Epsom 5.15 tips – Scrutineer worthy of close attention

Epsom 5.15 tips - Scrutineer worthy of close attention

Silvestre De Sousa


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Betting Tip: Scrutineer @ 9/2 with bet365

Roger Varian’s Haalick is the best horse in the race according to the ratings and he’s perhaps unlucky not to be chasing a four-timer having not enjoyed the best of runs the last twice after winning in this company on the all-weather at Lingfield in March. However, he’s going to need plenty of luck in-running given his extreme hold-up style and with a 4lb penalty to boot, he’s opposable at a best-priced 7/4.

Let’s take him on with Mick Channon’s SCRUTINEER, a more backable 9/2 shot with bet365. A dual winner at two, he is proving a better three-year-old with a couple of placed efforts over this trip in Listed company, including a cracking second in the Free Handicap on his reappearance. He clearly appreciated the cut in the ground that day and, having found conditions a little too fast for his liking when returned to Newmarket last time, he will find today’s slower conditions ideal. The booking of Silvestre De Sousa, who has a 19% strike rate on the stable runners for a £1 level-stakes profit of £23.85 clinches the bet.

He is preferred to Raucous, who finished well behind the selection at the Craven meeting and wouldn’t want the ground as slow as this, and recent Haydock winner Calder Prince, who is taking a big jump up in class.

Betting Tip: Scrutineer @ 9/2 with bet365

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