Our racing expert marks your card for Monday's fare.
It’s modest stuff today and stakes should be kept small, but the following three Thirsk runners catch the eye and may reward support.
John Quinn is not known for first-time-out juvenile winners but the stable is flying right now and BODACIOUS NAME is a big price for the 7f maiden auction, with none of those to have run boasting standout form. A son of first-season sire Famous Name, whose crop include the smart Escobar, he cost connections 25,000euros at the sales and wouldn’t have to be a world-beater to make his mark here on his debut. I also like the booking of Jack Garritty as he is 2-6 (33%) on the stable runners for a £1 level-stakes profit of £10.00, and the some market support in the morning would fuel confidence further.
Ann Duffield’s Scruffy McGuffy is amongst the market leaders for the selling handicap, but it was a poor claimer he won last time (the re-opposing Back To Bond in second) and this is more competitive. Likely favourite and top weight Handheld has found one too good on his last two starts off similar marks, so he’s opposable too and I’m going to take a chance on Mick Appleby’s SECRET LIGHTNING. He was a well beaten fifth at Ripon nine days ago but that was over ten furlongs and he led until 2f out. Making a quick reappearance and having been dropped a further 5lb to a mark 11lb below his last winning one since, the four-year-old ought to be in the mix over a track and trip he has won previously.
The 5f handicap looks competitive with several holding claims but this represents a drop in class for Robert Cowell’s GWENDOLYN, who was last seen finishing a close third in a class 2 handicap at Newmarket on ground that was softer than ideal. That was back in June but she’s gone well fresh in the past, winning a Ripon handicap over this trip on her reappearance, and connections have secured the services of promising claimer George Wood, who takes a handy 7lb off her back. With ground conditions more suitable, everything is in place for a big run and I fancy she can reward favourite backers. Ann Duffield’s Rosina is feared most.