The Scoop 6 betting pool has been growing and should surpass a tasty £400k this Saturday (Feb 26). Why not have a go at landing the pool. For what it is worth here are my Scoop 6 selections.
The way I like to think of the Scoop 6 bet is as a placepot where you only need a horse to place in each of the six races. Why? Because a placepot is achievable and the Scoop 6 does pay a place dividend. So that is my target. However, in the back of my mind I am hoping for the impossible, that we get a winning betting line, scoop the lot and retire to Skegness.
You do not need to include a load of outsiders to ensure scooping the pool on your own. Just one unlikely winner can wipe 98% of tickets out of the Scoop 6.
With that in mind, here are the six races that make up the Scoop 6 this week with my selections and reasoning. This is where my money is going:
Leg 1, 1.55 Kempton: A tough opener, so I am going to play relatively safe and go for the top trainer’s two representatives. They are the last-time scorer Tonic Mellysse (2) and well-bred Zarkandar (10), who has good form on the Flat in France.
Leg 2, 2.10 Lingfield: You can’t rule any of these out in a tight handicap sprint, but this is the leg that will wipe most of the other tickets out of the pool if we hit the target. We know Chjimes (4) is in form and, if they go too fast as they may, it could fall for hold-up horse Nubar Boy (11).
Leg 3, 2.15 Newcastle: Another nightmare. Stick with horses and stables in form. That rules in: Reindeer Dippin (3) and Dontpaytheferryman (5).
Leg 4, 3.00 Kempton: I have a major soft spot for the course specialist Nacarat (1). Maybe it’s mad off topweight but I can’t leave him out. I still think his general profile is that of an improver. Fistral Beach (10) is the other more predictable selection.
Leg 5, 3.15 Newcastle: Unlike all the other legs, not much strength in depth here. Belon Gale (2) and Minella Boys (5) in a weak line-up for the Eider Chase.
Leg 6, 3.35 Kempton: Toubab (2) and Empire Levant (6) are conservative selections in the trappy last leg. If we have had all the winners to this point, we can lay both these horses on Betfair Betting Exchange to guarantee a profit.
That’s two selections in each of the six legs. That totals @ £2 a leg (the official stake) a bet of £128 for the 64 lines we are placing.
Remember, if one of your selections is a non-runner then you are on the favourite. If there are joint-favourites then you are on the one with the lowest racecard number.