17:00 Thirsk Mon 16 September 2019

  • Chestnut Room At Thirsk Racecourse Ideal Party Venue Handicap (Class 5)
  • 7f, Good to Firm (Good in places)
  • 15 Runners
  • Winner£4,399.002nd£1,309.003rd£654.004th£327.005th£300.006th£300.007th£300.008th£300.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 24.15sOff time:17:01:44
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1
(9)
89-8OR: 76D
6/1

Won over 7½f at Beverley in July, and has maintained his form, finishing a creditable second of 10 to Calder Prince over the same track and trip last time. Must be considered in current vein of form.

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2
(8)
49-7OR: 75D
20/1

Won at Ayr (1m) in July. Excuses for last turf run here on heavy ground, and ran respectably when fifth at Wolverhampton last time under an aggressive ride. Drops in trip back on turf now, and not ruled out.

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3
(13)
49-6OR: 74C
12/1

Would come into the reckoning on his penultimate fourth over C&D, but he followed that with a lifeless effort here last time, and needs to bounce back to his best to be competitive.

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4
(7)
69-6OR: 74CD
4/1

Won over an extended 7f at Ayr in July (soft) and better effort since when ¾L fourth of 14 to Queen's Sargent over C&D last time. Big chance if repeating that, but consistency isn't his strong point.

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5
(12)
49-5OR: 73D
12/1

Landed a hat-trick of handicap wins at around this trip in July/August, but raised 16lb in total, and shaped as if the handicapper had his measure at Beverley last time.

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6
(16)
59-3OR: 71
5/1

Plenty of in-frame efforts to his name, and one to consider on form, but the bottom line is that he's had 23 runs in handicaps without winning, and he isn't one for maximum faith.

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7
(2)
49-3OR: 71D
18/1

Placed at Nottingham in May, and well treated on his best efforts, but he's been well below form the last twice, and is entitled to need this run having been off since June.

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9
(14)
49-2OR: 70
16/1

Winner at Pontefract in August 2018. Better than the bare result over 6f here last time, but he's essentially regressive, and has stamina to prove for this trip, so easy enough to omit from calculations.

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10
(5)
79-1OR: 69D
16/1

Operating below his best sinmce finishing second at Catterick in June, but the handicapper has reacted accordingly, and the return to a well-run 7f will suit, so can't be left out of calculations.

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11
(1)
59-0OR: 68D
33/1

Almost sprung a 50/1 shock at Musselburgh last month having made all at Carlisle in May, but tends to run more than the occasional stinker, and reverted to type at Newcastle last time.

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12
(3)
Sfumato6(ex 5)
59-0OR: 63D
12/1

Has won two of his last four, most recently over 6f at Catterick last week. Little in hand there, so needs to improve to defy a penalty, but he stays this trip well, and could well remain competitive.

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13
(6)
68-12OR: 66D
12/1

Has not won on turf since August 2017, and although he hinted at a return to form when fifth at Doncaster on his penultimate outing, he didn't build on that last time, and remains opposable for win purposes.

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14
(10)
48-10OR: 64CD
6/1

C&D winner on her belated return/stable debut in June, and ran even better when third next time. Too free to do herself justice on latest start at Musselburgh last time, but likely to bounce back.

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15
(4)
58-6OR: 60CDWS
7/1

Has a squeak on a couple of in-frame efforts this season, and has had wind surgery since disappointing at Catterick in July. Not a huge surprise to see him bounce back, although yard still struggling for winners.

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16
(11)
48-2OR: 51
20/1

Runner-up over C&D in June, but has run poorly twice since, and chance is not obvious from out of the handicap here, even if back in the groove.

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Non-Runners

8
(15)
Black Friday17
49-2OR: 70
T: Karen McLintockJ: Jason Hart

Last Year's Winner

Last year's winner is unavailable

Betting

Forecast

Start Time (4/1), Esprit De Corps (5/1), Twin Appeal (6/1), Aliento (6/1), Uncle Charlie (7/1), Black Friday (10/1), Deansgate (12/1), John Kirkup (12/1), Sfumato (12/1), Red Seeker (12/1), Zylan (16/1), Arcavallo (16/1), Highlight Reel (18/1), Alfa McGuire (20/1), Billy Wedge (20/1), Smugglers Creek (33/1)

Verdict

Sfumato is respected under a penalty for last week's win, but he has more on his plate here, and preference is for TWIN APPEAL, who is running to a solid level of late, and should give it another good shot. Start Time is handicapped to go well, although he's inconsistent, while Esprit de Corps is consistent but finds it hard to win. The latter should not be far away despite those misgivings.
  1. Twin Appeal
  2. Sfumato
  3. Esprit De Corps

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