16:40 Thirsk

  • New 'Cherry Tree' Premier Racegoers' Package Handicap (Class 3)
  • 1m 4f, Good to Firm (Good in places, Watered)
  • 10 Runners
  • Winner£7,763.002nd£2,310.003rd£1,154.004th£577.00
  • Surface: Turf

Weighed in

Winning time:2m 37.6sOff time:16:40:10
1
(8)
79-7OR: 890
11/2
Has bits and pieces of decent form but is 8lb above his last winning mark and has a stiff test on these terms. Likes firm ground, so any rain would go against him.
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2
(3)
69-6OR: 880
14/1
Reverts to the Flat after falling over hurdles at Musselburgh but has found life tough after his winning exploits at Epsom last June. However, he has now dropped to just a 1lb higher mark, so cannot be discounted.
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3
(5)
89-4OR: 860
7/1
Yard has made a customary flying start to the campaign and has to respected for that fact alone. However, this fellow looks weighted to the hilt just now and may just need a little more assistance from the assessor.
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4
(9)
59-3OR: 850
10/3
Effective over this trip and should strip fitter after his blow-out at Catterick earlier this month. Also a previous course winner, so should have no issues with the racing surface. Dangerous to dismiss without a check on the betting.
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5
(7)
79-1OR: 830
16/1
His form on the AW has left a little to be desired since the turn of the year and he is another that looks weighted to the ceiling of his abilities. Respected but has a tough task ahead.
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6
(4)
59-0OR: 820
9/2
Last won off a 1lb higher mark so doesn't strike as one that starts the campaign from a lenient rating. Also likely to need the run after his winter break, so may be best watched.
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7
(10)
68-12OR: 800
8/1
Just in front of Mukhayyam when he won at Carlisle last July and is 5lb better off with that rival this time around. Factor in the rider's claim and the gelding has a very sound chance at the weights. One for the shortlist here.
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8
(2)
48-9OR: 770
16/1
Clobbered by the handicapper after a very successful campaign last year. Now needs to post a personal best by quite some way and, while he is respected, he doesn't have the best record when fresh so may be best watched on this occasion.
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9
(1)
58-8OR: 760
18/1
Arguably better over hurdles these days and needs to post a dramatically improved effort after finishing last on his seasonal bow at Doncaster at the start of this month.
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10
(6)
48-6OR: 730
8/1
Mainly in good form last season but has paid the price and, from 6lb higher than his last win, he starts the new campaign on a stiff looking mark. Best of firm ground so wouldn't want the heavens to open either.
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Betting

Forecast

Mukhayyam (10/3), Swaheen (9/2), Saved By The Bell (11/2), Gabrial's King (7/1), Airton (8/1), Top of The Glas (8/1), Green Light (14/1), Dolphin Village (16/1), The Resdev Way (16/1), Sikandar (18/1)

Verdict

Another tough one to call but TOP OF THE GLAS has a sound chance on these terms and can confirm his superiority over Mukhayyam if they both run up to their respective marks. Green Light, a stablemate of the main selection, also has claims on these terms and would be dangerous to ignore completely, while Dolphin Village and Airton can scrap it out as the best of the rest in a race where the handicapper seems to have a tight hold over the field.
  1. Top of The Glas
  2. Mukhayyam
  3. Green Light
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