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Vickers.Bet Thirsk Hunt Cup Handicap

  • Prize money: £25770
  • 0m 7f 218y
  • Class 2
  • 15 runners
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Vickers.Bet Thirsk Hunt Cup Handicap

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 2476-5

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Met trouble at a crucial stage when fifth of 11 on 7f Musselburgh reappearance four weeks ago; has done the majority of his racing at 7f but didn't obviously fail for lack of stamina when sixth in a big field over 1m at York on his final start last year; considered.

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7th

1

(9)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

Northern Express

9st 12lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

Beat Pisanello to win this race on soft ground last year; 9lb higher in his bid for a repeat but that's fully justified as he's advanced his form since and he should be spot on for this after an encouraging reappearance at Newmarket (7f) 16 days ago; bold show likely.

5/1

5th

2

(2)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Newmarket

Northern Express

9st 7lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

in touch with leaders towards far side, briefly went fourth over 1f out, kept on

15/2

6/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 33242- D

Last run: 183 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Consistent sort who goes well fresh (won on 2022 reappearance) and has previous in this race having finished third of 15 off 1lb higher 12 months ago; Mark Winn takes a handy 5lb off; one of the more likely types.

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12/1

  • Place: £4.60

Form: 6204-0 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Ran really well in defeat in two competitive handicaps last autumn, at Leopardstown (7f, soft) and Ascot (1m, good to soft); never involved in the Lincoln on his reappearance but he should strip fitter for that outing.

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11th

1

(4)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Safe Voyage

10st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

Done most winning round easy, turning courses, so has that in his favour; isn't as consistent now, which is no surprise given his age, but retains most of his ability and is fine on Tapeta; the harder they go the better for him.

8/1

4th

2

(9)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 212y

Class 2

16:25 Haydock

Safe Voyage

10st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

Veteran now but he ran really well in the Thirsk Hunt Cup (1m) and the Victoria Cup at Ascot (7f) in the spring and took advantage of a slight drop in grade at Chester (7.5f) last time, underlining how well he goes on soft ground; has an excellent course record and should remain very competitive after a 5lb rise.

11/2

Form: 1111-0 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Won seven times during last year's 3yo campaign but very disappointing on his Musselburgh reappearance four weeks ago and can only be watched this time.

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No Results Found

Form: 11215- CD BF

Last run: 218 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Five wins in very productive 2022 season, including two here (the first over 1m); might have been one outing too many when well-held fifth in Ascot handicap final start; capable when fresh but he will require a big career best to defy a mark in the low-90s.

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No Results Found

Form: 101-90 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Four wins during last season's excellent first campaign for Karl Burke; respectable reappearance effort at Wolverhampton and perhaps he simply failed to cope with very testing ground in the Lincoln at Doncaster since; remains 4lb above his last successful mark, though.

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6th

4

(7)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

Eilean Dubh

9st 2lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: K R Burke

Now 1lb lower than when winning at Hamilton (1m, good to soft) last summer but didn't shape with any obvious promise when always towards the rear on his 7f Musselburgh reappearance 13 days ago, albeit this trip is more suitable; sixth to Northern Express in this last year; visored first time.

20/1

9th

1

(11)

21st Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 15y

Class 3

18:15 Musselburgh

Eilean Dubh

9st 9lb

J: Sam Feilden

T: K R Burke

Three of his British wins have been in the spring but all five came over 1m after a recent outing; in that case he looks to have a bit to overcome, with a wide stall, six-month absence (has been gelded) and a tough mark to deal with over an easy 7f.

10/1

7th
10 (14)
Billyb

10/1

Form: 22471- D

Last run: 190 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Dual turf winner who added to his tally over 1m on Southwell's Tapeta on his final outing at 3, with the smart Chichester and this week's Ascot winner Chasing Aphrodite in second/third; his profile is essentially one of steady progress and he may do better again in 2023; draw could have been kinder but still respected on reappearance.

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7th

1

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 219y

Class 4

18:00 Redcar

Billyb

10st 2lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Ann Duffield

Three wins (7f/1m) last year and latest was off 5lb higher, but he has form figures of 79690 this season and was beaten 14l at Haydock (1m, good) last time; cheekpieces are now added and he needs a major turnaround.

33/1

9/1

Form: 10609- D

Last run: 211 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Prominent racer; reappears off same mark as when winning a 1m handicap at York's Dante meeting last May but usually better for a run and there's a possibility he'll be using this as a warm-up for that same York contest.

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12th

8

(13)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

Cruyff Turn

9st 1lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

Back on a good mark after losing his form in the autumn but he was only eighth to Northern Express in this on his 2023 reappearance; could be using this as a prep for the York Dante meeting handicap he won in 2022.

20/1

12/1

Form: 09063- D

Last run: 155 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Defied this mark at Goodwood (7f, good) last summer; lost his way on next three outings but took an immediate step back in the right direction for new trainer Grant Tuer when third over 7f at Newcastle in December; the type to win races for this stable but he has the widest stall to contend with back from five months off.

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4th

3

(11)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

The Turpinator

9st 8lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Grant Tuer

Best known as a 7f/1m performer but kept on well for creditable fourth in Class 2 C&D race last month; gave another good account when close third at Wolverhampton (7f) 16 days ago; respected.

8/1

3rd

4

(4)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 4

14:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

The Turpinator

9st 8lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Grant Tuer

raced in second, lost second and prominent after 1f, went second again and challenging from over 1f out, no extra final strides

8/1

25/1

Form: 580-07 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Respectable efforts in Group and Listed races last spring but it's been all downhill for him since over a variety of trips; didn't suggest a revival was imminent at Pontefract (1m2f) 12 days ago and it remains to be seen whether first-time cheekpieces and a drop back to 1m make a difference.

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13th

11

(11)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Dark Moon Rising

9st 2lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

towards rear

16/1

7/1

Form: 2600-4 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Smart at his best for Andrew Balding; respectable start for his new yard when fourth in a 7f course conditions race (heavy) a fortnight ago and could be sharper with that behind him; stays 1m; well treated on peak form.

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7th

5

(6)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Symbolize

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

in touch with leaders in centre of group

20/1

7th

2

(5)

13th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 3

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Symbolize

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Just one win in 25 starts since his successful debut despite a sliding mark and well held on his return from four months off at Thirsk (7f, good; first since since wind surgery) in September; needs to improve for the different surface on AW debut.

7/1

6th

4

(6)

1st Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Thirsk

Symbolize

9st 8lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Julie Camacho

C&D winner for Andrew Balding but raced just twice for his current yard and came in only 11th of 15 in 1m handicap here in May; a subsequent wind op needs to spark improvement.

12/1

7/1

Form: 7235-1 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

First success for this yard when making light of a 160-day absence at Newcastle (1m) last month; up 4lb but retains handicapping scope on his peak Irish form.

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11th

14

(11)

28th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:30 Wetherby

Skilled Warrior

9st 3lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Grant Tuer

Faced a tough task (well held) in the Spring Mile last time and this is a more suitable level; however, there is still a question mark over his current form.

25/1

17th

17

(17)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Skilled Warrior

8st 12lb

J: Ethan Jones

T: Grant Tuer

Fairly useful on his day; however, beaten in a seller on last turf attempt and largely out of sorts on AW since; current mark reflects the decline in his form; others preferred.

40/1

13th
15 (9)
Devilwala

25/1

Form: 2107-0

Last run: 16 days

W: 8st 4lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Snapped a long losing run at Chester (7.5f, good to soft) last autumn but below par since, including on Ripon reappearance 16 days ago; others are more obvious.

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87

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Devilwala

8st 4lb

T: Tim Easterby

10th

4

(6)

21st Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

16:45 Ayr

Devilwala

9st 13lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Tim Easterby

Third at Thirsk (7f, soft) in June but has trailed home on all four outings since.

20/1

13th

10

(3)

18th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:20 Thirsk

Devilwala

9st 2lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tim Easterby

Nowhere near the force of old, and although his best efforts this term have been recorded here, he's operated too far below a winning level latterly to persuade he can capitalise on his latest career-low mark.

40/1

11/1

Form: 0447-9 C

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

No obvious short-term promise for his new yard at Haydock last weekend and he needs to have come on a good deal in a short space of time.

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7th

8

(11)

20th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Tuscan

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Showed useful form for previous yard; 0-11 for current stable but last few efforts, most recently going close off this mark at Leicester (7f) last week, suggest his turn is near; appears to have a leading chance (due to go up 3lb from tomorrow).

7/2

2nd

2

(8)

10th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

17:40 Leicester

Tuscan

9st 12lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

dwelt start, in rear, headway against far rail from 2f out, went third final 110yds, kept on, just failed

9/2

6th

8

(9)

29th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Tuscan

9st 8lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Capable of smart form when trained by Charles Hills; struggled initially for this yard but there was much more encouragement off his much-reduced mark at Ayr last week (1m, good to soft), keeping on strongly having met trouble in running; can't discount now he's found his level.

11/2

Form: 3007-5

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Ended 2022 quietly but he may well have needed the outing when last of five on his 1m Kempton reappearance last month; down to the mark he won off at Hamilton last summer.

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5th

4

(6)

1st Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 3

16:00 Epsom

Austrian Theory

9st 9lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Generally disappointing since bagging a good prize here (8.5f, good to firm) on Oaks day in June but is 1lb below that mark now and took good step back in right direction when fourth at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) ten days ago; can't be ruled out.

7/1

4th

4

(3)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Austrian Theory

9st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

All wins at 7f-8.5f on good to firm, the most recent off 1lb higher at Epsom in June; largely below that form since and has a question to answer back up in distance.

12/1

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Exacta £340.00
Straight Forecast £333.40
Tricast £3388.50
Trifecta £5780.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

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The Star:

Skilled Warrior

SPOTLIGHT:

Pisanello

The Times:

Tuscan

Telegraph:

Dark Moon Rising

Daily Mirror:

Northern Express

The Sun:

The Turpinator

Daily Mail:

Carnival Zain

Daily Record:

Skilled Warrior

The Guardian:

Pisanello

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