Through The Card: Thirsk, Sunday 9 August

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"...won her penultimate start at this venue and again ran well when fifth at Redcar last time..."

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12:50 - ANATIYA (9) is a six-figure yearling with a good pedigree and those with experience don't set the bar all that high, so she's worth chancing for a stable that is capable of getting a newcomer ready. RIffaa Wonder shaped with encouragement when fifth in a better race at Goodwood, so he's an obvious danger along with Tamaska, another debutant.

13:20 - MECCA'S HOT STEPS (4) has been knocking on the door in handicaps and looks to have been found a good opportunity to open her account now back in novice company. Northern Charm is less exposed and may have more to offer so should provide a stern test, while Spring Bloom is another with the form to play a part if shrugging off a poor effort when visored last time.

13:55 - INDIAN SOUNDS (7) has been going from strength to strength recently and gets the narrow vote in his bid to land the hat-trick. Watchable almost pulled off a solo mission on the far side at Ripon on Thursday, so he's an obvious danger along with Duke of Firenze.

14:30 - INTRINSIC BOND (8) was far too good for his rivals when resuming winning ways at Doncaster two weeks ago, travelling strongly into contention and quickly forging clear in the final furlong, ultimately landing the spoils easily by a length and a quarter. That form sets the standard here on weight-adjusted ratings, even with a 7 lb higher mark taken into account. He may yet have even more to offer, too, so it will be disappointing if he can't follow up on his way to contesting some of the season's better sprint handicaps.

15:05 - MORETTI (10) won her penultimate start at this venue and again ran well when fifth at Redcar last time, doing easily the best of those with a double-figure draw. She certainly showed enough to suggest she is still on a good mark, and, equally effective over this slightly shorter trip, there is no reason why she shouldn't give another good account at a venue where she is yet to finish out of the frame in three starts.

15:35 - DIAMOND HAZE (4) showed the benefit of his debut effort and caught the eye to some extent when midfield in a six-furlong minor event at this course five weeks ago, noted keeping on late in the day. He may yet do better now tackling handicaps and earns the vote. Burristo, Listen Again and Moiella head up the dangers, in that order.

16:10 - OSTILIO (3) endured a miserable 2019 but took a big step forward on his comeback at Haydock last month, and there is every chance he can recapture his very smart three-year-old form if kicking on now. He can get back to winning ways in a very tight contest, with Prince Eiji selected to make it a 1-2 for the owner.

16:45 - HIGH SECURITY (4) makes plenty of appeal on paper and could be well placed to make a successful debut. Nomadic Empire flopped in a small field at York last time but had previously shaped up well there and could get back on track. Shark Two One's sales price shot up to £80,000 earlier this year and any market support for him first time up would be ominous.

17:20 - GRAND CANAL (6) is up 12 lb for his emphatic success at Yarmouth 18 days ago, but the form is working out well (runner-up won her next start) and he remains open to more improvement, so that may not be enough to stop him in his follow-up bid. Greengage has dropped below her last winning mark and that makes her dangerous, with Monsaraz also of interest.


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