With this afternoon's Scoop 6 offering an estimated pool of £3.5 million, Timeform have taken a look at each race and provided their permutation.
"...he's potentially on a good mark based on some of his older form..."
Timeform on Wakanda
Race 1, 13:05 Taunton - A tricky beginning to this afternoon's bumper Scoop 6, though it may be worth siding with OOLOGIST (4), who was ultimately beaten 14 lengths when fifth at Southwell last time, but he shaped as if he was still in form that day, meeting trouble, and he didn't do at all badly considering the interference he suffered. Dropped 2 lb, he's back to the mark from which he finished a very good second at Huntingdon two starts ago, and is chanced to take this. In a wide-open contest, it also looks worth siding with the lightly-raced DOLLNAMIX (8), who shaped as if he would strip fitter for the run when second at Taunton last month, and this drop back in trip will suit.
Race 2, Navan 13:35 - RONALD PUMP (11) is in fine form at the moment, completing a double in good style at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day, quickening to lead between the last two and keeping on well. He's been hit with a big rise in the weights, but he accounted for a host of interesting rivals last time out, and is fancied to defy the handicapper by improving again to take this. Chatham Street Lad is another improving type worthy of consideration in a wide open heat.
Race 3, 14:10 Navan - GOOSE MAN (6) has developed into a useful chaser in four starts since switching from hurdling, and he suddenly looks very well-treated now switched back over timber. Indeed, his mark is 30 lb lower over the smaller obstacles, and he's fancied to take advantage of his lowly mark by winning this. The steadily-improving Lady Writer was a solid third at Punchestown at the beginning of the week and has claims, whilst Load Up Time and Eviscerating are two more to consider in another competitive contest.
Race 4, 15:00 Ascot - A highly competitive handicap chase at Ascot, where it looks worth siding with BENATAR (4). He ran the best race of his campaign so far when finishing third over further than this in last month's Silver Cup at this track, in which his early keenness perhaps cost him second late on. However, this drop back down in trip should suit him down to the ground, and considering he's both low-mileage and on a competitive mark, he's fancied to take this. Plenty have chances, and it may be worth adding BELAMI DES PICTONS (6) to your bet. We haven't seen him since November 2017, when he shaped encouragingly to finish second in a listed race at Carlisle, a run which set him out as a perfect type for staying handicaps. Provided he's ready to go after an absence, he could prove to be very well-treated and is a fascinating contender - with the money for him this morning very encouraging (current second favourite).
Race 5, 15:15 Haydock - A warm renewal of the Peter Marsh Chase, in which WAKANDA (4) catches the eye. He won the Grade 2 Novice Chase on this card back in 2015, and he has shaped as if his two runs at Wetherby so far this season, including when fourth in the Rowland Meyrick on Boxing Day, will have put him spot on for this. Dropped 1 lb, he's potentially on a good mark based on some of his older form, and is fancied to give his yard a fourth win in this race. There are plenty of dangers, including Robinsfirth, Daklondike and Red Infantry.
Race 6, 16:15 Haydock - Another notoriously difficult race, as you would expect from a rollover renewal of the Scoop 6. It could be worth siding with TEESCOMPONENTS LAD (6), who has steadily improved this term, and produced a career best effort to score at Wetherby on Boxing Day. He's a reliable sort, and the way in which he controlled matters last time suggests that the step up to three miles won't be a problem. As such, he gets the vote to shrug off a 6 lb rise. There are plenty of dangers, though, including SILVA ECLIPSE (9), an unexposed type at three miles, who race his best race yet to finish second here over just shy of three miles last month and is worth including.
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Scoop 6 permutation:
13:05 - 4,8
13:35 - 11
14:10 - 6
15:00 - 4,6
15:15 - 4
16:15 - 6,9