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AN EXCITING season for Thirsk reaches its climax on Saturday (September 8) with three of Yorkshire’s finest in an exciting tussle to be top trainer at the track this season.

It promises to be a thrilling sub-plot to the final day of Thirsk’s season as Richard Fahey, David O’Meara and Tim Easterby go head-to-head in a shoot-out to claim top honours for the year.

Fahey leads the way with eight winners this season and launches a five-horse raid on the last day card, although two of them, Grise Lightning and Queen Penn will be chasing the same pot in the feature race of the day, the Moody Construction Fillies Handicap.

Of the pair, the consistent Queen Penn seems to have the best chance even though she has yet to win this season. However, she gets a lot of weight here and ran an eye-catching race when third to Bedouin’s Story over course and distance less than three weeks ago.

“I am hoping for the best with all my runners, but as far as winning the title is concerned, I think I could be in trouble” joked Fahey with typical understatement, even though four of his eight winners came in the opening three meetings of Thirsk’s season.

Fahey, who has been far and away the most successful trainer at Thirsk in recent seasons, also runs Irreverent in the Jenny Roberts Millinery-EBF Novice Stakes, Firewater in the Barkers Of Northallerton Nursery Handicap and Accessor in the British Stallion Studs EBF Handicap.

O’Meara, who sits one behind Fahey on seven winners for the season, will have Mutadaffeq leading his small team when the five-year-old goes in the Calverts Carpets Hambleton Cup Handicap.

The five-year-old is at the top of the handicap, but is far from out of It on form and he usually runs well at Thirsk. He won his only start on the course in 2017 and though he has not won from two previous outings this year his second to Bayshore Freeway under 10st 2lbs in June was a high quality effort.

Whether Tim Easterby can come through and pip them both from his starting point of six winners is a moot point, but the Great Habton trainer fields a strong team of nine horses spread over five races with trainer’s wife Sarah quipping: “We are really going for it!”

Leading the charge is dual winner Angels in the Moody Construction Fillies Handicap, which will be the mount of David Allan, who is also on board Regal Mirage, one of two runners for the yard in the Calverts Carpets Hambleton Cup on the back of a recent battling performance when winning at Beverley.

Gates open at 11am ahead of the first race at 2pm.


Haute Couture meets high class action on one of the best days of the year at Thirsk as the North Yorkshire course brings down the curtain on its 2018 season with the ever-popular Ladies Day this Saturday (September 8).

Flying fillies on the track and fashionable fillies off it will be the order of a day packed with thrills, excitement, fun and laughter.

And while the lovely ladies will naturally take centre stage with the Best Dressed Lady not only carrying off the star prize, but also securing a place in the Go Racing In Yorkshire Best Dressed Lady final at Doncaster in October and the chance to win another super prize, the men are not forgotten.

There is a prize for the Best Dressed Gentleman and another prize in the Best Hat competition for which both Ladies and Gentlemen are eligible!

The competitions are open to all racegoers aged 18 and over and to take part all you need to do is get your glad rags on and look good!

To make it a little more special the Ladies Day Lawn Marquee is the place to be for fine food, a glass or two of bubbles,  trackside viewing and live music.  It’s the perfect spot to turn a great day into a truly special one, but hurry as spaces are limited and it is filling up fast.

On the track there will be a superb seven-race card starting at 2pm, but with the gates opening from 11am the fun starts early.

Tickets and packages are available online at up to 8am on Friday, September 7 though tickets will be available on the day.


AVAST and belay me hearties there are pirates on the loose at Thirsk this Friday (August 31) when Cap’n Jack Sparrow and his scurvy crew return to the North Yorkshire course for another laughter-packed piratical Family Fun Day.

He’ll be looking to recruit some younger members to his crew from the landlubbers on course and there should be no need for press-ganging as there are bound to be plenty of volunteers.

There will even be a replica of the Captain’s ship The Black Pearl in the shape of a huge inflatable pirate ship assault course for the really adventurous.

However most would-be pirates may be happy to settle for the face painting, coconut shy and great treasure hunt which, if successful, could lead to a vast hoard of pirate treasure!

And if all that is not enough, the Big Floss Off competition will take place in the parade ring at 3pm with a super prize of a family ticket for two adults and two children to Flamingo Land Resort for the winner.

This will be chosen by special guests Minster FM, who are on course pumping out the music to get you going with those flossing skills.

Non-pirates are well catered for too, with a terrific afternoon’s racing featuring a seven-race card prefaced by Britain’s first ever role reversal charity race at 1.30pm.

For the ‘Creditas ‘Taking Care Of Business’ Stable Staff Stakes, the jockeys will have the job of leading up the horses and it will be the stable staff who will be riding them in the race!

Feature race is the six-furlong Theakston Pale Ale Handicap which has attracted a strong entry including the Roger Varian trained Equitation, who looked a certain winner in waiting when second to Lady Freyja at Newmarket two weeks ago.

Richard Fahey, who is once again leading the field for winners at Thirsk this season, has a strong entry on the day including last month’s Musselburgh winner Gabrial The Tiger, who would be a danger to all if taking his chance in the @Thirskraces Ladies’ Day Saturday 8th September Book Now Handicap.

The whole day promises to be one of the highlights of the summer at Thirsk with the gates opening at 11.30am.

Entry to the Premier Enclosure costs £23 on the day, Paddock Enclosure costs £15 and Family Enclosure starts from £6.  Discounts are available if booked in advance along with great reductions for the special packages and for group bookings whilst, as always, adult accompanied children under 18 get in free.