Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: best bets for Saturday, May 1


Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: best bets for Saturday, May 1

Take Thunder Moon (Newmarket, 3.40) to send shockwaves around the Rowley Mile in Saturday’s mesmerizing Qipco 2,000 Guineas.

Joseph O’Brien, 27, already has a list of athletic accomplishments that many envy and the Tipperary handler can join a select band that has graduated from Guineas-winning jockey to trainer.

Victory for Galileo Chrome at St Leger last September gave O’Brien his first British classic and, for a man who appears to have trained for only five minutes, represents a roll call of two Melbourne Cups, the success of Breeders’ Cup and an Irish Derby a dizzying return.

Sportsmail’s Racing Expert Robin Goodfellow gives his tips for Saturday’s meetings

Unfortunately, poor leeway for Pretty Gorgeous has deprived O’Brien of the chance to play a Guineas double in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, but Thunder Moon appears to have excellent references in Saturday’s feature film.

Although Zoffany’s foal was beaten by St. Mark’s Basilica and Wembley at the Dewhurst Stakes last October, he traveled as one of the best horses in the race, only to find the easy ground that offset his powerful turn of the foot .

It was that change of gear that was evident a month earlier in the National Stakes at the Curragh, where he put both Wembley and St. Mark’s Basilica at the sword by accelerating to dash to victory.

The prospect of a healthy surface suits a horse whose wheels were spinning when asked to accelerate on fall ground the last time he visited HQ, and rider Declan McDonogh should have enough speed to take up with the likely pacemaker Mutasaabeq who is housed nearby in shed 12.

Aidan O’Brien-trained Santa Barbara, winner of her only start in a Curragh maiden last September, was all the rage in the ante post markets for Sunday’s 1000 Guineas.

She looked very stylish in conquering a large field and may be in a league of her own in this field, but stall one is a tricky position for a filly with only one race to her name and she is a short prize for a first. winner, regardless of the trainer’s reputation.

Since O’Brien has sent winners to this race at 25-1, 14-1 and 9-1, Frankie Dettori’s ridden Mother Earth (Newmarket, 3.40) could be a more attractive bet against, especially since she has experience with the number thanks to her third in the Fillies’ Mile.



1.15 Creative power

1.50 Bell Rock

2.25 Lazuli

3.00 Al Zaraqaan

3.40 Thunder Moon

4.15 Chil Chil

4.50 Secret protector

5.25 Forest Falcon


1.15 Creative power

1.50 Clear melody

2.25 Garrus

3.00 Pyledriver (nb)

3.40 Chindit (days)

4.15 Chil Chil

4.50 Mohaafeth

5.25 Magical land

NEW MARKET – 3.00 Al Zaraqaan (nb); 3.40 Master Of The Seas (nap)



5.00 activated

5.35 Tyson

6.05 Aerion Power

6.35 E Dragon

7.10 Twilight calls

7.40 Clearance

8.10 Bollin Joan


5.00 Via Serendipity

5.35 Benzema

6.05 Aerion Power

6.35 E Dragon

7.10 Queen of Asia

7.40 The Rutland Rebel

8.10 Glass of champagne



1.00 Master Milliner

1.30 Farasi Lane

2.05 Lilac Road

2.35 Azano

3.10 Lihou

3.45 General Lee

4.20 Codebook


1.00 Mr. Shady

1.30 haze

2.05 Lilac Road

2.35 Azano

3.10 Stone Of Destiny

3.45 General Lee

4.20 Scottish gold

NORTHERN 2.35 Fred (nap); 3.10 Desert safari (nb).



$ 1.22 sixty more

1.55 Passing shadow

2.30 Highland Parc

3.05 Reserve tank

3.35 Minella celebration (nap)

4.07 Friend or Foe

4.40 The latest

5.12 Man of the North


1.22 Wireless operator

1.55 Sienna Royale

2.30 Fenney Brook

3.05 Sevastopol

3.35 Almazhar Guard

4.07 Highly praised

4.40 Gateway to Europe

5.12 West to Crossgales



5.20 Paricolor

5.50 First Lord De Cuet

6.25 Jante Law

6.55 Elan De Balme

7.25 Fanzio

7.55 Genuine Armani

8.25 Monte Alban


5.20 Paricolor

5.50 Pre-season

6.25 Jante Law

6.55 Glittering love

7.25 Laskadine

7.55 Casimir Du Clos

8.25 Kilganer Queen



1.35 Hotline Bling

2.10 Copper and five

2.40 Astro King

3.15 Elvrika

3.50 Freedom Flyer

4.25 Machree

4.55 Ghadbbaan (nb)


1.35 All Emosh

2.10 Musahaba

2.40 Toothbrush

3.15 Celtic Empress

3.50 Benefit Street

4.25 Ballintoy Harbor

4.55 Chairman Power



3.20 Concertist

4.00 Colorful


3.20 Concertist

4.00 Quilixios