A matter of Red and Blue on latest Channel 4 racing card


With the Tote Scoop6 and its £190,424 win fund rolling over from last weekend, interest in this Saturday’s horse racing should be significant.

Four of these Scoop6 contests feature among the action to be televised on Channel 4 and here are three eye-catching bets from those contests:

Nap – Red Tornado – 14:35 Market Rasen

Dan Skelton’s novice hurdler always had the potential to be a classy recruit to the division having been rated 99 on the Flat and he has more than shown a liking to it by racking up a five-timer since April.

The most recent came over course and distance off a 7lb lower mark when seemingly winning with a bit in hand. To help negate this hike in weight, the jockey booking of 5lb claimer Bridget Andrews is noteworthy.

Of the main rivals, defending champion Cloonacool may need the run after over six months off the track, while Wisty has been hit with a 12lb rise following a front-running success off bottom weight last time. He will carry substantially more here.

Next Best – Blue Point – 15:30 Newmarket

William Buick stated that Blue Point was one of the best juveniles he had ever ridden when landing the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York last time out and now the two-year-old makes the step up to the top table for the Middle Park Stakes.

The result put right a slightly surprise defeat previously in the Richmond Stakes, where he may not have completely taken to the demands of Goodwood and ended up taking on front-running responsibilities.

He settled behind the leaders last time and a repeat of those tactics will make him tough to beat.

Lively Longshot – Erik The Red – 16:10 Newmarket

Kevin Ryan’s four-year-old may now have climbed to 11lb higher than his last winning mark after a succession of credible efforts of late, but it is possible that he has some further improvement in him in the Cambridgeshire.

Two races ago Erik The Red was sent off co-favourite for a competitive handicap at Goodwood from a 1lb higher mark, but he never handled the demands of the course efficiently.

Off his current mark, Erik The Red was much better last time when third at York over a slightly longer trip and when positioned away from the others involved in the finish.

This 1m1f may well prove his optimum trip and should he get some luck in running from a probable hold-up ride, Erik The Red has far better claims than his current odds of 25/1 suggest.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.