Doubles all round at Thirsk

Alan Dickman and Daniel Tudhope were the men to follow at Thirsk as both registered doubles at the North Yorkshire venue.

Alan Dickman and Daniel Tudhope were the men to follow at Thirsk as both registered doubles at the North Yorkshire venue.

The former saddled 2-1 favourite Inter Vision, who was partnered by Tudhope, to an impressive two-and-a-half-length victory in the Shirley Carter Handicap before 85-40 chance Ishetoo and Michael Stainton put the icing on the cake in the White Swan at Ampleforth Handicap.

Plans for Dickman’s pair are far from set in stone – but both are likely to bid for more glory soon.

Explaining the situation, the trainer said: “They could both run in different handicaps at Chester the weekend after next.

“Inter Vision is in the Ayr Silver Cup (Friday) but might not get in that. It might rain before that too and he wants quicker ground so we might end up going to Chester.

“It’s been a marvellous day. I’ve only got 12 horses and we don’t have two winners very often.

“The two young lads have given them both great rides. They know how to ride these two and both were very cool.”

Tudhope’s 14-1 brace had been initiated by Jim Goldie’s Grandad Bill, whom he delivered with an expertly-timed run to take the Whernside Handicap by the narrowest of margins.

Glasgow handler Goldie was all smiles after witnessing the recent acquisition provide a quick return on his investment.

“I bought him at Newmarket about six weeks ago and I’d like to say it was well-planned, but we went to buy Cactus Rose and were the under-bidders on that one,” he said.

Arguably the most notable equine performance of the day came from Players Please, who could now take in Saturday’s John Smith’s Stakes following an impressive success in the 12-furlong Hygicare Handicap.

Sent off at 7-2, Mark Johnston’s three-year-old slammed Generous Jem by three lengths.

“We decided to try stepping him up in trip and he loved it just bowling along in front,” said Deirdre Johnston, representing husband.

“He’s actually in a big handicap at Newbury on Saturday (John Smith’s Stakes), but we didn’t think he’d get in. This might just let him sneak in with a penalty now.

“It is back over a mile and a quarter and we haven’t got too far (with plans), but we’ll certainly keep our options open.”

Favourite-backers enjoyed a bumper afternoon as Writingonthewall and Miacarla were both on target, landing odds of 5-4 and 4-1 in the Ingleborough Median Auction Maiden and Race At Pontefract On September 20th Handicap respectively.

The former took a while to hit top stride in the opening contest, but the same could not be said of Inspector Clouseau, who struck at 3-1 in the Hygicare Maiden.

Of his length-and-three-quarter winner, trainer Tom Tate said: “We had a sale organised, but it fell through and I ended up owning him myself.

“That might not be so bad now, but he wasn’t cheap and he’ll be for sale now.

“His form is half-decent and he’s come on again since his last run so we’ll have to see what we do next.”

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