April 20 / 18.35 Thirsk

18.35

Soft

Happy 19th Birthday Lily Watkinson Handicap (Div II)

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

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.80

Form: -84043 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Top-class 6f handicapper on turf in his time but losing run on grass goes back to 2020; however, he had a shocking run in a better race than this over C&D in September (sole course start) and makes some appeal off 12lb lower back on turf; strong form on good and soft ground.
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14th

9

(2)

25th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:35 York

Gulliver

9st 7lb

J: Mark Winn

T: David O’Meara

Four course wins to his name and he rolled back the years when sweeping through to win a Class 5 handicap at Thirsk five weeks ago (6f, soft); not handicapped out of things up 6lb but this is a deeper race and it might not set up quite so favourably for him.

9/1

14th

9

(2)

25th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:35 York

Gulliver

9st 7lb

J: Mark Winn

T: David O’Meara

Four course wins to his name and he rolled back the years when sweeping through to win a Class 5 handicap at Thirsk five weeks ago (6f, soft); not handicapped out of things up 6lb but this is a deeper race and it might not set up quite so favourably for him.

9/1

1st

8

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

18:35 Thirsk

Gulliver

9st 6lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

in rear

4/1

13/2

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 2559-5 D BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Won final two 6f starts as 2yo (good to soft and heavy); quite temptingly treated on best form last summer but he couldn't sustain it and failed to shine for the drop to 5f at Doncaster last month (favourite); first time in this headgear combination, has worn both separately; bit to prove now.
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2nd

2

(6)

19th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 18y

Class 5

14:50 Nottingham

Harrys Halo

9st 10lb

J: Andrea Pinna

T: Kevin Frost

Dual winner on slow ground; arrives on the back of a career best effort when a close second at Newbury (6f, good to soft) latest; big player if conditions remain on the soft side.

7/2

2nd

2

(5)

11th Jul 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

19:00 Newbury

Harrys Halo

10st 1lb

J: Andrea Pinna

T: Kevin Frost

up the centre, midfield, headway on near side of group over 3f out, led 2f out, headed 1f out, soon rallied and kept on, 2nd of 7 in group

9/4

13/2

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 42402-

Last run: 170 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
Sole win in 5f maiden as 2yo (good to firm; after a break) but effective under today's conditions, having gone close at Doncaster (6f, soft) in August, and his AW run in November was encouraging; primed for a big run for in-form stable.
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1st

3

(5)

28th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 2y

Class 5

13:35 Doncaster

Minnesota Lad

9st 9lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

0-15 since winning in 2022 on his second start but placed a few times in the last 12 months and was a fair fourth at Haydock (6f, good to firm) last time, albeit not looking straightforward; might not be far away.

7/2

4th

7

(12)

7th Jun 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

18:58 Haydock

Minnesota Lad

9st 7lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Richard Fahey

raced centre, midfield

10/1

9th

7

(9)

20th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Carlisle

Minnesota Lad

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

5f maiden winner; 0-11 in handicaps but has some encouraging form, most recently third at Thirsk (6f, soft) on seasonal debut; possibilities off same mark, provided he builds on that effort.

5/1

14/1

Form: -42560 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 8st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 56

Form & Verdict
Has won on good to soft but suited by good ground, as for his latest turf win, over C&D two years ago; well beaten on heavy here 11 days ago and has ground worries again.
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5th

13

(8)

13th Jun 2024

Good

0m 6f 18y

Class 6

16:20 Nottingham

Asadjumeirah

9st 4lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Antony Brittain

Losing run stretches back to April 2022; never been lower in the weights but he needs to raise his game to come out on top.

14/1

4th

10

(7)

27th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

13:45 Redcar

Asadjumeirah

9st 5lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Antony Brittain

Winless since 2022 but posted a solid fifth of 12 in 7f Doncaster handicap 31 days ago; one for the shortlist off a 2lb lower mark.

9/1

4th

10

(7)

27th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

13:45 Redcar

Asadjumeirah

9st 5lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Antony Brittain

Winless since 2022 but posted a solid fifth of 12 in 7f Doncaster handicap 31 days ago; one for the shortlist off a 2lb lower mark.

9/1

Form: 018-80 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Multiple 6f winner, the most recent turf successes on soft last spring; now 2lb lower than the latest of them but well held on AW last month and now has headgear fitted for the first time in a long career.
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

7

(7)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 18y

Class 4

14:55 Nottingham

Miss Bella Brand

9st 1lb

J: Kaiya Fraser

T: Mrs Ilka Gansera-Leveque

prominent, went third over 2f out, soon outpaced, kept on final furlong

16/1

3rd

7

(7)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 18y

Class 4

14:55 Nottingham

Miss Bella Brand

9st 1lb

J: Kaiya Fraser

T: Mrs Ilka Gansera-Leveque

prominent

16/1

Form: 41621- D

Last run: 183 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Has won two of six 6f handicaps, on good to firm and soft; up just 2lb for a Redcar win in October and she went well on her 2023 reappearance so one to be interested in with the chance of doing better as a 4yo.
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1st

3

(5)

16th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Thirsk

Mereside Diva

9st 1lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: David & Nicola Barron

prominent, pressed leader and going best over 2f out, pushed along to lead over 1f out, ridden out inside final furlong, always doing enough

100/30

2nd

11

(7)

25th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

17:05 York

Mereside Diva

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: David & Nicola Barron

Has won two of her last three races, over 6f at Redcar last October (soft) and over this trip at Haydock this month (good to firm); on a career-high mark (up 3lb from last time); interesting contender.

15/2

2nd

11

(7)

25th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

17:05 York

Mereside Diva

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: David & Nicola Barron

Has won two of her last three races, over 6f at Redcar last October (soft) and over this trip at Haydock this month (good to firm); on a career-high mark (up 3lb from last time); interesting contender.

15/2

13/2

Form: 565-24 D BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Good AW strike-rate and comes here in good form but just 1-19 on turf and not obviously ahead of his mark now returned to this surface; does have C&D form, though, and he shouldn't be far away.
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Verdict Starting price

5th

5

(9)

26th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 173y

Class 4

16:05 Carlisle

Blazing Son

9st 9lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Bryan Smart

taken down early, raced in second

9/1

1st

3

(1)

10th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 195y

Class 5

16:20 Carlisle

Blazing Son

9st 8lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Bryan Smart

Three wins from six starts on AW but he's 1-21 on turf and has struggled back in this sphere (6f) in his last two starts; others preferred.

16/1

14/1

Form: 8677-9

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict
Came closest to a first win when a neck runner-up at Carlisle (6f, good to firm) last June, having looked as though this easier test at the trip was too sharp for him in a division of this race (soft) the time before; seems likely others will have the legs of him again.
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Verdict Starting price

4th

9

(2)

17th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:22 Thirsk

Lord Abama

9st 2lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Suited by these blinkers and prominent rides when winning two in a row over C&D (good to firm), before very close fourth at Ayr (6f, good to firm) latest; has run well on soft ground in the past; can make another bold bid.

11/2

4th

5

(9)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

19:25 Ayr

Lord Abama

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: Michael Dods

Blinkers have turned things around and he has won his last two starts, both under prominent rides in 6f handicaps at Thirsk on good to firm; 4lb rise shouldn't prevent another big run.

3/1

25/1

Form: 83502- D

Last run: 158 days

W: 8st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 58

Form & Verdict
Not weighted out of it but soundly beaten in all three C&D runs and has yet to shine on his reappearance so easy enough to pass over.
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7th

4

(13)

20th Jul 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

17:05 Ripon

Hurstwood

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Peter Niven

Has three C&D wins to his credit, the latest off a pound higher last June (good to firm); steadily finding his form this term, finishing runner-up over C&D two runs back (soft) and an unlucky fifth over C&D last time (good to soft; no run at all in final furlong); well drawn; can gain compensation.

4/1

5th

9

(8)

20th Jun 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

14:40 Ripon

Hurstwood

9st 0lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Peter Niven

in touch with leaders

11/2

2nd

1

(8)

30th May 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

17:25 Ripon

Hurstwood

9st 10lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Peter Niven

Unplaced on both runs this spring but last time was a step back in the right direction and he could be working his way back to form; won this on his third outing last year (good to firm) and he's one to be interested in if the ground dries (he might not want a slow surface nowadays).

13/2

12/1

Form: 2300-7 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
Three AW wins at 6f and 7f but yet to win in 14 attempts on turf; has form over 6f on grass but this easy test looked inadequate over C&D last June and others look more likely.
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2nd

1

(1)

3rd Jul 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:20 Thirsk

Patontheback

10st 4lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Gemma Tutty

Ran well off this career-high mark at Beverley (7.5f, good to firm; close second) last week when bidding for a hat-trick, following two wins over a bare 7f; remains in top form and commands respect.

7/2

2nd

4

(3)

25th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 96y

Class 5

14:47 Beverley

Patontheback

10st 1lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Gemma Tutty

Arrives in the form of his life after two easy wins recently but a 6lb higher mark, which sees him on a career-high rating, has forced him up in class as he chases the hat-trick; will need another personal best.

5/1

1st

1

(6)

13th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 15y

Class 6

20:15 Musselburgh

Patontheback

9st 10lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Gemma Tutty

Having dropped back below his last winning mark he returned to form to score at Catterick (7f, good to firm) last Saturday; did it a shade cosily and he's high on the list under a 5lb penalty.

2/1

OUR TIP

Form: 71-906 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Not in great form on the AW of late but he was suited by his first attempt over 6f on soft when a clear winner at Ayr in July and he's now back on the same mark; may well revive under suitable conditions.
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9th

8

(1)

19th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:15 Haydock

Our Absent Friends

9st 8lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Tristan Davidson

Suddenly emerged from spell in the doldrums with close second at Ripon (5f, good) last week and remains 6lb lower than when scoring at Ayr (6f, soft) last July; major player if that recent effort can be built upon.

2/1

2nd

10

(12)

8th Jul 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Ripon

Our Absent Friends

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Tristan Davidson

Won at Newcastle (5f) and Ayr (6f, soft) last season; off for 190 days after that second win and hasn't regained his form this year.

33/1

13th

6

(2)

28th Jun 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Newcastle (AW)

Our Absent Friends

9st 6lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tristan Davidson

Dual C&D winner and 4lb lower than when successful at Ayr (6f, soft) last summer, but his four efforts since returning in January (three of them back here) leave him with enough to prove.

20/1

Form: 7420-6 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Three 6f wins as 2yo, on good and good to soft ground, but her 3yo season was hard work; down a long way in the weights, though, and heavy-ground reappearance defeat can be excused; not entirely ruled out back at 6f.
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8th

1

(4)

31st May 2024

Soft

0m 6f 195y

Class 6

16:40 Carlisle

Shandy Star

9st 11lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Has dropped a long way in the weights and is 5lb lower than when runner-up in a big-field handicap at Newmarket (7f, heavy) last November; needs to better her three efforts since returning in March, though.

16/1

6th

3

(11)

6th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 96y

Class 5

15:40 Beverley

Shandy Star

9st 9lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Three wins, the latest over 6f at Pontefract in October 2022 (good to soft); good run when second over 7f at Newmarket in November (7f, heavy) but disappointing since.

25/1

6th

3

(11)

6th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 96y

Class 5

15:40 Beverley

Shandy Star

9st 9lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Three wins, the latest over 6f at Pontefract in October 2022 (good to soft); good run when second over 7f at Newmarket in November (7f, heavy) but disappointing since.

25/1

Non-runners

William Dewhirst

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £39.10
Straight Forecast £31.43
Tricast £192.87
Trifecta £264.10

Selections

POSTDATA:

Gulliver

RP RATINGS:

Harry's Halo

Telegraph:

Minnesota Lad

The Times:

Shandy Star

Daily Record:

Mereside Diva

NEWMARKET:

Miss Bella Brand

TOPSPEED:

Asadjumeirah

SPOTLIGHT:

Our Absent Friends

The Guardian:

Hurstwood

D Express:

Harry's Halo

The Star:

Minnesota Lad

Daily Mail:

Gulliver

Daily Mirror:

Gulliver

The Sun:

Gulliver