Scoop6 guide: Six of the best?
Our top racing team of Dave Ord, Ben Linfoot and Will Hayler give their selections for the Scoop6 races - can they help steer you towards a slice of the massive jackpot?
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A tough start, but it's not as if things are going to get much easier later on. A few of these looked handicapped to the hilt at present, comments that could also apply to top-weight Barkston Ash but for the fact that he is in the form of his life at the moment and won a similar sort of event by more than three lengths last time out. Trainer Eric Alston knows a thing or two about late-maturing sprinters and even he has admitted "he just seems like a different horse this year". He looks the likeliest winner and handles some cut in the ground too if the rain arrives.
Bear Behind has come down a long way in the weights and could find his confidence restored by a recent selling-race success, even if the bare form amounts to precious little. If conditions remain on the fast side of good then Muthmir still has the potential to improve, while Out Do caught the eye at York last time in a race in which his low draw proved an obstacle. (WH)
Selection: Barkston Ash. Alternative: Out Do.
Another hit-and-hope job. Just Paul is in great form and beat a good yardstick in Majestic Moon at Musselburgh last time and must be on any shortlist despite a 5lb higher mark.
Showboating is very interesting as he continues to shape as though at the top of his game. He needs plenty of luck given his come-from-behind style of running but he remains very feasibly handicapped and goes well here. Hadaj is in good form but may be better at shorter trips. Alejandro looks on the right mark now and there was plenty of encouragement to be taken from his first start for David O’Meara while Dr Red Eye has excuses for his two most recent defeats and will be dangerous if setting the right fractions up front. (DO)
Selection: Showboating. Alternative: Alejandro.
Wahaab looked a very exciting prospect when winning here on debut at two but proceeded to be too keen in two subsequent starts. Gelded over the winter, he could leave his opening handicap mark behind over time and will handle cut in the ground. So will top-weight Mick’s Yer Man who was much improved at Ascot last time and showed tremendous resolution to come out on top that day.
Supplicant lacks scope for improvement but will handle the ground, while Harwoods Volante returns to a realistic grade having flown too high at Lingfield last time. Mindurownbusiness was too free at Yarmouth but still won and is a potential improver. (DO)
Selection: Wahaab. Alternative: Mindurownbusiness.
A competitive Listed sprint for fillies at Haydock doesn’t make things any easier, though Hallelujah will find things tough under her penalty and you may want to leave her out of your perms. Blithe Spirit is in good form and any rain won’t hinder her chances, but she does have to prove she stays as she’s previously only raced over five. Spinatrix is a consistent mare at this level and is impossible to leave out of calculations, while Joyeuse shaped like a sprinter in the Guineas and the half-sister to Frankel could well thrive dropped back to six.
Another to consider is German raider Gracia Directa who is a threat to all on her Group 3 second at York last July. (BL)
Selection: Spinatrix. Alternative: Gracia Directa.
Plenty of possibilities here and a race that could prove hard to thin out for even the biggest-staking syndicates given that there are few runners who can safely be said to have no chance. Day Of The Eagle has caught the eye as looking ready to win again in both starts this season, although the betting market is probably the best guide as to whether his day will come today or in a 0-70 event in the weeks to come. Spin Artist is another who has come crashing down the weights as the result of some shocking recent efforts and longstanding Mark Johnston fans will know that a string of dismal performances need not mean a sudden return to form can be ruled out.
Millkwood is often sent off at short prices, but finds winning races perilously hard and he's not the sort of horse you want for Scoop6 purposes. Instead it's the likes of Khelman, who has been in cracking form this season, and Solar Spirit, who just about make most appeal, both knowing how to win races and the latter being on close terms with almost every blade of grass at this track. (WH)
Selection: Khelman. Alternative: Solar Spirit.
If you’ve got this far you’re both a) a genius and b) you’ve got sweaty palms, but unless you’re rich enough to stick in the lot of them, this is another really tricky puzzle. Bilimbi is an obvious starting point after his easy win at Musselburgh off an 8lb lower mark and I would be reluctant to leave him out.
Hors De Combat, Lyn Valley and Born In Bombay reoppose after finishing in the first three in a Newmarket handicap earlier in the month and that looked a half-decent race with a few well-fancied locally-trained horses seen off fairly easily. What About Carlo hosed up at Sandown off 85 and cannot be discounted despite a 9lb rise, while Zarwaan will win more races and should be considered. An outsider that could go well is Grevillia – she drew well clear off a 7lb lower mark at Windsor three starts ago and though she’s hard to predict she shouldn’t be the outsider of the field on that run. (BL)
Selection: Bilimbi. Alternative: What About Carlo.