Thirsk Racecourse is nestled between the North Yorkshire Moors and Dales and it hosts flat only racing from April to September. It’s a picturesque country track and there is generally a friendly atmosphere. The field sizes at Thirsk tend to favour those who like to bet each way.
Thirsk Betting Tips
A left-handed oval of a little over a mile and a quarter round with a 6 furlong straight track, Thirsk has long straights and sharp bends. There are some undulations on the straight and round the home turn which suit a well balanced individual. Meeting the turn on the wrong leg will result in a loss of ground. Despite a three and a half furlong home straight, this can often be difficult to recover from. Those who handle the turn and undulations can steal a race by kicking off the bend and using the course’s contours to their advantage. Thirsk racecourse tends to favour those who race close to the pace.
Thirsk Draw Bias
As a general rule, the stands side rail is where you want to be on the sprint course. This gives a huge benefit to those drawn high. However, this can flip to low drawn numbers in big fields when the ground is soft. There is less of a bias on the round course, with those drawn low marginally favoured with the sharp turn out the back into the home straight.
Thirsk Betting Trends
Danny Tudhope has proved to be the jockey to follow at Thirsk races in recent years. A + £51.47 level stake profit from his 147 rides make him profitable, despite the volume of rides. On the other hand, PJ McDonald is a jockey to avoid in general. He has had a huge number of rides for a strike rate of a paltry 7%. In a similar vein, Tim Easterby has had more runners than any other trainer at the track in the last five years. However, this has resulted in just an 8% strike rate and a level stake loss of more than -£180 between the two of them!
Thirsk Feature Races
- Thirsk Hunt Cup (Handicap) (1m)
- Thirsk Summer Cup (Handicap) (1m)