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Thirsk Racecourse

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Thirsk is a fairly sharp, left-handed course of about 1m2f in circumference. It’s mainly level and there is a definite advantage in having a low draw in races over 7f and a mile, especially in big fields. Close-coupled handy types do best on the round course. Races over 5f and 6f are run on a chute which joins the round course at the 3f marker. A high draw, near the stands rail, is favourable in sprint races, though soft ground can negate the advantage and big fields will occasionally split into two groups. In that case, it’s often difficult for those drawn in the centre to get competitive.
The Thirsk Classic Trial, staged in April, has produced pointers towards the 2000 Guineas in the past (Tap On Wood won it in 1979 before coming out on top at Newmarket) but the Thirsk Hunt Cup, staged in May, is probably the highlight of the year at the North Yorkshire Flat course nowadays. Leading northern trainers Kevin Ryan, Richard Fahey and Tim Easterby have all won the latter twice in recent years but the big Newmarket stables have also started to take an interest. Winners older than six are uncommon.
There is normally racing every month between April and September at the picturesque course which nestles between the North Yorkshire Moors and the Dales on the A61. Both the A1 and A19 trunk road are less than 10 minutes away. Thirsk Station is a half-mile from the course entrance.
Richard Fahey’s introduces some nice two-year-olds here and Tom Tate’s three-year-old handicappers do well. Also take note of David O’Meara’s older horses.

Saturday 9th September Results
Time Winner Racecard
1.45 Poets Dream 7/1 View Result
2.15 Air Raid 12/1 View Result
2.50 Che Bella 7/1 View Result
3.30 Race Status: Dormant View Result
4.05 Race Status: Dormant View Result
4.40 Race Status: Going Down View Result
5.15 Race Status: Dormant View Result
5.45 Erissimus Maximus 3/1 View Result
Friday 1st September Results
Time Winner Racecard
1.50 Trumps Up 9/2 View Result
2.20 Exhort 5/6 View Result
2.55 Mr Strutter 6/4 View Result
3.30 Noble Behest 15/8 View Result
4.05 El Hombre 6/1 View Result
4.40 Kirkham 9/1 View Result
5.10 Armagnac 8/1 View Result
Monday 21st August Results
Time Winner Racecard
2.15 No I'm Easy 15/8 View Result
2.45 Proud Archi 5/1 View Result
3.15 Mon Beau Visage 9/2 View Result
3.45 Memories Galore 33/1 View Result
4.15 Dance Teacher 15/8 View Result
4.45 Sepal 1/1 View Result
5.15 Percys Princess 8/1 View Result
5.45 Whipphound 6/1 View Result
Tuesday 15th August Results
Time Winner Racecard
2.00 Wahoo 13/8 View Result
2.30 Brockey Rise 12/1 View Result
3.00 Nathalie 1/2 View Result
3.30 Hadley 3/1 View Result
4.00 Le Manege Enchante 6/1 View Result
4.30 Miss Goldsmith 8/1 View Result
5.00 Clenymistra 15/2 View Result
5.30 Dark Confidant 6/1 View Result

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