Thirsk Monday race-by-race

Thirsk Monday race-by-race


Race-by-race verdicts and nap selection for Monday’s evening at Thirsk.

Race 1 5.30pm
Lost My Sock failed to show the progress expected when only third at Pontefract a fortnight ago. He’ll be in the mix once again but a chance is taken SOLDIERPOY builds on a promising debut second at Windsor and goes one better. Belardie disappointed when well beaten at Yarmouth but was sent off favourite and should be capable of better with an apprentice’s allowance in his favour while Unleash and Jigs Princess other likely improvers. Mayway is a half-sister to a Listed winner and H Bomb is another newcomer to note.
Race 2: 6pm
SAMBUCCA SPIRIT is penalised for winning at Redcar last week but Paul Midgley’s charge returned a clear winner and is taken to confirm running with both Rangefield Express and Hello Girl. Montalvan finished a close-up third at Ripon recently but that was over 1200m and Q Twenty Boy is preferred after placing over the minimum trip at Wolverhampton on his return from a lengthy absence. Cuppacoco should also be sharper for a decent effort at Hamilton and is back on a winning mark while the returning Kodiac Dancer drops in class having switched yards.
Race 3: 6.30pm
FORESHORE found a less fancied stablemate too good at Doncaster when dropped down in trip for his reappearance and first start after wind surgery. Headgear is applied to today and Karl Burke’s charge should go close again. Only Alone missed an engagement on the soft ground at Hamilton Sunday and makes her handicap debut having won a novices’ race at Beverley while Barbarella finished in front of What A Business and Iva Reflection when runner-up at Newcastle and could also figure. Felicia Blue has the beating of Rebel Soldier Boy on running in novice company last year and makes her handicap debut along with Hostelry.
Race 4: 7pm
Spring Bloom has placed in all four outings including his handicap debut at Newbury on his reappearance while Knightcap won a nursery at Catterick last year and is 3kg higher. The latter will be sharper today but MAGICAL MOMENT (NAP) had Dream Together back in third when successful in a maiden at Pontefract on her return. Kevin Ryan’s filly looks worth sticking with now handicapping and is preferred to Twist Of Hay and Dandy’s Angel, who also make their handicap debuts.
Race 5: 7.30pm
Pearl Of Qatar won at Newcastle in October and is 3.5kg higher on her reappearance while Mr Wagyu is penalised for last week’s narrow-margin success at Ayr with Epeius back in third. Almurr never threatened the winner when runner-up over track and trip while I Know How looks high enough in the weights though Jungle Inthebungle has slid down the handicap and placed at Wolverhampton recently. But SLOWMO drops in class after attempting to make all at Ripon and he gets another chance back on fast going today.
Race 6: 8pm
Swinging Eddie ran well at Newcastle when last competing over 1200m and finished in front of Loretta, who gets a change of headgear on her first outing since. Lucky Lodge finished ahead of ALAMEERY when fourth at Ripon recently but the latter led for most of the way before tiring on his first outing since December and Adrian Nicholls’ unexposed charge can come out best with further progress on the cards. Jem Scuttle has something to find with the selection and Moretti has proved best over 1400m so far while it was heavy going when Bevsboy won a lower grade contest at Catterick back in October and Carlovian is preferred.
Race 7: 8.30pm
Several of these ran green on their respective debuts including CURRENCY EXCHANGE. The latter proved reluctant to enter the stalls but finished strongly from off the pace over the 6f at Haydock and the Haggas colt will appreciate this extra distance. Topper Bill also showed his inexperience when only sixth over track and trip and can do better while Desert History ran well over today’s distance at Haydock before fading in the closing stages and is preferred to Mister Allegro. Already gelded, Wor Willie is a half-brother to a couple of winners and may prove best of the newcomers.
Race 8: 9pm
Twin Appeal showed signs of a return to form at Beverley last time and won off today’s mark over track and trip last season. But PROUD ARCHI is also back on a winning mark and returned to action with a second over course and distance at last week’s fixture. He’s taken to go one better today given Magical Effect and Zip would prefer testing ground and Upstaging has done all his winning so far over shorter trips. Love Your Work and De Bruyne Horse are best on the Fibresand at Southwell.
Race 9: 9.30pm
Kind Review bids for a hat-trick having won at Leicester on his comeback but is upped in class and raised 2kg today. Several of these are not badly treated on last year’s winning form including Kodiac Harbour, who will be sharper for an outing at Newbury, but a chance is taken on the returning IRV. Micky Hammond’s charge landed a couple of higher grade handicaps at York last summer before going off the boil and has undergone wind surgery subsequently. Wild Hope won off a higher mark at Ayr last season and City Wanderer showed good progress when winning three times in 2019 but Defence Treaty looks in further need of respite from the handicapper.
Race 10: 10pm
Few make any appeal and Thawry has yet to win either on the Turf or over this far. Bird To Love has won twice on the all-weather but is 2.5kg higher than February’s win at Chelmsford while Liva has won over hurdles since last successful on the Flat and the same comment applies to Calliope. SMART LASS has also been hurdling but returned a wide-margin winner at Musselburgh when last seen on the level in October and there should be more to come from Iain Jardine’s mare in this code.

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