Scoop6: had not been played at first day of Royal Ascot before
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By Graham Dench 7:16PM 14 JUN 2016
A SCOOP6 win fund that had rolled over eight times was shared by 14 ticket-holders on Tuesday after the inclusion of a Stratford handicap hurdle reduced to three runners by mass withdrawals contributed to 511 tickets making it through to the last leg.
The 14 ticket-holders each win £129,252 and have a chance of collecting the £1,998,140 bonus fund, not won since July 4, 2015, if they can find the answer to Wednesday’s Hunt Cup.
Among those successful was Scoop6 specialist Richard Brocklebank, known as ‘The Squirrel’, who would welcome others winners joining him and his clubmates in the bonus bid. They can be contacted via www.scoop6superclub.com.
Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said Tuesday’s combined win and bonus pool of just short of £4m was the third highest in Scoop6 history, and he defended the decision to include the Stratford race, which having cut up led to “sky-high turnover of £1.6 million as many large-staking customers got stuck in”.
He said: “Running the Scoop6 across the whole Ascot card was never really on the table as the jackpot is operating on the same races. We avoid this as it causes confusion, plus the St James’s Palace didn’t look a suitable race with three horses clear at the front of the market.”
We had to find at least one competitive race from elsewhere. We originally plumped for the 2.45 at Thirsk, but when Thirsk was abandoned on Monday we had little choice but to switch to the Stratford 4.05 – an open 11-runner contest on paper – to guarantee the six legs. To have eight non-runners is impossible to foresee, and frankly astonishing.”