I fancied a go at the Scoop 6 and thought it about time to see if I could still read a race on the day as opposed to three days or three weeks before!! So we are after a £2 straight line and a 20p Lucky 63 and see what we get back for our £14.60?!? Put it on in Betfred 11am-1pm and take Best Odds Guaranteed.
LEG 1-ASCOT 2.25 Simply A Legend (14/1!!)
LEG 2-TAUNTON 2.45 Bredon Hill Lad (10/1)
LEG 3-HAYDOCK 3.15 Fingal Bay (5/1)
LEG 4-ASCOT 3.35 Royal Regatta (9/2)
LEG 5-TAUNTON 3.55 Foxcub (15/2)
LEG 6-ASCOT 4.10 Kings Minstrel (10/1)
and here’s why!!
LEG 1-ASCOT 2.25 Nice easy one to start with! Should be a strong pace with Baron Alco and Royal Guardsman in the race. Rock the Kasbah was impressive last time but is up 8lbs and the form has not been franked. Zulu Oscar is up 10lb and the Fry yard is under a cloud. How the hell did Kilcrea Vale get a mark of OR147? Value at Risk has fallen in two novice chases and surely needs 3m. Unaminite and Ebony Express go up in trip and Monsieur Gibraltar looks a plot for the Martin Pipe. Lil Rockefeller will stay on but the handicapper may have him. So it’s Baron Alco to get the better of Royal Guardsman by the second last but Alan King’s SIMPLY THE LEGEND and 3lb claimer Tom Bellamy to pick him up on the run in!
“Simply A Legend runs in the £50,000 handicap hurdle and inevitably he is paying for his consistency. He went up 5lb for winning at Sandown, yet ran another blinder to finish second at Kempton on Boxing Day and I even thought he might win going to the last. He got another 6lb hike for that yet will still need to go up a bit more to ensure a run in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.” Alan King Racing News
“First up is Rock The Kasbah (2.25pm) in the handicap hurdle. This is a very competitive race, but I’m looking forward to getting back on him. Tom [O’Brien] rode him at Haydock last time when he was very good. Prior to that, he ran really well at Chepstow first time out and I was very pleased with him when I schooled him on Wednesday morning. He’s definitely an improving horse. Ascot should suit him well, he’ll stay the trip and a true run race will help. Although he’s probably a staying chaser in the making, I’d hope there’s more to come over hurdles. He went up 8lb for his last win and that’s probably a fair assessment.” Richard Johnson Betway Blog
LEG 2-TAUNTON 2.45 Novices Handicap Chase over close on 3m. Nice! Badger Wood, Some Finish, Trehan Cross and Residence and Spa are all having their first run over fences under rules but the most interesting debutante is top weight Garde Fou who was an OR118 hurdler but is off the top limit in this race of OR105. Having said that he is 1 from 12 over hurdles and fell in 2 out of 4 PtP’s in his younger days! Johns Luck is on a losing run of eleven and Eaton Rock looks a non-stayer so we’ll play safe and go with BREDON HILL LAD and the Gardner girls.
LEG 3-HAYDOCK 3.15 Reve de Sivola may be 21lb well in on his hurdling mark but the 11yo hasn’t jumped a fence in four years and his best form is at Ascot. With a serious doubt of some sort over most of these the trip, their well-being, their fencing etc. it has to be a toss-up between Virak and FINGAL BAY on their last run at Ascot. Fingal Bay didn’t quite get home in the Hennessey and over 2F less he is the selection.
LEG 4-ASCOT 3.35 I have covered this race in #startracking and think that they’ve worked out ROYAL REGATTA and these are ideal conditions and he will justify his Festival RyanAir entry.
“Royal Regatta (3.35pm) has been a little in and out. He was back on top form last time – whether it was the blinkers or the tongue strap, we’re not sure. It was soft enough that day, so the ground shouldn’t be a problem. He’s obviously risen in the handicap, but this is over the same course and distance. If he reproduces his form from last time, he’d have to go well. I just hope he’s on a going day.” Richard Johnson Betway Blog
LEG 5-TAUNTON 3.55 A Seniors Hurdle!! If Spice Fair wants to win he probably will but topweight FOXCUB only failed by a neck to give Simply a Legend 21lb and that looks by far the best form on show. I’ll look no further!
LEG 6-ASCOT 4.10 This is all about course and distance form from the 18th December. Masterplan beat Duke des Champs a short head in the C3 novices handicap and Western Cape beat King Kayf and Kings Minstrel in the C3 maiden hurdle in a time over three seconds slower. Solid form or an improver? Has to be the improver and I’ll go with KINGS MINSTREL, a half-brother to Barbers Shop, trained by a back in business Nicky Henderson.
“I was delighted with Masterplan‘s win yesterday. It was a great ride from Graham and the horse really stuck his head down to win. It is amazing how a new season can change a horse. Last year he could barely finish his races and now he has won twice at Ascot.” Charlie Longsdon Blog Dec. 19th.