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How you can win Saturday’s £15m Scoop 6 life-changer

| 24.05.2014

The phenomenon that is the Scoop 6 wasn’t won for the 12th week running in agonising fashion for the second consecutive Saturday and our news team is determined to help you (us) crack the behemoth this time around. The bet’s organisers have predictably scoured the most cryptic fare on offer but that hasn’t put us off with each race almost certainly solved below!

Leg 1 – 2:05 HaydockMuthmir

Paul Hanagan showed yesterday that there are few in the weighing room you would want to rely on more at the Merseyside venue and the two-time Champion Jockey can make the familiar walk back to the winners’ enclosure courtesy of Muthmir.

William Haggas’ four-year-old is alone in making his seasonal reappearance in the field but that shouldn’t be held against him especially when considering how he fared on his first racecourse outing just under a year ago.

The son of Invincible Spirit was fourth on debut and followed that by breaking his maiden in good style on his third start. Although his last run was disappointing, Haggas’ charge took far too keen a hold at Newmarket and one can be confident that his handler has done some ironing on that in the meantime.

Leg 2 – 2:50 CatterickHadaj

Ruth Carr has her string in excellent shape at present and the York-based trainer could be bringing another decent pot back to her Mowbray base after Hadaj’s performance.

Although the stable have only had one winner in the last fortnight, almost half of her runners have found the money and that bodes well for the five-year-old.

Hadaj hasn’t been on the board since last September but rarely runs a bad race and was clearly fancied to win last time when backed in from 5/2 to 7/4 only to finish fast in second.

The step-up in distance should therefore be a perfect adjustment and having apprentice Jack Garritty on board is no bad thing as demonstrated at Ayr two days ago when he rode a smooth-running double for Jim Goldie. What’s for certain is that trainers won’t be able to take advantage of the up-and-coming pilot’s seven pound claim for much longer.

Leg 3 – 2.55 GoodwoodBeau Nash

Richard Hannon Jnr is doing a fine job in taking over from his father officially and one of the less reported symmetries that has been maintained is the propensity for the stable’s second string to spring a surprise.

Beau Nash could be the next to help upkeep the theory and with another seven pound claimer, Cam Hardie, making all the right noises at the moment there should be no doubts over who’s doing the steering.

Hannon’s charge is easily the most consistent in the contest having finished no worse than third on his last five starts and although the son of Dandy Man hasn’t crossed the line in front in almost exactly a year there is nothing wrong with his attitude and warrants investment.

Leg 4 – 3:10 HaydockMarch

Andrea Atzeni is having a fine month so far and so it would be suitably apt if his excellent form in the saddle continued aboard March.

The Italian has already ridden nine winners since the second week of May and in the daughter of Dutch Art he could have another willing accomplice based on previous efforts in good company.

Placed in both a Listed and Group 3 contest, Robert Cowell’s charge ran with plenty of credit when sixth in a 14-runner field at Bath on his first run of the new campaign and considering he probably needed that tune-up the conjecture doesn’t need to be too fanciful in flavour to think he can come on enough to take what is a wide-open race.

Leg 5 – 3:25 CatterickSolar Spirit

Solar Spirit is in a minority of horses here who have successfully navigated the track and trip in the past and although it’s been 11 months since his last triumph a chance is taken in a fiercely competitive fifth leg.

Trainer Tracy Waggott isn’t a handler many will know much, if anything about, however, the few horses she has sent out recently have been running extremely well and are worth taking note of.

From the five horses sent out from Waggott’s County Durham base in the last fortnight only one hasn’t managed to reward Placepot backers with one securing maximum prize money.

Leg 6 – 3:45 Haydock  – Bilimbi

If all of the above has panned out as planned then the nerves will undoubtedly be jangling at some pace and the Scoop 6 organisers haven’t made things any easier on the blood pressure with a suitably cryptic final leg challenge.

And so with £15m on the theoretical line what is essential is to find a jockey who can have such a faith placed in them and there is no-one wielding a whip at the moment better suited to the role than Ryan Moore.

The leading jockey of the season so far needs little introduction as to his skills in the bike and he looks to have found another likely partner in the aforementioned William Haggas-trained Bilimbi.

On a cross-campaign hat-trick after notching in the last of the past season and on his first outing of this one at Musselburgh, the four-year-old fully deserves his predicted perch at the top of the betting and hopefully, oh so hopefully, will carry our dreams over the line.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Sam Foster