Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 08:33 24/05/2014
Saturday is all about Scoop6 fever with the popular Tote bet expected to reach to dizzy heights of £16 million due to the fact that the win fund has rolled over for an astonishing 12 weeks but the weather could play a significant outcome in the massive pool finally being won as if the forecast rain arrives there could well be plenty of non-runners which in theory should make picking the required six winners decidedly easier.
The penultimate leg of the bet is the seven furlong Follow Scoop 6 At Totepoolliveinfo.Com Handicap at 3.25 and anyone still in with a chance of winning the life-changing amount of money would be unwise to dismiss the chance of joint top weight Piceno who has a great record at the Yorkshire venue, winning twice and finishing in the first three on all six starts at the course. Available at 11-1 with William Hill the Camacho gelding will be running off a career high mark on this occasion but that is cancelled out by the fact that this confirmed front runner has been handed the plum draw in stall one and if allowed an uncontested lead up front should take some pegging back under Andrew Mullen, taking over from 7lb claimer Matthew Hopkins.
The 6-year-old's best form is over seven furlongs so Scott Dixon's charge can be forgiven a below-par run over a mile at Thirsk last week when weakening inside the final furlong behind Llanarmon Lad and Escape To Glory, who would have landed the mammoth Scoop 6 for one lucky punter but for faltering close home. The Richard Fahey-trained Khelman looks the chief danger to the selection after a good start to the season culminating in a narrow victory at Hamilton earlier this month.