Timeform are once again on hand to guide you through the races for Saturday's Scoop6 with a huge pot available for the winner...
"Back off a break and 4 lb better off with the winner that day Intrinsic who re-opposes, Muthmir. looks to have an outstanding chance..."
The first leg of the perm is a devilishly tricky handicap from Chester over an extended seven furlongs and to that end two need to be kept on side. The first is Top of The Glas, who continued his progress for Brian Ellison when storming home to overhaul subsequent winner Coulsty over this C&D last month and is progressive enough to shoulder another rise in the weights and run well. The other to keep on side is Dusky Queen, who was a winner at the Dante meeting at York in May before being unlucky not to finish in the frame back there last month. She's clearly in good heart and lines up with a live chance on form. NON-RUNNER *Selections will default to the SP favourite*
The second leg of the perm is the Portland Handicap over an extended five furlongs from Doncaster and a sole selection will suffice in the shape of Muthmir. He looked a potential Group performer when winning a red-hot York handicap in July and was far from disgraced in the Stewards' Cup last time. Back off a break and 4 lb better off with the winner that day Intrinsic who re-opposes, he looks to have an outstanding chance.
We remain on Town Moor to reach the halfway point of Saturday's perm and take in the final classic of the season, the 2014 St Leger. The one to keep on side is Romsdal, who looks to have had this race in mind for quite a while. A close second in the Chester Vase was followed by a fine third in the Derby and a forgivable mid-field effort in the King George where the emphasis was too much on speed. He will relish the extra distance and is the first choice of stable jockey William Buick, which must be respected given John Gosden's outstanding record in the contest.
It's a twelve-furlong handicap under consideration next and it looks a competitive contest. Despite misfiring in the Ebor Bold Sniper and Mighty Yar look the pair to focus on with narrow preference for the latter, who should be suited by the drop back in trip. The form he showed when narrowly edged out by Kings Fete at York back in July looks extremely strong and with further progress still likely, he can gain a deserved return to winning ways and keep our hopes alive.
It's a rare foray over the Irish Sea for the a staying handicap over 14 furlongs on the inaugural day of Irish Champions Weekend. Toe The Line was arguably unlucky when narrowly losing out at Killarney in August, a piece of form which still represented another significant step forward. The return to today's trip should suit and she looks sure to run well, as does Spacious Sky. He ran a fine race when favourite for a hot handicap at the Ebor meeting, managing third but faring by far the best of those to come off the pace, with the sectionals from the performance suggesting it was a huge effort. Providing he's over those exertions he looks dangerous.
The final leg of this week's perm is a nursery over a mile and if we're still in the game at this point we'll be counting on Dance of Fire to land the life-changing spoils. He shaped well in two maidens before winning at Epsom last month, and the form of all three contests looks to be extremely solid. He's been allotted an opening mark of 76 for those performances which could turn out to be extremely lenient and given he's sure to improve for the switch to this sphere it would be no surprise to see him make a winning start in it.
4 Lines @ £2 per Line = £8
*Please note the Totepool opens at 8am Saturday morning*