Forecast: Light rain
Temp: 14.6° - 19.2°
Wind: 12.4 mph S
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 Ninjago (Good to Firm) 03 Jun 2019 1m 9.34s 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 196 27 £148,600 13.78% -£29.11 D O'Meara 169 21 £110,220 12.43% -£52.30 T D Easterby 264 19 £100,403 7.2% -£96.65 M Dods 149 16 £83,713 10.74% -£39.28 P T Midgley 77 15 £69,540 19.48% £39.50 K A Ryan 128 14 £75,658 10.94% -£14.50 K Dalgleish 51 11 £59,031 21.57% £36.19 B Smart 55 10 £47,416 18.18% £22.00 J J Quinn 78 9 £55,340 11.54% £8.45 W J Haggas 30 8 £53,099 26.67% -£19.83
Jockey Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L D Tudhope 129 28 £142,070 21.71% £2.13 D Allan 148 18 £101,035 12.16% -£22.75 P Hanagan 103 16 £86,794 15.53% £13.20 P Mulrennan 132 16 £73,293 12.12% -£18.38 G Lee 141 15 £74,265 10.64% -£23.84 Ben Curtis 110 15 £86,783 13.64% -£16.08 Kevin Stott 86 13 £57,748 15.12% £7.00 P J McDonald 128 11 £59,678 8.59% -£54.80 T Eaves 128 11 £68,086 8.59% £4.07 J Fanning 56 11 £62,750 19.64% -£5.49
Forecast: Light rain
Temp: 11.5° - 21.9°
Wind: 13.2 mph W
Last Update: 19/07/2019 07:00
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