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This can go to the ex-Irish filly MO CELITA, who is still unexposed and showed a good attitude when beating a clear second in a Leicester seller on her turf/stable debut last month. Tenth Century is feared most, ahead of Avior Star.
An open race in which the vote goes to HIGHJACKED, who is versatile ground-wise and justified support in good style over C&D on his reappearance last month. Confrontational finished well to snatch second behind the selection three weeks ago and he’s feared most, though Ustath was succesful here on his penultimate run and is respected. Others to consider are Hurstwood, who should get a good tow into the race on his switch back to turf, and Jill Rose, who looks interesting back on slow ground.
Noorban and Tinochio both shaped better than the result first time out and should improve, while the upwardly mobile pair Barney’s Bay and Thin Blue Line return to turf after AW wins. Mick Easterby’s So Grateful, from a family the stable knows well, could turn out to be very well treated as he moves into handicaps, but narrow preference is for FORBIDDEN BEAUTY, who shaped like a winner in waiting at Leicester.
Dual-purpose performer BREGUET BOY (nap) looks ready for this longer trip on the Flat and the ground will suit him better than last time at Ayr. There’s reason to believe Chief Craftsman may reverse recent Musselburgh placings with Smart Lass and he’s feared most.
Zoom Tiger sets the standard on his third in a hot novice at Newmarket three weeks ago but this drop back in trip may not be ideal, and preference is for RAADOBARG, who finished well to beat his main market rival at Leicester on his return last month and has plenty of scope for further progress on his step up to 1m. The other penalised runner Ford Madox Brown is respected on his switch to turf, while Frantoio has each-way claims.
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This is wide open and there’s early pace all over the shop. There are races to be won with Madreselva off her current mark but she does lack a run and the stable isn’t quite firing yet. A strong pace will suit the free-going and down-in-distance MISS SEAFIRE, who edges preference.
It’s hard to find a solid option in this trappy race but it might be worth siding with dual course winner LUCKY BEGGAR, who had a tough task behind two improvers at Pontefract last time and is on a dangerous mark on this drop back in grade. Tiltilys Rock was laboured on his recent return but he landed a gamble on his second run last season and would be very interesting if money arrives for him. Another who needs watching in the market is Society Queen, who was successful on soft ground last autumn and has run well when fresh in the past.
Tips for Thirsk today
17:30 Mo Celita
18:35 Forbidden Beauty
19:05 Breguet Boy (NAP)
20:05 Miss Seafire
20:35 Lucky Beggar
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