The veteran had been on a long two-year losing run but that meant his handicap mark had slipped back from the giddy heights of 109 to a now more realistic 82. He ran with credit on bad ground at Chester 10 days ago but it all came together on Saturday when he pounced late and fast to nail victory close home.
Duke of Firenze clocked a decent time and, clearly in rude health, is taken to defy a 4lb penalty with the hope that he can then move on to the Epsom Dash in June.
Duke Of Firenze 1pt ew @ 11-2
KNOWING GLANCE (Carlisle, 5.45) has only won once but it was over course and distance a year ago in a handicap for three-year-olds. Disappointing after, he returned to action early this month following a 189-day break and very nearly kicked off the new campaign with victory.
Beaten on the bob, the gelding looks back to his best and can go one better this afternoon.
Knowing Glance 1pt win @ 5-2
GLOBAL TOUR (Ludlow, 4.55) won first time up for new connections at Bangor on Saturday and makes a very quick reappearance. The selection showed little when trained in Ireland but Fergal O'Brien had him ready and raring to go, and he won with the minimum of fuss.
Global Tour looks a cut above the field.
Global Tour 2pt win @ 4-5