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19:05 Thirsk

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  • 1m 4f 8y
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Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

11/1 (Won)

  • Win: £21.00
  • Place: £3.30

Form: 4551-4 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Successful three times last term, including at York (1m4f, good to soft) on final outing; weakened as if probably needing the run when fourth on his 1m4f Doncaster reappearance four weeks ago; won second time up last season; ground conditions fine; should go well.

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3rd

1

(7)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 3

14:05 Hamilton

Two Brothers

9st 9lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Michael & David Easterby

towards rear, pushed along and outpaced in rear 4f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, went third and no impression inside final furlong

9/4

1st

9

(6)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Two Brothers

9st 5lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Michael & David Easterby

took keen hold, midfield

11/1

10/1

  • Place: £4.80

Form: 213-32 BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 8st 8lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Has added to her solid AW record when placed at Kempton (1m3f) and Newcastle (1m4f) this year; hard to know whether she'll be as effective back on turf (three previous attempts were over much shorter trips at start of her career) but her stable's recent form is a definite plus.

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3rd

1

(5)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Fleur De Mer

9st 10lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Hugo Palmer

Both wins have come on AW but she's still unexposed on turf and raised her form to a new level when second of 14 here (1m4f, soft) last month; now steps up to 1m6f but she finished well after a troubled run last time and is open to more progress; respected.

3/1

2nd

16

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Fleur De Mer

8st 8lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Hugo Palmer

towards rear

10/1

OUR TIP

12/1

  • Place: £5.90

Form: 2645-1 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Front-runner; 11 wins, the latest in a three-runner contest at Pontefract (1m4f, heavy) 18 days ago; conditions to suit but he's in a much more competitive race this time.

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3rd

3

(14)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Torcello

9st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Shaun Lycett

raced wide early, in touch with leaders

12/1

4th
10 (5)
Faylaq

14/1

Form: 3306-4 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Creditable fourth on 1m2f Newcastle reappearance five weeks ago; that was a promising run but it's hard to escape the fact that he hasn't won since September 2019.

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4th

10

(5)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Faylaq

9st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

took keen hold, held up in rear

14/1

14/1

Form: 73261- D

Last run: 173 days

W: 8st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Had a near miss over C&D last September and ended 2023 with an AW win at Newcastle (1m4f); placed off 2lb higher on soft on his 2023 reappearance; each-way claims.

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5th

12

(13)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Strawman

8st 13lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Gemma Tutty

took keen hold, midfield

14/1

1st

1

(9)

30th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 5

16:15 Newcastle (AW)

Strawman

10st 4lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Gemma Tutty

took keen hold, towards rear, headway into midfield after 3f

7/1

11/2

Form: /5111- D

Last run: 309 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Big improver switched to handicaps and fitted with a visor early last summer, completing a hat-trick around 1m4f in small field at Goodwood (good to firm) in June; not seen since (gelded) and his wide draw could make it tricky to get a good position but there could easily be more to come this year; it'll be interesting to see how much strength there is behind him in the betting.

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1st

7

(1)

12th May 2024

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 3

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Fairbanks

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

made all, set fast pace, switched to near side 3f out, shaken up and went clear 2f out, ridden out inside final furlong, unchallenged

100/30

6th

8

(15)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Fairbanks

9st 5lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, switched left soon after start, in rear

11/2

1st

4

(3)

16th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 218y

Class 4

19:50 Goodwood

Fairbanks

9st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

raced in third, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, hung right and went clear inside final furlong, kept on well

4/7

16/1

Form: 77218- D

Last run: 224 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Suited by the step up to 2m when winning a competitive handicap at last year's York Ebor meeting; might have found the run coming too soon when well held in Old Borough Cup at Haydock (1m6f) 17 days later; makes his reappearance in this race for the third year running (creditable third in 2022 but below-form fifth last year).

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8th

15

(3)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Forza Orta

8st 6lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Kevin Ryan

Unraced here; suited by the step up to 2m when winning a competitive handicap at last year's York Ebor meeting (good to firm) by a neck from Aztec Empire; not discredited in a 1m4f race on reappearance three weeks ago and he's not fully exposed as a stayer; off 3lb higher than at York, he's one to be seriously interested in.

10/1

7th

6

(10)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Forza Orta

9st 8lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Kevin Ryan

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield after 3f

16/1

8th

11

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Forza Orta

8st 11lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Kevin Ryan

His form figures over 1m5f read 172 and he was going beyond that trip for the first time when narrowly beating Aztec Empire to win at York (2m, good to firm) last month; may have more to offer over staying trips but he likes York and it remains to be seen if he'll reproduce that latest form here.

7/1

12/1

Form: 24510- D

Last run: 207 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Came home well to collect over 1m4f at Ffos Las (good to soft; handles softer) last August; not so good at Nottingham final start but it's of some interest that a leading stable has persevered with him as a 4yo; has had wind surgery; on the shortlist.

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8th

13

(12)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Roost

8st 13lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Ralph Beckett

prominent, in touch with leaders after 3f

12/1

11th

5

(2)

26th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Nottingham

Roost

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

dwelt start, midfield

11/2

1st

5

(7)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 209y

Class 5

16:30 Ffos Las

Roost

9st 9lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Ralph Beckett

in rear

13/2

8/1

Form: 2R112- D

Last run: 189 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Refused to race when cheekpieces went on at Ripon last summer but firmly back on the up without headgear in the autumn, winning over 1m3f at Carlisle (good to firm) and 1m6f at Catterick (soft) in September; good second at York (2m) final start; this versatile mare still looks feasibly handicapped if fully primed after six months off.

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9th

7

(1)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Arrange

9st 6lb

J: David Nolan

T: Martin Todhunter

in rear

8/1

2nd

4

(8)

14th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 3

16:10 York

Arrange

9st 4lb

J: David Nolan

T: Martin Todhunter

travelled strongly, raced in third, went second and going easily 3f out, led going best 2f out, kept on but drifted right from over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final 110yds

9/2

Form: 5311-8 BF

Last run: 110 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Promise on turf in the first half of 2023 and he returned from five months off to comfortably win a novice at Wolverhampton (9.5f) and handicap at Newcastle (1m2f) at the end of last year; disappointed on his hat-trick bid at Newcastle on New Year's Day but this low-mileage 4yo retains potential now stepping up to 1m4f for the first time on his return to turf.

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4th

6

(3)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Newmarket

To Catch A Thief

9st 0lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Promise on turf in the first half of 2023 and he returned from five months off to win comfortably in a novice at Wolverhampton (9.4f) and handicap at Newcastle (1m2f) at the end of last year; backward steps in his two starts since, despite prominence in the betting, the latest over 1m4f on soft at Thirsk, but the ground should not be so testing here and he's not dismissed in first-time headgear.

6/1

10th

2

(3)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

To Catch A Thief

9st 9lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

in touch with leaders

7/2

15

(15)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

To Catch A Thief

8st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: William Haggas

Absent since a disappointing effort here (race won by Penzance) on New Year's Day when bidding to take AW record to 3-3; has progressive form otherwise and retains low mileage, so there's a good chance he will rebound; still of interest.

8/1

14/1

Form: 71720- D

Last run: 189 days

W: 9st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Best known for front-running exploits at Chester; well beaten in this race last year and got to be a chance he's using this as a prep for Chester next month.

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2nd

6

(7)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Emiyn

8st 9lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Best known for his front-running exploits at Chester, including three wins and last two of those were under Zak Wheatley; has proved his stamina but six rivals went past him in this race last year and all wins have been on softer than good; blinkered twice in 2020 and now tries a visor.

12/1

11th

1

(16)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Emiyn

9st 11lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Declan Carroll

raced wide early, prominent, led after 3f

14/1

Form: 03445- D

Last run: 241 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Effective at 1m4f-1m6f with varied tactics; got near his best form only once from five starts last year but as a result has dipped to his lowest mark since the middle of 2022; has gone well fresh before.

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3rd

2

(8)

12th May 2024

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 3

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Charging Thunder

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

midfield, lost position and towards rear 3f out, rallied and headway from 2f out, soon went second and chased clear leader, no impression inside final furlong, weakened and lost third towards finish

12/1

12th

4

(4)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Charging Thunder

9st 8lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

took keen hold, midfield

20/1

5th

4

(9)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Charging Thunder

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

dwelt start, took keen hold, held up in rear, headway from 3f out, hung left 2f out, no extra when lost action inside final 110yds

18/1

16/1

Form: 31886- D

Last run: 157 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Won at York (1m4f, good) last July but ran a bit below that level in three subsequent outings last year; successful on 2022 reappearance but below par on previous attempt on soft; others have more pressing claims.

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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

6th

9

(5)

15th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Dark Moon Rising

9st 5lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Kevin Ryan

Won at York (1m4f) in July; below that form in two runs since but can't be dismissed in this scenario; landed a notable AW conditions race (1m) in March 2022 and had a higher mark at the time (peaked at 102).

8/1

7/1

Form: 5/123- D

Last run: 169 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage sort who won a 1m4f maiden in the mud last spring and showed her opening handicap mark to be workable when third of 11 over 1m4f at Newmarket (heavy) in November; hood worn previously left off; the stable won this with a lightly raced improver last year and a repeat would come as no surprise.

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14th

14

(7)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Kardia

8st 12lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

led, headed and prominent after 3f

7/1

3rd

11

(11)

3rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:10 Newmarket

Kardia

8st 7lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Edward Bethell

took keen hold, pressed leader, led over 2f out, soon hung left and ridden, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £2562.00
Straight Forecast £2816.90
Tricast £45620.80
Trifecta £31035.00

Selections

NEWMARKET:

To Catch A Thief

TOPSPEED:

Fairbanks

SPOTLIGHT:

Kardia

Daily Mirror:

Charging Thunder

RP RATINGS:

Faylaq

POSTDATA:

Torcello

The Times:

To Catch A Thief

Telegraph:

To Catch A Thief

Daily Mail:

To Catch A Thief

D Express:

To Catch A Thief

Daily Record:

Kardia

The Guardian:

Fairbanks

The Sun:

Fairbanks

The Star:

Fairbanks