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Robin Goodfellow’s career tips: best bets for Saturday, October 30

Robin Goodfellow’s career tips: best bets for Saturday, October 30







Paul Nicholls likes nothing more than correcting the Irish dominance of the national hunting scene and FRODON (Down Royal, 2.50) is bidding to become the last to restore some balance in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Hunt for Champions.

There was a collective lick of the home team’s injuries after Cheltenham, as 23 record-breaking Irish victories painted a bleak picture for UK show jumping races.

But Nicholls has never been reluctant to visit Ireland when the right opportunity presented itself and his decision to let Clan Des Obeaux loose at the Punchestown Gold Cup was rewarded with the defeat of double Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo.

Frodon to outshine the Irish at Ladbrokes' Chase of Champions on Saturday

Frodon to outshine the Irish at Ladbrokes’ Chase of Champions on Saturday

Never shirking a challenge, the coach crosses the Irish Sea again to face a Gold Cup winner, this time Minella Indo, who is also making her season comeback at this afternoon’s Grade One feature.

As seen at Ascot a couple of seasons ago when Cyrname dropped Altior’s colors, Nicholls can be hard to resist when deciding on a plan and it’s unlikely that Frodon will want to be fit on his return to action.

The team has exceeded absences of 226, 193 and 160 days in winning the first timeout, while its record in small field races (1-5 runners) on right-handed tracks is 111211 with the only loss inflicted by Might Bite.

In contrast, Minella Indo has won just one of his five starts as a right-hander and has also been beaten in a pair of seasonal comebacks with Bromhead’s trainer Henry describing him as a tough horse to get into shape.

Unfortunately, the only key in the works is Minella Indo’s performance at Wexford on her return 12 months ago when, having returned to training a bit earlier for hookups, she was left without a hard-hitting 27-length winner.

Given that de Bromhead executed those plans so well last year, they may be back in place this time around, which would make last season’s Gold Cup winner a tough horse to repel, especially since he finished 34. bodies ahead of Frodon in March.

It will also be interesting to see how he handles himself with Frodon eager to lead. Will Rachael Blackmore take her time with Minella Indo or will the duo be eager to impose their authority on the English assailant?

However, in the hope that Frodon and Bryony Frost will use their fitness, the prolific combination may record a 10th career victory.



12.40 Flamenco Fan

1.15 Crystal Star

1.48 Oh reign of Herbert

2.23 Scottish Summit

2.58 With the moonlight

3.33 Bay Bridge

4.08 Zakouski

4.43 Bernardo O’Reilly


12.40 Pay attention

1.15 Nashwa

1.48 Legitimate command

2.23 Noble dynasty

2.58 Kawida

3.33 Bay Bridge (nb)

4.08 Zakouski

4.43 Farhh to shy

Newmarket – 3.33 Bay Bridge (nb); 4.08 Zakouski (nap).



1.20 Gericault Roque

1.55 its interior

2.30 Paisley Park

3.05 Cyrname

3.40 Haafapiece

4.15 Tamar Bridge

4.50 Soybeans sink again


1.20 Temple Hills

1.55 Molly Ollys Wishes

2.30 Paisley Park (siesta)

3.05 Cyrname

3.40 Rattlesnake Owl

4.15 Hidden Heroics

4.50 Grange Range



5.00 Jilmod

5.30 Beryl the danger

6.00 Itsallaboutluck

6.30 Flora Finch

7.00 Amber only

7.30 Invincible Soldier

8.00 Seixas

8.30 Tazaman


5.00 intriguing lady

5.30 bare grills

6.00 Quarter of Blue

6.30 Themoonsaballoon

7.00 Busby

7.30 Billy Roberts

8.00 Seixas

8.30 Search of graces



1.35 Nassalam

2.10 Most High Glory (siesta)

2.45 Amoola gold

3.20 Communication (nb)

3.55 We will have one more

4.30 My Bobby Dazzler

5.05 Hero of Holetown


1.35 Solo

2.10 Elham Valley

2.45 Editeur Du Gite

3.20 One more flower

3.55 Kandoo Kid

4.30 Grangeclare Glory

5.05 Temple Rex



1.00 Arthur’s seat

1.30 Armattiekan

2.03 Giovanni Change

2.38 Gaelik Coast

3.13 Constantius

3.48 Return ticket

4.23 Waltons Grove


1.00 Socialist Agenda

1.30 Armattiekan

Copper Coin 2.03

2.38 Marracudja

3.13 gemologist

3.48 The King of May

4.23 Martalindy

Northerner – 1.30 Armattiekan (nap); 3.48 Return ticket (nb).