Race Time: 2.40pm Meeting: York
Full Race Name: May Infinity Tyres Stakes Class Two
An ultra competitive handicap looks likely to take place here and over six furlongs we need to find the horses with the pace to lay up early and the finishing kick to get away near the finish if their jockey times it right of course. Richard Whitaker may not be one of the better known trainers but he is particularly useful with the sprinter and has already managed to get two wins out of Pipers Note (14/1) this season, one at Beverley and one at Ripon though all his best form is in quicker going. If he wins here this would admittedly be his best ever performance so we may be asking too much – or maybe his trainer has got him right where he wants to be in search of the pot available from this valuable contest?
Almost a veteran these days, Hoof It (16/1) would win this without any issue in his younger days and with Kieren Fallon booked to ride he may have a good try at rekindling past glories if the ground stays quick enough to suit his style. He races off an official rating of 101 today so is up near the top of the weights, but he has won (and won easily) off a mark of 111 in the past, though that was back in 2011 and his last visit to the winners enclosure. It is unlikely he can get back to his best at the age of eight but his record round here is pretty decent with three wins from ten starts so we cannot write him off just yet.
Kickboxer (14/1) hardly matches the profile of your average Godolphin owned blueblood but he is entered up here and will be making a return from 200 days off assuming he shows up. He certainly won’t object to a bit of give in the ground as a son of Clodovil, but is yet to win off a rating higher than 93 making the 100 this afternoon almost certainly a bridge too far – unless he has improved dramatically over the winter?
Richard Fahey has been rising up the training ranks over the years and is now a man to be feared, especially at the major Northern meetings and he sends a team of sprinters here leaving us to guess who is the stable number one? Ryan Moore has been booked to ride Tatlisu (10/1) which may or may not be a clue, though the five year old has chances regardless. A winner first time out this season at Doncaster he was then third to Pipers Note at Ripon, only beaten three quarters of a length, but he is (somehow) two pounds worse off today so surely a place is the best he can hope for.
To round things off they don’t come much stronger in the saddle than Graham Lee and he is an eye-catching booking for Another Wise Kid (12/1). Trained in North Yorkshire by Paul Midgley, he ran a blinder last time out when second at rewarding odds (22/1 to be exact) at Ripon, and could go well again assuming he strips fitter this afternoon? He’s up just 2lb for that run while winner Pipers Note is up 4lb despite winning by less than a length. He’s put in some big performances in the past, including being beaten a short head by Piper’s Note when giving him 9lb in August and just a quarter of a length behind Krypton Factor at Hamilton in September. He’s got plenty of chances here and he’s very consistent making him a nice Each Way bet.