Scoop6 Options for Saturday 24th October 2015

Scoop6 Options Saturday 17th October

As most of you will know the Scoop6 is horse racings version of the Lottery – six nominated races on a Saturday plus a bonus race – and “all” you have to do is find all six winners to get your share of the main pot (or six places for the place aspect), then go after the winner of the bonus race the following week. Please note the word “share” – it’s a kitty that gets divided by the number of winners so if we all copy one set of horses we are sort of betting against each other so our suggestion is that you have a read and then decide to maybe add one or two of your own in to the mix- but then again it’s your money after all!

Do note you can bet one horse per race for a £2 stake to receive the full dividends – you can bet less and perm your selections but they multiply out accordingly – for example, one horse per race but two in the third race becomes 1 x 1 x 2 x 1 x 1 x 1 = 2 bets but 2 in each race would becomes 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 64 bets so do be careful of your staking!

1.50pm Newbury – Someone decided to start this week’s Scoop6 with a particularly open Group Three over seven furlongs with no glaringly obvious winner in our view. The betting suggests that Zonderland is the one to be on after the son of Dutvch Art ran a blinder despite looking a bit green still when fourth in a similar race at Newmarket after a barging match that he lost close home. Finding a second horse was never going to be easy but we do feel that Brian Meehan’s Perkunas is a big priced option who could yet pull off a surprise if he can repeat his form when runner up to the very classy Emotionless on his maiden debut.

2.10pm Cheltenham – We are always concerned when we don’t fancy the favourite as we should be, but we do not feel Boondooma is poor value on a return from 308 days off the track. Michael Scudamore makes no secret of how highly he regards top weight Next Sensation who has come back in bigger and stronger at the age of eight after a decent enough season last time around that included a win in the Grand Annual Chase at the Festival here. We ant be sure he is fit even if we do know he has improved at home, a remark that does not apply to Astracad who looked back to something like his best on his return when winning at Chepstow over further. He has own easily off a rating of 145 so is well in here off of 137b and is not one to underestimate if in a going mood again this afternoon.

2.35pm Doncaster – The low draw probably won’t help Steps at all, but there is no doubt he is the class act in the field and with his jockey taking seven pounds off his back he may still be there or thereabouts. His last three runs have seen wins in a handicap and a Group Three, as well as a less than five lengths eighth in the Group One Prix de l’Abbeye on Arc day, form which none of these can match, hence his weight here. With the Richard Fahey yard seemingly collecting a big prize of some kind every weekend we will also include Arctic Feeling despite his age of seven. Sammy Jo Bell takes three pounds off his back, and he did win last time out at Catterick on soft ground and he does have the better draw in theory in the sixteen stall.

3.00pm Newbury– Another tricky one to call even if we were allowed five horses against the field, but we do like Kastini whose course form reads three wins and a third from six starts, and who won here last time out by a cosy couple of lengths. A five pound rise in the weights looks acceptable at least and he ought to go close, but if you fancy an outsider, how about David Livingston? At his best he was Group Class but we haven’t seen that for a while now – but if anyone can get him back its trainer Roger Charlton, and all things are possible in this game.

3.10pm Doncaster – We do feel that the main question here is whether or not the Ralph Beckett trained Argus will stay the mile and a half this afternoon – or not? Two wins over a mile and a quarter were very promising but she was only sixth last time out over this trip at Newmarket though that did look a better contest. She can be ridden differently now they have a better idea over her stamina if they wish but if she fails to get home, we feel Storm Force Ten could be the one to take advantage. His absence since Chester in May has to be a concern but this is his trip and his ground and at a price he is a decent looking alternative to the probable jolly

3.20pm Cheltenham – We like the way Whats Happening scored for trainer Tom George when last seen her over a furlong further, proving he won’t be wanting for stamina when the chips are down. He has been off since last April which could yet be an issue, in which case we would add Azure Fly to the mix for Charlie Longsdon. We know he is race fit after a Ludlow win earlier this month and although long term we doubt he is as good, that fitness edge may yet make all the difference this afternoon.

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