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York racing each-way racing tips: Diddy Man shaping up to complete hat-trick

There’s a tasty-looking Flat meeting to savour at York on Saturday afternoon, and this seven-furlong handicap promises to be one of the most competitive contests on the card.

15:55 York:  William Hill Epic Boost Handicap  (7 furlongs)

Such is the wide-open nature of this race that barely a couple of betting points cover the top eight in the market, with any one of them capable of being sent off as what is likely to be a tentative favourite.

While valid arguments could be made for last-time-out winners Juantorena and Mr Irrelevant, it is Diddy Man who has caught the eye of a swath of Tipstrr pundits, who believe he has what it takes to complete an impressive early-season hat-trick.

Diddy Man’s juvenile season did little to set the pulse racing, posting a best-placed third in six attempts on turf, before looking a little more effective on Kempton’s all-weather track, where he came within a neck of landing his maiden success last September.

Suggested best bet: Diddy Man each-way in the 15:55 at York

A winter switch from Tom Dascombe to the yard of Harriet Bethell appears to have had the desired effect, with the change of scenery bringing an immediate response on his season debut in early April, when Diddy Man rekindled his all-weather promise by winning a 12-runner handicap over a mile at Newcastle in convincing style.

A question mark still hung over his ability on turf, but any such doubts were quickly extinguished three weeks later at Doncaster, where he dominated the latter stages to see off the nearest of his nine rivals by an ever-widening four-length margin.

Bethell’s small string has been showing red-hot form so far this season, with her last 16 runners yielding no fewer than seven winners and five runners-up, and Diddy Man is notably her only representative at York (she also has Yanifer running at Chester).


With as many as six places on offer here, and assuming those spots aren’t all filled by the eight market leaders, then there are clearly some potentially lucrative each-way options to be found elsewhere.

While there’s been a smattering of outsider support for Indivar and Rating, it might just be the right time for Craig Lidster’s young filly Alreet Cha to convert encouraging all-weather form into overdue success on turf.

Outsider each-way punt: Alreet Cha each-way in the 15:55 at York

Although still a maiden after seven attempts, she made the frame in each of her last five all-weather outings, rounded off by three straight runner-up spots that were decided by ever-decreasing margins.

Her most recent efforts were over Newcastle’s testing uphill track, which suggests she should be up to the challenge of York’s softer ground on this return to turf over the same distance.

She appears to have been fairly treated by the handicapper, and that mark is helped further by the five-pound claim of William Pyle, who comes fresh from landing a winning double at Carlisle on Monday, one of whom was Alreet Cha’s stablemate.


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