3.30pm Thirsk Tips & Betting Preview 13/09/2016

The feature race on Tuesday’s Thirsk card is a Class 3 handicap over 6f. Read our full race preview for our experts’ betting tips.

IN SUMMARY: Mythmaker gave a very good account in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon last time and is in calmer waters here but, with the stalls positioned against the nearside rail today, it might be wise to focus on those drawn high. Harwoods Volante is seriously considered after a couple of very good runs but there might be some value in FOXTROT KNIGHT, who is slightly out of the weights but wasn’t suited by the switch to patient tactics when below par on his latest outing and probably went off too quickly two starts ago. He deserves a change of luck and gets the nod.

1 Mythmaker – Creditable second of 18 to See The Sun in Class 2 event at York (6f, good) in May and put in good front-running shift when second of seven in his group (seventh overall) in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon (6f, good) last month; low draw not ideal but still goes on the shortlist.

2 Zanetto – Made very pleasing seasonal/stable debut when fourth at York (6f, good) in May and is 5lb lower now but all three subsequent runs have been very disappointing; dropped in class today but has a lot to prove and refitted visor not enough to tempt.

3 Imtiyaaz – Began season with creditable fourth in Listed company at Nottingham (6f, good to firm) in May but next two runs at that level were disappointing and she had to settle for midfield finish when dropped back to 5f for Ripon handicap last month; might fare better back over 6f but needs to up her game.

4 See The Sun – Now only 1lb higher than when winning competitive Class 2 contest at York (6f, good) in May and has obvious claims if matching that performance but has some searching questions to answer after finishing stone last in big-field events on last couple of outings.

5 Vibrant Chords – Low-mileage 3yo who ran well when placed at Ascot (6f, good to firm) in July; claims on that evidence but harmed his chance by refusing to settle when third of seven at Leicester last time and might have difficulty finding some cover from stall 1 here.

6 Twin Appeal – Has done all his winning over 7f and never really threatened when returning from absence over today’s trip at Ripon last month; entitled to have benefited from that absence and has the plum draw against the nearside rail here but others are more persuasive.

7 Udontdodou – Reportedly held in high regard by Richard Guest and was impressive when winning twice over 5f in spring (maiden/handicap) but  been comfortably held in stronger company over 6f on both starts this summer and needs to get his career back on track.

8 Hawkeyethenoo – Popular veteran who landed some big pots in his prime but has a poor strike-rate in recent years; ended long losing run at Ascot (7f, good to firm) in July but weakened quickly there on latest outing; will need a very strong pace and some luck to score over this trip.

9 Merdon Castle – 0-7 on turf and absent since a well-beaten 50-1 shot for David Elsworth at Newmarket last summer; subsequently changed hands for 14,000gns; Ruth Carr is likely find a race for him at some stage, but he’s probably best watched today.

10 Harwoods Volante – Yet to strike this season but has finished close second on his last two outings, the more recent at Ascot (6f, good to firm) this month; 4lb higher now but ought to be able to seize a good position from stall 11 and needs to be taken very seriously.

11 Money Team – Back from break with two moderate 5f runs this summer but reverted to much more positive tactics and scored over C&D (soft) ten days ago; raised 3lb for that and is 1lb out of the handicap today but will be fine on the faster ground and can give another good account.

12 Foxtrot Knight – Certainly deserves a win, having endured a couple of agonising near-misses this season, the latest when headed in the last stride at Ripon (6f, good) last month; 1lb out of the handicap here and wasn’t at best when ridden much more patiently than usual on latest outing but drawn well today and not out of this.

myracing Forecast Prices: 5/1 Vibrant Chords, Harwoods Volante, 6/1 Mythmaker, 7/1 Imtiyaaz, Udontdodou, Money Team, 14/1 Zanetto, Twin Appeal, Hawkeyethenoo, Foxtrot Knight, 16/1 See The Sun, 25/1 Merdon Castle

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