Thirsk Hunt Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

Updated: 1092 Horse Racing

We look at the Thirsk Hunt Cup ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 1m at Thirsk to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends you can use to find the winner of the Thirsk Hunt Cup.

Thirsk Hunt Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
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Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2025 Thirsk Hunt Cup Preview

Scheduled to take place in May of each year and being the highlight of the flat season at the Thirsk racecourse is the Thirsk Hunt Cup, a Class 2 handicap that is run over a trip of one mile and is open to runners aged four or older.

Thirsk Hunt Cup Information:

Our dedicated Thirsk tips page will not only bring you predictions from the OLBG racing tipsters for the upcoming card that includes the Thirsk Hunt Cup but will also have predictions for each meeting at Thirsk throughout the season so be sure to head over there.

How competitive is the Thirsk Hunt Cup market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2018 when the race had an over-round of 114%. The race in 2009 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 133%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Thirsk Hunt Cup, the over-round has been 125%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £125 which is bet.

Thirsk Hunt Cup Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Thirsk Hunt Cup next time out then you would have backed a total of 0 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -19.00. Before placing your bet on the 2025 Thirsk Hunt Cup see which other runners today are being backed on the racing predictions page.

The runner that holds the record over the past 20 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2016 renewal when Finn Class from Michael Dods under the guidance of Tom Eaves, won in a time of 1:47.67, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Minority Report, trained by Luca Cumani and ridden by Nicky Mackay set the quickest time of 1:35.97 in the 2006 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Thirsk Hunt Cup over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Minority Report (1:35.97) in 2006
  2. Flawed Genius (1:36.41) in 2009
  3. Redarna (1:36.63) in 2022

Thirsk Hunt Cup Past Winners

Here are the Thirsk Hunt Cup past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Thirsk Hunt Cup as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorse (Drawn)Info
2024
1:43.74
Titan Rock (GB)
6yo 8-7 (5 of 14) 12/1
James Sullivan
John & Sean Quinn (GB)
2023
1:43.06
Northern Express (IRE)
5yo 9-7 (2 of 15) 11/2
Callum Rodriguez
Michael Dods (GB)
2022
1:36.63
Redarna (GB)
8yo 8-13 (15 of 15) 66/1
Paul Mulrennan
Dianne Sayer (GB)
2021
1:36.93
Storting (GB)
5yo 8-11 (7 of 15) 18/1
Tony Hamilton
Mick Channon (GB)
2019
1:37.49
Hayadh (GB)
6yo 8-12 (10 of 16) 14/1
Lewis Edmunds
Rebecca Bastiman (GB)
2018
1:42.52
The Navigator (GB)
3yo 9-0 (7 of 9) 4/1
Paul Hanagan
Richard Fahey (GB)
2017
1:38.87
Cote DAzur (GB)
4yo 9-1 (17 of 17) 8/1
P J McDonald
Les Eyre (GB)
2016
1:47.67
Finn Class (IRE)
5yo 8-9 (2 of 15) 16/1
Tom Eaves
Michael Dods (GB)
2015
1:38.47
Sound Advice (GB)
6yo 8-9 (12 of 18) 13/2
Phillip Makin
Keith Dalgleish (GB)
2014
1:39.22
Fort Bastion (IRE)
5yo 9-0 (9 of 14) 9/1
James Sullivan
Ruth Carr (GB)

Thirsk Hunt Cup Trainer Statistics

There are two leading trainers in the Thirsk Hunt Cup over the last 20 renewals with both Michael Dods and Richard Fahey who have both won the race three times. Michael Dods winners have been with Osteopathic Remedy (2010), Finn Class (2016) and Northern Express (2023). Richard Fahey winners have been with Extraterrestrial (2008), Justonefortheroad (2011) and The Navigator (2018). The only other trainer to have recorded multiple wins in the Thirsk Hunt Cup is Kevin Ryan (2 wins). Two trainers have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Thirsk Hunt Cup, Tim Easterby has sent a total of 30 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst David O'Meara has sent out 25 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Thirsk Hunt Cup trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Michael Dods16-3-6+16.50+13.69
Richard Fahey14-3-6+1.00+1.49
Kevin Ryan19-2-5-2.50-2.94
David Barron8-1-2-3.50-2.56
Michael Easterby6-1-3+6.00+8.51
Ruth Carr6-1-2+4.00+3.13
Dianne Sayer3-1-1+64.00+39.25
Les Eyre2-1-1+7.00+4.00
Saeed bin Suroor2-1-1+0.25-0.22
Rebecca Bastiman1-1-1+14.00+8.75

Thirsk Hunt Cup Jockey Statistics

There are multiple leading jockeys in the Thirsk Hunt Cup over the last 20 renewals with P J McDonald, Paul Mulrennan, James Sullivan and Nicky Mackay having all won the race two times. P J McDonald winners have been with Osteopathic Remedy (2010) and Cote DAzur (2017). Paul Mulrennan winners have been with Blue Spinnaker (2004) and Redarna (2022). James Sullivan's winners have been with Fort Bastion (2014) and Titan Rock (2024). Nicky Mackay winners have been with Ballast (2005) and Minority Report (2006). There is one jockey who has not had the best of times in the Thirsk Hunt Cup, David Allan has ridden a total of 16 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Thirsk Hunt Cup jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
P J McDonald11-2-5+7.00+6.42
Paul Mulrennan8-2-2+71.00+42.13
James Sullivan6-2-4+17.00+13.63
Nicky Mackay4-2-3+8.00+5.19
Tom Eaves9-1-3+8.00+5.25
Tony Hamilton4-1-2+15.00+10.25
Neil Callan3-1-1+6.00+3.00
Callum Rodriguez2-1-1+4.50+2.44
Lewis Edmunds1-1-1+14.00+8.75
David Allan16-0-1-16.00-14.81

Thirsk Hunt Cup Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +49.75 is when runners were GB bred. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 2 career starts on the going, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-40.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2024: Winner in 5 (4,2) [14 Runners]
  • 2023: Winner in 2 (7,1) [15 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 15 (4,10) [15 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 7 (4,11) [15 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 10 (16,6,15) [16 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Thirsk Hunt Cup is Newbury, there has been a total number of 6 winners of this race who ran at Newbury last time out. The next best courses which have produced the second most winners are Doncaster and Thirsk, there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 287 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 11 runners.

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Thirsk Hunt Cup despite multiple attempts:

  • Invincible Spirit (0 Wins from 10 runners)
  • Danehill Dancer (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Dutch Art (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Dark Angel (0 Wins from 5 runners)
  • Kings Best (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Redarna in 2022, winning for Dianne Sayer at odds of 66/1 under the guidance of Paul Mulrennan. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 3 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2025 Thirsk Hunt Cup head over to see which other runners today are being backed by the best racing tipsters today.

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Thirsk Hunt Cup Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for Flat Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for flat racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful flat racing blogs for OLBG.

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