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FEMALE TRAINERS HOPING FOR THE LUCK OF THE IRISH AT THIRSK

Irish eyes may be smiling at Thirsk on Saturday (May 20), but it could be female eyes that are flashing with delight after the two big sprints that highlight the ever-popular annual Irish Day at the North Yorkshire track.

Ruth Carr, who trains just down the road at Stillington, can take centre stage with Pipers Note in the big race of the day, the Constant Security Services Handicap, which carries a prize of almost £13,000 to the winner.

Pipers Note was trained by Richard Whitaker when he won the David Chapman Handicap at Ripon last season, a race which commemorates her grandfather and while the seven-year-old has run well in four races since moving to Carr’s yard, he has still to win for his new handler.

“It’s a pity that the rain has come as he would prefer better ground, but he is in good form and all the horses are running well, so I shall let him take his chance” said Ruth.

And she added: “He would have an obvious chance on his run in the Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster when he was third to Tupi, but he ran a lot better than the result suggests when he was eighth at Ripon last time as he got no room at all at a vital stage of the race”.

Less clear cut is the chance of Roaring Forties, who makes his return to racing after almost two years on the sidelines for Wetherby trainer Rebecca Bastiman in the six furlong UKinsuranceNET Handicap.

Formerly trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, Roaring Forties looked to have a bright future when coming back from a gelding operation to win nurseries at Chester and Kempton in 2015, but he has not been seen out since finishing last but one in the Betway Nursery at York’s Ebor meeting that August.

“I bought him at Doncaster as he had had a few issues, but nothing too bad and he has settled in really well. We have a completely different regime to the one he has been used to and I think it has suited him.

“He has been off the track for a long time, but has been working well at home and while I am not sure the ground will altogether suit him, you have to start somewhere and I am hopeful he will run well” said Rebecca.

There is a strong supporting card featuring the Wharton Construction Maiden Stakes and the Marion Gibson Brown Handicap on a day which opens with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes.

The Irish theme continues off the track with live music in the Paddock Enclosure where the Irish band Murphy’s Marbles make a welcome return to the course after their brilliant sets last year kept racegoers’ feet tapping.

For the youngsters there is plenty of entertainment too, with bouncy castles and a children’s play area in the family enclosure, while there will be a chance to follow the action on the big screens in the Paddock Enclosure and trackside.

Entry to the Premier Enclosure costs £28, and it’s £16 to go in the Paddock on the day, but there are great discounts for pre-booking and for groups, while, as always at Thirsk, admission for children under the age of 18 is free, as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult. Car parking is also free.

 

Racing starts at 2.10pm, but the gates will open at 11am.

 

IRISH DAY CAN BE LUCKY FOR THIRSK RACEGOERS

You won’t need to have kissed the Blarney Stone to enjoy your racing the Irish way when a touch of the Emerald Isle returns to North Yorkshire this Saturday (May 20) for Thirsk’s annual Irish Day.

Enjoy all the craic as the fun and excitement for which the Irish are famous will feature on a day that always figures as one of the best in the Thirsk calendar.

On the track, the feature race is the Constant Security-backed sprint handicap over five furlongs for four-year-olds and upwards, a contest which local trainer Kevin Ryan has targeted with some success since its introduction in 2014.

Ryan won the first two runnings of the race with Comino and Kelinni, but his outsider Fast Act could never get into contention 12 months ago and when the Julie Camacho-trained Judicial beat a strong field including this season’s All-Weather Sprint champion Kimberella.

There is a strong supporting card featuring the Wharton Construction won in 2016 by Ruth Carr’s Explain and the Marion Gibson Brown Handicap, which was divided last year and produced two cracking races with tight finishes.

The Irish theme continues off the track with live music in the Paddock Enclosure where the Irish band Murphy’s Marbles make a welcome return to the course after their brilliant sets last year kept racegoers’ feet tapping.

For the youngsters there is plenty of entertainment too, with bouncy castles and a children’s play area in the family enclosure, while there will be a chance to follow the action on the big screens in the Paddock Enclosure and trackside.

Entry to the Premier Enclosure costs £28, and it’s £16 to go in the Paddock on the day, but there are great discounts for pre-booking and for groups, while, as always at Thirsk, admission for children under the age of 18 is free, as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult. Car parking is also free.

 

Racing is scheduled to start with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes at 2.10pm and the gates will open at 11am.

 

DALGLEISH TWO-PRONGED ATTACK TARGETS THIRSK HUNT CUP

Winners may have temporarily dried up for Keith Dalgleish, but the Carluke trainer is hopeful things will get back on track when he makes a two-pronged attack on the Totepool Thirsk Hunt Cup this weekend.

After a bright start to the year when he rattled off a dozen winners by the middle of April, the winners have stalled in the last couple of weeks for Dalgleish as they have for Philip Makin, who rides most of the yard’s runners.

However, a cracking effort by Cliff Bay, who dead-heated for second place when just a head behind winner Teodoro at Redcar on Thursday, suggest that another winner surge is on the way and it could take off at the North Yorkshire track on Saturday.

Dalgleish is double-handed in the £16,000-to-the-winner Thirsk feature with Sound Advice and Lat Hawill and a good case can be made for both to turn in top performances.

Sound Advice won the Hunt Cup in 2015 and though he makes his seasonal bow has to be respected. His win two years ago and a success last season in a valuable Chester handicap with recent Thirsk winner Rene Mathis beaten into fourth, suggest he could go well on a track which has seen him win twice and be second once from just three appearances.

He will be ridden by Rowan Scott, winner of Go Racing In Yorkshire’s Future Stars Apprentice Series last season as Makin opts to partner Lat Hawill on the back of an eye-catching second to Twin Appeal at Musselburgh last month. He was ridden by Shirley Teasdale that day as, ironically, Makin was on the David Barron-trained winner.

As always with the Hunt Cup, a very competitive race is in prospect. Brian Ellison, Kevin Ryan and John Quinn are also double-handed while Richard Fahey, the leading trainer at Thirsk, runs Spring Offensive following a bold run in the Irish Lincolnshire Handicap at Naas last time.

Other trainers to note are Tim Easterby, who runs last year’s fourth Silvery Moon off a 5lbs lower mark and Brian Meehan, whose team has run into form and who saddles Mutarakez here.

The Hunt Cup is centrepiece of a terrific seven race card at Thirsk, which gets under way with the Totescoop6 Play For Just £2 Today Novice Auction Stakes at 1.55 and as well as top class action on the track there will be music from The Playlist and lots of activities for the younger racegoers in the Family Enclosure. Admission for under 18’s is free when accompanied by an adult.

New for 2017 is the Cherry Tree Premier Package which offers entry and badge for the Premier Enclosure, parking, the official racecard, a choice of alcoholic, soft or hot drink from the Cherry Tree Bar, which has its own private lawn area, the choice of gourmet food and a £2 Totepool betting voucher all for just £40.

Racegoers will also be able to follow all the action on the big screen opposite the stands and Paddock.

Entry to the Premier Enclosure costs £26 (£24 if booked online ahead of the day), while Paddock admission can be obtained for £16 (£15 online). There are also great reductions for group bookings. For more information go to www.thirskracecourse.net  Gates open at 11am.