Racing tips from Robin Goodfellow: the best bets for Monday 18th April

Racing tips from Robin Goodfellow: the best bets for Monday 18th April

Those who complained about Gordon Elliott’s seven riders at the Grand National may want to look away from the Fairyhouse card today.

The County Meath manager saddles a staggering 12 of the 30 riders in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National as he attempts to claim the showpiece for the second time.

Needless to say, Elliott possesses an extremely strong hand with a number of Aintree and Cheltenham refugees set up for a bank holiday marathon assault, along with Farclas who bypassed Liverpool to stay fresh for this task.

Sportsmail racing expert Robin Goodfellow offers his advice for Monday's meetings.

Sportsmail racing expert Robin Goodfellow offers his advice for Monday’s meetings.

The likes of Run Wild Fred and Floueur seem capable of throwing down challenges, while Willie Mullins arguably trains the class act of the course at Gaillard Du Mesnil. However, weight has been a significant factor at the Irish National, with only Our Duke (2017) taking more than 11th place to victory since Comanche Court in 2000.

Only two winners since 1990 have gone over 11 pounds and one of them was Desert Orchid.

With that in mind, the tough MISTER FOGPATCHES (Fairyhouse, nap, 5.00) could very well be weighted towards the foot of the handicap and I am hopeful that first time cheek pieces will produce an improvement on a horse that was placed in the Scottish Last year’s National.

The eight-year-old posted the best effort of his career when he was third behind Longhouse Poet at Gowran in January and his form figures in races over three miles stand at 2313236, with his last effort at Cheltenham marred by a tendency to jump on the right. A return to a right-handed track may cure that and there could be more to come from a Pat Fahy-trained horse in need of marathon rides these days.

Galopin Des Champs defeated all three of his rivals in yesterday’s Gold Cup Novice Chase to enjoy some redemption after his agonizing fall over the final fence at Cheltenham.

PLUMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

2.17 Parliament Hill

2.52 Freddy Street

3.27 Mickyh

4.02 Golden Boy Gray

4.37 Holy Doctor

5.12 Timely Gift

5.47 The Tin Miner

OF BAD QUALITY

2.17 Parliament Hill

2.52 Freddy Street

3.27 Glory of Wells

4.02 Prince of Mercia

4.37 Puffin Bay

5.12 Blade Runner

5.47 desert

HUNTINGDON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.55 Smoky Pigeon

2.30 Clemency

3.05 Point it out

3.40 Stokes

4.15 Innisfree Boy

4.50 Mr Sparky

5.25 Supreme Gift

OF BAD QUALITY

1.55 tough guy

2.30 Clemency

3.05 Point it out

3.40 Jeremy the genius

4.15 Danny Wizzbang

4.50 Lekinfere

5.25 Pure Jade

FAKENHAM

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.00 Obey the rules

1.35 Moulins Clermont

2.10 Restitution

2.45 realistic red

3.20 Royal Town

3.55 It has not been like that

4.30 Pure Theater

OF BAD QUALITY

1.00 Obey the rules

1.35 Forever William

2.10 Restitution

2.45 Cousin Oscar

3.20 Kauto Riko

3.55 It has not been like that

4.30 Famous function

WOLVERHAMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.51 ghost rider

2.26 Abnah

3.01 Mengtian

3.36 Gold lost

4.11 Sara’s Verse

4.46 Dalby Forest

5.21 Crystal Star

OF BAD QUALITY

1.51 Daheer

2.26 Blue Flame

3.01 Conservative

3.36 Gold lost

4.11 Sara’s Verse

4.46 Dalby Forest

5.21 Carlos Felix

RED CAR

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.39 True War

2.14 Wilkins

2.49 Billy Wedge

3.24 moss

3.59 Intrinsic bond

4.34 Mount Kosciuszko

5.09 London Eye (note)

5.44 Rum passing

OF BAD QUALITY

1.39 Ghost Flight

2.14 Muhtashim

2.49 Giant Steps

3.24 Danielsflyer (note)

3.59 Fabric

4.34 Prince Achilles

5.09 Deluxe Music

5.44 Runshaw Street

Northern – 4.34 Let’s go Juan (nb); 5.44 Hey Up It’s The Boss (nap).

CHEPSTOW

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

2.00 silent revolution

2.35 Midnight Ginger

3.10 Petty Cash

3.45 When you’re ready

4.17 Cloverleaf

4.55 Mick Shepherd

5.30 Legend of Lermoos

6.00 Cove Copper

OF BAD QUALITY

2.00 silent revolution

2.35 Enthusiastic Hope

3.10 Tango Tara

3.45 Smarty Wild

4.17 Eavesdropping

4.55 Riko Boy

5.30 Legend of Lermoos

6.00 Hilltown

Kempton

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.45 cheeky

2.20 Morning Poem

2.55 saga

3.30 Farhan

4.05 Roman Fog

4.40 Our Beautiful Beast

5.15 Capote’s Dream

OF BAD QUALITY

1.45 Ocean Cloud

2.20 Blind

2.55 Saga (days)

3.30 Sailor in a hurry

4.05 Potapova

4.40 Rainbow of fire

5.15 Fresh

new market – 2.20 Morning poem (siesta); 2.55 Saga (nb).

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