We’re having a purple patch for Middleham Park Racing with three winners in 8 days. All three names have started with Ventura and this time it was Ventura Rebel on his racecourse debut. The Pastoral Pursuits-colt sat towards the rear under Paul Hanagan and started to challenge over the final two furlongs. He didn’t have the easiest of passages through the field and showed a good attitude to dig deep and get up and win by three-quarters-of-a-length. Ventura Rebel was our 100th winner at Thirsk.