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Tracy Waggott’s 5yo ran a good race to finish fourth at Newcastle last time and if building on that performance can run well here. Drawn wide, he had to bounce right over but stayed on really well and might have nicked a place with another 50 yards. He heads here 7lb below his last winning mark, so looks weighted to go well. This is his first run on turf since August 2019, and despite both of his career wins coming on the all-weather, has some OK form in this domain notably a couple of places on fast ground.

Tom Collins

Tom Collins is very interesting on his first start for William Haggas. Purchased from David Elsworth for 100,000 guineas, this son of Dubawi had been in and out for his previous yard, but confirmed his ability when scoring a Class 3 at Pontefract on his final start. He’s been off the track since then but his handler should have him in good nick for this valuable handicap. The stable won the 2018 running of this race at Wetherby, so know what it takes to land the prize money here. He’s drawn high here, which is a positive here and Hartswood and Astro King should give him a good tow into the race.

Restless Endeavour

Grant Tuer’s filly looks to have matured over the winter and the 4yo heads here in fine form. Her seasonal reappearance saw her claim victory at Newcastle despite being worst off at the weights and the only horse in the field who hadn’t had a prep run. She followed that win up with a good win at Lingfield and looks likely to land the hat-trick here. She’s up to 78 now, but there’s no reason that she can’t improve again and Oisin McSweeney will claim 7lb. Flavius Titus has come down to a mark of 74, having won off as high as 95 in the past, so if he can recapture a bit of form looks the each-way play.

Cowboy Soldier

This one could be a little overlooked in the betting here. Making his first start for Roger Fell since joining from Robert Cowell, the 6yo was unlucky not to get his head in front last season, going down a neck to Jack The Truth who has scored twice since off higher marks. This son of Kodiac has scored twice the first time up in his career, so evidently goes well after a break. Machree could be one to keep an eye on. He was last seen running in a Listed race at Bath and back down considerably in class here, could be one for the Tote Exacta.

About Thirsk Racecourse

It can pay to be handy at Thirsk’s mile-and-a-quarter circuit, with prominent runners having a solid record at the North Yorkshire track. One of the north’s more picturesque venues, Thirsk retains its country charm and friendly welcome throughout it’s 15-meeting calendar.

Home to racing for nearly 150 years, the track’s highlight is the Thirsk Hunt Cup, established in 1872 and won on multiple occasions by Richard Fahey and Kevin Ryan in recent times.

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