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17:10 Thirsk

Soft

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  • 1m 4f 8y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 443-61 CD

Last run: 77 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Won C&D novice (1m4f, good) in May, which was his second run this year and seventh overall; showed promise on soft last year; improvement needed to follow up back in a handicap but this 3yo could have more to offer.

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7th

3

(13)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

17:15 Dundalk (AW)

Edge Of Darkness

10st 2lb

J: Daniel King

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Won a seller for the Johnstons on his final start in Britain; his mark entitles him to respect and tried in cheekpieces on his stable debut after five months off.

6/1

1st

2

(5)

16th Oct 2023

Good

1m 4f 104y

Class 4

14:35 Musselburgh

Edge Of Darkness

9st 10lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Charlie Johnston

in touch with leaders, steady headway from over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on well and went clear inside final furlong, comfortably

4/6

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7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 3-7403 CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Won this last year (good to soft) and returned to form when third at Pontefract (1m4f, good) last month; strong claims in his repeat bid.

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2nd

4

(1)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 5y

Class 4

14:15 Pontefract

Billy No Mates

9st 3lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Exposed 8yo who was securing a sixth career success on his favoured soft ground at Haydock in September (1m6f, soft), a race he won three years earlier; has won after a break in the past and there's nothing wrong with his mark.

4/1

1st

1

(3)

29th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:50 Haydock

Billy No Mates

9st 9lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Michael Dods

steadied start, held up in rear, steady headway from over 2f out, ridden to lead on near side of group inside final furlong, went clear inside final 110yds, comfortably

5/2

10/1

  • Place: £4.60

Form: 8-2445 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

On a 17-race losing sequence and he failed to fire at Haydock a fortnight ago; however, that came after an 80-day break and he was in good form in the first of spring (over 1m2f on good-heavy); not discounted.

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8th

6

(4)

21st Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 5y

Class 4

15:10 Pontefract

Benadalid

9st 2lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Chris Fairhurst

8yo whose losing run goes back 19 races to May 2021 and he was merely mid-division at Southwell (1m4f, AW) last time; however, he has a patchy record on AW and has run some good races on turf this term, including when third at Thirsk (1m4f, soft) two starts ago; possible player off career-low mark.

9/1

8th

4

(6)

28th Aug 2023

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 5

17:32 Southwell (AW)

Benadalid

9st 13lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Chris Fairhurst

His last win was over two years ago but he's well treated on his old form and has reached the frame in four of his five runs this season; 1lb lower than for his creditable third at Thirsk (1m4f) last time and has each-way claims again back on AW.

12/1

3rd

5

(2)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 5

17:10 Thirsk

Benadalid

9st 8lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Chris Fairhurst

in touch with leaders

10/1

Form: -77076

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Two wins in France in 2021 (1m1f/9.5f, including on soft); mixed form since arriving in France but he kept on for a fair sixth at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) last time and is worth another go at 1m4f; might not be far away.

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4th

3

(2)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

17:25 Ripon

Val Bassett

9st 10lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Two 1m1f wins (on soft and AW) in France as 3yo in 2021; failed to make a serious impact in 2022 or 2023 and same story on last month's run in a second-time visor; now blinkered and 15lb lower than this time last year.

13/2

6th

1

(7)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 43y

Class 5

17:20 Doncaster

Val Bassett

10st 0lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: David O’Meara

Two 1m1f wins (on soft and AW) in France as 3yo; well held in just two starts in 2022; just scraps of form for this yard last year but he ran better than the bare result on Ripon reappearance (1m2f, soft) and of interest off 13lb lower on return from a winter break.

5/1

8th

4

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 1y

Class 5

16:28 Redcar

Val Bassett

9st 13lb

J: Ben Sanderson

T: David O’Meara

Two wins in France in 2021 (1m1f/9.5f, including on soft); no serious impact in his six runs for new stable, albeit not beaten far on penultimate start; 11lb lower than on reappearance; tries headgear first time.

7/1

Form: 5435

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Displayed promise in defeat in two fast-ground novices in May/June (1m2f/11.6f) and this unexposed 3yo retains potential despite his well-beaten fifth on handicap debut at Doncaster (1m4f, soft) a fortnight ago; however, he needs to leave that run behind and looks set to face similar conditions.

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12th

14

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Wetherby

Cosmic Soul

10st 10lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Patrick Neville

Quite useful at up to 2m on the Flat for James Horton; modest form over hurdles (highly tried on first occasion); likely improver.

33/1

5th

1

20th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

14:55 Market Rasen

Cosmic Soul

11st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Patrick Neville

Flat maiden with some fair form between 1m2f and 2m; very highly tried on hurdle debut in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham last month (2m1f, good to soft) and was well adrift; this is much more realistic.

16/1

7th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

12:05 Cheltenham

Cosmic Soul

11st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Patrick Neville

Six-race maiden on Flat for James Horton, runner-up in 2m handicap at Thirsk when last seen; sold for 35,000gns since; the only runner who has no hurdling experience and it looks a tough starting point.

50/1

16/1

Form: 536-57

Last run: 57 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Well beaten on both starts this season (2m/1m3f, good/good to firm) and has plenty to prove, but he's dropped down the weights and this return to slow ground may help; wears a first-time tongue-tie and is not written off.

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9th

3

(8)

30th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 5f 192y

Class 6

14:10 Catterick

Aegis Power

10st 1lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

swerved right start, prominent, reminder 5f out, weakened from 2f out

25/1

6th

6

(4)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 5

17:10 Thirsk

Aegis Power

9st 8lb

J: Paul Hanagan

T: Tim Easterby

held up in last

16/1

7th

4

(5)

9th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 140y

Class 5

18:10 Haydock

Aegis Power

11st 1lb

J: Mr Thomas Easterby

T: Tim Easterby

Ex-Andrew Balding; ten-race maiden who was well beaten over 2m on Musselburgh reappearance (good); probably better at this shorter trip; well beaten only previous run on fast ground; cheekpieces now tried; place claims on best efforts.

7/1

Form: 243491 CD

Last run: 6 days

W: 10st 1lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Won over C&D (good to firm) in June and beaten on next five starts before winning six-runner handicap at Pontefract (1m2f, good to soft) last Sunday; a 5lb penalty demands more but she's respected nevertheless.

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6th

2

(1)

7th Sep 2023

Good

1m 3f 140y

Class 5

14:00 Haydock

Bollin Margaret

11st 4lb

J: Mr Thomas Easterby

T: Tim Easterby

Form has been in and out this season, but she made it three wins for the campaign (1m4f/1m2f) when landing an apprentice handicap at Ripon last Tuesday and she escapes a penalty today; has to be in calculations.

7/2

1st

8

(5)

29th Aug 2023

Good

1m 1f 170y

Class 5

14:15 Ripon

Bollin Margaret

9st 11lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

took keen hold, prominent, switched right over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well final 110yds, always doing enough

14/1

7th

11

(4)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 99y

Class 3

19:30 Windsor

Bollin Margaret

8st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Tim Easterby

midfield

18/1

Form: 0-4353

Last run: 59 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Now 2lb lower than when winning at Catterick (2m, good) last July and he was third here (1m6f, soft) in May; however, well beaten on last Flat start in June and made no impact over hurdles last time; others appeal more.

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5th

3

(2)

1st Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 13y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Oasis Prince

9st 4lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Mark Walford

prominent, pushed along before halfway, weakened quickly 3f out

40/1

9th

1

(9)

17th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 32y

Class 5

16:00 Beverley

Oasis Prince

10st 2lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Mark Walford

4lb lower than when winning at Catterick (2m, good) last summer but it is difficult to be overly enthusiastic on the basis of more recent efforts; struggled over 1m4f at Thirsk (soft) last time; visor is newly applied.

14/1

8th

4

(9)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 5

17:10 Thirsk

Oasis Prince

9st 9lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Mark Walford

prominent

11/1

8/1

Form: -24472

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Has won just one of her 18 starts and was no match for the winner when second at Carlisle (1m3f, good to soft) last month, but that was still an encouraging performance and she could go well today.

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7th

7

(5)

23rd Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Glittering Choice

9st 10lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Hugo Palmer

slowly into stride, midfield

14/1

10th

10

(2)

1st Sep 2023

Good

1m 3f 39y

Class 5

16:30 Carlisle

Glittering Choice

9st 2lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Hugo Palmer

Rather inconsistent this year although was a fair second over C&D two runs back (good to soft); tailed off either side of that; not easy to predict.

12/1

9th

10

(10)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 5

17:10 Thirsk

Glittering Choice

9st 4lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Hugo Palmer

slowly into stride, pushed along soon after start, soon recovered and in touch with leaders on outer, prominent after 4f

8/1

Form: 93-7

Last run: 88 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Not obviously well treated off his opening mark but this very lightly raced 4yo has shown ability and his trainer is enjoying a fine season; one to watch in the betting on handicap debut.

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10th

5

(2)

26th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 6

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Easter Island

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Brian Ellison

prominent

13/2

4th

5

(1)

12th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 6

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Easter Island

9st 5lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Maiden who's undergone three rounds of wind surgery; has found his level in the tongue-tie this year for his current yard and is closely matched with Bobby Shaftoe on C&D running last month.

3/1

3rd

3

(1)

7th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 6

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Easter Island

9st 8lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Beaten less than a length by Desert Quest over C&D in January and 4lb better off, but hasn't matched that form in either start since; needs to resume his progress if he is to make it ninth-time lucky.

5/1

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Tricast £1263.80
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Billy No Mates

Telegraph:

Bollin Margaret

The Star:

Val Bassett

The Guardian:

Bollin Margaret

Daily Record:

Bollin Margaret

RP RATINGS:

Billy No Mates

POSTDATA:

Billy No Mates

The Times:

Billy No Mates

Daily Mail:

Billy No Mates

D Express:

Billy No Mates

Daily Mirror:

Billy No Mates

The Sun:

Billy No Mates