Fenwolf Stakes tips at Newmarket for Thursday’s Listed race. A field of ten strong stayers go to post for the 2017 running of this two mile contest at Newmarket. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: UAE KING looked like he was still learning on the job when completing a hat-trick at Ascot in July and he ran with credit when third at Goodwood in August in a Listed race. He gives the distinct impression that he can do better with experience and this son of Frankel should have too much potential for his rivals for top connections. Nearly Caught won’t be too far away, but the main danger may come from Platitude who got back on track when fifth at York on his latest start.
1 NEARLY CAUGHT – Won a Listed race at Sandown back in July and the form reads well as both runners in behind have won pattern races since. He was poor when last seen at Chantilly though and a three pound penalty does leave him vulnerable to some improving types.
2 ARCH VILLAIN – Won two starts ago at Ascot in a Shergar Cup race and he was far from disgraced when fourth in the Ebor on his latest start, not beaten far off a big weight. He should keep improving this season and is an each way player up in class, although he doesn’t look good enough to win this.
3 HIGHER POWER – Career best effort to win the Northumberland Plate in July, but he’s produced two poor runs since, last seen finishing last in the Lonsdale Cup at York. This is slightly easier, yet he needs to bounce back and, although that couldn’t be discounted, others are preferred.
4 PLATITUDE – Has produced two good efforts the last twice back in handicap company, a step back in the right direction as he had previously been well beaten since a Listed win at Goodwood in August 2016. Not the most straightforward, but if backing up those handicap efforts he would be an each way contender under Moore.
5 SWASHBUCKLE – All three of his wins have come in Class 4 Handicap company and he was well held at Ascot on his latest start in a Shergar Cup Stayers race. This is much tougher and he simply doesn’t look good enough to win this, with a rating of 90 leaving him with a huge amount to find.
6 WINNING STORY – Smart stayer on the all weather for Saeed bin Suroor, though his three runs on the turf the last thrice haven’t been convincing. His seventh in the Ebor was a solid effort and he meets Arch Villain on better terms, but he’s unlikely to be good enough to win this.
7 HARLEQUEEN – Useful filly who has some very respectable form in the book from last summer, but she’s now zero from 11 since debut and her stamina at this distance is very much a question mark. She’s been mainly well held this season and is best watched once again as things don’t get easier.
8 FACE THE FACTS – Lightly raced sort for John Gosden who has been steadily improving, producing a career best to finish second at Haydock in September. He should improve for the step up in distance, but he has plenty to find now he’s pitched into a tough Listed race and is likely to miss out here.
9 JUKEBOX JIVE – Three wins from five starts this season and this three-year-old is incredibly game, knuckling down to make all at Newbury in July. He deserves his chance at this level and he should be allowed a soft lead here, which will make him very tough to pass. Not one to dismiss despite what he needs to find on ratings.
10 UAE KING – Completed a hat-trick despite not looking the easiest of rides at Ascot in July, running with credit when third at Goodwood last month in Listed company. The impression is that he should do better with time for top connections and should have too much potential for his rivals.