At the last Thirsk meeting the stands’ side bias returned in the sprint races, favouring those drawn high. BURMESE BLAZER was sent off as the 9-2 favourite for a 5f handicap but was drawn on the wrong side, finishing sixth from stall six behind runners drawn 16, 14, 15, 18 and 17. He returns to Thirsk for the Celebrating The Life Of Sandra Rowcroft Handicap today (2.45) and looks much better berthed in stall 17.
DON ARMADO hasn’t shown a huge amount since returned to turf this spring but was a dual winner on good to firm ground last summer and the first-time visor could perk him up in the 6f Betway Handicap (3.15). Camacho offspring have a nine from 49 record in this headgear (18.4% strike-rate) for a profit of £48.98 to a £1 level stake at SP (+£75.99 at Betfair SP).
POET’S PRIDE was up against a strong draw bias at Nottingham last time, trailing home in tenth of 14 from stall 14 (first five drawn two, four, one, five and three). He hasn’t yet won on turf but has finished fourth of 12 and fourth of 14 on his two other handicap outings and can bounce back in division one of the 6f Scouting For Girls – Live @thirskraces Friday 16th August Handicap (5.40). He looks fairly well drawn in stall eight of 12.
In the same race I also want to be with TRICKY DICKY (stall nine). He was favourite for the same Nottingham race as Poet’s Pride but like that rival was badly berthed. He finished well beaten in 11th place on what was his debut for Roger Fell and can be expected to fare much better today.
Burmese Blazer – Thirsk 2.45 (1pt each-way, 15-2 generally)
Don Armado – Newmarket 3.15 (1pt each-way, 28-1 Betfair, Paddy Power, 25-1 generally)
Poet’s Pride – Thirsk 5.40 (1pt each-way, 16-1 generally)
Tricky Dicky – Thirsk 5.40 (1pt win, 13-2 Betfair, Paddy Power)
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