Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for Monday, April 18


Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for Monday, April 18

Those who complained about Gordon Elliott’s seven runners in the Grand National may want to look away from the Fairyhouse card today.

The County Meath handler saddles a staggering 12 of the 30 runners in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National as he bids to land the staying showpiece for the second time.

Needless to say, Elliott possesses an extremely strong hand with a number of Aintree and Cheltenham refugees readied for an assault on the bank holiday marathon, along with Farclas, who bypassed Liverpool to remain fresh for this assignment.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow delivers his tips for Monday's meetings

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

The likes of Run Wild Fred and Floueur look capable of launching challenges, while Willie Mullins arguably trains the field’s class act in Gaillard Du Mesnil. However, weight has been a significant factor in the Irish National, with only Our Duke (2017) carrying more than 11st to victory since Commanche Court in 2000.

Only two winners since 1990 have shouldered in excess of 11st 4lb and one of those was Desert Orchid.

With that in mind, the hardy MISTER FOGPATCHES (Fairyhouse, nap, 5.00) could be nicely weighted towards the foot of the handicap and I am hopeful the first-time cheekpieces will produce improvement from a horse that was placed in last year’s Scottish National.

The eight-year-old recorded a career-best effort when third to Longhouse Poet at Gowran in January and his form figures in races of more than three miles read 2313236, with his latest effort at Cheltenham blighted by a tendency to jump right. A return to a right-handed track may cure that and there could be more to come from a Pat Fahy-trained horse that needs marathon trips these days.

Galopin Des Champs routed his three rivals in yesterday’s Gold Cup Novice Chase to enjoy some redemption after his agonising last-fence fall at Cheltenham.

PLUMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

2.17 Parliament Hill

2.52 Fairway Freddy

3.27 Mickyh

4.02 Golden Boy Grey

4.37 Sainte Doctor

5.12 Timely Gift

5.47 The Tin Miner

GIMCRACK

2.17 Parliament Hill

2.52 Fairway Freddy

3.27 Wells Glory

4.02 Mercian Prince

4.37 Puffin Bay

5.12 Blade Runner

5.47 Wilderness

HUNTINGDON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.55 Smoking Pigeon

2.30 Clemencia

3.05 Point Him Out

3.40 Stokes

4.15 Innisfree Lad

4.50 Lord Sparky

5.25 Supreme Gift

GIMCRACK

1.55 Hardy Boy

2.30 Clemencia

3.05 Point Him Out

3.40 Jeremy The Jinn

4.15 Danny Whizzbang

4.50 Leskinfere

5.25 Pure Jade

FAKENHAM

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.00 Obey The Rules

1.35 Moulins Clermont

2.10 Restitution

2.45 Red Royalist

3.20 Royal Village

3.55 Not That Fuisse

4.30 Pure Theatre

GIMCRACK

1.00 Obey The Rules

1.35 Forever William

2.10 Restitution

2.45 Cousin Oscar

3.20 Kauto Riko

3.55 Not That Fuisse

4.30 Famous Function

WOLVERHAMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.51 Ghost Rider

2.26 Abnaa

3.01 Meng Tian

3.36 Lost Gold

4.11 Sarah’s Verse

4.46 Dalby Forest

5.21 Crystal Starlet

GIMCRACK

1.51 Daheer

2.26 Blue Flame

3.01 Conservative

3.36 Lost Gold

4.11 Sarah’s Verse

4.46 Dalby Forest

5.21 Carlos Felix

REDCAR

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.39 True Warfare

2.14 Wilkins

2.49 Billy Wedge

3.24 Mossbawn

3.59 Intrinsic Bond

4.34 Mount Kosciuszko

5.09 London Eye (nb)

5.44 Rum Going On

GIMCRACK

1.39 Phantom Flight

2.14 Muhtashim

2.49 Giant Steps

3.24 Danielsflyer (nb)

3.59 Woven

4.34 Prince Achille

5.09 Deluxe Music

5.44 Runshaw Lane

Northerner – 4.34 Come On John (nb); 5.44 Ey Up Its The Boss (nap).

 CHEPSTOW

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

2.00 Silent Revolution

2.35 Midnight Ginger

3.10 Petty Cash

3.45 When You’re Ready

4.17 Walk In Clover

4.55 Mick Pastor

5.30 Lermoos Legend

6.00 Copper Cove

GIMCRACK

2.00 Silent Revolution

2.35 Zestful Hope

3.10 Tango Tara

3.45 Smarty Wild

4.17 Eavesdropping

4.55 Rikoboy

5.30 Lermoos Legend

6.00 Hilltown

 KEMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.45 Blatant

2.20 Morning Poem

2.55 Saga

3.30 Farhan

4.05 Roman Mist

4.40 Notre Belle Bete

5.15 Capote’s Dream

GIMCRACK

1.45 Ocean Cloud

2.20 Eshtora

2.55 Saga (nap)

3.30 Hasty Sailor

4.05 Potapova

4.40 Rainbow Fire

5.15 Fresh

Newmarket – 2.20 Morning Poem (nap); 2.55 Saga (nb).

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