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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 12th April Results
Time Winner Racecard
2.15 My Name Is Rio 12/1 View Result
2.50 Red Pike 11/8 View Result
3.25 Farlow 11/4 View Result
4.00 Breton Rock 5/2 View Result
4.35 Elidor 11/1 View Result
5.10 Mecca's Angel 9/2 View Result
5.45 Flexible Flyer 6/1 View Result
6.15 Trade Secret 7/2 View Result
Tuesday 17th September Results
Time Winner Racecard
2.10 See The Sun 15/2 View Result
2.40 Casper Lee 16/1 View Result
3.10 China Creek 13/2 View Result
3.40 Our Boy Jack 4/1 View Result
4.10 Princess Loulou 11/4 View Result
4.45 Aquilla 6/4 View Result
5.15 Eric The Grey 5/1 View Result
Saturday 7th September Results
Time Winner Racecard
2.00 Mutafaakir 3/1 View Result
2.30 Comino 7/1 View Result
3.05 Fire Fighting 3/1 View Result
3.40 Altharoos 3/1 View Result
4.20 Indego Blues 4/1 View Result
4.55 Aeronwyn Bryn 7/1 View Result
5.25 Rhombus 7/2 View Result
5.55 Storm Moon 10/1 View Result
Friday 30th August Results
Time Winner Racecard
2.10 Greed Is Good 3/1 View Result
2.40 Emef Diamond 15/8 View Result
3.10 Song of Rowland 11/4 View Result
3.45 Ashpan Sam 14/1 View Result
4.15 Dr Irv 9/4 View Result
4.50 Colbyor 7/1 View Result
5.25 Celtic Sixpence 25/1 View Result
5.55 Bousatet 5/2 View Result

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