The experts at Timeform give you their selections for Saturday's £2.25million Scoop6 jackpot.
"Mecca's Angel has plenty in her favour in this Group 2 Temple Stakes as she makes her first start since winning the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes..."
Race 1: 14:05 York
Lincoln looks to be building up to another win and could strike in this seven-furlong handicap with Silvestre de Sousa back in the saddle for the first time since last August. Jallota finished only seventh at Chester last time, but that run was very eye-catching as he was hampered at various stages, most damagingly early on, and was forced to sit towards the back; he actually barely came off the bridle due to the traffic he encountered and is under to consider here. David O'Meara seeks his third straight win in this race handicap and has a great hand, with Fort Bastion possibly the pick of his three runners.
Race 2 15:05 Haydock
The Silver Bowl over a mile is usually one of the hottest three-year-old early-season handicaps and this latest renewal looks no different. Chief Whip ran a screamer in a similar race at York last week and must be on the shortlist with the promise of even more to come, along with the same stable's Shaiyem was an impressive winner of a C&D handicap last time and also remains with potential. Garcia is another sure-fire improver following his successful return at Beverley, with this slightly further trip sure to suit him.
Race 3: 15:25 Goodwood
Another very competitive handicap for three-year-olds, this time over seven furlongs. There was much to like about the way Oh This Is Us went about his business when following up his Chelmsford handicap win in a similar race at Newmarket, and a 9 lb rise may not be enough to prevent him from completing the hat-trick. Like Oh This Is Us, Arab Poet (second to the aforementioned Garcia on his return), Haalick and Strong Challenge are all open to improvement, while Alqubbah looks pretty solid after her third against older horses in a listed race at Nottingham.
Race 4: 15:40 Haydock
Interception ran a belter when runner-up in this race on last year's reappearance, and her subsequent Wokingham win is just about the best form on offer here. Ridge Ranger finished ahead of several of these when adding to her tally at Nottingham a fortnight ago (the race contested by the aforementioned Alqubbah) and is feared despite a penalty, while last year's Rockfel Stakes runner-up Thetis is the clear pick of the three-year-olds trying sprinting for the first time.
Race 5: 15:50 York
Plenty of the runners in this five-furlong handicap ran here last week, including Doctor Sardonicus who shaped well in fifth on what was his seasonal debut and he remains unexposed compared to most of his rivals. Royal Birth wasn't far behind the selection that day and remains on a fair mark on his all-weather form (he impressed on the clock when winning at Lingfield in March), while Bondi Beach Boy looked better than ever at the age of seven when scoring at Thirsk last week and is also worth considering.
Race 6: 16:10 Haydock
Mecca's Angel has plenty in her favour in this Group 2 Temple Stakes as she makes her first start since winning the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York last August, not least the fact she's 11 lb clear on the Timeform weight-adjusted ratings. Profitable could be her biggest threat following his improved win in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket (Waady a close third) on his reappearance, his yard (Clive Cox) having previous with this type of horse (see Lethal Force in 2013), while dual Group 1 winner Goldream also makes some appeal given we know enough about him to suggest he'll be back on song sooner rather than later following his low-key spell in Dubai and has reportedly been working very well recently according to his trainer Robert Cowell.
Scoop 6 permutation:
Leg 1: 2, 10
Leg 2: 8, 14
Leg 3: 11, 12
Leg 4: 1, 3
Leg 5: 5, 10
Leg 6: 8, 15
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