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Racing takes place throughout the summer at Thirsk with the highlight being the Thirsk Hunt Cup. Open to older horses and run over a mile usually at the start of May, the race usually attracts a sizable field.
The Michael Dods-trained Osteophathic Remedy has been a standing dish in the race in recent years, winning in 2010 and then finishing 6th, 2nd, 6th, 4th and 3rd in the five subsequent renewals. He was particularly unfortunate in 2012, when he finished second to the future Lockinge and Champion Stakes winner Farhh.
The North Yorkshire track also stages a useful Conditions Stakes. Run over six furlongs for older horses each April, the Michael Foster Conditions Stakes has been won by smart sprinters Markab and Heaven’s Guest in recent years. Given its close proximity to the Malton and Middleham training centres, the course is popular with many leading Northern trainers.
The round course is a left-handed, oval track, just over a mile and a quarter in extent, with a run-in of half a mile. There is a straight six-furlong course, which is slightly undulating throughout. The round course itself is almost perfectly flat, but though the turns are relatively easy and the ground well levelled all round, the track is on the sharp side and by no means ideal for a horse that requires time to settle down, and time and space to get down to work in the straight.
There’s quite an advantage in being close to the stands’ side rail on the sprint track at Thirsk and it can get congested there. The top turn on the round course catches some horses out - it’s an undulating left-hander - and you see quite a few lose their race there. Balance is critical at that point, as there’s a ridge that throws you out to the right, and, if you don’t meet it well, you can struggle the rest of the way round. If you’re on one that handles it, though, you can kick and get all your rivals in trouble.
Distance Horse (Going) Date Winning time 5f Red Baron (Good to Firm) 16 May 2015 57.02s 6f Rex Imperator (Good to Firm) 01 Jul 2015 1m 9.46s 7f Vanbrugh (Good to Firm) 13 Apr 2019 1m 23.74s 7f 218y Hayadh (Good) 04 May 2019 1m 37.49s 1m 4f 8y King's Advice (Good to Firm) 13 Apr 2019 2m 31.45s 2m 13y Noble Behest (Good to Firm) 01 Sep 2017 3m 29.72s
Trainer Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L R A Fahey 185 26 £144,187 14.05% -£20.11 D O'Meara 158 20 £104,881 12.66% -£47.30 T D Easterby 253 16 £87,625 6.32% -£126.65 M Dods 143 14 £74,592 9.79% -£57.28 K A Ryan 121 13 £65,954 10.74% -£20.50 P T Midgley 69 11 £55,458 15.94% £18.50 K Dalgleish 44 11 £59,031 25% £43.19 B Smart 51 10 £47,416 19.61% £26.00 J J Quinn 73 9 £55,340 12.33% £13.45 M Appleby 50 9 £42,081 18% £98.00
Jockey Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L D Tudhope 113 22 £116,296 19.47% -£18.12 D Allan 142 18 £99,253 12.68% -£9.75 P Mulrennan 131 17 £75,881 12.98% -£14.38 Ben Curtis 113 16 £88,852 14.16% -£10.58 G Lee 129 14 £67,278 10.85% -£20.84 P Hanagan 86 14 £77,867 16.28% -£4.05 Kevin Stott 79 12 £54,214 15.19% £10.00 P J McDonald 127 11 £59,678 8.66% -£51.80 J Fanning 54 11 £62,750 20.37% -£3.49 Callum Rodriguez 53 11 £54,734 20.75% £8.98
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