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The Robin Goodfellow racing tips for Saturday 22 February

The Robin Goodfellow racing tips for Saturday 22 February

With four runners, Paul Nicholls plans to win the Betway Handicap Chase on Saturday and the indisputable BLACK CORTON (Kempton, nap, 3.35) is considered the best of the Ditcheat quartet.

The early markets favor the odds of stablemate Adrien Du Pont, who was a creditable third in last season’s renewal, five lengths behind winner Walt, when patiently driven by Harry Cobden.

Cobden retains his confidence in the eight-year-old this afternoon and it is not hard to see why if a small break from the handicapper and a two-month break should see him ripe for the cherry.

However, prominent racing can often be a big advantage on the chase path in Kempton and in Black Corton, Nicholls has a horse that loves the Sunbury location and is also an extremely powerful force if it has rested for more than 50 days.

The selection is only beaten by Top Notch and Altior in four trips to Saturday’s location (track figures read 1212), while his statistics when resting for more than seven weeks read an admirable 11111213.

He has also built a fantastic association with Bryony Frost, who was on board when the gelding ran well in a competitive Ascot handicap before Christmas, a performance that took place fourteen days after chasing Native River in Aintree.

The desperate soil on Ascot would not have played Black Corton’s strengths and, although the Kempton site is still softer than ideal, it rarely gets so deep there.

Some may feel that Black Corton is handicapped to the utmost from a mark of 159 and that may be the case. However, the figures suggest that all three of his career-best displays have been achieved since his victory in Sandown last spring, indicating that he remains a force when circumstances are to his advantage.

Last year’s Double Shuffle is one for the shortlist, because his campaign seems to be aligned with today’s competition and he could make a bold bid from the front.

A wind operation can see that Talkischeap (fifth last year) ended his race a little better than he did in Sandown during his comeback behind Santini, while the unexposed Whatmore could be dangerous if his jumping could withstand the rigors of what would really be a must be -run handicap.

Sports emails racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his tips for Saturday’s races in Kempton, Lingfield, Newcastle and Chelmfsford …

12.40 KEMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

12.40 Palmers Hill

1.15 Master Tommytucker

1.50 Solo

2.25 Song for someone

3.02 Buzz

3.35 Black Corton (nap)

4.10 Ibleo

4.45 Bothwell Bridge

trash

12.40 Storm rise

1.15 Commanche Red

1.50 Fujimoto Flyer

2.25 Ch’tibello

3.02 Buzz (nap)

3.35 Just an incentive

4.10 Mystical clouds

4.45 Dynamo Boy

1.30 LINGFIELD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.30 One To Go

2.05 Royal birth

2.40 Bombshell

3.15 Bangkok

3.50 Almufti

4.25 Pirate King

4.55 Group one capital

trash

1.30 One To Go

2.05 Royal birth

2.40 Bombshell

3.15 Bangkok (nb)

3.50 Habub

4.25 Battle of marathon

4.55 Hov

1.35 NEW CASTLE

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.35 Astra Via

2.10 What is the first

2.45 Reinforced bay (NB)

3.20 Dora De Janeiro

3.55 Minella Charmer

4.30 Clan legend

5.05 Elf De Re

trash

1.35 Southeast rose

2.10 What is the first

2.45 Petite Power

3.20 Dora De Janeiro

3.55 Minella Charmer

4.30 zolfo

5.05 Le Cheval Noir

5.30 CHELMSFORD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

5.30 Current today

6.00 stormy mountain

6.30 Victory Bond

7.00 Cash N Carrie

7.30 Mount Mogan

8.00 Restless rose

trash

5.30 Golden fountain

6.00 stormy mountain

6.30 Arctic sound

7.00 Windsorlot

7.30 Batchelor Boy

8.00 Restless rose

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