April 20 / 19.05 Thirsk

19.05

Soft

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  • Prize money: £9720
  • 1m 4f 8y
  • Class 3
  • 14 runners
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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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11th

10

(11)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

14:15 York

Two Brothers

9st 1lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Michael & David Easterby

Three wins last year (1m3f-1m4f) and last of those was over C&D on good to soft; scored with authority at Thirsk (1m4f, soft) this April, before a respectable show off this 6lb higher mark at Hamilton ten days ago, getting behind before making good late gains; competitive almost every time in the last 20 months, so has to be taken seriously.

16/1

11th

10

(11)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

14:15 York

Two Brothers

9st 1lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Michael & David Easterby

Three wins last year (1m3f-1m4f) and last of those was over C&D on good to soft; scored with authority at Thirsk (1m4f, soft) this April, before a respectable show off this 6lb higher mark at Hamilton ten days ago, getting behind before making good late gains; competitive almost every time in the last 20 months, so has to be taken seriously.

16/1

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

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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14th

11

(8)

16th Jun 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

18:15 Thirsk

Fleur De Mer

8st 13lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Martin Todhunter

Dual AW winner at around 1m2f when with Hugo Palmer; was second here (1m4f, soft) last season, when on this mark; changed hands since last seen over C&D (good to soft; over 3l behind Dark Jedi); should be involved.

16/1

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

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

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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9th

4

16th May 2024

Soft

1m 6f 44y

Class 3

14:30 Salisbury

Torcello

9st 9lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Shaun Lycett

took keen hold, midfield, headway 7f out, weakened quickly 4f out

12/1

9th

4

16th May 2024

Soft

1m 6f 44y

Class 3

14:30 Salisbury

Torcello

9st 9lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Shaun Lycett

took keen hold, midfield, headway 7f out, weakened quickly 4f out

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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3rd

10

(3)

2nd Jun 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 3

16:40 Hamilton

Faylaq

8st 11lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Jim Goldie

Often travels strongly, regularly competitive and well capable of being seriously involved, off 27lb lower today than his peak mark; however, going on to win is seriously problematic, as latest start showed again in race here won by Geremia, and the bottom line is that he's failed to score since 2019.

12/1

5th

4

(6)

17th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 15y

Class 3

19:15 Hamilton

Faylaq

8st 12lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, headway and disputed lead over 3f out, going best over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

5/1

5th

4

(6)

17th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 15y

Class 3

19:15 Hamilton

Faylaq

8st 12lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Winless since 2019 but he comes here in decent nick, fourth of 14 in 1m4f Thirsk handicap 27 days ago; he ought to be in the shake-up eased 1lb.

5/1

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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4th

2

(4)

19th Jun 2024

Soft

1m 4f 10y

Class 4

19:05 Ripon

Strawman

9st 7lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Gemma Tutty

in touch with leaders

7/1

13th

10

(5)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:20 York

Strawman

9st 3lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Gemma Tutty

No impact in his two runs here (1m4f); on the premises in about half his races last term, particularly in the autumn and he did win on AW in October; creditable fifth on reappearance at Thirsk (soft) but needs to build on that and does not look the best handicapped on 2023 form.

18/1

13th

10

(5)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:20 York

Strawman

9st 3lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Gemma Tutty

No impact in his two runs here (1m4f); on the premises in about half his races last term, particularly in the autumn and he did win on AW in October; creditable fifth on reappearance at Thirsk (soft) but needs to build on that and does not look the best handicapped on 2023 form.

18/1

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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6th

14

(2)

21st Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Fairbanks

9st 1lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

prominent on inner, pressed leaders against far rail 2f out, no extra final 110yds

18/1

2nd

2

(9)

2nd Jun 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 3

16:40 Hamilton

Fairbanks

9st 9lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

Big improver when upped in trip and visored last summer, winning turf handicaps at Haydock (good to soft), Leicester and Goodwood; another significant step forward when making all to justify favouritism in good style at Newcastle (AW) three weeks ago; all that success was over about 1m4f but 1m5f can also suit; up a further 7lb but another win may well be forthcoming.

11/4

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

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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6th

9

(8)

25th May 2024

Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 2

15:30 Haydock

Forza Orta

9st 1lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Kevin Ryan

Upped to 2m when winning a competitive handicap at last August's York Ebor meeting (good to firm); failed to see out the 2m2f of Chester Cup 15 days ago and he's not shone in his three visits to this track, but the ground should be fine and there was potential for 2m in that York win.

12/1

6th

9

(8)

25th May 2024

Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 2

15:30 Haydock

Forza Orta

9st 1lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Kevin Ryan

Upped to 2m when winning a competitive handicap at last August's York Ebor meeting (good to firm); failed to see out the 2m2f of Chester Cup 15 days ago and he's not shone in his three visits to this track, but the ground should be fine and there was potential for 2m in that York win.

12/1

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

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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6th

4

(1)

5th Jun 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

15:57 Nottingham

Roost

9st 8lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Came home well to collect over 1m4f at Ffos Las (good to soft) last August but that's much the best of his last five starts; had wind surgery after 2023 season and might have needed the reappearance run in April; has his third crack at 1m6f (below form in the others) and others are more convincing.

9/1

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

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

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

3

(4)

15th Jun 2024

Good

1m 3f 188y

Class 3

13:50 York

Arrange

10st 3lb

J: Miss J Townend

T: Martin Todhunter

On the up last autumn, winning over 1m3f at Carlisle (good to firm) and 1m6f at Catterick (soft) before her good second when trying 2m at York; respectable fourth of 20 back here over 1m4f on latest outing, so has a place chance even if a bit further may now be ideal.

6/1

4th

2

(17)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:20 York

Arrange

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: Martin Todhunter

On the up last autumn, winning over 1m3f at Carlisle (good to firm) and 1m6f at Catterick (soft) before her good second when trying 2m at York; no show on reappearance but that run may well have done her some good and she still has a competitive mark.

14/1

4th

2

(17)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:20 York

Arrange

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: Martin Todhunter

On the up last autumn, winning over 1m3f at Carlisle (good to firm) and 1m6f at Catterick (soft) before her good second when trying 2m at York; no show on reappearance but that run may well have done her some good and she still has a competitive mark.

14/1

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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3rd

1

(7)

22nd Jun 2024

Good

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

19:45 Haydock

To Catch A Thief

9st 11lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: William Haggas

Hasn't progressed in quite the manner that looked likely after back-to-back AW wins at the end of 2023 but his latest third of ten in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar (1m2f, soft) was a creditable effort; likely to be competitive if in similar form.

7/2

3rd

6

(2)

27th May 2024

Soft

1m 2f 1y

Class 2

16:35 Redcar

To Catch A Thief

9st 6lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Returned from break with novice and handicap AW wins at about 1m2f in late 2023, but he hasn't put it together at this trip and 1m4f in three starts since (cheekpieces latest; now tongue tied); the return to 1m2f can suit but soft ground is not sure to improve matters.

8/1

3rd

6

(2)

27th May 2024

Soft

1m 2f 1y

Class 2

16:35 Redcar

To Catch A Thief

9st 6lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Returned from break with novice and handicap AW wins at about 1m2f in late 2023, but he hasn't put it together at this trip and 1m4f in three starts since (cheekpieces latest; now tongue tied); the return to 1m2f can suit but soft ground is not sure to improve matters.

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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3rd

3

(7)

25th May 2024

Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 2

15:30 Haydock

Emiyn

9st 7lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Best known for his exploits at Chester, often front-running, and the last two of his wins were under Zak Wheatley; visored first time and career-best form when second in the Chester Cup (2m2f, good to firm) 15 days ago; all wins have been on softer than good; up 2lb but needs respect.

8/1

3rd

3

(7)

25th May 2024

Soft

2m 0f 46y

Class 2

15:30 Haydock

Emiyn

9st 7lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Best known for his exploits at Chester, often front-running, and the last two of his wins were under Zak Wheatley; visored first time and career-best form when second in the Chester Cup (2m2f, good to firm) 15 days ago; all wins have been on softer than good; up 2lb but needs respect.

8/1

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

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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6th

1

(1)

10th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 4f 5y

Class 4

19:30 Pontefract

Charging Thunder

9st 11lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Ran encouragingly at Newcastle (AW) last month, improving on his reappearance effort; losing run is mounting up but he's interesting back at Pontefract, being 2-2 here including a success off this mark in this race two years ago.

5/2

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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9th

3

(12)

16th Jun 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

18:15 Thirsk

Dark Moon Rising

9st 8lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

Had several reopposing rivals behind when scoring at Hamilton (1m5f, good) latest; up 4lb for that marked improvement on his two prior runs this season; remains well treated if he can back that up.

11/2

1st

11

(12)

2nd Jun 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 3

16:40 Hamilton

Dark Moon Rising

8st 11lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

Won at York (1m4f, good) last July and now 2lb below that last winning mark, having failed to figure in his two starts this season; acts on good to soft but well beaten in his two runs on soft; latest run was a rare one in cheekpieces and now it's blinkers (tried once in 2022) which return.

25/1

15th

4

(10)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:20 York

Dark Moon Rising

9st 6lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Won at York (1m4f, good) last July, from eight visits here, and is back to that last winning mark; acts on good to soft but well beaten in his two runs on soft, including on reappearance last month; cheekpieces (worn twice last term, before the win) are back.

11/1

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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1st

1

(3)

19th Jun 2024

Soft

1m 4f 10y

Class 4

19:05 Ripon

Kardia

9st 9lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

took keen hold, made virtually all

Evs

2nd

7

(8)

31st May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 3f 197y

Class 4

20:50 Doncaster

Kardia

9st 3lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

in touch with leaders, led after 2f

7/1

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

Non-runners

Mr Le Philosophe, Tessy Lad

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Payout
Exacta £256.20
Straight Forecast £281.69
Tricast £4562.08
Trifecta £3103.50

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