The Racing TV betting expert hopes Gas Monkey can be winner of the final leg of Saturday's Scoop6 - he has four selections for the action at Newmarket and Newbury.
1.50 Newbury: Guru
Regular readers will know that I don’t often put up two-year-olds on these pages but I have this one down as a serious horse after watching him win on his debut at this track last month.
It is purely style over substance so far because as yet nothing has come out of the race to give us much of a steer. Although a touch green he seemed to almost grow through the race and did absolutely everything his jockey asked, eventually winning very cosily under hands-and-heels riding.
Guru wins in style on his debut at Newbury - were you as taken as Dave?
I much prefer narrow scorers who have learned something through a race than wide-margin winners and will be disappointed if he cannot show himself to be a Group class colt before the year is out.
2.05 Newmarket: Boss Power
On price tag and pedigree alone, he should not be running off bottom weight in a handicap such as this, but hopefully he will pay off little bit more of that outlay with success here.
Brought along steadily after just one run at two, he looked leniently treated when winning comfortably as favourite at Yarmouth last time out. He has 7lb more in a tougher handicap but looks like a typical Frankel in that he stays well and should get better with racing. I fancy him to score again.
3.00 Newbury: Alignak
A few of these are attempting to make the jump from top-class handicapper into Group-race performer, but Alignak looks by far the most likely candidate for my money.
It would be hard to design a more archetypal Sir Michael Stoute-trained middle-distance late developer and the signs looked very good based on his latest short-head effort in a Listed race at Haydock Park.
It is possible he might just have needed that after a six-week break but it represented a career-best effort, even so. He could still be on the up whereas the likes of Communique seem to have peaked and I would only consider Morando if the heavens opened as he appears a different horse on heavy ground.
5.55 Newbury: Gas Monkey
Sam Feilden is still looking for a first winner under Rules, but will know all about this horse from home, and that knowledge ought to be useful. In any case, Gas Monkey himself knows plenty about the game himself having won twice over course during a hot period last summer.
Despite running well on his last two starts he finds himself only 2lb higher than a mark he scored off last season and looks poised to score again in the near future. A versatile and likeable type, he can supply the trainer's son with a memorable first victory.
This contest could make somebody very rich being the last of the Scoop6 races on Saturday and with an estimated £450,000 in the pools on Saturday afternoon, I had a quick look at the nominated races.
Unsurprisingly, all six contests are unsurprisingly tough, but they do not look impossible and I can assure you from personal experience that this bet can be won! Here are six names that I will definitely be including in my perm. Good luck if you decide to play.
Leg 1 - 2.25 Newbury: AFAAK
He has a fitness advantage over some of these and looked back to form last time.
Leg 2 - 2.40 Newmarket: HE'S A KEEPER
Dropped in grade, cheekpieces first time out could just sharpen him up.
Leg 3 - 3.15 Newmarket: CASE KEY
He was up against it taking on a big improve last time and races off the same mark here.
Leg 4 - 3.35 Newbury: THREAT
This is a massive drop in class for a colt who was very smart at two and needs to get his career back on track.
Leg 5 - 4.45 Newbury: SURREY PRIDE
Unlucky last time, his stable is among the winners and I can see him going well.
Leg 6 - 5.55 Newbury: GAS MONKEY
He can help his inexperienced rider around a track he won at twice last season and looks poised to regain winning ways again soon.
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