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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

2.40 York, Wednesday May 11th

The Infinity Tyres Stakes, run over 6 furlongs at York, is a highly competitive contest, in which the leading bookmakers bet 6/1 the field, and 10/1 bar one, so it’s just the race for a midweek ‘dabble’.

Down among the ‘dead men’, Love Island (50/1) hasn’t won for nearly two years, but is consequently reasonably handicapped on her best form. Richard Whitaker’s mare has been placed on all three starts on the Knavesmire, including twice over course and distance, and is just 2lb higher in the weights than when just touched off on her last visit, last June. She’s versatile ground-wise and ran well on hear seasonal debut last term, so her chance may not be as forlorn as her generous odds suggest.

Red Pike (25/1) is another who started last season in good form, finishing fourth, beaten 2½ lengths, behind Mukhmal in a similar race at Ascot on his second start. His form tailed off afterwards and, while he’s not obviously well handicapped, he should strip fitter for his reappearance at Ponterfract last month and the return to faster underfoot conditions should help. Hambleton trainer Bryan Smart has a distinctly ordinary record on the Knavesmire, but Red Pike still looks overpriced.

Yeeoow (25/1) need to drop into lowly claiming company to record his last win, at Lingfield in January, but has continued to run creditably in handicaps since. His two career wins on turf came over 6 furlongs on good to firm going off handicap marks of 90 and 84, so he’s not badly treated off his current mark of 85, even if he is already having his third race in the month of May. He’s also drawn on the opposite side of the track from Love Island and Red Pike, so we’ve covered any draw bias. Good luck!

Selections: York 2.40 Love Island (50/1), Red Pike (25/1), Yeeoow (25/1)

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