Thirsk Races,Thirsk Summer Cup Day,Saturday 2nd August 2014.

After last weekends hustle and bustle in Glasgow it was a return to the equine world in “Herriot County” and a visit for a few years to Thirsk.

A seven race card with the feature race being the 1m Summer Cup was the order of the day in which the weather also had a say in the matter.

After the second race the ground which was originally Good to Soft became Soft (Heavy in Places) then the last race was officially Heavy.

Below,Looking down the course.

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1.55 EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes (BOBIS) Class 4,5f,2yo

An ok maiden which was won quite easily by favourite Chances Are, runner up at Carlisle on her debut she put in a professional front running performance to beat Thorkhill Star by two lengths with Pacngo 4.25 lengths in third.

Chances Are looks a more than decent sprinter,could be a trip to Ripon next for the Two Year Old Trophy or a little novice event somewhere.

2.30 Thirsk Ladies Day Saturday 6th September Nursery Handicap,Class 3,5f,2yo,(0-95)

A wide open looking Nursery and a race had a finish which the handicapper would have been proud to see.

It was a three way photo and the judge gave the nod to Miss Mulberry who just clung on from the fast finishing Shamrock Sheila who would have won given an extra few yards or so, Shes A Worldie who made most began to wander in the last furlong.

This will be a race worth keeping an eye on for future winners I think.

3.05 Jayne And Joe Parker’s Birthday Handicap,Class 4,1m4f,3yo+ (0-80)

This was run in an absolute monsoon of a downpour so the form of the race might not be worth much.

As expected the Mark Johnstone trained Leaderne bowled along,she pulled very hard and paid for it when getting headed in the last three furlongs.

At the business end the one who saw it out the best was Epsom Hill who was a maiden but relished the step up to 1m4f,he dug deep and was ten lengths ahead from Next Edition with an eyecatching run by the Ruth Carr debutant Rochambeau who will be a lot better with nicer conditions and maybe a step to 1m6f or even hurdling will suit.

Epsom Hill was a good winner here, going in off 75 hopefully the handicapper won’t overreact given the conditions of the race.

Below.A little bit damp near the pre parade

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3.40 Totepool Thirsk Summer Cup (Handicap) Class 3,1m,3yo+ (0-90)

The rain had really affected the ground and the field of 17 runners came down the centre of the course after they turned for home.

It was the old wise hooves of Osteopathic Remedy who just got his head on the line at the grand old age of 10 to just defeat 9yo Kiwi Bay by a neck.

In truth while Osteopathic Remedy was quite well in here his main target is the Ripon Rowels at the end of the month where he will be going for a fifth win but this was a nice pot to pick up en route.

The field was 28l front to back at the end, plenty didn’t show their true form.

4.15 Peter Bell Memorial Stakes (Handicap),Class 3,7f,3yo+ (0-90)

Another close finish to this race and ground experience helped as the 3yo Wilde Inspiration trained by Julie Camacho stayed on in the last furlong and was a head in front of the Richard Fahey runner Our Boy Jack.

Wilde Inspiration won on soft at Newcastle over 7f and was given a good ride under quality apprentice Connor Beasley (3), He could be better on race over a straight seven than a turning one but he is in good heart and going in off 80 is still improving and could be a stable star for Julie Camacho as he progresses.

4.50 Totepool Supporting The Sport You Love Maiden Stakes,Class 4,1m,3yo+

Run in another heavy downpour this didn’t make for pleasant viewing but finally at the fifth time of asking the three year old Ed Dunlop trained Taqneen duly went in.

Making all the running he had to urged along with a furlong to go so he wouldn’t slow down, Millkwood a twenty two raced maiden at the start of the race made his usual challenge but could not close the gap.

This was about as bad a maiden that Taqneen could not lose,the blinkers helped and now he has tasted victory it may be that more is to come,possibly over a bit further maybe 1m2f in the future.

Millkwood is a horse who gives his all but always will find one to good,he’s worth sticking in the forecast whenever he turns out.

5.20 Collect Totepool Winnings At Betfred Shops Handicap,Class 4,6f,3yo+ (0-85)

A chance ride for Barry McHugh as Paddy Aspell wasn’t available became a winning one for Yorkshires unofficial Head Of State the wily old Mick Easterby as We’ll Deal Again splashed through the puddles and in another tight finish clung on by a neck from long time pace setter Half A Billion.

As like a lot of the races the change in going and appalling weather means the form must be treated with caution.

Well an interesting afternoon here on Summer Cup Day, As usual the weather didn’t put a dampner on the afternoon for the crowds who turned up wanting a good day out.

The monsoon meant the crowd could indulge things such as idiots diving into the puddles on the lawn to raucous cheers, No doubt when they got back on the coaches the drivers were happy to see their passengers in damp,wet and no doubt smelly clothing mixed in with a few beers consumed!

It wasn’t just the course that was heavy, the car parks suffered a bit too, Don’t know how the driver got into this car below!

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Anyway Saturday coming I shall be at Haydock for Rose Of Lancaster Day, till then thank you for your continued reading and RT of the site.

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