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Thursday, 26 January 2017

8.15 Newcastle, Friday, January 28

In the absence of early prices, I can’t honestly say whether Whispering Wolf will fall into the ‘outsider’ category but, with just one win, in a lowly Class 6 selling stakes at Ripon 18 months ago, from 18 starts, 1lb out of the handicap and trained by an unfashionable trainer, she really ought to. That said, the daughter of Amadeus has run creditably in defeat on her last two starts on Tapeta, including over course and distance on her penultimate start, and isn’t totally without hope. On her last visit to Gosforth Park, she was outpaced with two furlongs to run, but rallied well to finish within 1¼ lengths of Novabridge, who reopposes on 3lb terms.

In truth, she looks as if a return to 6 furlongs would do her no harm but, with Novabridge and the aptly-named Fuel Injection likely to take the field along lickety-split, she might just have the end-to-end gallop she needs to be fully effective at the minimum trip. Interestingly, jockey Barry McHugh is riding somewhere close to his minimum riding weight in the last twelve months, at 8st 6lb, so he may be able to deliver her fast and late to lift the spoils.

Selection: Newcastle 8.15 Whispering Wolf to win

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