A top day of racing ahead with the Oaks and Derby Trials over at Lingfield, the Victoria Cup at Ascot and the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock. However, the main focus of the weekend is the mammoth Scoop6 pot and with such a big prize on offer it is well worth a go (or two)!
Ralph Beckett has a very good record in the Lingfield Oaks Trial in recent years and Jim Crowley’s choice could be very informative. Moonrise Landing was very impressive when making a winning debut and with the promise of even more to come she looks the one to side with in a fairly open renewal.
The 2-40 at Ascot looks a wide open race and it may be worth taking a chance on the improving 4 year old Elidor. He was a smooth winner of the King George V Stakes at the Royal Meeting last year and returned with a stylish win in a Thirsk handicap. With plenty of question marks about the leading fancies Mick Channon’s charge looks to hold outstanding claims.
The Victoria Cup is hardly the ideal race to end the Scoop6 with and it will be very nervous if anyone is still in with a shout by then. I fancy last year’s winner Excellent Guest to follow up with victory in the 2014 renewal. He clearly goes very well fresh and has dropped to a fair mark.
Ascot Tips: Glorious Protector 2-05, Elidor 2-40, Ribbons 3-15, Excellent Guest 3-50, Moonraker 4-25 and Lionheart 5-00
Haydock Tips: Big Easy 1-50, Active Spirit 2-25, Intibaah 3-00, Dubawi Island 3-30, Lockwood 4-05 and King Massini 4-40 and Prima Porta 5-15
Lingfield Tips: Town Crier 1-45, Moonrise Landing 2-20, Blue Hussar 2-55, Blue Surf 3-25, Winning Express 4-00, Whipper Snapper 4-35 and Annina 5-10
Exotic Guest 2-45 Nottingham