April 20 / 16.55 Thirsk

16.55

Soft

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  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

4/6 (Won)

  • Win: £1.73
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 22-

Last run: 274 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict
Two runs last summer, finishing second in a Newmarket novice (7f, good) and a Nottingham maiden (6f, good to soft); both the horses to beat him went on to win in Group 1 company and he sets a demanding standard for his rivals to aim at; sire has plenty of slow-ground winners and his dam ran well on soft; the one to beat.
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6th

12

(11)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:25 Ascot

Never So Brave

9st 3lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Juvenile form had plenty of depth and he has built on it this season, winning in clearcut style at Thirsk (7f maiden; soft) and Chester (7.5f handicap; good); steps up markedly in class here but there's probably a fair bit more in the tank and another personal best is on the cards.

11/1

1st

2

(3)

9th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

14:35 Chester

Never So Brave

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Sir Michael Stoute

took keen hold

11/10

1st

2

(3)

9th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

14:35 Chester

Never So Brave

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Sir Michael Stoute

took keen hold

11/10

9/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 22-3

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Placed in her three starts and 7f on slow ground won't be an issue; looks sure to win races and she should be in the thick of it.
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4th

5

(6)

7th Jun 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:35 Goodwood

Ghaihaban

9st 2lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Has yet to run a bad race and being keen was no help when fourth at Bath last month (1m, good), finishing behind the less exposed Islanova; may struggle to reverse those placings even if giving herself a better chance.

13/2

4th

3

(9)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:10 Bath

Ghaihaban

9st 2lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, led early, headed and prominent after 1f

3/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 3-

Last run: 173 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict
Green under pressure when third of 12 in a 7f novice at Newcastle on his sole 2yo start (for Alice Haynes); the pair to beat him are both now BHA-rated in the mid to high 80s and the form has some substance; more to come.
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3rd

9

(6)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Swift Storm

9st 3lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

awkward start, led soon after start, headed 2f out, outpaced from over 1f out

4/1

3rd

9

(6)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Swift Storm

9st 3lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

awkward start, led soon after start, headed 2f out, outpaced from over 1f out

4/1

3rd

2

(8)

30th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

16:50 Newcastle (AW)

Swift Storm

9st 7lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

85,000euros foal, 100,000gns yearling; closely related to 6f winner Liv Lucky (RPR 66), half-brother to French winners Live (5f-7f; 108) and Living State (10.7f AW); dam French 6f 2yo winner (92), half-sister to three US dirt stakes winners; interesting newcomer and he needs watching in market.

7/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
19,000euros yearling, 52,000gns 2yo; half-brother to winners Mogok Valley (6f, AW; RPR 78) and Star Of Burma (13.7f; 70); dam a 6f AW winner (80); makes some appeal on paper but he'll need to be useful to make a winning start in this field.
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2nd

3

(7)

18th Jun 2024

Soft

0m 7f 96y

Class 5

18:40 Beverley

Phoenix Of Dreams

9st 7lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John & Sean Quinn

Promise on both starts so far, finishing fourth at Thirsk (7f, soft) and third when favourite at Catterick (7f, good); looked green on both occasions so improvement likely; chance.

5/2

3rd

7

(9)

13th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 6y

Class 5

14:17 Catterick

Phoenix Of Dreams

9st 4lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John & Sean Quinn

took keen hold, prominent

3/1

3rd

7

(9)

13th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 6y

Class 5

14:17 Catterick

Phoenix Of Dreams

9st 4lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John & Sean Quinn

took keen hold, prominent

3/1

Form: 8-3

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Well beaten in one 2yo run but he offered more when third of 11, beaten just over 7l, in a 7f novice at Catterick 17 days ago; more to come and he looks the pick of his trainer's three runners.
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2nd

2

(1)

19th Jun 2024

Good

1m 0f 68y

Class 5

16:10 Hamilton

Mysteryofthesands

9st 10lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

Consistent sort who comes here on the back of a good second of five in 7.5f Beverley maiden 11 days ago; he's respected back in handicap company in his bid for a breakthrough victory.

5/1

2nd

3

(4)

8th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 96y

Class 5

13:30 Beverley

Mysteryofthesands

9st 4lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

0-5 but has made the frame in handicaps on his last two starts, including over C&D; yet to race on good ground or firmer but otherwise he has a solid profile, and he's likely to be in the thick of things again.

7/2

3rd

1

(9)

24th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 212y

Class 5

14:05 Haydock

Mysteryofthesands

9st 10lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Close fourth on this month's handicap debut at Beverley (7.4f, good to soft) and he deserves extra credit having adopted a prominent position from a wide draw; has also shown promise on heavy ground; open to further improvement and he's one to consider.

6/1

6th
10 (11)
Capellina

33/1

Form: 45-

Last run: 212 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Showed some promise in two Ayr runs over 7f last season but others have achieved much more.
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6th

6

(4)

19th Jun 2024

Good

1m 0f 68y

Class 5

16:50 Hamilton

Capellina

9st 5lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Starspangledbanner filly who has been brought along steadily, looking in need of the run when sixth in 7f Thirsk maiden in April; she can take a step forward now handicapping with cheekpieces added.

7/1

6th

10

(11)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Capellina

8st 12lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Michael Dods

in rear, pushed along after 1f

33/1

6th

10

(11)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Capellina

8st 12lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Michael Dods

in rear, pushed along after 1f

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 9

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
80-1 and dropped right away in a 7f novice (heavy) at Catterick on his debut 17 days ago; can't be recommended.
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4th

1

(1)

20th Jun 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

17:10 Ripon

Evelyns Phoenix

9st 11lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders against rail

11/4

2nd

3

(2)

8th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 96y

Class 6

17:00 Beverley

Evelyns Phoenix

9st 9lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Won on handicap debut at Redcar (7f, good to firm) last month and another good run when third at Nottingham (8.3f, good) on Sunday, when again responding well to pressure; he's a solid candidate.

11/4

3rd

9

(7)

2nd Jun 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 75y

Class 6

14:50 Nottingham

Evelyns Phoenix

9st 5lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

28-1 for handicap debut at Redcar (7f, good to firm) 13 days ago but raised his game for a narrow win, coming from out the back in a 12-runner race; up 3lb and on different ground but there was clear promise for 1m in that performance and this looks a weak race.

5/2

Form: 7

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
66-1 for his Newcastle debut 12 days ago (1m), offering some long-term promise; unlikely to be up to troubling the principals here though.
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1st

1

(8)

20th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

17:00 Redcar

Georgie Wooster

9st 10lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Well held at big prices in three maiden/novice events but he made some promising late headway when sixth of 12 over C&D (soft) 18 days ago; this is more realistic on his handicap debut and he's a player if he can build on that last run.

100/30

1st

1

(8)

20th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

17:00 Redcar

Georgie Wooster

9st 10lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Well held at big prices in three maiden/novice events but he made some promising late headway when sixth of 12 over C&D (soft) 18 days ago; this is more realistic on his handicap debut and he's a player if he can build on that last run.

100/30

33/1

Form: 96-

Last run: 207 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Down the field in two runs as a 2yo (6f and 7.5f); handicaps more suitable after this.
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9th

11

(14)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 217y

Class 6

15:30 Redcar

Scarfo

9st 1lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John & Sean Quinn

Just ordinary form at up to 7f; back down in trip on handicap debut; needs to improve.

20/1

9th

8

(1)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Scarfo

9st 3lb

J: Harry Russell

T: John & Sean Quinn

took keen hold, prominent

33/1

9th

8

(1)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Scarfo

9st 3lb

J: Harry Russell

T: John & Sean Quinn

took keen hold, prominent

33/1

20/1

Form: 7-

Last run: 326 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Didn't live up to market expectation on her 2yo debut 11 months ago (6f, good to firm); today's conditions should see her in a better light but she'll find easier openings than this.
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11th

12

(12)

21st May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 50y

Class 6

17:45 Nottingham

Moneypiece

9st 1lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Has shown little in her three starts; makes handicap debut up in distance, so could well improve but needs to.

20/1

11th

12

(12)

21st May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 50y

Class 6

17:45 Nottingham

Moneypiece

9st 1lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Has shown little in her three starts; makes handicap debut up in distance, so could well improve but needs to.

20/1

9th

11

(2)

2nd May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:12 Redcar

Moneypiece

8st 13lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Michael Dods

awkward start

50/1

200/1

Form: 77

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
The only horse he's beaten in his two starts is reopposing stablemate Faris Flyer; this trip more suitable than the 5f he's been tackling but still no appeal.
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11th

1

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Damisa

9st 3lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Declan Carroll

in rear throughout

200/1

11th

1

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Damisa

9st 3lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Declan Carroll

in rear

200/1

7th

5

(6)

4th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 5f 21y

Class 4

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Damisa

9st 0lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Declan Carroll

in rear throughout

33/1

200/1

Form: 88

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Remote last in two 5f runs this spring; can't be recommended.
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12th

3

(5)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Faris Flyer

9st 3lb

J: David Nolan

T: Declan Carroll

midfield

200/1

12th

3

(5)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Faris Flyer

9st 3lb

J: David Nolan

T: Declan Carroll

midfield

200/1

8th

6

(8)

4th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 5f 21y

Class 4

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Faris Flyer

9st 0lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

in rear throughout

66/1

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Payout
Exacta £4.40
Straight Forecast £3.78
Trifecta £8.20

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Never So Brave

LAMBOURN:

Swift Storm

POSTDATA:

Ghaihaban

RP RATINGS:

Never So Brave

TOPSPEED:

Never So Brave

NEWMARKET:

Never So Brave

The Times:

Never So Brave

Telegraph:

Never So Brave

The Guardian:

Never So Brave

Daily Mail:

Never So Brave

D Express:

Never So Brave

Daily Mirror:

Never So Brave

The Sun:

Never So Brave

The Star:

Never So Brave

Daily Record:

Never So Brave