Scruffy Skip too big to ignore at 33/1

Scruffy Skip has been badly out of form lately but he is very well handicapped if bouncing back to anywhere near his best and looks worth chancing at 33/1 in the 7.10 at Southwell.

Christine Dunnett’s six-year-old was successful three times over course and distance last spring, and is now a massive 15lb lower than his last victory.

He easily defied a 6lb penalty that day to beat Sparky Vixen be 1 1/2 lengths off a mark of 65 and has now plummetted back down to 50.

The big worry is that he is yet to sparkle at all this season, and has been beaten out of sight in his last three runs.

The last of those came at Yarmouth on Sunday where he trailed in 14 of 15 to Ippi N Tombi in a handicap over a mile.

He led until over 5f out that day, before weakning badly on the soft ground to be beaten a whopping 49 lengths.

That’s not the sort of run that inspires confidence, but all his best runs have come over 7f at this track and if connections can find the key to what has been troubling him then he is capable of bouncing back.

The fact that they are turning him out so quickly suggests that he does not have a major problem, and although backing him before he shows a return of any of his old sparkle is risky I can’t help feeling that he will bounce back sooner rather than later.

He is too well treated to ignore in this grade, and at the odds on offer has to be worth a small each-way play.

Recommended bet: 1pt each-way Scruffy Skip (33-1 Betfred, Hills – BOG, totesport)

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