Through The Card: £2m Scoop6, Saturday May 7

Timeform guide you through the £2 million Scoop6 on Saturday
Timeform guide you through the £2 million Scoop6 on Saturday

Timeform give you their selections for the whopping £2 million Scoop6 on Saturday.

"He looks worth siding with and, as we've used up plenty of lines in other legs, it doesn't seem foolish to bank on him."

Leg 1: Haydock 13:40
A very tough starting point as this mile handicap for three-year-olds is sure to throw up plenty of future winners. Shaiyem looks a likely winner from stall 2, having run well when second to the well-backed Suqoor on his handicap debut/return at Lingfield, as does another handicap debutant, Dollar Reward, for the resurgent Sir Michael Stoute team. Above N Beyond was a narrow second at Chester on Wednesday and will be respected if turned out again quickly, though he did appear to have quite a hard race there and Shaiyem's stablemate Steel of Madrid could complete the placings.


Leg 2: Haydock 14:15
A typically competitive Swinton Hurdle, but two miles on good ground should be ideal for Gwafa and he leads our three-pronged attack, which is completed by likely favourite Ch'tibello and Beltor. Plenty of ex-Flat horses have won this race, and Gwafa was a useful and progressive sort on the level in 2014 and has since won two of his three completed starts (unfortunate to unseat early in a Grade 1 at Aintree last time) for Paul Webber. Ch'tibello cruised through the race when successful in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr last month and his previous second to Altior in October suggests that a 6 lb rise may underestimate him, while Beltor (another former Flat horse) hasn't been seen since disappointing in the Fighting Fifth last November but could be well treated off 140 on his first go in a handicap hurdle. County Hurdle fourth Wait For Me and the progressive All Set To Go are others to consider.


Leg 3: Haydock 15:20
Maximiser has had his problems since his successful first two starts in novice hurdles in 2014 but he showed he's firmly back on track when going down narrowly in France last time. He could be better than a handicapper and makes plenty of appeal here, especially with Daryl Jacob taking over in the saddle (a Jockey Uplift on Timeform's figures). Sunshine Corner is progressing in good style and could be his biggest danger, while David Pipe has a strong hand with Taj Badalandabad and Dell'Arca.


Leg 4: Ascot 15:40
After wins at Lingfield and Doncaster, Tutu Nguru ran some respectable races in pattern company towards the end of last season and she's done the same at a slightly lower level this time around, so she's worth including in our perm with enough pace on here to suit her. She is perhaps vulnerable to more progressive sorts, though, so it's also worth taking Pandora who has joined the David O'Meara yard and drops in both trip (keen over longer distances at the end of last term) and class. Margaret's Mission is back over a mile for the first time since her Doncaster win last July and, with Kieren Fallon an intriguing jockey booking, she can run well too.


Leg 5: Ascot 16:15
It's difficult to say how the draw will affect things here, but it's reasonable to expect much better from Outback Traveller than when he was down the field in this race last year, especially from a 7 lb lower mark. Outback Traveller is a C&D winner and shaped promisingly on his reappearance/first start for Robert Cowell at Haydock last month. Hold Tight could be his biggest threat given he's completely unexposed and represents the Godolphin operation that won the Lincoln with Secret Brief in March, though Haydock winner Predominance's profile is equally as compelling. Crazy Chic is respected on his first outing for Stuart Williams, having won another all-weather handicap last time, along with Fort Bastion who caught the eye when third at Thirsk last time, his best effort since winning at Ayr last May.


Leg 6: Ascot 16:45
Should there still be live tickets on the last leg, there's a good chance most of them will be on The Big Lad - so do we go with him or against him?
While The Big Lad's lack of experience of turf and big fields is a slight concern, he's hard to ignore given he's unbeaten in three starts and his yard (Richard Hughes) is back among the winners. He looks worth siding with and, as we've used up plenty of lines in other legs, it doesn't seem foolish to bank on him. Normandy Barriere made an encouraging reappearance at Pontefract recently and is likely to be in the mix under William Buick - though his yard are quiet - while Mr Christopher is going the right way for the Tom Dascombe team.

Scoop 6 permutation:
Leg 1: 8, 11
Leg 2: 6, 7, 12
Leg 3: 3, 12
Leg 4: 1, 9
Leg 5: 11, 20
Leg 6: 1

= 48 lines

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