Operateur arrives in the form of his life but complicates matters as he was odds-on to land an amateurs race at Hamilton yesterday. Whether he takes part or not, it could pay to stick with the late developing RONALD GEE anyway. Jim Goldie's charge was making his handicap debut at the age of seven when second to Lysino over track and trip last time and there should be more to come from him. He finished a street ahead of third-placed Grand Diamond and Rocky Two looks a bigger threat having won over 1m5f here last month.
Ronald Gee (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Led, headed over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Lysino (9-13) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Operateur (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, headway to lead over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Hamilton 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd beating Isdaal (8-11) by 4l, 7 ran.
Vittachi 20-1 (8-6) Held up on outside, headway 7f out, ridden 3f out, close up over 2f out, weakened from over 1f out, 6th of 8, 12l behind Aleksandar (8-12) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Grand Diamond (IRE) 11-1 (8-10) Very slowly away in rear in chasing group, headway 3f out, soon chased leading pair, plugged on, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Lysino (9-7) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Rocky Two (IRE) 14-5fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, headway over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened and lost 2 places towards finish, 4th of 8, 4l behind Voice From Above (7-12) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Taxiformissbyron 11-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 2f out to over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Vosne Romanee (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Eilean Mor 3-1fav (8-4) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Carraroe Flyer (8-0) at Ayr 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) sft.