Robin Goodfellow's Racing Tips: Best bets for Friday, April 9

Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Friday, April 9

Politologue (Aintree, 3.25) was denied the chance to defend his Queen Mother Champion Chase title by an 11th-hour setback but the Marsh Chase offers the opportunity for compensation.

The popular grey contests the Grade One feature for the third time having beaten and been second to Min in the last two renewals, and the lack of a recent run is usually no barrier to success with him.

Politologue has raced six times when he has been rested for 76 days or more and those outings have yielded five victories and a narrow defeat at the hands of Defi Du Seuil when the selection was trying to concede weight to an extremely talented performer.

Sportsmail’s Racing Expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Friday’s meetings

His most recent effort at Ascot in January was not a career-best but his conqueror, First Flow, enjoyed the perfect set up to gallop to a seven-length win and the selection is arguably better over further these days.

Hopefully he can find a good early rhythm for Harry Cobden and the duo can resist the challenge of Fakir D’oudairies, who spent most of the Ryanair Chase striving to get close to Allaho.

The Irish raider looks a big contender if that race has not left its mark, as the pace was brutal and the time figure extremely swift. With that in mind, the doughty Nuts Well may emerge as a live threat because connections were keen to save him for this race.

A game winner of Aintree’s Old Roan Chase at the expense of Clondaw Castle, the 10-year-old also boasts a terrific record fresh, as well as developing a brilliant association with rider Danny McMenamin, whose figures aboard him include five victories and a third place.

AINTREE

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.45 Edwardstone (nb)

2.20 Belfast Banter

2.50 Fiddlerontheroof

3.25 Politologue

4.05 Livelovelaugh

4.40 Gallyhill (nap)

5.15 Tomorrow Mystery

GIMCRACK  

1.45 Edwardstone

2.20 Dusart

2.50 Fiddlerontheroof

3.25 Dashel Drasher (nb)

4.05 Huntsman Son (nap)

4.40 Streets Of Doyen

5.15 Tomorrow Mystery

Northerner – 4.05 Ravenhill Road (nap); 5.15 Native Fighter (nb) 

SEDGEFIELD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

2.00 Taste The Fear

2.30 Silken Moonlight

3.05 Juniper

3.47 Spirit Of Hale

4.22 Gameface

4.55 Agent Valdez

5.30 Conundrum

GIMCRACK

2.00 Taste The Fear

2.30 Clondaw Storm

3.05 Cailin Dearg

3.47 Spirit Of Hale

4.22 Wind Of Hope

4.55 Agent Valdez

5.30 Getaway Jewel

LEICESTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

1.00 Crypto Quest

1.35 Say It As It Is

2.10 Ensyaaby

2.40 Al Suil Eile

3.15 Boss Power

3.55 Law Of The Sea

4.30 Mars Landing

GIMCRACK

1.00 Crypto Quest

1.35 Hot Diva

2.10 Ensyaaby

2.40 Soaring Star

3.15 Boss Power

3.55 Law Of The Sea

4.30 Sword Beach

KEMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

4.35 Lammas

5.05 Painless Potter

5.40 Quenelle D’or

6.10 Almost You

6.40 Phoenix Star

7.10 Dragon Symbol

7.40 Taqareer

8.10 Hold Fast

GIMCRACK  

4.35 Lammas

5.05 Helluvaboy

5.40 Red Square

6.10 Temur Khan

6.40 Show Me A Sunset

7.10 Breath Of Sun

7.40 Taqareer

8.10 Hold Fast




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