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Leg 1

York

National League

Failing to fire out of the stalls at Chester is never going to be helpful, and that’s what Richard Fahey’s gelding found out at the May Festival,  before struggling to get into the race. Prior to that run he had put up a trio of good performances in defeat this season, going close at Newcastle and Redcar, with the winner in the latter finishing second in a competitive event next time. The handicapper hasn’t relented much with his mark, but he looks likely to run a solid race on ground that tends to suit and looks likely to run his race again.


Leg 2

Sandown

King’s Knight

Charlie Hills’ 4yo continued steady progression this season when not beaten far at Chester behind the improving Boardman. He was finishing well that day and probably would have got up for third in another couple of strides, so there is hope that this step up to a mile will see him to even better effect. The handicapper has left him on the same mark of 90 as his run on the Roodee which could be enough for him to score, with few strong candidates in the race.


Leg 3

Chester

Love Is Golden

Mark Johnston runs three in this fiendishly difficult XX-runner affair. Slight preference is for Love Is Golden who has the advantage of having Franny Norton on board, a man who rides Chester better than anyone. His mount was a course and distance winner on his seasonal debut and probably put up an improved effort when narrowly touched off from 4lb higher next time. Back at the venue where he put the re-opposing Classic Lord (who won next time) in his place he can continue that run of good form.


Leg 4

York

Blind Beggar

Richard Fahey’s colt has clearly developed into a very useful proposition over 6f this season, firstly giving Twilight Spinner, who hacked up in the Cecil Frail Stakes, 5lbs when beaten less than 3l, before bolting up himself in the mud at Catterick. He beat a horse rated 77 by 9l that day without being asked for full effort, so his opening handicap mark of 85 looks workable. The ground this time will be quicker than those outings, but he did perform on good ground in his first two career runs, finishing third, a length behind subsequent Group 3 winner Umm Kulthum on one of those.


Leg 5

York

Lion Tower

Since joining Grant Tuer’s yard from Mark Johnston this 4yo has been flying with three seconds and two wins from six outings. A step up to a mile after a break seems to have eked out more with a brace of victories, latterly showing dogged determination to stay in front at Thirsk. The runner-up confirmed that form with another bold showing next time so off just a 2lb higher mark in similar conditions, there’s no reason Lion Tower can’t go in again. His trainer is operating at a 50% strike-rate in the last fortnight, so with horse and handler in full flow, he’ll do for us in this 9f contest.


Leg 6

York

Mr Wagyu

Those who reach the final leg of the Scoop6 cannot rest on their laurels, with 20 going to post for race six. Mr Wagyu is one of a handful who arrive here off the back of a victory, with John Quinn’s gelding chasing a hat-trick. He’s clearly developing nicely and is relishing 6f on fast ground, which he gets here again. He has a tendency to want to go faster, but with the likely early pace of Abate and Sun Power drawn near him, there’s plenty of hope he’ll settle. His Racing Post Ratings he’s achieved in two victories this season give plenty of hope he can overcome a 4lb penalty.


Our £2 Scoop6 Bet

Leg 1 - 14:35 York - National League

Leg 2 - 14:50 Sandown - King’s Knight

Leg 3 - 15:20 Chester - Love Is Golden

Leg 4 - 15:40 York - Blind Beggar

Leg 5 - 16:50 York - Lion Tower

Leg 6 - 17:25 York - Mr Wagyu

 

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