The Scoop 6 was won last week, which is not good as the pool now starts from scratch. However if you do win the Scoop 6 this week then there will be a big bonus up for grabs the following week – so long as last week’s Scoop 6 winner fails to pick the bonus race winner this week.
Does that make any sense? Well, yes. But maybe not particularly well articulated. If you need a recap on how Scoop 6 betting works take a look at this link: Scoop 6.
Anyway we will have a small tilt at it once again:
1.55 Uttoxeter: A grotty little handicap hurdle with woeful prizemoney and I tend to look at trainers in this sort of low-grade affair. I don’t like Jim Old. Sure he wins his races, but not many of them given the ammo he gets and really he is no Paul Nicholls. Come to think of it he is also no Suzy Smith, for the latter is in amazing form. So put in her Beau Lake (5) to land a treble. The other to go with is Lesanda (9) for top Flat trainer Richard Fahey.
2.10 Newcastle: A small field for this disappointing race, but if the prizemoney is going to be so insulting these chasers are better off staying in their boxes. Might just overlook Best Prospect with his tongue tie and cheekpieces. Instead go with Benny Be Good (3) from the excellent Keith Reveley yard and Linda Russell’s Culcabock (4).
2.25 Uttoxeter: Topweight Reindeer Dippin (1) is on an upward curve for Donald McCain, so close a couple of times this week at Cheltenham. Pavillon Bleu (8) was a little unlucky not to get closer after stumbling last time.
3.0 Uttoxeter: The Midlands National is an intriguing affair but I am going to go with class in this handicap. After all the bottom nine are out of the handicap, ie: are all carrying more than the handicapper thinks they should. We can rule them out, which reduces it to a nine-horse race. I am going with Synchronised (1), who will be fancied in the betting but will surely run a huge race in soft conditions that suit. The other I like, even though his recent form is not that great, is Paul Nicholls’ sole representative Tricky Trickster (2). It looks like this race has been the target for some time. Expect an improved showing.
3.20 Newcastle: This looks very tight between some pretty one-paced horses. Charlie Bucket (5) and Night In Milan (6) are the two against the field. Both have been running more consistently than most of the opposition.
3.35 Uttoxeter: There are two with the improving pofiles here. Stoney’s Treasure (7) from Alan King’s top yard, hacked up last time and the handicapper may not have got hold of him yet. Cottage Acre (5) is another lightly-raced improver over fences. Last time out was a mighty impressive debut over the bigger obstacles. As he has point-to-point back form, there is no need to worry about his lack of jumping experience in this final betting heat of the Scoop 6.