-yearold runner remains on his highest mark for some time but his recent fine efforts suggest he is still competitive and given he is pretty consistent on the all-weather, Star Links should put up a good battle once again.

Fat Gary is the choice in the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.

He notched up a sequence of wins for Tom Dascombe in October and November, rising from a mark of 75 to his current perch of 85 in the process.

Ellaal snapped a long losing spell just before Christmas and can go in again in the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap.

Mark Johnston had to settle for just the 216 winners in 2013, equalling his previous best, and Dame Nellie Melba can ensure the yard hits the ground running early this year at Southwell.

She hails from the family of Gateman and Lady Jane Digby among others and while she is short of that level, the Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap is well within her compass.

Munaawib is another with proven ability at Southwell and is taken to go well in the Ladbrokes Selling Handicap.

Balbriggan lines up in Musselburgh's Kilmany Cup after having to settle for a fairly distant third at Leicester on his most recent outing.

Witness In Court was a disappointment on his fencing bow but should be given the chance to redeem himself in the 32Red Novices' Chase.

Invisible Hunter makes his debut for John Ferguson in the Lauderdale Pony Club Maiden Hurdle. Successful for Godolphin as a three-year-old, he did not really excel on the level, although his final run on the Flat did produce a creditable second place.

TODAY'S TOP TIPS MUSSELBURGH: 12.40 Invisible Hunter, 1.10 Ballycool, 1.40 Pass Muster, 2.10 Witness In Court, 2.40 Solidago, 3.10 Balbriggan, 3.40 Desoto County.

SOUTHWELL: 12.30 Bonnie Fairy, 1.00 Tatting, 1.30 Munaawib, 2.00 Flying Giant, 2.30 Dame Nellie Melba, 3.00 Think, 3.30 Commandable.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.00 Quality Art, 4.30 Fat Gary, 5.00 Captain Mo, 5.30 STAR LINKS
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 2, 2014
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