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Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for Saturday, June 29

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For the second weekend running, trainer Roger Varian unleashes a well-backed candidate for one of the fiercest handicaps of the season, as Gibbs Hill strives to follow in the hoof prints of Cape Byron in Saturday’s Northumberland Plate.

Last weekend’s Wokingham Handicap was turned into a procession by Cape Byron, who was backed at all rates down to 7-2 favouritism. And it could be a case of deja vu for the returning Gibbs Hill, who has been all the rage in the ante-post market s for Saturday afternoon’s marathon feature. The six-year-old is unlikely to lack fitness following a lengthy absence, given the proficiency of his stable.

However, BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (Newcastle, 3.35) holds strong claims in his own right and could be some value on Saturday morning if his stamina can be taken on trust.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out tips ahead of Saturday's meetings

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Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out tips ahead of Saturday’s meetings

There is no guarantee that two miles on a stiff track will suit the selection, trained by Charlie Hills, and any bet struck must be done in the knowledge that the petrol gauge may well be flashing late on.

However, Bartholomeu Dias was an extremely game and deserving winner of a hot course handicap in April and his run style suggests a step up to two miles may be more an assistance than a hindrance. The four-year-old has already proved himself a very tidy performer on a synthetic surface, with all-weather figures of 13121.

And the form of his win in that competitive Easter feature has worked out well, with third-home Baghdad scoring twice since, including at Royal Ascot last week.

There are risks attached to backing Bartholomeu Dias, but he is too big a price to leave alone for a course winner with a handy draw, so is just preferred to Gibbs Hill and Stratum, both of whom look huge contenders for a race of this nature.

ANTHONY VAN DYCK (Curragh, 5.20, see opposite page) was never stronger than at the line in the Derby at Epsom and could add another Classic to a lengthy list for trainer Aidan O’Brien in the Irish Derby. Experience of the Curragh could be a vital attribute and Anthony Van Dyck is taken to confirm placings with Epsom runner-up Madhmoon and Broome, who could not keep tabs on the selection when it mattered in the dying yards of the Derby.

YORK

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ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

2.10 Plymouth Rock

2.45 Soldier ‘s Minute (nap)

3.20 Markazi

3.55 True Destiny

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4.30 Mubtasimah

5.05 Fendale

5.40 Claire Underwood

GIMCRACK 

2.10 Mischief Star

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2.45 Sir Maximilian

3.20 Humble Gratitude

3.55 Trautmann

4.30 Mubtasimah

5.05 Rosina

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5.40 Pirate King

Northerner – 2.45 Great Prospector (nap); 3.20 Markazi (nb).

NEWCASTLE

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

1.50 Nick Vedder (nb)

2.25 Invincible Army

3.00 Rare Groove

3.35 Bartholomeu Dias

4.10 Rashdan

4.45 Hurcle

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5.15 Mubhij

5.50 Rose Tinted Spirit

GIMCRACK  

1.50 Cosmic Law

2.25 Laugh A Minute

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3.00 Carnwennan

3.35 Who Dares Wins (nb)

4.10 Snookered

4.45 Aysar

5.15 Mubhij

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5.50 Thaayer

Newmarket – 2.25 Invincible Army (nb); 3.35 Gibbs Hill (nap).

DONCASTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

5.25 Lucky Louie

5.55 Little Bird

6.30 Diamond Shower

7.00 Whelans Way

7.30 Equiano Springs

8.00 Visor

8.30 Kilbaha Lady

GIMCRACK

5.25 Envisaging

5.55 Dancing Feet

6.30 Crantock Bay

7.00 Abate

7.30 Equiano Springs

8.00 Albert Boy

8.30 Classified

NEWMARKET

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

2.05 Star Alexander

2.40 Ursa Minor

3.15 Limato

3.50 Barsanti

4.25 Vampish

5.00 Silkstone

5.35 Ocean Paradise

GIMCRACK  

2.05 Summer Romance

2.40 Ursa Minor

3.15 Limato

3.50 Barsanti

4.25 Manorah

5.00 Cornborough

5.35 Pure Shores

CHESTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

2.00 Puerto Banus

2.35 Duke Of Firenze

3.10 Barristan The Bold

3.45 Upstate New York

4.20 Heart Of Soul

4.55 Iconic Belle

5.30 Powerallied

GIMCRACK  

2.00 Puerto Banus

2.35 Broken Spear

3.10 Mawakib

3.45 Sermon

4.20 Cape Islay

4.55 Noble Behest

5.30 Upstaging

LINGFIELD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

5.45 Fearlessly

6.15 X Force

6.45 Enthaar

7.15 Inspired Thought

7.45 Three C’s

8.15 Tabassor

8.45 Stay Forever

GIMCRACK  

5.45 Fearlessly

6.15 X Force

6.45 Spanish Star

7.15 Inspired Thought

7.45 Shyarch

8.15 Crochet

8.45 Stand Firm