Robin Goodfellow's Racing Tips: Best bets for Saturday, December 11

Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Saturday, December 11

Nicky Henderson has appeared to spend more time fighting critics than on National Hunt’s major prizes this season, but FUSIL RAFFLES (Cheltenham, nap, 1.50) can redress the balance in the Racing Post Gold Cup.

The likes of stable big guns Shishkin and Champ have sidestepped their intended targets in recent weeks, with the Seven Barrows trainer determined not to compromise the campaigns of his stars by running when conditions aren’t satisfactory.

Those methods have encouraged social media commentators to be even more active than usual. But Henderson has shrugged off the brickbats and in Fusil Raffles, Henderson has a second-season novice capable of building on a very promising start to the season. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Saturday’s meetings

A comeback effort behind the highly talented Bravemansgame at Newton Abbot served to blow away the cobwebs and, although the selection was gifted the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby by Shan Blue’s late demise, it was an encouraging display over three miles for the first time.

However, his best effort in an eight-race chase career came on today’s New Course when following home stablemate Chantry House in the Grade One Marsh Chase at the Festival in March.

Saturday’s feature will demand a different skillset from the six-year-old, but jockey Daryl Jacob felt that Fusil Raffles learned plenty from his Wetherby experience and the ability to stay three miles while having the pace to win over shorter are valuable assets this afternoon.

CHELTENHAM  

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.05 Message Personnel

12.40 My Drogo

1.15 Editeur Du Gite

1.50 Fusil Raffles (nap)

2.25 Gelino Bello

3.00 Song For Someone

3.35 Martello Sky

GIMCRACK

12.05 Message Personnel

12.40 My Drogo

1.15 Notre Pari

1.50 Midnight Shadow (nap)

2.25 Gelino Bello

3.00 Song For Someone (nb)

3.35 Hotter Than Hell

NORTHERNER – 1.50 Midnight Shadow (nb)

 DONCASTER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

11.50 Kicksaftersix

12.20 Stepney Causeway

12.55 Threeunderthrufive

1.30 Shantou Sunset

2.05 Sonigino (nb)

2.40 Magistrato

3.15 Mance Rayder

GIMCRACK

11.50 Gredin

12.20 Sao

12.55 Threeunderthrufive

1.30 Jersey Lady

2.05 Tommy’s Oscar

2.40 Knight Salute

3.15 Fidux

 NORTHERNER – 2.05 Tommy ’s Oscar (nap)

HEREFORD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.12 Velasco

12.47 World Of Dreams

1.22 Kapga De Lily

1.57 Bold Plan

2.32 Can You Call

3.07 Vee Dancer

3.42 Bo Kaap

GIMCRACK

12.12 Ebony Gale

12.47 Mojito Royale

1.22 Kapga De Lily

1.57 Seddon

2.32 Hardy Du Seuil

3.07 Terrierman

3.42 Bo Kaap

WOLVERHAMPTON

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

4.15 Billy Roberts

4.45 Diamond Jill

5.15 Socially Shady

5.45 Peintre D’etoiles

6.15 Quick Change

6.45 Bankrupt

7.15 Muscika

7.45 Some Nightmare

GIMCRACK

4.15 Dundory

4.45 Rania

5.15 Socially Shady

5.45 Roman Dynasty

6.15 Quick Change

6.45 Bankrupt

7.15 Night Narcissus

7.45 Some Nightmare

NEWCASTLE

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

1.45 Victoriano

2.20 Island Brave

2.55 Shake A Leg

3.30 Straits Of Moyle

4.00 Franz Strauss

4.30 Spartan Fighter

5.00 Birkenhead

5.30 Whiteandblue

GIMCRACK

1.45 Victoriano

2.20 Coltrane

2.55 Three Platoon

3.30 Luxor Flush

4.00 Nolton Cross

4.30 Going Underground

5.00 Birkenhead

5.30 Sweet Mist

NEWMARKET –  4.00 Franz Strauss (nb); 5.30 Trois Vallees (nap).


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