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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.

Wednesday 27th May Results
Time Winner Racecard
2.00 Signoret 4/6 View Result
2.30 Hugie Boy 7/1 View Result
3.00 Bapak Asmara 13/8 View Result
3.30 The Lock Master 9/4 View Result
4.05 Steel Train 20/1 View Result
4.40 Multi Grain 9/1 View Result
5.15 White Flag 11/1 View Result
5.45 Indastar 16/1 View Result
Saturday 16th May Results
Time Winner Racecard
1.55 Richter Scale 7/2 View Result
2.30 Jeanie's Place 2/1 View Result
3.05 Dark Wonder 11/1 View Result
3.40 Ginger Jack 4/1 View Result
4.15 Straits Of Malacca 12/1 View Result
4.50 Red Baron 3/1 View Result
5.25 Sherry 14/1 View Result
5.55 Captain Dunne 16/1 View Result
Saturday 9th May Results
Time Winner Racecard
5.40 Secret Lightning 16/1 View Result
6.10 Barney McGrew 11/4 View Result
6.40 Manatee Bay 10/1 View Result
7.10 Craggaknock 6/1 View Result
7.40 Hydrant 8/1 View Result
8.10 Obsidian 7/2 View Result
8.40 Mercers Row 16/1 View Result
Saturday 2nd May Results
Time Winner Racecard
2.10 Millennium Falcon 5/2 View Result
2.45 Simply Shining 5/1 View Result
3.20 Foreign Diplomat 6/5 View Result
4.00 Captain Dunne 25/1 View Result
4.35 Sound Advice 13/2 View Result
5.05 Apterix 12/1 View Result
5.40 Birdman 5/4 View Result

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