£16 Million Scoop 6 Saturday 24th May

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Author: Alan Kelly

Tags: Horse Racing

Published: 14:19 23/05/2014

It may be over a decade ago, but having successfully found those elusive 6 winners to land the Tote Scoop6 back in December 2003 it is high time the feat was repeated again, especially after a couple of near misses over the year’s and what an opportunity to do just that with an estimated £16 million up for grabs this Saturday, outstripping the National Lottery by some way.

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12 Weeks have now gone by without anyone lucky enough to scoop the life changing sum of money in the ever-growing pool, but listed below is a guide to all 6 legs which will hopefully provide some insight into what is once again an ultra-competitive sextet of races:-

HAYDOCK 2.05 – This impossible-looking 6f sprint handicap looks sure to sort the men from the boys. All-weather performer GO FAR at the bottom of the handicap had his first run on Turf for some time when finishing a close 8th in a 21-runner handicap at Newmarket on 1000 Guineas day and has since been dropped 2lb which should put the mount of 5lb claimer Tim Clark bang in the mix at a good price. Off the same mark the once-raced maiden winner RUN WITH PRIDE  can not be discounted along with the well-treated BABY STRANGE and MUTHMIR who is unexposed and open to plenty of improvement for a stable that does well with this type of sprinter.

CATTERICK 2.50 – First choice has to be the Ruth Carr-trained HADAJ who ran really well when a close fifth in a big field Newmarket handicap earlier this month, going down by just over a length to Goldream racing off only a 1lb lower mark and providing the 5-year-old can get a clear run from his high draw should take all the beating. JUST PAUL looks the chief danger despite racing off a 5lb higher mark since winning at Musselburgh while HENRY THE AVIATOR and OUR BOY JACK are capable of going close at double-figure odds.

GOODWOOD 2.55 – Top weight Mick’s Yer Man will find this tough having gone up 12lb for winning at Ascot last month and is vulnerable to several potential improvers. SUPPLICANT will find this easier than when taking on Kingman and Night Of Thunder at Newbury last time and Richard Fahey’s colt seems to handle all types of ground so has to be on any shortlist together with PENNY DROPS who could have been let in lightly off a mark of 87. The mount of Liam Jones hacked-up on the all-weather earlier this month without breaking sweat and is surely better than that. The Richard Hannon-trained WAHAAB started last season with a big reputation but failed to build on his debut success at Goodwood although the son of Tamayuz was highly-tried and is capable of making up into a decent three-year-old. Of the rest the consistent BEAU NASH could go well for his young apprentice.

HAYDOCK 3.10 -  15 Runners for this valuable Listed race for fillies but still an open affair won 12 month’s ago by ARTISTIC JEWEL who also finished second in the 2012 renewal and despite beating only one home on her seasonal reappearance at Nottingham looks to have been targeted at this race and it would be no surprise to see Graham Lee’s mount go close again. German challenger GRACIA DIRECTA was runner up last year and after a pipe-opener at Munich earlier this month will make a bold attempt to go one better for her jockey Daniele Porcu while MARCH, who got no sort of run at Bath last time could be dangerous if getting the run of the race. JOYEUSE ran well for a long way in Newmarket’s 1000 Guineas after finishing a close third in Newbury’s Fred Darling Stakes and is likely to fare best of the five three-year-old’s in the race.

CATTERICK 3.25 – A race high in quantity but low in quality for this Class 4 seven furlong handicap. PICENO seems to reserve his best for this course as in six attempts is yet to finish out of the first three, winning twice, and despite a career-high mark looks certain to be concerned in the finish from a perfect draw in stall 1. KHELMAN has been in cracking form this season and with the assistance of good apprentice George Chaloner another big performance is expected. The grey MEDICI TIME will be trying this trip for the first time since 2008 but has slipped to a very attractive mark and could be worth chancing as she is bound to go unconsidered in many quarters and with the Tim Easterby stable going well is no forlorn hope. Bottom weight BECKERMET is another who is thrown-in on his best form and the 12-year-old is still capable of mixing it in this moderate company if in the right mood.

HAYDOCK 3.45 – 17 Runners in this £70k Class 2 handicap but the one to beat is undoubtedly the William Haggas-trained BILIMBI with Ryan Moore looking a significant booking for this lightly-raced son of Duke Of Marmalade. The horse improved with each of his three runs as a juvenile culminating in an easy victory in a Yarmouth maiden race. Despite looking the type who will appreciate plenty of cut in the ground Bilimbi was sent to Musselburgh for his three-year-old debut and ran out an impressive winner of a valuable contest run on good to firm ground. A 7lb higher mark appears anything but harsh and with conditions at Haydock expected to be on the soft side the horse should take a lot of beating. Richard Fahey’s  SHOT IN THE SUN faced a difficult task at York last week against the progressive That Is The Spirit but finished a clear second and has to be on the list of dangers. CHATEZ is taken to reverse recent form with top weight Red Stargazer and it would be no surprise to see LYN VALLEY go well for Mark Johnston who won this race 12 months ago with Shebebi.

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