Trainer Eve Johnson-Houghton’s fancied What About Carlo could scoop the last of the Scoop Six races and win punters a share of the mega £15m pot

What About Carlo’s trainer has confident plans for her horse this season with an entry planned for the Group One Eclipse later this summer. If he wins today and provides the sixth winning leg for a punter or punters in the Scoop Six, their winnings could well Eclipse those ever taken before. The constant roll-overs will have amassed an estimated £15m by the start of the first leg today with punters and syndicates alike hoping to scoop the mega-prize.

Crockford goes for the recent winner Bear Behind in Leg 1, followed by the down in grade top weight Laffan in Leg 2. For his third selection he plumbs for the Mill Reef Stakes winner Supplicant at Goodwood. In Leg 4 he selects Frankel’s sister Joyeuse. For the penultimate leg the course and distance winner Piceno gets the nod. Crockford places his faith in the trainer of What About Carlo in the last and final leg.

Crockford’s Scoop Six Selections:

Leg 1 – Bear Behind (Haydock 2.05)

Leg 2 – Laffan (Catterick 2.50)

Leg 3 – Supplicant (Goodwood 2.55)

Leg 4 – Joyeuse (Haydock 3.10)

Leg 5 – Piceno (Catterick 3.25)

Leg 6 – What About Carlo (Haydock 3.45)

Over in Ireland the classy Kingman will look to make amends in the Irish 2000 Guineas for his defeat at Newmarket. The host of O’Brien hopefuls may run him close with both Shifting Power and Obliterator holding credible each way chances.

At Haydock, the ground is coming right for Pearl Secret to fulfil his true potential in the Group Two Temple Stakes (2.40). To win he will need to get the better of the in-form Newmarket winner Sole Power and the course specialist Kingsgate Native. The favourite for the valuable sprint Hot Streak gave a glimmer of his future prospects in the Palace House Stakes behind Sole Power and Kingsgate Native and may be more competitive again today.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Kingman (Irish 2000 Guineas – Curragh 3.20)

Looked almost the certain winner of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket before just being denied in what was in many respects an unsatisfactory race. Gosden’s colt oozes class and should have no trouble in despatching this field. The only concern would be the ground but his ability should see him through it.

Crockford’s Whisper – What About Carlo e/w (Haydock 3.45)

Impressive winner in soft conditions at Sandown on first start this season. The trainer thinks very highly of him, so much so that there are even Eclipse plans for him. With that confidence he should Eclipse his rivals in the Silver Bowl today at a good price.

Archer’s Selection – Pearl Secret (Haydock 2.40)

Archer would have known how highly regarded this sprinter is by the trainer and his connections. With the rain coming down and the ground softening Archer certainly would have demanded the booking.


Crockford’s Gambles on Saturday 24 May:

Haydock – Bear Behind e/w (2.05), Pearl Secret (2.40), Joyeuse (3.10) and What About Carlo e/w (3.45)

Goodwood – French Navy (1.50), Kelinnni (2.20), Supplicant and Wahaab e/w (2.55)

Curragh – Viztoria (2.45), Kingman, Shifting Power e/w  and Obliterator e/w (Irish 2000 Guineas 3.20) and Purr Along e/w (3.55)

Catterick – Laffan e/w (2.50), Piceno e/w (3.25) and Red Cape e/w (5.10)

Beverley – Diamond Creek (2.30), Basem (4.15) and Spiceupyourlife (4.50)


(Featured Photograph – Trainer Eve Johnson-Houghton with The Cheka at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)


Eve Johnson-Houghton