Angus McNae's top horse racing tips for Thirsk on Sunday

By Angus McNae
Sun 1 Aug 2021

Two winners and two second places for the column last week which turned over a profit and hopefully more of the same, or better, will be yielded from my four selections at Thirsk on Sunday.

You can watch all the action from the Yorkshire track, plus a jumps card at Market Rasen and the final day of the Galway Festival, live on Racing TV.

2.22 Thirsk: Princess Power at 6-1 with William Hill

I am happy to take a chance Princess Power as she has been shaping better than recent finishing positions suggest.

This mare has had two starts this year and while she is yet to make the frame, she looks to be coming to the boil nicely. She was not beaten far at Doncaster in a hot fillies’ handicap after a nine-month lay-off and then ran reasonably well at Ascot next time out, where she might have found the race coming a bit soon.

Rowan Scott now takes over from the apprentices who have ridden her in her past two starts and her handicap mark has slipped to 78. That is lower than she has raced off for a long time and she has won off 84 in the past. She rates as a value play.

2.52 Thirsk: Waldlowe

Roger Varian has his horses in fine form and Wadlowe can provide him with another winner.

This gelding has had only two starts and is open to considerable improvement. On his debut at Newmarket he was very green but flashed ability when fourth to the very useful Baaeed.

Next time out, he was well backed but failed to see out the 10 furlong trip after travelling well. That was a decent novice event won by Poet Of Life.

This race is not as strong as those two and, dropping back to a mile, he can take advantage.

3.25 Thirsk: Safran at 13-2 with William Hill

Safran has only had three runs for David O Meara since a move from France and given his promising effort last time out the the yard look to be getting to grips with him.

I thought he was unlucky not to win last time out at York. He travelled well but found himself in traffic at the furlong pole and the gap he needed came all too late. Watch the closing stages above.

He finished fourth, beaten just over a length, and would have gone close with a clear run. He runs off the same mark here (84) and rates a decent bet.

3.57 Thirsk: Satono Japan at 9-1 with William Hill

This is a competitive handicap but I am keen on this Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt.

He failed to stay 10 furlongs on two occasions earlier this season but was seen to much better effect at a mile last time out at Newmarket in a fiercely competitive contest.

He finished fourth to Path Of Thunder and meets nothing of his calibre this time. He posted a Timeform speed figure of 98 there and looks well-treated running off a mark of 91.

The forecast fast ground will suit him and Stoute has a tremendous record at the track. Over the past five seasons he has run 15 horses here and eight have won. Satono Japan rates as my best bet of the day.

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