With no winner of the Scoop6 last Saturday the weekly pot has been rolled over to what is predicted to be an eye-watering total of £4 million – more than the Lotto the same night. Dream-led punters up and down the country have been sharpening their needles all week and below are previews of all six of the puzzles required to be solve with this writers’ hopeful suggestions included – for what it’s worth…Good Luck!
Jamie Osbourne has been enjoying his time in the limelight of late and another notable success could be heading the ex-jockey’s way courtesy of his winning machine Saint Jerome.
Osbourne’s charge has won his last three races over timber with an unsuccessful attempt back on the level in between and looks capable of keeping hold of the thread despite the extra weight.
Looking at the alternatives the likely favourite Keltus should go well after impressing in the Fred Winter, however, Oliver Sherwood has been frequenting the winners’ enclosure recently and his charge Stiff Upper Lip could out run his price.
David Brown has his string in excellent order at the moment and Glen Moss could be well placed to continue the good form of the Maltby operation.
The five-year-old returned to action with a decent performance at Kempton on the all-weather but all his best work has been done on turf and even with only a week between races there should be enough improvement garnered to contend.
Sir Reginald warrants plenty of respect off almost bottom-weight with his recent fourth over a furlong shorter giving the impression the extra distance will reap rewards.
Over half of Clive Cox’s runners have placed or better in the last fortnight and his ultra-consistent servant Seeking Magic should be able to do the same at least here.
Not seen since rewarding Placepot backers for the sixth consecutive time last October, the son of Haafhd is also no stranger to securing maximum prize money with two wins posted in that sequence.
If the 196-day break deters then David O’Meara’s Doc Hay will appeal having already returned to the fray when third at Nottingham in the second week of the month.
The seven-year-old is proven on track and trip and comes from a stable thriving at the beginning of the season.
Two-time Champion Jockey Paul Hanagan could be in line for reclaiming his crown on the basis of his early season form and the 33-year-old could be toasting yet another winner aboard Brae Hill.
Richard Fahey’s hope was back to his brilliant best in the Spring Mile at Doncaster on his reappearance and although the eight-year-old has never managed to successfully follow-up in the past his trainer wouldn’t bother he wasn’t ready to win again.
Of the many other horses in the field with legitimate chances all of O’Meara’s four runners should be respected and the fact that Ryan Moore has been booked for Ingelby Angel is encouraging – the five-year-old is also one of only four course and distance winners in the field.
Gordon Elliott has never had a runner at the North Yorkshire track and so due attention should be paid to his runner Bayan with Robert Winston aboard.
The son of Danehill Dancer was only two and a quarter lengths behind Whisper in the Coral Cup on his latest start and came second at the track when in the hands of Brian Ellison.
The five-year-old hasn’t been out of the frame on his last seven starts and although he hasn’t raced on the flat for almost a year, a helpful handicap mark of 81 make the drawbacks are far harder to find than the positives.
Defending champion Ardlui is running off the same mark as last year, however, his last three races may have undermined him and if the favourite doesn’t appeal the hat-trick chasing Sizzler is preferred to give Ralph Beckett a fifth winner in a week.
The ground is likely to be key with the likes of Kim Muir winner Spring Heeled and Same Difference, who was behind in fifth that day, desiring a decent surface.
However, with the weather difficult to predict investments should be made on one who has won in all types of conditions, Ardkilly Witness.
Dr Richard Newland’s charge won on good ground when justifying favouritism latest at Market Rasen four months after winning by 19 lengths on heavy and with the stable showing that their Grand National success was by no means the end of their season the eight-year-old could be the answer.
Burton Port was highly touted for aforementioned National Hunt showpiece before unseating Brian Harding on the second circuit and if all faith has not been lost there are worse options in a predictably wide-open renewal.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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