Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: best bets for Saturday, May 8

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Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: best bets for Saturday, May 8

The chance of significant rain could change the scenery of some events on Saturday, but MOTAKHAYYEL (Ascot, 3.40) seems versatile in the ground and should find the rigors of the tote + Victoria Cup to its liking.

The five-year-old, trained by Richard Hannon, was a revelation in competitive handicaps last summer, winning Saturday’s course and distance at Royal Ascot, before complementing success with a cozy Bunbury Cup win.

The pace and rhythm of those two major handicaps seemed to suit Heeraat’s son who traveled strongly both times before putting the race to bed in style.

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

While Motakhayyel may not appreciate a swamp at Ascot, other talented sons of Heeraat, such as Aberama Gold and Magical Wish, both work well with cut soil and conditions were on the easy side when he won the Royal meeting.

An encouraging comeback at Thirsk behind winner Toro Strike, who was on his way to the Group One Lockinge himself, should have blown away the cobwebs and the squad seems to have the pace around him to aim for.

How the conditions in Haydock ride is a mystery, but the enigmatic NORDIC COMBINED (Haydock, nap, 3.10) could tell another good story if you’re in the mood for a track that suits you. It’s probably fair to say the seven-year-old is saving up a bit for himself, but he seemed fully motivated at Hexham last Saturday and connections are wisely trying to strike with him again in good heart.

The squad has made some good attempts at today’s venue and was arguably defeated by a severely disabled rival in Vision Du Puy last month.

Irish raider Shanroe has a lot of appeal too, with the form of his decisive Fairyhouse win last week in Punchestown.

Although he’s a whopping 21 pounds higher in the handicap today, connections talked about the best handicaps for the gelding after his last win, so the fact that he’s being sent to England for this assignment could be a tip in itself.

THIRSK

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

5.30 Fliss Floss

6.05 Written Broadcast

6.35 Norwegian (nb)

7.05 Chief Craftsman

7.35 Zoom Tiger

8.05 Victory Rose

8.35 Mecca’s hot steps

GIMCRACK

5.30 Mo Celita

6.05 Highjacked

6.35 The fast horse

7.05 Breguet Boy

7.35 Frantoio

8.05 Atiyah

8.35 Aleef

LINGFIELD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.05 For Richard

1.40 Inchicore

2.15 Loving Dream

2.50 Cypriots

3.25 Bounce The Blues

4.00 Turn on the charm

4.35 Cloudy dawn

GIMCRACK

1.05 Flower of thunder

1.40 Green planet

2.15 Ocean Road

2.50 Cypriots

3.25 Isabella Giles

4.00 Love Dreams

4.35 Cloudy dawn

ASCOT

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.55 Dreamloper

2.30 Albaflora

3.05 Desert dreamer

3.40 Motakhayyel

4.15 Labeebb

4.50 Mount Mogan

5.25 Mrs. Mulligan

GIMCRACK

1.55 Dreamloper

2.30 Tyson Fury

3.05 Night arch

3.40 Zipper

4.15 Nuits St Georges

4.50 Devil’s Angel

5.25 Luna Wish

NEWMARKET – 1.55 Lights on (nap); 3.40 Chiefofchiefs (nb).

HAYDOCK

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.25 Pro Schedule

2.00 Aleas

2.35 Khaadem

3.10 Nordic Combined (nap)

3.45 Raaeq

4.20 Ey Up Its Mick

4.55 Seniors

5.35 Eamon The Hill

GIMCRACK

1.25 Jersey Wonder

2.00 Darvel

2.35 Khaadem

3.10 Copperless

3.45 Raaeq

4.20 Burrows Seeside

4.55 Court Royale

5.35 Go long

HEXHAM

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

2.10 Itsnotyouitsme

2.45 Milan Edge

3.20 Heart of steel

3.55 Snow castle

4:30 am Tara Mill

5.05 Absolutely Dylan

5.40 Betty Baloo

GIMCRACK

2.10 Itsnotyouitsme

2.45 Milan Edge

3.20 Laskadine

3.55 Roderick Random

4:30 am Tara Mill

5.05 Absolutely Dylan

5.40 Morne Lass

WARWICK

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

5.12 Erne River

5.45 Sayadam

6.20 I am a Starman

6.50 midnight gift

7.20 References

7.50 Good night, Charlie

8.20 Hardy Boy

GIMCRACK

5.12 Deeper blue

5.45 Sayadam

6.20 Pounding poet

6.50 Sandymount Rose

7.20 Black Mischief

7.50 Max Dynamo

8.20 Hardy Boy

NOTTINGHAM

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.15 Dark Shift

1.45 Cowboy Soldier

2.20 The dancing poet

2.55 Last Empire

3.30 Leroy Leroy

4.05 Seasett

4.40 Keeper’s Choice

GIMCRACK

1.15 Dark Shift

1.45 Watch out Louis

2.20 Mack The Knife

2.55 Light chorus

3.30 Vanity Affair

4.05 Serious intent

4.40 Keeper’s Choice

NORTHERN – 1.45 Cowboy Soldier (nap); 2.55 Last Empire (nb).

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