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Robin Goodfellow’s career tips: best bets for Saturday, November 13

Robin Goodfellow’s career tips: best bets for Saturday, November 13


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Paul Nicholls and former assistant Dan Skelton clash in Cheltenham this afternoon with long-term fantasies before the post for Saturday’s Paddy Power Gold Cup, and that could be a narrative that spans the length of National’s season. Hunt.

Nicholls saddles the naturally talented Lalor for the first time following a steady shift after the gelding lost his way with his previous connections.

His former apprentice Skelton relies on Protektorat, a classy rookie from season two who enjoyed Grade One glory at Aintree in the spring and, like Lalor, already has some useful hurdle form at Cheltenham.

The battle between the two jumping powers provides a fascinating subplot for the first major handicap chase of the season and both stables also ride very capable second ropes on Simply The Betts (Nicholls) and Spiritofthegames (Skelton) who know their way. Cotswold headquarters at competitive disadvantage.

Sportsmail Racing Expert Robin Goodfellow Gives His Tips for Saturday Meetings

Sportsmail Racing Expert Robin Goodfellow Gives His Tips for Saturday Meetings

But this afternoon’s feature film is far from a stable two with a series of yards awaiting first prize of £ 90,000, including Emma Lavelle, who saddles MANOFTHEMOUNTAIN (Cheltenham, nap, 2.15).

A recent Chepstow twist behind Paint The Dream should have put an advantage on the national team, which could hardly have been more impressive at the venue earlier today in the spring when he fled with a well-contested disadvantage.

The key for Lavelle’s eight-year-old son appears to be a decent surface area and with very little rain forecast for the weekend, conditions should be ideal for him to present a big challenge.

I particularly like the way he rides in heavy racing events and today’s race has the potential to be a proper burnout with several aggressively ridden contenders likely fighting for the lead, including Protektorat and Lalor.

Sitting right after a fierce gallop should be the perfect position for jockey Tom Bellamy to adopt and Manofthemountain will run a great race at a very high price for a horse of his ability.

Midnight Shadow is another who knows Prestbury Park well and he too should be sharper for his recent outing behind Allmankind at Old Roan Chase in Aintree.

After a slow start, there are signs that Sue Smith’s stable is starting to find some shape. Midnight Shadow chased down Chatham Street Lad last December in an event similar to today, so he might as well be on the scene once more.

UTTOXETER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

12.22 Kyntara

12.57 Tree without roots

1.32 Sayadam

2.07 Shanty alley

2.42 Anything for love

3.17 Zulu Dawn

3.50 Delta Run

OF BAD QUALITY

12.22 Feivel

12.57 Lonimoss Bareliere

1.32 Lupus Regem

2.07 Shanty alley

2.42 Anything for love

3.17 Nashville Pliers

3.50 Benign Dictator

WETHERBY

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

12.15 Thunder Rock

12.50 Cornerstone Boy

1.25 Floki

2.00 Cracked Destiny

2.35 life sauce

3.10 City of Champagne

3.45 Frau Georgia

OF BAD QUALITY

12.15 Thunder Rock

12.50 Fransham

1.25 Floki

2.00 Cracked Destiny

2.35 Largy’s Reach

3.10 Saint Arvans

3.45 Sivola Event

Northern 1.25 saxophone solo (nb)

LINGFIELD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

11.40 Untold mystery

12.10 Independent act

12.45 Catch your breath

1.20 Pistoletto

1.55 Desert Lima

2.30 Smith

3.05 Good effort

3.40 Felix (nb)

OF BAD QUALITY

11.40 Three exits

12.10 Independent act

12.45 Voltaic

1.20 luck

1.55 Desert Lima

2.30 Smith

3.05 Harry’s Bar

3.40 Pyledriver

New market – 1.55 Lima of the desert (siesta); 3.05 Pride of Bahrain (nb).

WOLVERHAMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

4.30 Billy Roberts

5.00 Mask of Anarchy

5.30 Antiphon

6.00 million Irish

6.30 Desert Emperor

7.00 Rising star

7.30 Koropick

8.00 Winklevi

OF BAD QUALITY

4.30 Light up our stars

5.00 Fun in the sun

5.30 Botanical

6.00 million Irish

6.30 Mind Hunter

7.00 Lovely breeze

7.30 Glamorous Force

8.00 Winklevi

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