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CARNIVAL ZAIN STEPS UP INTO CLASS 2 COMPANY.

We send three runners to Thirsk on Friday where the going at the time of writing is good, good to firm in places.

First up at 1.45.pm, is the two year old Titch Smith who will be having his third start in a one mile novices stakes, with Aiden Brookes retaining the ride. In his two previous starts over the extended five furlongs at Wetherby, and also over six furlongs at Thirsk he has shown next to nothing, but he is very well related, with two of his half brothers having achieved BHA marks of 102, and 97, he will receive a handicap mark after this run.

Anjo Bonita showed that she is going the right way after finishing sixth on her debut at York in July, she then progressed to finish a running on third at Thirsk two weeks ago. She now steps up a furlong to a mile which will suit, but this race looks tougher, with quite a few unexposed types in against her. Although she comes into the race with probably the best form on offer, two year old's can progress very quickly, and she takes on many unknown quantities. The race is a fillies only novices stakes at 2.20.pm, with Billy Garritty retaining the ride.

Carnival Zain continues to improve with every run, and although succumbing to a head defeat at Carlisle last time after travelling easily for most of the race, he was only outstayed up the stiff hill, and this return to a flat track over seven should see him more at home on a track that suits his style of running. He has already won four races this season including the prestigious ladies race at Ascot in July, which has seen his mark climb from 64 to his current rating of 86, and he should give it another good go from a favourable draw in stall 6. The race is a 0-100 handicap over seven furlongs at 3.30.pm, with Aiden Brookes riding him for the first time.

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Good luck to the connections, The Golden Cuckoo, Keep The Faith Partnership, and Newroc & Partner.

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