I have to admit it, we failed to land the Scoop 6 bet last week, despite a couple of good-priced winners. We did not even get a sniff of the place dividend, so it is just as well nobody reads this betting column. Anyway, that’s the bad news.
The good news is everyone else failed too, so we have another chance to scoop both their cash and ours tomorrow (Saturday). The pool has grown to around half a million pounds. That takes into account the win pool and the bonus pool.
I am feeling optimistic this week. I mean how hard can it be to pick six winners in a row? The Scoop 6 this week involves three races from dank Doncaster and three from an electrifying meeting at Newbury.
I will be updating this post with my selections, but first here are the races involved:
leg 1; 1.55 Newbury: What a nasty, evil handicap to start with. This leg is designed to ensure there is another rollover next week. My tentative two are the blinkered first time VAGRANT EMPEROR (6) for the excellent Emma Lavelle and Alan King’s CREDIT CRUNCHED (13).
leg 2; 2.10 Doncaster: Quite a few recent winners in this but they all seem to have been hammered by the handicapper for their respective successes. I think DOCTOR FOXTROT (11) looks interesting from a yard in form. One concern would be the horse’s slight lack of consistency. The other, even less reliable, selection is MOGHAAYER (8). From all-conquering Nicky Henderson’s yard, he has run two stinkers latest but has strong claims on previous form. I dont think this trainer would run the horse just for the sake of it. He is better than that. Or is he?
leg 3; 2.25 Newbury: Some old codgers in this veterans’ race who still retain significant ability. THE SAWYER (2) is brave and solid, while CORNISH SETT (6) is at last showing some of the sparkle of his youth.
leg 4: 3.0 Newbury: It is another hard-to-figure handicap. I fancy the class and the connections of NICHE MARKET (1). While many will claim this trip is too short for BIG FELLA THANKS (3), but if they go a bit too quick it could fall into his lap as he stays on strongly late. You know the owner needs the (loadsa) money.
leg 5: 3.15 Doncaster: MINELLA FOUR STAR (10) does not want for stamina and showed his wellbeing with a good run last time. MEANUS DANDY (5) will be fit for this and has the scope to show improvement, though he may not need to improve to take this.
leg 6; 3.35 Newbury: OK, if we have got this far then we deserve to scoop the lot. Winning the lottery would have been easier. However there is no let-up. This is far too competitive for a final leg. I feel like playing safe, but that is not an option. Give SIRE COLLONGES (6) another chance to show his talent this side of the channel. He was highly tried last time, so Nicholls must have seen a reason for that at home. In-form PATEESE (12) is a more solid second selection.
That is two selections a leg, like last week. At £2 a leg and 64 legs that is a total bill for the Scoop 6 bet of £128. It’s a small price to pay for a half million pound return.