Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: best bets for Saturday, April 3

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Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: best bets for Saturday, April 3

Nate The Great (Musselburgh, nap, 3.35) may have a long way to go before he rivals Hall Of Famer’s illustrious performance of basketball Nate Thurmond, but victory in the Betway Queen’s Cup would be a start.

Carrying the nickname of one of the NBA’s greatest players would always be difficult for Nathaniel’s son, but the first signs were promising when he was narrowly defeated in the 2018 Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot after a tidy debut win over Carlisle.

There have been flashes of excellence since then, but a 17-race career has yielded just three wins, perhaps underachieving for a horse that promised a lot as a juvenile.

Sportsmails racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his tips for Saturday's meetings

Sportsmails racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his tips for Saturday’s meetings

The most recent of those victories was last booked at Wolverhampton in the hands of the promising apprentice William Carver, who showed his tactical acumen to steal a march on his eight rivals and achieve hard-won success.

That win was trainer Andrew Balding’s first, successful in the valuable stay event at Lingfield on Friday and the Kingsclere handler has been tasked with returning the gelding to former glory following a switch from Archie Watson last summer six times ago.

The pairing with Carver could be the catalyst for Nate The Great’s renaissance as his two starts aboard the squad have resulted in a narrow defeat to the talented Australis and February’s hard-won success at Dunstall Park.

Hopefully the pair can make the most of a handy low draw today and be proactive from the boxes, as the squad has already proven its effectiveness around Musselburgh’s tight corners, having won a new event there in September 2018.

Among the rivals of the squad, Alright Sunshine could emerge as a living peril given his track record.

Undefeated in both starts at this afternoon’s venue, the six-year-old is starting to show some leniency from the handicapper and could be nicely positioned for a horse that likes to jump late.

He won’t be lacking in fitness either, as he’s been busy with hurdles lately.

CARLISLE

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.38 Get started

2.13 Just don’t know

2.48 Karl Philippe

3.23 Dali Mail

3.58 Storm Nelson

4.33 Uptown Harry

5.05 Ballydonagh Boy

5.40 Foster Island

GIMCRACK

1.38 Ancient Judaism

2.13 Tico Times

2.48 Wetlands

3.23 Mint gold

3.58 Show promise

4.33 Cooking fat

5.05 Sputnik

5.40 Pistol

Northerner – 2.13 Tico Times (nb); 4.33 Cooking fat (nap).

MUSSELBURGH

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.20 The gatekeeper

1.50 Marshal Dan

2.25 Forest falcon

3.00 Caspian Prince

3.35 Nate The Great (nap)

4.11 Fox Hill

4.46 Merricourt

GIMCRACK

1.20 Atomic power

1.50 stone soldier

2.25 Tornadic

3.00 Copper Knight (nap)

3.35 Nate The Great (nb)

4.11 Tomily

4.46 Ayr Poet

HAYDOCK

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.00 Emmpressive Lady

1.30 Five star vacation

2.05 Shantou Express

2.40 Silva Eclipse

3.15 Small gift (nb)

3.50 The Bay Birch

4.25 Air navigator

GIMCRACK

1.00 sexy lot

1.30 Five star vacation

2.05 Xcitations

2.40 Innisfree boy

3.15 Small gift

3.50 Rose Of Aghaboe

4.25 Air navigator

NEWTON ABBOTT

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.55 Hell Red

2.30 Night watch

3.05 Dorking Lad

3.40 Our surprise

4.15 Auld Sod

4.52 Glentrol

5.25 Champagne court

6.00 Game Line

GIMCRACK

1.55 Hell Red

2.30 Bempton Cliffs

3.05 Stand on those steps

3.40 Our surprise

4.15 Amanofhisword

4.52 Winter vacation

5.25 Dimensions Codelco

6.00 General Bux

WOLVER HAMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

4.49 Compass point

5.20 Outback Boy

5.55 Algheed

6.30 Martineo

7.00 Act Of Magic

7.30 Bullfight

8:00 am Carey Street

8.30 Pope Gregory

GIMCRACK

4.49 King Athelstan

5.20 Act naturally

5.55 Proximity

6.30 Martineo

7:00 Captain St Lucifer

7.30 Bullfight

8.00 Helian

8.30 Weloof

New market – 5.20 Act naturally (nap); 6.30 Martineo (nb).

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