Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for Saturday, April 20

Mail Sport’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow delivers his tips for Saturday’s meetings at Ayr, Newbury, Bangor-on-Dee, Thirsk, Brighton and Nottingham.

Mail Sport’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow delivers his tips for Saturday’s meetings


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1.30 Al Qareem

2.05 Elmalka

2.40 Zoum Zoum

3.15 Raadobarg

3.50 Pasha

4.25 Mycoloursoryours

5.00 Prince Maxi


1.30 Arrest

2.05 Regal Jubilee (nb)

2.40 Room Service

3.15 Godwinson

3.50 Economics

4.25 Hidden Law

5.00 Prince Maxi

Newmarket –  1.30 Arrest (nap); 2.05 Relief Rally (nb).


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1.15 Sans Bruit

1.50 Deeper Blue

2.25 Favour And Fortune (nap)

3.00 A Penny A Hundred

3.35 Git Maker (nb)

4.10 Welcom To Cartries

4.45 Billericay Dickie

5.20 Califet En Vol


1.15 Sans Bruit

1.50 Inch House

2.25 L’eau Du Sud

3.00 Coco Mademoiselle

3.35 Git Maker (nap)

4.10 Masaccio

4.45 Quai De Bourbon

5.20 C’est Ta Chance

Northerner3.35 Anglers Crag (nap)


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3.45 Li Ban

4.20 Sergeant Wilko

4.55 Never So Brave

5.30 Shartash

6.05 Society Lion

6.35 Gulliver

7.05 To Catch A Thief

7.40 Stormy Pearl


3.45 Indication Ember

4.20 Curious Rover

4.55 Never So Brave

5.30 Ramazan

6.05 Impressor

6.35 Mereside Diva

7.05 Torcello

7.40 Kaidu

Northerner5.30 Holloway Boy (nb)


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1.05 Grand Albert

1.40 Bampton Star

2.15 Vicki Vale

2.50 Whodini

3.25 Balhambar

4.00 Far Sight

4.35 Doctor Kildare


1.05 Heros De Romay

1.40 Le Grand Vert

2.15 Grain D’oudairies

2.50 Whodini

3.25 Camarrate

4.00 Galunggung

4.35 Doctor Kildare


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4.50 God’s Window

5.25 High Opinion

5.55 Teej A

6.25 Cariad

6.55 Clansman

7.30 Big Bear Hug

8.00 Emerald Army


4.50 God’s Window

5.25 High Opinion

5.55 The Dragon King

6.25 Realised

6.55 Clansman

7.30 Big Bear Hug

8.00 Wichahpi


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4.06 Mary Of Modena

4.40 Bob The Bandit

5.15 Heer’s Sadie

5.45 Eton Blue

6.15 Sunset In Paris

6.45 Roman Tempest

7.20 Freetodream

7.50 Uncle Dick


4.06 Mary Of Modena

4.40 Fondest Dream

5.15 Daisy Roots

5.45 Ensured

6.15 Sunset In Paris

6.45 Velvet Vulcan

7.20 Freetodream

7.50 Oh So Audacious

Databank – Your guide to the afternoon’s action


SILVESTRE DE SOUSA, back in the UK riding as a freelance, will be disappointed not leave Thirsk with a winner from seven rides which include LI BAN (3.45), KENDALL ROY (4.20), SWIFT STORM (4.55) and BARADAR (5.30).


WILLIE MULLINS, challenging for the British trainers’ title, has peppered Ayr with entries, with UNCLE PHIL (1.15), A PENNY A HUNDRED (3.00) and QUAI DE BOURBON (4.45) looking particularly interesting alongside his Scottish National entries MACDERMOTT and SPANISH HARLEM (3.45).


KIERAN SHOEMARK will want to get his first season as the Gosden’s main jockey moving forward with momentum. After some near misses this week he partners the stable’s 2023 Geoffrey Freer Stakes winner ARREST in the John Porter Stakes (Newbury, 1.30) and 1,000 Guineas entry REGAL JUBILEE (Newbury, 2.05) in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes.


ECONOMICS (Newbury, 3.50) made eye-catching late headway when fourth on debut at Newmarket and holds a Derby entry.


ETON BLUE (Brighton, 5.45) has run five times at the track with a record of two wins, two seconds and a third.


Dan Skelton, Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls all have leading contenders in the Scottish Champion Hurdle (Ayr, 2.25), but FAVOUR AND FORTUNE (NAP) can win this valuable prize for Alan King. 

The unexposed novice was second in the Grade One Formby Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree earlier this season before catching the eye when finishing sixth in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. 

The form of that race was boosted at Aintree by both Mystical Power and Firefox, and an opening mark of 138 looks very fair.

Later on the card, GIT MAKER (NB) can go one better than last time out at the Cheltenham Festival when he lines up in the Scottish Grand National (3.35). In the Kim Muir Handicap Chase, he finished an eight-length second behind subsequent Grade One winner Inothewayurthinkin, with the third a further 18 lengths behind. A 1lb rise seems very lenient for that and he should hold leading claims.


By Chris Baker


BALLYMOUNT BOY capped off a fine juvenile campaign with a Listed victory at Doncaster in October. A few months earlier, he’d chased home the unbeaten Vandeek in a Goodwood Group Two sprint. 13-2


RAADOBARG (nap) mostly contested Class One races last season and posted some smart efforts. He went close in the Irish Lincolnshire on his seasonal reappearance and will be sharper for that run. 10-1

3.35 AYR

Stay Away Fay could bounce back to form but slight preference is for WHACKER CLAN, who finished third in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase the Cheltenham Festival and will relish this stamina test. 9-1

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