April 20 / 18.05 Thirsk

18.05

Soft

Happy 19th Birthday Lily Watkinson Handicap (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4187.2
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
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Happy 19th Birthday Lily Watkinson Handicap (Div I)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.50
  • Place: £3.10

Form: 40-776 D

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict
This year's form-figures don't look especially enticing but he's much better on turf than AW; goes well at Thirsk and was runner-up to Society Lion in a division of this race 12 months ago (soft ground; off 6lb higher); one to take seriously with the cheekpieces (left off last time) returning.
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5th

4

(12)

17th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:22 Thirsk

Cold Stare

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

His form has been up and down this season and he was below par at Hamilton last Saturday; however, he won over C&D (soft) in April and went very close at Hamilton (6f, soft) in May, and can be bang there if on a going day.

8/1

6th

2

(2)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 6y

Class 5

19:00 Hamilton

Cold Stare

10st 2lb

J: Mark Winn

T: David O’Meara

Mudlark who produced a strong finish to win at Thirsk in April (6f, soft); near miss over C&D in May (off 1lb lower) and still looked in top form when a close fifth at Doncaster four weeks ago (7f, good to soft), travelling powerfully; stiff 6f should suit ideally but drying ground wouldn't be ideal.

9/2

5th

1

(9)

16th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 6y

Class 5

14:40 Doncaster

Cold Stare

9st 10lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Two good runs from three starts on turf this year, winning over 6f at Thirsk (soft) on first occasion and going down by a short head to a prolific winner at Hamilton last time (6f, soft); should go well again, particularly if it rains.

3/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 4256-3 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Ideally suited by 6f on ground softer than good; solid reappearance when a close third of ten at Catterick (Mersea second, Impressor fifth) 17 days ago and again unlikely to be far away.
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4th

3

(7)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 6y

Class 5

19:00 Hamilton

Slainte Mhath

10st 1lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Katie Scott

Three of her five wins have come over C&D, all on good to soft ground; banging the door down this season prior to a low-key run at Chester four weeks ago (poorly drawn); blinkers a new addition but another big run is expected.

11/4

7th

8

(10)

15th Jun 2024

Good

0m 6f 17y

Class 4

16:30 Chester

Slainte Mhath

9st 0lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: Katie Scott

Admirably consistent mare who has made the frame off today's mark over 6f on all six starts this season, on ground ranging from good to heavy; double-digit draw dents her appeal on this first visit to Chester, though.

7/1

10/1

  • Place: £5.20

Form: 3123-5 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Had a fine 2023, winning four times (5f/6f, soft/heavy); possibly needed the run when fifth at Catterick 17 days ago, and the usual cheekpieces return today; no surprise if he bounces back to form.
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2nd

10

(3)

17th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:22 Thirsk

Impressor

9st 1lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Phillip Makin

Four wins last year (5f/6f, soft/heavy) and he's below his last winning mark; runner-up at Ripon (6f, good to soft) last month and, while he was only fourth at Hamilton (5f, good to soft) last Saturday, he's not ruled out.

9/1

4th

1

(5)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 7y

Class 6

17:50 Hamilton

Impressor

10st 2lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Phillip Makin

Enjoyed a purple patch last summer, winning three times on slow ground (twice at this track); ran his best race this year when second at Ripon three weeks ago (6f, good to soft); should remain competitive.

3/1

2nd

3

(1)

20th Jun 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

14:40 Ripon

Impressor

9st 10lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Phillip Makin

midfield

12/1

Form: 34503- D

Last run: 203 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Just one win from 15 attempts; begins the season off his lowest mark and handles the mud, but he often blows the start and his stable has yet to strike this year; others appeal more.
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2nd

7

(7)

12th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:55 York

Thankuappreciate

9st 0lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

outpaced in rear

10/1

6th

11

(2)

15th Jun 2024

Good

0m 6f 17y

Class 4

16:30 Chester

Thankuappreciate

8st 11lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Largely consistent 4yo who was denied a clear run when third at Beverley (5f, good to firm) last month; will be fine over 6f and was placed on only previous visit to Chester but a tendency to start slowly makes him reliant on some good luck from stall 2; versatile regarding ground.

7/1

3rd

2

(4)

14th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

15:15 Beverley

Thankuappreciate

9st 9lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Mainly consistent despite a record of 1-16 and he again ran well when fourth of 13 on his Thirsk return (6f, soft) last month; dropped another 1lb since but possible that an extra furlong suits him better now.

9/2

9/1

Form: -33741 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
Gained reward for his consistency over the winter when winning at Southwell (6f, AW) last month, and he's just as effective on turf; does not look overburdened by a 3lb rise.
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3rd

9

(7)

19th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:15 Haydock

Secret Road

9st 5lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Tristan Davidson

Led close home for AW win in March but returned from ten-week break with low-key turf run this month and stable's other runner Our Absent Friends looks more interesting here.

20/1

5th

8

(2)

2nd Jul 2024

Good

0m 6f 6y

Class 4

15:45 Hamilton

Secret Road

9st 3lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Tristan Davidson

Two wins on AW over the winter; didn't run badly at Thirsk in April but this is a step up in class and he has a 73-day absence to contend with.

12/1

5th

11

(12)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Thirsk

Secret Road

9st 1lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Tristan Davidson

carried badly left start, prominent towards near side

9/1

16/1

Form: 1534-6 CD BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict
Had productive 4yo campaign, winning three times including over C&D; might have needed most recent run after four months off but the pick of his turf form is on good to firm ground and soft conditions would be a worry.
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6th

1

(11)

6th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 6

18:48 Carlisle

Rainbow Rain

9st 13lb

J: Dale Swift

T: Tracy Waggott

Holding his form well and went down by just a head to Golden Rainbow at Thirsk (5f, good to firm) 12 days ago; also ran creditably on this course the time before; firmly in the mix once again.

7/2

2nd

4

(6)

24th Jun 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 6

15:30 Thirsk

Rainbow Rain

9st 10lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Tracy Waggott

Course scorer who is knocking on the door, edged out only late on when a free-going third of ten in 6f Carlisle handicap two weeks ago; form been franked so he merits serious consideration back at the minimum trip.

5/2

3rd

7

(4)

10th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 182y

Class 6

14:50 Carlisle

Rainbow Rain

9st 5lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Tracy Waggott

led narrowly, ridden over 1f out, headed and no extra towards finish

11/4

OUR TIP

Form: 3074-0 CD

Last run: 104 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Won a division of this race in 2023 (soft ground) off today's mark; in and out since, but 7f probably stretched his stamina on his latest outing at Wolverhampton early in January; has to be respected if ready to roll after 104 days off.
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6th

1

(3)

12th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 127y

Class 4

20:25 Chester

Society Lion

10st 2lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Ed Dunlop

Raised a combined total of 9lb for back-to-back wins on good to soft at Yarmouth (7f) and Doncaster (1m), so will need to find more in order to complete the hat-trick; that said, he remains well treated on his useful 3yo form in 2020 for Sir Michael Stoute.

7/2

1st

5

(14)

16th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 213y

Class 4

16:10 Doncaster

Society Lion

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Ed Dunlop

Capitalised on a falling mark in 7f Yarmouth handicap 25 days ago, able to dominate; up 5lb here though so more is required if he's to follow up.

6/1

1st

8

(4)

22nd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:30 Yarmouth

Society Lion

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Ed Dunlop

made all, edged right and ridden over 1f out, kept on well

14/1

Form: 8089-9 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 8st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 58

Form & Verdict
Most recent win, last spring, came off 7lb higher, and he probably needed the outing when ninth of 13 over C&D 11 days ago; handles the mud and may well be at concert pitch now; could be interesting at a price.
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14th

12

(15)

21st Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 217y

Class 6

16:27 Redcar

Dandy Spirit

9st 1lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Not as good now but is straightforward and arrives in form, having made a lot of the running off this mark at Newcastle last time; holds claims on that.

8/1

3rd

5

(8)

28th Jun 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

20:20 Newcastle (AW)

Dandy Spirit

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Dual AW winner who went back-to-back on turf last spring and wasn't far away in two sprints before a lesser show at Thirsk last time; has a big run in him.

10/1

9th

12

(5)

7th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

16:40 Thirsk

Dandy Spirit

8st 11lb

J: Sam James

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Disappointing in the main since winning two in a row last spring but he's dropped down the weights and was an encouraging fourth of 18 behind the Dods pair over C&D (good to firm) three weeks ago; chance.

10/1

Form: 09734- CD

Last run: 194 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Sole win for Adrian Nicholls came over C&D in May 2022; ended last season with two respectable efforts on ground softer than good; has joined a stable that excels with sprinters; very dangerous if returning to his best.
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11th

2

(14)

20th Jul 2024

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 6

18:45 Doncaster

Kings Crown

10st 3lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Michael Dods

Losing run stands at 18 and although he's run some fair races for Michael Dods this year, others, including his stablemate Roaring Ralph, appeal more.

12/1

5th

3

(3)

3rd Jul 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:20 Thirsk

Kings Crown

9st 13lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Mostly encouraging form for new stable this term, close sixth at Chester (7.5f, good) most recently; possibilities off a reduced mark returned to the scene of his sole win (maiden event in 2022).

9/2

6th

4

(3)

14th Jun 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 127y

Class 5

16:00 Chester

Kings Crown

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

took keen hold, midfield

8/1

14/1

Form: 50063- D

Last run: 182 days

W: 9st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
Runner-up four times here and he begins the season on an attractive mark, but that's because he was 0-14 in 2023; no great record after an absence and others make more obvious appeal.
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8th

12

(5)

17th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:22 Thirsk

Music Society

8st 13lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

9yo who has been beaten 20 times since his last win in 2022; however, he's run a couple of good races this season, including when a close fourth of six at Carlisle (6f, good to firm) recently, and he may be able to capitalise on his dangerous mark sooner rather than later; versatile ground-wise.

9/1

4th

3

(5)

6th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 182y

Class 5

17:48 Carlisle

Music Society

9st 5lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders, headway over 2f out, soon went third, kept on well final 110yds, lost third final stride

3/1

7th

22

(7)

15th Jun 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:20 York

Music Society

8st 13lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Tim Easterby

Has taken a chunky drop in the weights over the last year and the pick of last summer's efforts over 6f offers hope but he hasn't found his form this year and this stiffer competition will test him.

25/1

14/1

Form: 07-320 D

Last run: 76 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
Often misses the break, but that didn't stop him going close twice at Newcastle (5f, AW) in January; has had wind surgery (for the second time) since his latest poor run; relatively lightly raced but has enough to prove, including his ability to handle ground softer than good.
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19th

19

(22)

25th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:35 York

Dark Kestrel

9st 2lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Antony Brittain

He had been threatening for this yard on AW prior to getting up late at Wolverhampton (5f; Class 5) 12 days ago; more to prove on slow turf.

12/1

19th

19

(22)

25th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:35 York

Dark Kestrel

9st 2lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Antony Brittain

He had been threatening for this yard on AW prior to getting up late at Wolverhampton (5f; Class 5) 12 days ago; more to prove on slow turf.

12/1

1st

4

(4)

13th May 2024

Standard

0m 5f 21y

Class 5

19:55 Wolverhampton (AW)

Dark Kestrel

9st 6lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Antony Brittain

Second run back from wind surgery when second at Newcastle and got upset in the stalls when nowhere at Ripon three days ago; failed to shine on his previous visit here but has run well on Tapeta more than once.

5/1

12th
7 (13)
Mersea

9/2

Form: 86-621 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
Followed a fine second at Catterick (6f, heavy) by winning in a small field at Southwell (5f, AW; rallied gamely to lead again final strides) nine days ago; clearly in top form and should be in the thick of things again.
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5th

3

(5)

31st May 2024

Soft

0m 5f 212y

Class 5

21:00 Catterick

Mersea

9st 9lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Grant Tuer

pressed leader

10/1

5th

7

(2)

19th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Ripon

Mersea

8st 11lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Grant Tuer

Good second to a well-handicapped opponent at Catterick last month (6f, heavy) before seeing off three rivals in a 5f fillies' handicap at Southwell one week later; struggled twice since and others look stronger in this field.

16/1

5th

7

(2)

19th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Ripon

Mersea

8st 11lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Grant Tuer

Good second to a well-handicapped opponent at Catterick last month (6f, heavy) before seeing off three rivals in a 5f fillies' handicap at Southwell one week later; struggled twice since and others look stronger in this field.

16/1

Form: 3337-3 D BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
0-11 for current yard but has been placed several times, including when favourite at Doncaster (5f, soft) in March; second in a division of this race last year; leading contender.
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3rd

3

(3)

7th Jul 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

Huddle Up

11st 2lb

J: Miss Alice Keighley

T: David & Nicola Barron

taken down early

7/2

7th

7

(4)

6th Jun 2024

Good

0m 5f 7y

Class 5

14:55 Hamilton

Huddle Up

9st 6lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: David & Nicola Barron

Refused to race at Thirsk in April but has posted two fair efforts since and had Count d'Orsay back in fourth at Carlisle a week ago; 2lb well-in and has claims back on a sounder surface.

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £102.90
Straight Forecast £79.84
Tricast £1616.41
Trifecta £1623.20

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Slainte Mhath

POSTDATA:

Mersea

SPOTLIGHT:

King's Crown

NEWMARKET:

Society Lion

The Times:

Thankuappreciate

TOPSPEED:

Dandy Spirit

Telegraph:

Impressor

D Express:

Mersea

Daily Mirror:

Mersea

The Guardian:

King's Crown

The Sun:

Slainte Mhath

The Star:

Slainte Mhath

Daily Record:

Slainte Mhath

Daily Mail:

Society Lion