Haven't got a Scooby

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: July 15 2014, 14:59 BST

Ian Ogg is hoping that he may have solved one mystery on what appears to be a tricky afternoon at Beverley.

Amy Ryan has an excellent record aboard Captain Scooby
Amy Ryan has an excellent record aboard Captain Scooby

Tip of the Day: Captain Scooby each-way, 3.00 Beverley

A friend and former colleague (morning John) was fond of telling us that the 'best racing today is in Ireland'. 

He was a touch biased but he usually had a point - especially on Sundays - and it's a point that would ring true today with a cracking card at Killarney's Summer Festival.

Rayna and El Salvador are sure to be popular and form a potential short-priced double while Ted Veale makes his handicap debut in an intriguing handicap at 8.00. Remember how he was all the rage for the Grand Annual?

He takes his chance from a 'friendlier' handicap mark tonight, sports a first-time hood, Barry Geraghty takes the ride for Tony Martin and it would be no surprise to see him register a first success over fences.

The closing novice chase is another corker and I was trying to make a case for putting up Cailin Annamh but with Sky Bet Price Boost runner Domination and Alelchi Inois up against her, I got cold feet.

Instead, I went for the infinitely easier 100% Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap which may prompt some of you to say, justifiably, 'he hasn't got a scooby'.

I am hopeful that I might, instead, be quoting Walt Whitman's 'O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done' for there's no doubt that Captain Scooby will need a little luck in running given his style of racing.

Richard Guest's eight-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down just yet and he looked on the way back over course and distance last time, you can watch the video replay here.

He lines up from 1lb lower this afternoon and is re-united with Amy Ryan who has four wins and a third from seven rides aboard 'the Captain' whose record on the Westwood is two wins and four places from 10 attempts.

His last win came in April 2013 so was not all that long ago and was achieved from a mark of 69 which leaves him undeniably well treated from a mark of 50 this afternoon, even if his legs do feel a little heavier, and at a double figure price the old boy is well worth supporting.