The Turpinator is an interesting one here, and might provide Grant Tuer with another winner on the day. As with the yard’s Showtime Mahomes, catching him early on might be the key to his chances, with a win first time last season off the back of a 164-day break, and he almost won off a two-year absence when with Marcus Tregoning back in the day, so today, off a 155-day absence, could well be the day to catch him. He’s yet to win at a mile on turf, but has done at Kempton, and caught the eye a couple of times in big-field handicaps over the trip, not least when a close sixth in last year’s Spring Cup at Newbury, a race that’s worked out very well.
He’s now back on his last winning mark and has the widest draw, never a bad thing over a mile at Thirsk (last year’s 66/1 winner came from the same stall, and those racing wide in the straight are advantaged, and he may well have a bit more to offer for his new yard this season.
Cap Du Nord ran out a ready winner of the Swinley Chase last week, which hopefully signified a return to form for Christian Williams, as there’s a good chance he can repeat last year’s Eider/Coral Trophy double again this year if so.
The penalty he got for that win is largely irrelevant due to the presence of Frodon, who puts Cap Du Nord out of the handicap today. He’s effectively 8lb higher than last year but Cian Quirke takes a useful 5lb of that off, and will be carrying less weight that he was when scoring last year. The only question is whether he can take a quick turnaround, but Williams trains them tough and tend to keep their form when they find it, so that’s less of a worry.
Frodon can be given a chance if allowed to dominate, and giving weight away to inferiors is probably his thing these days. 3lb higher than when winning the Badger Beer earlier in the year, if he can shake Annsam off early then Bryony could be looking to stage of a repeat of her 2020 King George ride around here, when she dictated the pace to score.
Killer Kane took his Kempton total to two wins from three starts when beating Jeremy Pass with a bit in hand here last time. Being slightly out of the handicap doesn’t help his cause, but he’s got his conditions again and a good pace up front would help his chance.