With meetings from Yarmouth, Limerick, Windsor, Thirsk and Kilbeggan on Monday, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was actually a Saturday of racing action! With no less than ten races from Thirsk and eight from all other venues, there is a multitude of racing to get stuck in to.
Delving through the cards, I’ve come up with four bigger-priced selections, that could provide you with some Monday Magic, rather than blues!
2.00 Yarmouth – Ice Eagle (20/1)
Half-sister to five winners, including Group 3 scorers Daban and Thikriyaat, Ice Eagle looks the part on pedigree for Ed Walker. She makes her debut for a trainer among the winners over a distance that will suit perfectly on breeding.
Those with experience in the contest don’t set an overly daunting standard and the booking of Luke Morris can only be a positive. A big effort can certainly be expected from this daughter of Free Eagle.
2.50 Windsor – Epsom Faithfull (20/1)
It’s far too soon to be giving up on Pat Phelan’s Epsom Faithfull, who won two of her four starts as a juvenile. She was a gutsy winner of a Kempton handicap two starts ago before perhaps needing the run when weakening late at Newbury subsequently.
She’s now a pound lower and has the benefit of race fitness on her side. The yard has been among the winners in recent weeks and this unexposed filly should have more to offer.
4.30 Thirsk – Tatsthewaytodoit (25/1)
Keith Dalgleish’s son of Mayson Tatsthewaytodoit was far too green on debut at Newcastle earlier this month, never able to get on terms and desperately needing the outing. With a huge amount of speed in his pedigree, this is certainly the trip for him and that opening outing should have sharpened him up measurably.
Joe Fanning takes over the ride and in a race where those with experience really don’t set a daunting standard, he surely has enough improvement in him to be troubling the placings.
6.30 Thirsk – Mostahel (20/1)
Paul Midgley has his horses in fine fettle and Mostahel is an interesting proposition on seasonal return. Granted, he’s far from consistent, but he was beaten less than a length at Redcar last summer in a tougher grade off a three-pound higher rating.
He has experience of the track thanks to two previous runs and he’s ground versatile, which is an obvious positive to his chances. Midgley had Manshood make a winning return last week and this six-year-old should be capable of outrunning his odds.