Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Friday, May 7

Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Friday, May 7

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Friday’s meetings at Market Rasen, Ascot, Chester, Nottingham and Ripon. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Friday’s meetings

MARKET RASEN

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

12.30 Restandbethankful

1.00 Chess Player

1.30 Hats Off To Larry

2.00 Neville’s Cross

2.35 Ballyhome

3.05 An Tailliur

3.35 Counteract

4.10 Jeremy The Jinn

GIMCRACK

12.30 Seinesational

1.00 Mi Laddo

1.30 Jean Mary

2.00 Compadre

2.35 Glinger Flame

3.05 Seapoint

3.35 Sands Cove

4.10 Mexican Boy

ASCOT

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.20 Hiroshima

1.55 El Hadeeyah

2.30 Stowell

3.00 Aldaary

3.30 Jonah Jones

4.05 Ascot Adventure

4.40 Painless Potter

GIMCRACK

1.20 Cadeau D’or

1.55 Wild Beauty

2.30 Stowell

3.00 Stylish Performer

3.30 Many A Star

4.05 Ascot Adventure

4.40 Bertie’s Wish

CHESTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.45 Revich (nb)

2.15 Sangarius

2.45 Coeur de Lion (nap)

3.15 El Astronaute

3.45 Lunar Jet

4.20 Elysian Flame

4.50 Heart Of Soul

GIMCRACK

1.45 Kenzai Warrior

2.15 Armory (nap)

2.45 Falcon Eight

3.15 El Astronaute (nb)

3.45 Into Faith

4.20 Frankenstella

4.50 Potenza

NEWMARKET – 2.15 YIBIR (nap); 2.45 Aquaman (nb)

NORTHERNER – 3.15 El Astronaute (nap)

NOTTINGHAM

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

5.00 Amazonian Dream

5.30 Red Bravo

6.00 Nagano

6.30 Morjhana

7.00 Marie Antoinette

7.30 Cruyff Turn

8.00 Dromquinna

GIMCRACK 

5.00 Adeb

5.30 Dylan’s Lad

6.00 Nagano

6.30 Diamond Jill

7.00 Jubilee Bridge

7.30 Bonneval

8.00 Tiki Fire

RIPON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

5.20 Wee Loch Lass

5.50 Blind Beggar

6.20 Citron Major

6.50 Bossipop

7.20 Stormin Norman

7.50 Delgrey Boy

8.20 Celestial Queen

GIMCRACK 

5.20 Berry Quick

5.50 State of Play

6.20 Magical Effect

6.50 Intrinsic Bond

7.20 Stormin Norman

7.50 Casilli

8.20 Yorkshire Lady

NORTHERNER – 6.50 Bossipop (nb)

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Aidan O’Brien eyes York’s Dante Stakes for Derby hope High Definition

Aidan O’Brien eyes York’s Dante Stakes for Derby hope High Definition after unbeaten colt pulled out of Lingfield Derby Trial

  • O’Brien hoping to run High Definition in the Dante Stakes at York next Thursday
  • Unsatisfactory blood tests prompted his withdrawal from Lingfield Derby Trial
  • The unbeaten colt has been eased in the betting for next month’s Derby

Aidan O’Brien is hoping to run High Definition in the Dante Stakes at York next Thursday after unsatisfactory blood tests prompted his withdrawal from Thursday’s Lingfield Derby Trial.

The unbeaten colt, who was ante-post favourite for next month’s Cazoo Derby throughout the winter, has been eased in the betting by bookmakers and O’Brien has few other prep-race options.

O’Brien said High Definition’s blood tests were more encouraging yesterday. He added: ‘If we are in a good place on Monday we could look at running in the Dante. You couldn’t go to the Derby without a run.’

Aidan O’Brien is hoping to run High Definition in the Dante Stakes at York next Thursday

The Derby odds of El Drama were more than halved to 25-1 after his length defeat of Maximal in the Dee Stakes at Chester.

Trainer Roger Varian said his more likely destination is the French Derby which is run, like the Dee, over 10 furlongs. Varian, who said the original aim had been to try to get El Drama a run in the 2,000 Guineas, said: ‘We are delighted to see him do what we always thought he was capable of.’

O’Brien’s Japan, winless during 2020, got his head back in front with a three-quarter length defeat of Trueshan in the Ormonde Stakes.

O’Brien hopes the win will be a confidence booster ahead of a shot at the Coronation Cup at Epsom next month.

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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Saturday, May 1

Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Saturday, May 1

Take THUNDER MOON (Newmarket, 3.40) to send shockwaves around the Rowley Mile in Saturday’s enthralling Qipco 2,000 Guineas.

Joseph O’Brien, 27, already boasts a list of sporting achievements the envy of many and the Tipperary handler may join a select band who have graduated from Guineas-winning jockey to trainer.

Victory for Galileo Chrome in last September’s St Leger gave O’Brien his first British Classic and, for a man who only seems to have been training five minutes, a roll call of two Melbourne Cups, Breeders’ Cup success and an Irish Derby represents a staggering return.

Sportsmail’s Racing Expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Friday’s meetings

Sadly, a poor scope for Pretty Gorgeous has denied O’Brien the opportunity of a Guineas double in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, but Thunder Moon appears to have outstanding credentials in today’s feature.

Although beaten in the Dewhurst Stakes last October by St Mark’s Basilica and Wembley, the Zoffany colt travelled like one of the best horses in the race only to find the easy ground nullifying his potent turn of foot.

It was that change of gear which was evident in the National Stakes at the Curragh a month before where he put both Wembley and St Mark’s Basilica to the sword by quickening clear to storm to victory.

The prospect of a sound surface will suit a horse whose wheels were spinning when asked to quicken on autumn ground last time he visited HQ and rider Declan McDonogh should have plenty of speed to aim at with likely pacesetter Mutasaabeq housed nearby in stall 12.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Santa Barbara, winner of her sole start in a Curragh maiden last September, has been all the rage in the ante-post markets for tomorrow’s 1,000 Guineas.

She looked very classy in trouncing a big field and may well prove a class apart in this field, but stall one is an awkward position for a filly with just one race to her name and she is a short price for a maiden winner irrespective of her trainer’s reputation.

Given O’Brien has sent out winners of this race at 25-1, 14-1 and 9-1, the Frankie Dettori-ridden MOTHER EARTH (Newmarket, 3.40) may represent a more enticing bet against, especially as she has experience of the track courtesy of her third in the Fillies’ Mile.

NEWMARKET

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

1.15 Creative Force

1.50 Bell Rock

2.25 Lazuli

3.00 Al Zaraqaan

3.40 Thunder Moon

4.15 Chil Chil

4.50 Secret Protector

5.25 Forest Falcon

GIMCRACK 

1.15 Creative Force

1.50 Bright Melody

2.25 Garrus

3.00 Pyledriver (nb)

3.40 Chindit (nap)

4.15 Chil Chil

4.50 Mohaafeth

5.25 Magical Land

NEWMARKET – 3.00 Al Zaraqaan (nb); 3.40 Master Of The Seas (nap)

DONCASTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

5.00 Triggered

5.35 Tyson

6.05 Aerion Power

6.35 Edraak

7.10 Twilight Calls

7.40 Clearance

8.10 Bollin Joan

GIMCRACK    

5.00 Via Serendipity

5.35 Benzema

6.05 Aerion Power

6.35 Edraak

7.10 Queen Of Asia

7.40 The Rutland Rebel

8.10 Coupe De Champagne

GOODWOOD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

1.00 Master Milliner

1.30 Farasi Lane

2.05 Lilac Road

2.35 Azano

3.10 Lihou

3.45 General Lee

4.20 Codebook

GIMCRACK    

1.00 Mr Shady

1.30 Nebulosa

2.05 Lilac Road

2.35 Azano

3.10 Stone Of Destiny

3.45 General Lee

4.20 Scots Gold

NORTHERNER 2.35 Fred (nap); 3.10 Desert Safari (nb).

UTTOXETER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

1.22 Sixty Dollars More

1.55 Passing Shadow

2.30 Highland Parc

3.05 Reserve Tank

3.35 Minellacelebration (nap)

4.07 Friend Or Foe

4.40 The Newest One

5.12 Man Of The North

GIMCRACK    

1.22 Wireless Operator

1.55 Sienna Royale

2.30 Fenney Brook

3.05 Sebastopol

3.35 Almazhar Garde

4.07 Highly Prized

4.40 Gateway To Europe

5.12 West To Crossgales

HEXHAM

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

5.20 Paricolor

5.50 First Lord De Cuet

6.25 Jante Law

6.55 Elan De Balme

7.25 Fanzio

7.55 Real Armani

8.25 Monte Alban

GIMCRACK

5.20 Paricolor

5.50 Getareason

6.25 Jante Law

6.55 Glittering Love

7.25 Laskadine

7.55 Casimir Du Clos

8.25 Kilganer Queen

THIRSK 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

1.35 Hotline Bling

2.10 Copper And Five

2.40 Astro King

3.15 Elvrika

3.50 Freedom Flyer

4.25 Machree

4.55 Ghadbbaan (nb)

GIMCRACK

1.35 Totes Emosh

2.10 Musahaba

2.40 Hortzadar

3.15 Celtic Empress

3.50 Benefit Street

4.25 Ballintoy Harbour

4.55 Chairman Power

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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Friday, April 30

Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Friday, April 30

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Friday’s meetings at Musselburgh, Newcastle, Chepstow, Goodwood and Cheltenham. 

Sportsmail’s Racing Expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Friday’s meetings

NEWCASTLE

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

5.15 Vertice

5.50 John Leeper

6.20 Chichester

6.50 Motawaajed

7.25 Zip

7.55 Nordic Fire

8.25 Ventura Express

GIMCRACK 

5.15 Oliver’s Betty

5.50 John Leeper (nb)

6.20 Chichester

6.50 Great King

7.25 Molls Memory

7.55 Lady Celia

8.25 Quanah

NORTHERNER 7.25 Riot (nb)

CHEPSTOW

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

1.15 Auriferous

1.50 Triple Nickle

2.20 Be Fair

2.55 Coul Kat

3.30 Holbache

4.00 Vape

4.30 Bluebell Time

5.05 Sir Plato

GIMCRACK    

1.15 Ocean Reach

1.50 Stormy Night

2.20 Selsey Sizzler

2.55 Coul Kat

3.30 Holbache

4.00 Rainbow Mirage

4.30 Rhubarb

5.05 Woodcock

GOODWOOD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

1.00 Bimble (nap)

1.35 Lady Dollars

2.10 Qaader

2.45 Alpinista

3.20 Peerless

3.50 Tasfeeq

4.25 Solar Screen

GIMCRACK    

1.00 Bimble

1.35 Rosa Mystica

2.10 Qaader

2.45 Alpinista (nap)

3.20 Nelson Gay

3.50 Tasfeeq

4.25 Solar Screen

NEWMARKET – 2.45 Alpinista (nap) 

MUSSELBURGH

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

2.00 Mytilda

2.30 Well Planted

3.05 Tricorn

3.35 Victory Angel

4.05 Dubai Souq

4.40 Hope Probe

5.10 Chookie Dunedin (nb)

GIMCRACK    

2.00 Nabeela

2.30 Well Planted

3.05 Tricorn

3.35 Afandem

4.05 Dubai Souq

4.40 Kodiac Brown Bear

5.10 Donnelly’s Rainbow

NORTHERNER 3.35 Victory Angel (nb); 4.40 Kodiac Brown Bear (nap).

CHELTENHAM

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

5.00 Risk And Roll

5.35 Benefaktor

6.10 Trio For Rio

6.45 Sugar Baron

7.15 Highway Jewel

7.45 Kilkishen

8.15 Peacocks Secret

GIMCRACK

5.00 Rafferty

5.35 Definite Dilemma

6.10 I’m Wiser Now

6.45 Garde Ville

7.15 Highway Jewel

7.45 Optimised

8.15 Risk A Fine

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Nick Skelton admits seeing son Harry become champion jockey at Sandown eclipses his own triumphs

Nick Skelton admits seeing son Harry become champion jockey at Sandown eclipses his own triumphs as he states: ‘I was getting more agitated than him’

  • Nick Skelton was jubilant his son Harry was named champion jockey at Sandown 
  • Skelton Snr stated that the achievement even eclipses his own triumphs
  • Harry was denied  chance to crown his title success with victory in the Gold Cup

Olympic gold medal-winning showjumper Nick Skelton says seeing his son Harry presented with the trophy for being champion jockey at Sandown gave him more pleasure than any of his own triumphs.

Skelton Snr was one of the most decorated showjumpers in the sport’s history, capping his career with a gold medal at the age of 58 at the Olympics in 2016.

But even as a sportsman used to pressure, Skelton admitted he felt the tension as Harry battled out the title race with Brian Hughes.

Harry Skelton (second right) celebrates with his Champion Jockey trophy for the national hunt season 2020-21 with Dan Skelton (left) wife Bridget and father Nick (right)

Nick, whose elder trainer son Dan supplied the majority of Harry’s wins, said: ‘I was getting more agitated than Harry because I wanted him to win!

‘The Olympic Gold was five years ago and was a great day but when the boys do it I feel greater pride. We are a tight-knit family and I think we are good at what we do.

‘Dan and Harry work brilliantly together. They were always around me when I was going to the shows. They grew up with horses and have taken it on into racing.

‘I think they get their determination from me. We don’t give up, we are not quitters. You have to keep fighting. That’s what I did and it is what I instilled into them.’

It was a bittersweet finale for Harry on Saturday as he was denied a chance to crown his title success with victory in the Gold Cup when Enrilo lost the race in a stewards enquiry after veering left on the run-in and checking the finishing run of third-past-the-post Kitty’s Light.

Harry Skelton's father Nick admits that he was anxious watching his son battle for glory

Harry Skelton’s father Nick admits that he was anxious watching his son battle for glory

The race was awarded to Alan King-trained Potterman, who passed the post in second and was not involved in the interference.

Enrilo’s trainer Paul Nicholls, crowned champion for a 12th time, confirmed that after a discussion with the gelding’s owners there would be no appeal against the stewards’ decision.

A four-day careless riding ban means Skelton Jnr will start the defence of his title on the back foot, especially as he was already facing a six-day suspension for two infringements picked up in the final few days of his championship season.

Tom Cannon riding Potterman (left) won the Gold Cup as Skelton's Enrilo lost in a steward's enquiry

Tom Cannon riding Potterman (left) won the Gold Cup as Skelton’s Enrilo lost in a steward’s enquiry

Before that Harry rides his brother’s Nube Negra in the William Hill Champion Chase on the opening day of the Punchestown Festival on Tuesday. Opposition includes Willie Mullins-trained Chacun Pour Soi, one of three rides on the day for Paul Townend on his return from a foot injury that has kept him sidelined since April 4.

Townend goes into the final week of the Irish jumps season four wins clear of Rachael Blackmore, who has five rides on Tuesday including Mullins-trained Allaho in the Champion Chase.

Mutasaabeq, twice a winner at Newmarket and a son of 2009 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati, is set to be supplemented for Saturday’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas by trainer Charlie Hills.

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Frankel and Lester Piggott become first two inductees into new racing Hall of Fame

Frankel and Lester Piggott become first two inductees into new Hall of Fame with racing immortalising the sport’s modern greats

  • Frankel and Lester Piggott have been inducted into racing’s new Hall of Fame
  • Frankel is highest-rated racehorse in history having won all 14 of his races 
  • 11-time champion Piggott is widely seen as the greatest jockey of all time 

Frankel and Lester Piggott are the first two inductees into racing’s new Hall of Fame which has been launched to immortalise modern greats of the sport.

Piggott, the 11-time champion jockey who won 30 Classics, is widely regarded as the greatest jockey of all time and Frankel is the highest-rated racehorse in history, having won all his 14 races.

Piggott, 85, who rode 4,493 winners in a 50-year career, said: ‘It is an honour to become the first jockey and the first person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and I am truly delighted to receive this special medal.’

Frankel, the highest-rated racehorse in history, has been inducted into the new Hall of Fame

Frankel was trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil. His widow Lady Jane said: ‘I’d say Henry would be very proud of Frankel being inducted into the Hall of Fame, as am I.

‘He’d say it was a fitting tribute because Frankel had such a brilliant racing career.’

The Hall of Fame celebrates 10 years of the Qipco British Champion Series, with the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket this weekend.

11-time champion jockey Lester Piggott has also been selected for inclusion in the Hall of Fame

11-time champion jockey Lester Piggott has also been selected for inclusion in the Hall of Fame

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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Monday, April 26 

Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Monday, April 26

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin

 Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Monday’s meetings at Thirsk, Ayr, Windsor and Southwell. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Monday’s meetings

THIRSK

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

5.00 Low Profile

5.30 Lost My Sock

6.00 Portelet Bay

6.30 Spanish Angel

7.00 Soller Bay

7.30 Malhoob

8.00 Etikaal 

 GIMCRACK

5.00 Low Profile

5.30 Electric Love

6.00 Avior Star

6.30 Spanish Angel

7.00 Mabdaa

7.30 Malhoob 

8.00 The Big House

AYR

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.00 Love De Vega

1.35 Gunnerside

2.10 Commanche Falls

2.40 MIDNITE BRIDE (nap)

3.15 Water Iris

3.45 Dream With Me

4.20 Pearl Warrior 

GIMCRACK

1.00 Love De Vega

1.35 Gunnerside

2.10 BIELSA (nap)

2.40 Tommy G

3.15 Summa Peto

3.45 Breguet Boy

4.20 Pearl Warrior (nb) 

NORTHERNER – 1.00 Vintage Clarets (nb); 2.10 BIELSA (nap).

WINDSOR

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

4.50 Spring Bloom

5.20 Spring Is Sprung 

5.50 Stay Well

6.20 Classical Wave

6.50 Mitrosonfire

7.20 Lochanthem (nb)

7.50 Ranco 

GIMCRACK

4.50 Spring Bloom

5.20 Spring Is Sprung 

5.50 Stay Well

6.20 Water’s Edge 

6.50 Kohinoor

7.20 Beija Flor 

7.50 Ranco 

NEWMARKET – 5.20 Spring Is Sprung (nb); 7.20 LOCHANTHEM (nap).

SOUTHWELL

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.50 Villanelle 

2.20 Devious Angel

2.50 Harswell Princess

3.25 Eagle’s Foot

3.55 Custard The Dragon

4.30 Arctic Emperor

5.05 Sociologist

GIMCRACK

1.50 Villanelle

2.20 Sahara Spear

2.50 Little Gem

3.25 Eagle’s Foot

3.55 Soaring Star

4.30 Arctic Emperor 

5.05 Sociologist 

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Jockey Bryony Frost completes superb double on Frodon and Greaneteen at Sandown

Bryony Frost completes stunning Sandown double on Frodon and Greaneteen just two weeks after being kicked in the head at Aintree

  • Frost landed the two most prestigious races in the jumps finale at Sandown
  • Frost conjured a late rally from Frodon to claim the Grade Two Oaksey Chase
  • She then guided Greaneteen to a Grade One success in the Celebration Chase

After a season of landmark wins for female jockeys, Bryony Frost appropriately landed the two most prestigious races in the jumps finale at Sandown.

Frost pounced late on Paul Nicholls-trained Greaneteen to win the Grade One bet365 Celebration Chase by three and three-quarter lengths from Altior having earlier conjured a late rally from old ally Frodon to snatch a dramatic neck victory from Mister Fisher in the Grade Two Oaksey Chase. 

Frost only returned to action on Thursday after almost two weeks observing concussion protocols for being kicked in the head when unseated from Yala Enki in the Grand National.

Bryony Frost landed the two most prestigious races in the jumps finale at Sandown

That process had included ‘spending my 26th birthday in my bedroom with the curtains drawn’. Frost added: ‘I was in a dark room with the sun shining outside. You have only got one head and you have got to look after it and make sure you come back 110 per cent. I felt sharp out there today but when you ride the winners it is the easiest place to ride.’

Frost has now won nine races on Frodon, including when becoming the first female jockey to win the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

There were two rides but no wins for Rachael Blackmore at Sandown. But the first female jockey to win the Champion Hurdle and Grand National has been called up to ride Envoi Allen at the Punchestown Festival on Tuesday in his much anticipated clash with Monkfish.

Blackmore goes into the final week of the Irish jumps season still with an outside chance of being champion jockey.

Meanwhile, Hollie Doyle continued her great start to the Flat season with a 135-1 four-timer at Leicester.

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