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14:05 Thirsk

European Breeders Fund Novice Stakes (Class D) (Class D)

  • 8 Runners
  • Distance: 5f
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 0m 59.75s
  • 8 Ran
1(5)
Silk - Dark Blue, Yellow sash, White sleeves, Light Blue and Yellow hooped cap
14/1
  • Form 31
  • Age 2
  • Weight 9-2

slow away, soon chasing leaders, ridden 2f out, hard ridden 1f out, kept on to lead inside final furlong

2(4)
Silk - Black, White star, hooped sleeves, White cap
  • Form 1
  • Age 2
  • Weight 9-2

chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon challenging, stayed on inside final furlong

3(3)
Silk - Red, Yellow diamond, diabolo on sleeves and diamond on cap
16/1
  • Form 410
  • Age 2
  • Weight 9-0

chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, soon weakened

4(6)
Silk - Purple and White stripes, Purple sleeves, White stars
9/1
  • Form 212
  • Age 2
  • Weight 9-0

hung left throughout, chased leader, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong

5(7)
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow hoop, chevrons on sleeves, White cap
4/5
  • Form 3241
  • Age 2
  • Weight 8-9

led, ridden over 1f out, hard ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra

6(2)
Silk - Purple, Purple and Red diabolo on sleeves
7/2
  • Form 22
  • Age 2
  • Weight 8-7

slow away, in rear, ridden and headway 2f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong

7(1)
Silk - Light Blue, Dark Blue chevron, halved sleeves, Dark Blue cap
  • Age 2
  • Weight 8-7

behind, ridden well over 1f out, soon weakened

8(8)
Silk - Black and Grey diamonds, Grey cap, Black diamond
  • Age 2
  • Weight 8-7

always outpaced behind

In depth

Verdict

An interesting opener that can go to Smiddy Hill, whose York form boosts his claims above Mitchelland and Selkirk Storm, who make the most appeal out of the rest. The two newcomers do not looks to be anything out of the ordinary on pedigree and they are probably best left alone for the time being, which leaves Beckermet and Unlimited to scrap it out as the best of the remainder. Both are open to improvement but will need to do so to figure in this company. While Mitchelland should be seen to better effect on this more conventional course and, as he already holds Bidbury Flyer, he could be the one to give the selection the most to do. However, Smiddy Hill has improved with each outing and arrives here on the back of a confidence boosting win at York from last month. The daughter of Factual does have a little more on her plate in this company and it will not be plain sailing for her. Even so, she showed that she is a determined character when she puts her mind to it and, with just a 2lb penalty for her Knavesmire success, Smiddy Hill is the percentage call even though she is not one to go overboard about at restricting odds.