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15:05 Newmarket

This is an open looking seven furlong handicap at Newmarket which is made even more complicated by the soft going. The are thirteen runners still in at the moment but I think we can easily discount quite a few of them and grab ourselves a nice little bit of value.

Frenchman is a lightly raced three year old for Charlie Hills and he has the eye catching booking or Ryan Moore to boost his chances. He was second last time out at Goodwood and has a further four pounds in weight to deal with as a consequence of that. The going that day was good to firm and he will face completely difference conditions here today compared to what he has faced so far in his short career. This is also a step up in class for him, therefore putting all of this together I feel he is far too short in the betting and will look elsewhere.

Hope Cove has run respectably in a couple of Class 2 handicaps here at Newmarket on his previous two starts and looks sure to be involved at the business end of proceedings if he reproduces that kind of form. He has proven that he is able to handle to softer conditions and is actually two pounds lower than last time out, so a big run is expected.

Fawaareq won a maiden at Beverley last time out over an extended seven furlongs on good to firm ground, but prior to that he was a decent second place in soft conditions here at Newmarket. The winner of that race has since come out and and won a Class 3 handicap at York before finishing a very respectable sixth of nineteen in a Group 3 at Ascot. This gives the form of that Newmarket race in which Fawaareq was second a really strong look and I think he will be very tough to stop today with further improvement expected, and Paul Hanaghan doing the steering.

 

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Newmarket 15:05 - Fawaareq - 2 points @ 4/1 (Most firms)

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