Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Saturday, April 17
- Dingo Dollar (Ayr, nb, 3.35) can strike for those north of the border on Sunday
- Given the success of Irish raiders in the past month, Mister Fogpatches is feared
- Alcohol Free is hails from a yard which has started the turf season in grand form
- While jockey Jim Crowley appears to have chosen Mujbar over Alkumait
Home-trained winners of the Coral Scottish Grand National have been pretty scarce in recent times, but Dingo Dollar (Ayr, nb, 3.35) can strike for those north of the border on Sunday.
Dual victor Merigo is the only Scottish-trained winner of the Ayr showpiece in nearly four decades, but Aye Right, Mighty Thunder and the Sandy Thomson-trained selection look to hand the natives a strong hand in this year’s renewal.
Narrow preference is for Dingo Dollar, who looks rejuvenated for a switch to Thomson’s stable from Alan King’s judged on a 10-length success at Newcastle last month.
Home-trained winners of the Coral Scottish Grand National have been pretty scarce in recent times, but Dingo Dollar (Ayr, nb, 3.35) can strike for those north of the border on Sunday
The application of a tongue tie looked to work the oracle and although the nine-year-old has been raised 8lb, he still appeals. A previous visit to Ayr saw him finish runner-up in a novices’ handicap chase following a polished round of jumping.
Hopefully, he can hand his trainer some compensation for the defeat suffered by Seeyouatmidnight in this race five years ago, when his chasing stalwart was third after ploughing through the last fence when in front.
Given the success of Irish raiders in the past month, Mister Fogpatches is feared with his Leopardstown fourth last time receiving a number of boosts.
There are a host of talented fillies in the Dubai Duty Free Fred Darling Stakes, but Alcohol Free (Newbury, 2.10) hails from a yard which has started the turf season in grand form
Newbury stages a cracking card with tremendous renewals of the Dubai Duty Free Fred Darling Stakes and Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes.
There are a host of talented fillies in the former, but Alcohol Free (Newbury, 2.10) hails from a yard which has started the turf season in grand form and this track should play to her strengths.
Jockey Jim Crowley appears to have chosen Mujbar (Newbury, 2.45) over Alkumait in the Greenham and the selection might be worth heeding as he looks more of a seven- furlong type than the Mill Reef winner.
Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Sunday’s meetings at Thirsk, Brighton, Nottingham and Bangor-On-Dee.
11.10 Melanie KIngdom
11.40 Riffa Wonder (nap)
12.40 Sheepscar Lad
1.10 Dubai Quality
1.40 Throne Hall
2.10 Toro Strike
2.40 George Peabody
11.10 Cobra Kal
11.40 Shalaa Asker
12.10 Billy Wedge
1.40 Golden Pass
2.10 Toro Strike (nap)
2.40 Invincible Swagger
NORTHERNER – 11.40 Shalaa Asker (nap); 12.10 Carlovlan
4.45 Dusky Prince
5.30 Strong Power
6.00 Blame Culture
6.30 Tin Hat
7.00 Little Sunflower
7.30 Pour La Vlctolre
4.20 Zulu Zander
4.45 Flash Betty
6.00 Blame Culture
6.30 Tin Hat
7.30 Dawn Vlew
4.40 Meng Tian
5.15 Third Realm
6.15 Jean Baptiste (nb)
5.15 Monte Carlo Bay
6.15 Hundred Isles
7.15 Oh So Nice
NEWMARKET – 4.40 Meng Tian (nap); 5.15 Third Realm (nb).
11.25 Dan Gun
12.25 Crooks Peak
1.25 William H Bonney
1.25 Autumn Equinox
11.25 Badness Backfires
11.55 Shady Character
12.25 Casa Tall
1.25 Dog Of War (nb)