Thursday Placepot: Paul Kealy tries to crack a testing card at Thirsk
A big-field novice is not the ideal start for a Placepot perm, but Thirsk's opener (5.15) is probably weaker than the numbers suggest.
With Burtonlodge Beauty a non-runner, my horse against the field would be Ruby Red.
She is learning on the job and is better than her sixth of 13 at Redcar last time.
It doesn't get any easier in leg three (6.15), but Kylie Rules has run well enough on two of three starts since a wind op and is well treated at her best, while John Jasper will likely appreciate better ground than last time and is having his second run after wind surgery.
The next (6.45) doesn't look too competitive and, while there may be some interesting newcomers, it's doubtful there will be three to kick Beverley winner Timeless Soul out of the frame.
In leg five (7.15) Can Can Girl looks like she's improving and can make the most of the big weight-for-age concession at this time of year, but the last is tougher.
That said, Galidermes won his last start on turf and is still nicely treated if Saffie Osborne can get the best out of him. She replaces Joanna Mason, who gets the ride on Whitwell, who finished a good third for her last month (winner won again last week), so that pair will do for me.
Thirsk Placepot perm
18 Ruby Red
1 End Zone
7 The Armed Man
2 John Jasper
9 Kylie Rules
1 Timeless Soul
5 Can Can Girl
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