The Scoop6 is the UK’s biggest horse racing bet and with a pool of £640,000 at the time of writing. It is clear that it is worth investing a little bit of time and money on it. So with that in mind we will go through the Scoop6 card for Aintree today.
Leg 1 – Aintree 1.40
A tricky handicap hurdle to get us underway where finding horses to rule out isn’t easy. In the end I have settled on four;
Blazer (7) – Ran a big race in the Coral Cup to finish fourth last time and might appreciate the return to a flatter track as he travelled well that day. Looks the pick of Willie Mullins entries.
Ma Du Fou (11) – Progressive novice that has won his last three starts, having his first start in a handicap here and could be open to further progress.
Tycoon Prince (14) – Highly regarded bumper horse that has disappointed over hurdles of late. Has had a breathing operation since he was last seen and should appreciate this flat track.
Curious Carlos (21) – Similar profile to Ma Du Fou, progressive novice in his first handicap. Could go well for the Bowens.
Leg 2 – Aintree 2.15
A really interesting novice hurdle comes up for leg two where some Cheltenham form lines will meet but I am happy to go with a banker;
Limini (11) – Flawless over hurdles so far and was an imperious winner of the Mares Novice Hurdle at Chelternham. Has a massive reputation and should be very tough to beat with a 7lb mare allowance here.
Leg 3 – 2.50
Another Grade 1 Novice event here which sees the reappearance of RSA winner Blaklion who will look to complete a rarely achieved Cheltenham/Aintree double in this division. I have two on my shortlist;
Roi Des Francs (7) – Too free early in the RSA which told late on. Hood applied today and will have the softer ground in his favour.
Un Temps Pour Tout (8) – Grade 1 winning hurdler, he finally put it together in a handicap at Cheltenham last time. Dangerous now returning to novice class.
Leg 4 – 4.05
The Scoop6 skips over the Melling Chase and instead takes in the trickier looking Topham Chase over the National fences. I have three for my list;
Bishops Road (3) – Previously with Henry de Bromhead running under the Gigginstown colours but seem to have improved for Kerry Lee who can do little wrong lately. Just missed out on a Grand National spot but can gain compensation here.
Killer Crow (17) – Fancied for the Irish Grand National where stamina just gave out in the straight. Will appreciate this drop back in trip and is still well handicapped if Fairyhouse hasn’t left its mark.
Top Cat Henry (30) – 4lbs out of the handicap but has run well over these fences before. A winner last time and his trainer knows how to prepare a horse for Aintree.
Leg 5 – 4.40
Another Grade 1 here, this time for 3 mile novice hurdlers. No star has really emerged in this division as yet and this race has an open feel to it. I have taken two against the field;
Ballydine (4) – Ran the race of his career when getting to within ¾ of a length of Barters Hill last time. Skipped Cheltenham which should leave him fresher than most and should have a fair chance.
Baoulet Delaroque (6) – Fifth in the Coral Cup last time, is open to improvement over this trip and could provide Paul Nichols with a much needed big race winner.
Leg 6 – 5.15
A rematch of the first three home in the Champion Bumper closes out the Scoop6 card and I am happy to side with two against the field;
Ballyandy (1) – Highly regarded winner of the Champion Bumper who shapes like the return to a flatter track will be no problem. He should be hard to beat.
Battleford (5) – Was probably that outsider of the Willie Mullins team for Cheltenham but came within a bob of a head of winning. Ruby Walsh is aboard today and he should not be far away.
Leg 1: 7, 11, 14, 21
Leg 2: 11
Leg 3: 7, 8
Leg 4: 3, 17, 30
Leg 5: 4, 6
Leg 6: 1, 5
Total lines: 96