Despite the ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival’ not starting until Saturday the White Rose County is doubly represented with action from Beverley this afternoon and Thirsk this evening. Stirlington based trainer Marjorie Fife has enjoyed something of a renaissance of late with Thornaby Princess (7.40) scoring month at Ripon giving the yard their first winner of 2014 and she can bring the yard further success in the classified stakes over six furlongs.
The filly made a winning return over six furlongs, before sent off a warm favourite when dropped back down to five last month at Carlisle. Whilst having 2lb to find on official ratings with her rivals she should be much better suited by the step up in trip and gets the nod with Danny Tudhope in the plate.
The stable run course and distance winner Just the Tonic (6.10) in the opener, who could provide an upset at a double figure price in the fillies handicap over seven furlongs. Megan Carberry rides and is excellent value for her 7lb claim and the handicapper looks to have given her a chance to return to form; the mare 2lb below her last winning mark.
Les Eyre’s Disclosure (7.40) is a quirky sort who suffers from a lack of vision in one eye but his run behind Sartori was too bad to be true last time out and he warrants another chance with Graham Lee booked to ride. The selection ran subsequent Curragh scorer Line of Reason to a neck over course and distance just two starts back and from a pound higher mark, must go close.
Lee can double up with Galactic Heroine (8.10) for James Given in the mile and a half handicap after an excellent win last time out in a warm Doncaster maiden. The filly made all over ten furlongs from next time out winner Oh Star; the pair pulling clear. The Galileo filly should be suited by the step up in trip and looks potentially chucked in from her opening mark of 80.
‘Sprint King’ Robert Cowell’s Speed Hawk (3.15) ran an excellent race in Saturday’s expensive sprint handicap at Ascot should be able to make amends upped in trip at Bath. The colt was beaten just four lengths at the weekend when staying on towards the finish and from an unrevised mark, has obvious claims.
David O’Meara tried cheek-pieces for the first time on Almagest (3.30) in Beverley’s feature and the course and distance scorer taken to land the feature handicap over the marathon trip. The gelding has been well backed on both starts this season, a beaten favourite last week in a similar contest at Catterick. He looks to have been laid out for the race and is a confident selection having won from the same mark over course and distance last season.
As well as two fancied runners at Thirsk Graham Lee also rides the BetVictor Racing Club filly Real Tigress (4.30) in the 0-75 handicap over seven and a half furlongs. The mare has been dropped 2lb by the handicapper for a flat run last time out at Thirsk however prior to that won twice at her beloved Beverley and ran a stormer to finish third two starts back at Chester when her reins snapped. Providing the rain stays away, she holds excellent each-way claims.
Michael Dods’s Trinity Star (5.00) looks to have plenty of quirks but has undoubted talented and can build on his win earlier in the season at Redcar. The gelding was sent off favourite on his handicap beau at Catterick but needed ten furlongs to get his head in front, staying on strongly to win over quick ground in May. He has disappointed twice since with soft ground at Haydock and an unsuitable trip at Carlisle both getting the better of him. A mile and a quarter on quick ground looks ideal and he gets the nod to land the spoils under Paul Mulrennan.