Leg 1: 14:00 Haydock
A very competitive mile handicap to kick off, though Strong Steps is definitely worth including after a couple of fine efforts in similar events this season. Rousayan, who proved better than ever when winning at Beverley on his reappearance, the four-timer-seeking pair Clotilde and Ice Slice and Ski Blast are just a handful of other likely players.
Leg 2: 14:50 Chester
A similar race at Chester is next. Miracle of Medinah has not won since his two-year-old days in 2013, but he caught the eye on his seasonal comeback at Ascot three weeks ago and has run some of his best races at this track, including when second last August. Predominance is likely to be popular again, especially from stall 1, while Godolphin's Best of Times looked potentially pattern class at two and three years and is an interesting contender after a year off (though he is drawn stall 12).
Leg 3: 15:10 Haydock
This is a cracking renewal of the Group 3 Timeform Jury Stakes over seven furlongs. Home of The Brave had a few of his rivals here behind him when impressively making all in a listed race at Leicester on last month's return and could prove hard to catch on his first start carrying the Godolphin blue if James Doyle gets the fractions right. So Beloved looks set for another good season after his stylish win over C&D three weeks ago, while the reliable Breton Rock should be on the premises again.
Leg 4: 15:25 Chester
A leap of faith is required in supporting Be Perfect, but Ruth Carr's charge has fared better than his recent form figures suggest and is on a handy mark, so could blow the pot wide open. Yorkidding arrives in good nick and is feared, while last year's winner Trendsetter and the red-hot mare Indira (won four of her last five starts) make up the shortlist.
Leg 5: 16:20 Haydock
Mustallib looked a useful prospect when making a winning debut at Nottingham three weeks ago and with improvement to come, he could be well handicapped from an opening mark of 83. Dancing Years also won at that track on her latest start and should make a bold bid to defend her unbeaten record in handicaps, while Dodgy Bob bounced back to form in no uncertain terms when scoring at Hamilton two weeks ago. Nisser could also outrun his odds.
Leg 6: 16:40 Catterick
Canyari wasn't beaten far in stronger handicaps than this on his first two starts of the season and was poorly drawn when down the field at Haydock last time. He's now 3 lb below his last winning mark and well worth another over seven furlongs, so could be worth chancing. His stablemate Khelman merits respect following his victory at Chester but Swift Approval and Cincuenta Pasos rate the main dangers.
Scoop 6 permutation:
Leg 1: 4, 9
Leg 2: 7, 9
Leg 3: 6
Leg 4: 6, 10
Leg 5: 4, 9
Leg 6: 1, 10
= 32 lines
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