Thirsk Course Guide

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.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver
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Last Update: 23/01/2019 17:00

14:00 Jenny Roberts Millinery - EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10)
(Class 4) (7f)
  • Winner: Five Amarones 16/1
  • Jockey: P Mathers Trainer: R Michael Smith
  • Owner: Mr Peter Tsim
14:35 Barkers Of Northallerton Nursery
(Class 5) (7f 218y)
  • Winner: Billy No Mates 11/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Callum Rodriguez Trainer: M Dods
  • Owner: Mr J Sagar And Mr M Dods
15:10 Calverts Carpets Hambleton Cup Handicap
(Class 4) (1m 4f 8y)
  • Winner: Arrowtown 3/1 Fav
  • Jockey: Nathan Evans Trainer: M W Easterby
  • Owner: S Hollings L Folwell S Hull M Banniste
15:45 Moody Construction Fillies' Handicap
(Class 3) (7f)
  • Winner: Queen Penn 9/2
  • Jockey: P Mathers Trainer: R A Fahey
  • Owner: Nick Bradley Racing 36 & Partner
16:20 Personal Touches 50th Anniversary Handicap
(Class 4) (6f)
  • Winner: Yes You 11/2
  • Jockey: Jamie Gormley Trainer: I Jardine
  • Owner: Taco Partners
16:55 British Stallion Studs Ebf Handicap
(Class 3) (7f 218y)
  • Winner: Borodin 7/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: J Garritty Trainer: R A Fahey
  • Owner: Sir Robert Ogden
17:30 David Higgins 50th Birthday Celebrations Handicap
(Class 4) (5f)
  • Winner: Our Little Pony 7/1
  • Jockey: Faye McManoman Trainer: L A Mullaney
  • Owner: Mr Richard Swift

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Thirsk Racecourse Ltd
Thirsk Racecourse
Station Road
North Yorkshire
01845 522276

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