Horse Racing tips: The best bets for EVERY race at Thirsk on Sunday

The Racing Post’s tipster has nine nifty picks for you.



12:50 Riffaa Wonder @ 13/8

Anatiya is an interesting newcomer for Simon and Ed Crisford, but our preference is for RIFFAA WONDER, who can build on the promise of his Glorious Goodwood debut.

13:20 Mecca’s Hot Steps

Spring Bloom, MECCA’S HOT STEPS and Northern Charm are closely matched on form, with narrow preference for the Michael Dods-trained filly who was short-headed at Ayr last time.

Northern Charm is feared most.

13:55 Indian Sounds

Paul Midgley has found the key to INDIAN SOUNDS and the rejuvenated four-year-old can land the hat-trick.

Watchable went very close at Ripon on Thursday and is feared most, ahead of Mighty Spirit and Duke Of Firenze.

14:30 Intrinsic Bond @ 16/5

Jason Hart didn’t have to get overly serious when winning on INTRINSIC BOND (NAP) at Doncaster recently and this progressive three-year-old can defy a 7lb rise.

Muscika, Abate and Swissterious also arrive on the back of good runs, with Abate particularly feared.

But, the chief threat could come from C&D winner East Street Revue who stayed on well for third over 5 furlongs here 11 days ago.


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15:05 Lady Nectar

With 20 lining up there ought to be a good chance of a split, but defined groups are not a given here these days, so the draw may not help whittle things down.

Perhaps it’s best in that case to stick with the progressive three-year-old LADY NECTAR, whose Catterick win has been boosted by the placed horses and who may well be up to defying a 7lb rise.

Rebel Redemption could be the one to take them along far side from stall 1 and is interesting, while Jack Randall (19) makes most appeal among those drawn high for his in-form yard

15:35 Moiella

Today’s further step up in trip should suit MOIELLA as long as she’s more amenable to restraint and this mark ought to be within range in an ordinary nursery.

Diamond Haze, whose dam stayed middle distances and beyond, is another to consider now upped from 6 furlongs.

16:10 Ostilio @ 6/4

After bouncing right back to form on his recent comeback, having struggled during a limited four-year-old campaign, this looks tailor-made for OSTILIO. He is a free-going front-runner, who is ideally suited by 1m on fast ground.

As impressive as Qaysar was at Haydock, that came on his preferred slow ground from off a good pace and he has to concede 4lb all-round because of it.

He may still be the main danger though, as today’s trip on fast ground round here looks sharp enough for the other two runners.

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16:45 Nomadic Empire

Dewey Road and High Security both cost 150,000gns as yearlings and are bred to be very fast two-year-olds, but NOMADIC EMPIRE has run to a fairly useful level at York on both his starts and is taken to put his experience to good use.

17:20 Grand Canal

No depth to this and it will be interesting to see how Mark Walford’s trio go against each other in the market, especially Vintage Rose back from a year off.

Greengage didn’t have the race run to suit last time and is on a handy mark, but she’s happiest on Tapeta and this essentially comes down to whether to go with or take on GRAND CANAL off a 13lb higher mark for his Yarmouth rout three weeks ago.

The percentage call is to stick with him as he bids to improve Tom Clover’s record here to three from three.

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Thirsk tips summary:

12:50 Riffaa Wonder
13:20 Mecca’s Hot Steps
13:55 Indian Sounds
14:30 Intrinsic Bond
15:05 Lady Nectar
15:35 Moiella
16:10 Ostilio
16:45 Nomadic Empire
17:20 Grand Canal


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