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Infinity Tyres Handicap preview

Early on the Wednesday card at York is this puzzling handicap, 20 runners down the straight six furlongs on the Knavesmire.

William Kedjanyi, @keejayOV, isn't afraid of the challenge!

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Infinity Tyres Stakes
Handicap, Class 2
4YO plus, 6f, 14.40


This is a fiendishly difficult puzzle to solve with several of the runners interlinked through key races, all of which look strong. The Ripon handicap won by Pipers Note from Another Wise Kid, Tatlisu, and Algar Lad with Fast Shot and Kimberella further behind looks to be one of the most important contests. That day the field split into two groups, with Another Wise Kid finishing well on top of his side, and Pipers Note and Tatlisu leaving their group behind before drifting into the centre. All of the first four can be thereabout at the finish today but it looks notable that Pipers Note and Tatlisu came several lengths clear from the of a smaller group that was well beaten overall; The third from the nearside was 10th overall as five of the first seven who came clear were on the standside.

Tatlisu gets a small but handy weight pull that should help him here as well as being drawn around plenty of pace to his inside, and may have the best chance of four runners from a stable that has had three seconds and a third since landing this with Wyatt Earp in 2009, an the added bonus of Ryan Moore on board. The superb form of stablemate Mehid’s reappearance – with the winner, Emell, and the third, Lincoln, and the seventh, Hawkeyethenoo, going on to finish fifth, second and third respectively in Saturday’s Victoria Cup at Ascot, is also worthy of close scrutiny.

However the dropping handicap mark of Mass Rally, fourth in the Duke of York Stakes a year ago, takes the eye just as much and the favourite may be worth backing to peak on this day. That day he ran to a mark of 107 and following a mixed bag of efforts, some when not getting the clearest of runs, he now takes his chance off a 10lbs lower mark, some 6lbs lower than when winning the Coral Challenge over this C&D here. On his return behind the very impressive Out Do at Pontefract, he found himself behind coming to the two pole as the winner stole a lead but with his headgear on (hood and blinkers) he should be more focused today. A 7lbs turnaround for that result gives him a fine chance of turning the form around and he should go well.

Bogart should surely go well at a course he loves while Blaine, who ended last season strongly, deserves to be forgiven for his two poor runs this season.

Advice: 1 pt each/way Mass Rally (9/1 Skybet), 1 pt each/way Tatlisu (10/1 general)

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