Ascot 03/04/2016 – What’s The Scoop to atone for Sandown defeat
All eyes will be on the Nicky Henderson-trained What’s The Scoop in the opening race at Ascot on Sunday.
What’s The Scoop to be partnered by De Boinville at Ascot
The six-year-old made his own contribution to the “Devon Loch” hall of fame for racing near-misses when throwing away certain victory at Sandown last month.
Barry Geraghty rode the gelding on that occasion and was six lengths clear and going strongly on the run-in. The jockey had already glanced over his shoulder at his sole remaining rival and began to ease his mount with disastrous results. What’s The Scoop took a dramatic left turn towards the stands rails, almost losing Geraghty in the process. By the time he had regained control, Starving Marvin had plodded up the far rail to claim an unlikely victory.
Nico de Boinville has the task of steering the son of Presenting to victory at Ascot on Sunday. He had shown signs of ability in both of his previous races. Starving Marvin did nothing for the form when only ninth at Newbury on Saturday but that looked a much stronger contest.
Firsty the danger to the favourite at Ascot
The big danger here could be the Paul Nicholls-trained Firsty, runner-up in two races in France prior to his move to the UK. He was well backed on his first run for Nicholls at Exeter in February but faded at the last flight to finish fifth to Captain Chaos. He should strip a lot fitter on Sunday and will be ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies.
Midnight Cowboy has come up against some good novice hurdlers this season, notably A Hare Breath at Kempton in January. He finished fourth to Hell’s Kitchen at Newbury last month and has solid place claims again here for Alan King. He is a grey gelding by Midnight Legend out of a Linamix mare.
Harry Fry struck again at Newbury this weekend in the big mares’ hurdle and he saddles Bim Bam Boum. He would have a chance on his Taunton run behind Miles To Milan but disappointed in a handicap at Wincanton last time.
Jamie Poulton and Mattie Bachelor team up with Norman The Red, placed in his last two races but well beaten by Chef D’Oeuvre on both occasions. The pick of the remainder is Richard Rowe’s Dark Flame, runner-up to Minella Charmer at Plumpton in January.
Ascot Betting Tip 03/04/2016
2.00 What’s The Scoop @2.50 Ladbrokes