Scoop the lot with Al Muheer
Man On The Spot provides his unmissable guide to Saturday's races in the totescoop6.
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Four-year-olds have won the last six renewals and SHAOLIN can keep the run going. Seamus Durack's charge has done all of his winning so far on Polytrack but has gone close several times on Turf and still doesn't look badly treated. Until Midnight has also been in good form on the all-weather lately, though at a lower level than the selection. Evident is lightly raced but hasn't raced since October and Smokethatthunders struggles to get his head in front. Illustrious Prince has been dropped a pound since his third at Doncaster and looks the pick of the remainder.
BRONZE ANGEL raced with plenty of zest in his first try in blinkers, and with connections electing to bypass the Victoria Cup, he can repay their patience by getting back into the winning habit. Tellevoi was another to forego a run at Ascot and, while seemingly exposed, his yard are operating at the peak of their powers. Modern Tutor proved progressive on a softer surface last season and Andrew Balding's charge could still be well handicapped, while Indignant has never been far away on his seasonal reappearances and is a proven performer over the trip. Morache Music looked a little unlucky at Haydock last month and shouldn't be discounted from giving a good account under top weight. Fort Knox makes a debut for the boys in blue having previously won races for Tommy Carmody and Richard Hannon while the handicapper has given Sir Reginald and last year's Lockinge fourth Chil The Kite a chance.
Aeolus was a bit unlucky in the European Free Handicap over course and distance last month and was only beaten half-a-length. His second to Night Of Thunder in a Listed race at Doncaster in October has turned out to be very smart form but PARBOLD has every chance of reversing recent course running as Richard Fahey's charge is greatly favoured by the weights today. He gets the nod though Toofi could be a bit of value as, though he has a few pounds to find on the form book, there was a lot to like about his run in a valuable sales race here last month and he might have won had he not met interference when beginning his challenge. The fillies Alutiq and Dorothy B are becoming disappointing and Coulsty may need this but Brazos won an Ascot handicap last time and is worth another try in this grade.
Lastchancelucas got the better of Tax Free in a similar sprint here a fortnight ago with Oldjoesaid and Bronze Beau filling the remaining places. Declan Carroll's charge remains on a decent mark, despite a 4lb rise. Keep It Dark scored easily at Catterick last time but has been upped 9lb for his trouble while Six Wives was ending a long losing run when returning to the Fibresand at Southwell last week. Imperial Legend and Hoofalong are taking a drop in class though neither look particularly well handicapped and AMBITIOUS ICARUS is preferred. The latter was only beaten a head off today's mark in November and gets the nod with a recent pipe-opener at Ripon likely to have blown any cobwebs away.
Expert has yet to finish out of the first two here in four starts and, despite a disappointing effort at Ascot last time, has to go on the short-list despite current odds. Charles Molson looked in need of the run at Sandown last month while Deeds Not Words should have benefited from his third at Thirsk, though will do well to confirm Goodwood running last year with Expert on much worse terms and might also struggle to confirm Bath form with Fear Or Favour. Roger Charlton runs two with Joey Haynes taking 5lb off the hat-trick seeking Stomp but we prefer stablemate STARS ABOVE ME. She was just beaten by Nova Champ on only her third start here two weeks ago when Eastern Impact and Meritocracy were behind and can go one better granted luck in-running today.
Lord Aeryn drops down a grade after making the frame at Ripon three weeks ago. He's preferred to stablemate Justonefortheroad, who only just managed to win a lowly seller at Beverley last time. Celtic Sixpence is upped in class on the back of a win at Nottingham while Eutropius has been raised a further 6lb for winning on soft ground here a week ago. Redcar winner Escape To Glory has yet to score over further than 7f and Piceno and Capaill Liath's recent placed efforts also came over a shorter trip. Llanarmon Lad can figure back over a mile, however, and Mysterial has come down the weights but the latter's stable companion AL MUHEER gets the vote. He won this off a 4lb lower mark in 2012 and posted a better effort at Beverley during the week.