In horse racing there is nothing that a local trainer loves more than to pick up a big race at their local course and for Les Eyre he achieved just that at Thirsk yesterday when Cote D’Azur bounced out from his draw out in the car park under Paddy McDonald to pick up the Thirsk Hunt Cup by half a length from the closing pair of Two For Two and Stipulate.
They went a good clip and the winners main target will be the John Smiths Cup at York in July on that huge Super Saturday for the sport in high summer.
The other races on the card might not have been up to the quality seen at Newmarket and Goodwood but the crowd were treated to some nice finishes.
Jockey David Allan rode a treble on the afternoon riding the winners of the final three races.
Rose Berry was the first one and she ran out a length winner of the 6f Fillies Handicap, she picked up two nurseries last season and is the type to pay her way again during the season.
The 1m4f Maiden had a field of nine but the first two home came from Newmarket and this was the second of the Allan trip as Globetrotter just held on by a head from the Godolphin charge Key Bid, Globetrotter went for home three furlongs out and looked to appreciate the step up in trip, it will be interesting to see what mark he gets now as will Key Bid who on his second start here ran like a horse who had learnt a lot from his debut at Windsor.
Excessable brought up the treble in the concluding 5f Handicap for trainer Tim Easterby,taking this prize very comfortably, the trainer is keen on having a crack at the Dash at Epsom on Derby Day but plenty of the big northern sprint handicaps will also be in the pipeline.
Richard Fahey has his 2yo runners in good order and Guzman scored on debut in the opening 5f Novice Auction Stakes in which the first four home were all covered by a length, he will get 6f easily in time.
Art Obsession brushed off the opposition in a very competitive 6f Handicap,back from a little break after racing on the tapeta at Newcastle the old warrior deserved a nice prize like this, something like the Great St Wilfrid later in the year could be a plausible target even if it’s just the consolation race.
Raceday presenter Adele Mulrennan was at her utmost professional after the race as the jockey on board was none other than her husband Paul.
Finally Savannah’s Dream brought a sigh of relief to her trainer David O’Meara as she broke her maiden tag at the seventh attempt in the 6f Maiden, already a black type filly after getting the runners up spot in the Windsor Castle at 100-1 last year she had continued to always find other horses too good, beating Liquid by half a length she should hopefully kick on with her 3yo campaign.
So a big afternoon for trainer Les Eyre as he landed the Thirsk Hunt Cup, next Saturday is something for everyone as we go to Haydock for the Swinton Hurdle on a marathon eight race mixed card.
Sunrize,3yo Colt was 11 lengths down in the 1m4f Maiden but is now qualified for handicaps
Danehill Desert,2yo Colt he was fourth in the 2yo race,a bit green but ran on well towards the end and will have learnt plenty.