Thirsk Summer Cup

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The Summer Cup at Thirsk is a handicap race over a mile for three-year-olds and upwards. It is always a competitive race with only one joint-favourite obliging in the past ten seasons; Ginger Jack in 2016.

The Thirsk Summer Cup takes place on the 3rd of August 2024.

Other winners during the same period include 40-1 outsider Florenza dead-heating with 20-1 chance Moonlightnavigator (2017) and the veteran Osteopathic Remedy (2014).

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Thirsk Summer Cup Odds 2024

The Thirsk Summer Cup 2024 odds are listed below:

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Thirsk Summer Cup 2024 Tips

Our tips for the Thirsk Summer Cup are below:

  • TBC to win with rider TBC
  • TBC each way with rider TBC

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Famous Thirsk Summer Cup Winners

The Thirsk Summer Cup was introduced in 2012 with victory going to Lord Aeryn, trained by Richard Fahey and ridden by Barry McHugh. Returning at odds of 20-1, he set the tone for a race which has proved particularly tricky for punters in its short history.

2014 winner Osteopathic Remedy was trained by Michael Dods and ridden by Phillip Makin. He won it as a ten-year-old and would not be retired until October 2016 when he finished seventh at Pontefract. He had been a wonderful servant to his connections, winning 13 of his 111 career starts and being placed on a further 18 occasions. He was particularly successful at the Yorkshire tracks of Thirsk and Ripon.

Ginger Jack was only one year younger when winning as the 9-2 joint-favourite in 2016. He had started his career with Godolphin and worked his way through six different trainers in his 78th race career that yielded 12 victories. He was in the care of Garry Moss when winning the Thirsk Summer Cup at the age of nine.

There was drama in 2017 when the judge could not separate Florenza (40-1) and Moonlightnavigator (20-1), declaring it a dead-heat. Tom Eaves set out to make all the running on Florenza and was only joined in the very last stride with the favourite Chiefofchiefs staying on into third.

Key Thirsk Summer Cup Trials

There are no obvious trials for the Thirsk Summer Cup at this relatively early time in its history.

Previous winners have been kept busy on the Yorkshire circuit, notably at York or Ripon prior to coming here.

The all-weather track at Newcastle has also featured and previous course form is also a positive.

Ginger Jack (9-2 joint-favourite) in 2016 remains the only moment of joy for the market leaders in the first ten years of the Thirsk Summer Cup.

Four other winners were in single figures, the shortest being 2022 winner Empirestateofmind who returned at 6-1 for Trainer John Quinn. Osteopathic Remedy (2014) and Mikmak (2018) both returned at 8-1 while Give It Some Teddy (2021) returned a point longer at 9-1.

Leading the array of shock results is the 2017 renewal which produced a dead-heat between Florenza (40-1) and Moonlightnavigator (20-1).

Altharoos (2015) was no easier to find at 22-1 while inaugural winner Lord Aeryn (2012) and 2019 winner Kylie Rules both returned at 20-1.

All but two of the ten winners carried 9st 1lb or more, Empirestateofmind shouldering a record 9st 10lbs in 2022.

Five five-year-olds have been successful but there have also been winners aged nine and ten.

Thirsk Summer Cup – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Tim Easterby and John Quinn have both trained the winner on two occasions.

Easterby won it with Mikmak in 2018 and Give It Some Teddy in 2021.

Quinn’s winners were Moonlightnavigator (dead- heat 2017) and Empirestateofmind in 2022.

Owing to that dead-heat in 2017, there have now been eleven different winning jockeys in the first ten renewals.

Betting on the Thirsk Summer Cup

The Thirsk Summer Cup has so far been something of a lottery for punters but three of the last four winners were in single figures. It is certainly a race for some speculative each-way betting rather than following the favourite.

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Summary of the Thirsk Summer Cup

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We have looked at history, key trails, betting, odds, tips and more!

Popular Questions

Where is the Summer Cup Handicap held?

The Summer Cup Handicap is held at Thirsk Racecourse.