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Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for Saturday, March 30

Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for Saturday, March 30

Charlie Appleby has earned a reputation as a masterful trainer and Auxerre could once again enhance his standing in the Lincoln on Saturday.

Newmarket maestro Appleby has enjoyed incredible success across four continents courtesy of a Derby success, Melbourne Cup victory and high-profile wins in Santa Anita and Dubai. 

Godolphin-trained four-year-old Auxerre appears to have been targeted at Saturday’s Flat season curtain-raiser for some time.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out tips ahead of Saturday's meetings

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out tips ahead of Saturday’s meetings

Factor in the decision of jockey James Doyle to partner the son of Iffraaj rather than head to Dubai for tonight’s glamorous World Cup meeting and it looks ominous for the gelding’s Town Moor adversaries on Saturday afternoon. 

However, those looking to take on Auxerre may question his lack of form in big-field handicaps and the fact he has beaten a sum total of 30 rivals in his four starts to date.

He is also a miserly price this morning so RIPP ORF (Doncaster, 3.35), Saltonstall and Humbert make a little more appeal at their odds. 

The former really comes alive in the hurly-burly of a competitive handicap, with two of his four starts in fields of 17 or more resulting in wins. 

The prospect of drying ground on Town Moor should also play to Ripp Orf’s strengths and his stats at a mile (2212) also make impressive reading given he often plies his trade in tough handicaps.

While his canny trainer, David Elsworth, may well have his eye on Ascot’s Victoria Cup in May as a primary early-season aim, the gelding’s record following a break of more than four weeks reads 12112 so he should post a bold show.

Both Saltonstall and Humbert make their debuts for new connections today and are feared, given the respective skills of their handlers for freshening up underachievers.

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Saturday’s meetings at Doncaster, Kempton, Uttoxeter, Stratford and Southwell.


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1.50 Equilateral

2.25 Petrus (nap)

3.00 Sharja Bridge

3.35 Ripp Orf

4.10 Walton Thorns

4.45 Bangkok

5.20 Andok


1.50 Major Jumbo

2.25 Rampant Lion

3.00 Sharja Bridge

3.35 Auxerre (nap)

4.10 Coast Of Dubai

4.45 Ironclad

5.20 Consultant

Newmarket – 3.35 Auxerre (nap); 4.45 Ironclad (nb)

Northerner – 1.50 Major Jumbo (nb); 2.25 Dawaaleeb (nap)


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1.35 Sucellus

2.05 Matterhorn

2.40 Desert Doctor

3.15 Count Calabash (nb)

3.50 Daarik

4.25 Welcoming

5.00 Ilhabela Fact


1.35 Sucellus

2.05 Matterhorn (nb)

2.40 Soldier’s Minute

3.15 Star Of Southwold

3.50 Daarik

4.25 Liberation Day

5.00 Glan Y Gors


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2.10 Collodi

2.45 Supremely Lucky

3.20 Terry The Fish

3.55 Renwick

4.30 Transpennine Star

5.05 Zamparelli

5.35 Molly Ollys Wishes


2.10 Glimpse Of Gold

2.45 Supremely Lucky

3.20 Tanarpino

3.55 My Charity

4.30 Landofsmiles

5.05 Zamparelli

5.35 Hudson Yard


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1.55 Miss Mumtaz

2.30 Vancouver

3.05 Cut The Corner

3.40 Notwhatiam

4.15 Sandy Boy

4.50 Bestwork

5.25 Nothing Man


1.55 Glendun

2.30 Ardera Cross

3.05 Set List

3.40 Graasten

4.15 Aquarian

4.50 Keep Moving

5.25 Alph


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6.00 Thunder Buddy

6.30 Astro Jakk

7.00 Weld Al Emarat

7.30 Tynecastle Park

8.00 Geography Teacher

8.30 Joyful Dream


6.00 Thunder Buddy

6.30 Vikivaki

7.00 Space Bandit

7.30 Shine Baby Shine

8.00 Champagne Mondays

8.30 Limerick Lord

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