Full field declared for Saturday's William Hill Thirsk Summer Cup Handicap

Many of the big northern training yards are represented as a maximum field of 16 runners is set to post for the feature £30,000 William Hill Thirsk Summer Cup Handicap (4.00pm) at Thirsk this Saturday, August 3.

 Richard Fahey celebrated his 100th Thirsk winner in April and the Malton handler is doubly represented by progressive three-year-old Irreverent (Paul Hanagan, 9st 1lb) and bottom-weight Calvados Spirit (Andrew Mullen, 8st 11lb) in Saturday's big mile handicap.

Irreverent is the pick of the Fahey duo after winning two of his four starts so far in 2019, including a seven-furlong handicap at Ayr in June. On his latest start, the Iffraaj gelding finished third in a handicap over the same distance at York on July 12.

Fahey, who landed the first running of Saturday's race in 2012 with Lord Aeryn, said today: "We are very happy with Irreverent.

"He came out of York in good form and the William Hill Thirsk Summer Cup Handicap has been the plan for a while.

"I think the race will suit and he should run well."

 The 2018 winner Mikmak (David Allan, 9st 2lb), one of three runners for another Yorkshire trainer, Tim Easterby, comes into the William Hill Thirsk Summer Cup Handicap on the back of an encouraging second at Ripon on July 8. Easterby's other contenders are Brother McGonagall (Ben Robinson (3), 9st) and Give It Some Teddy (Rachel Richardson, 8st 12lb).

David O'Meara, also based in Yorkshire, saddles Lamloom (9st 7lb), the mount of stable jockey Danny Tudhope, and the in-form Star Shield (David Nolan, 9st 2lb). Bought out of Roger Varian's yard in the autumn, Star Shield has won two of his last three starts including a mile handicap at Ascot on July 12.

O'Meara said today: "Lamloom and Star Shield are in good shape. Danny [Tudhope] had the pick of them and has gone with Lamloom.

"I am not sure whether he is right or not because Star Shield has been in great form of late.

"I think the fact the ground is soft at Thirsk could have swayed him towards Lamloom. He has form on it whereas it could be a factor against Star Shield."

Handicap debutant Alexander James (Iain Jardine/Paul Mulrennan, 9st 2lb) is the least experienced of the 16 runners. The Scottish-trained three-year-old scored by 13 lengths first time out on Fibresand at Southwell prior to third-place finishes at Thirsk and Hamilton.

Alfred Richardson (John Davies/Connor Beasley, 9sy 9lb) and Lord Of The Rock (Lawrence Mullaney/Pat Cosgrave, 9st 4lb) come into the race on the back of victories at Ripon and Haydock Park respectively.

Other runners to note include top-weight Hayadh (Rebecca Bastiman/Lewis Edmunds, 9st 10lb), a course and distance winner in May, and Newmarket raider Tulfarris (Charlie Fellowes/Stevie Donohoe), who drops in class having contested valuable handicaps at Royal Ascot and Newmarket's July Festival.

The going at Thirsk is currently Soft after 58 millimetres (more than two inches) of rain in the past week. The forecast for the next few days is mainly dry, though occasional patchy light rain is possible. 

Racing on Saturday, August 3 gets, underway at 1.45pm and ends at 5.10pm, with the gates opening at 11am.

There will be live music from the brilliant Ezee Goin' throughout the day, bouncy castles for the children, along with activities the whole family can enjoy.

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