Angus McNae's Thursday tips: Scoobie could be worth the wait

By Angus McNae
Thu 4 Oct 2018

Enable should be hard to beat in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp on Sunday but her price at 5-4 is restrictive.

If I was going to be tempted into a bet it would probably be on Godolphin's Cloth Of Stars each-way at 33-1.

He was second last year to Enable, likes quick ground and seemed to show improved form last time at ParisLongchamp.

He is sure to be primed to perfection by Andre Fabre and could make the frame at least at a massive price. He would certainly not be a strong fancy, by any stretch of the imagination, but seems to offer value in a saturated market.

We have a day of moderate comparative fare on Racing UK on Thursday but as ever, here are my four selections.

3.35 Huntingdon - Arctic Chief at 5-1 with bet365, Betfair and Paddy Power:

I am happy to back this horse at around 5-1. In the past he has shown a fair level of form on the Flat and in bumpers and his latest effort over hurdles at Uttoxeter indicated that he is ready to win.

In that handicap hurdle over 2m he was outpaced three out before running on well in the closing stages.

The step up in trip by 3f 137y will suit in what is a weak race and he is set to go close.

4.10 Huntingdon – Hepijeu at a generally available 9-4:

This horse joined Stuart Edmunds during the summer and looked rejuvenated when winning on his first start for the yard at Uttoxeter last month.

He is turned out under a penalty and rates as a fair bet at 9-4 against a weak field and Frankie Rapper, the hard pulling Dan Skelton horse who may well be over bet.

This looks to be a two horse affair and Hepijeu can come out on top.

5.35 Lingfield - Prominna at a generally available 3-1:

Tony Carroll has his team in good form and can bag another winner here.

This seven-year-old gelding is a course and distance winner, who looked to be in good form last time out when he finished a fast-finishing second to Impart when beaten just a nose.

His last win at the course off a mark of 56 (he has also won off 57) and now he gets to race off a generous looking 53.

In a small field where opposition is thin on the ground he looks set to go very well.

8.45 Chelmsford - Compas Scoobie at a generally available 5-2:

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I have been waiting for this horse to run ever since I saw him at Newmarket on the 22nd September.

In that race he went with tremendous zest until fading inside the final furlong, shaping as if in good form.

The drop back to 6f from 7f will suit ideally and I can see him dominating here from stall four at a track that suits prominent racers.

I expect he will be well found in the market, but given that recent run at Newmarket that is understandable.

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