Robin Goodfellow's racing tip: Best bets for Saturday, October 26 

Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for Saturday, October 26

The weather looks certain to have a huge impact on Saturday’s action with morning inspections planned at Newbury and Doncaster, while conditions at Cheltenham appeared pretty gruelling on Friday.

Hopefully, Prestbury Park will escape the worst of the rain so that racegoers can witness DUKE OF NAVAN (Cheltenham, nb, 3.10) roll back the years and deliver another huge performance at the Cotswold venue.

Those disciples of the figures will point to the 11-year-old’s fine effort in finishing runner-up in the same race last year as one of his premier career displays.

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

It is perhaps a salient fact that when rested for six months or more, Duke Of Navan boasts form figures of 161232.

The selection is also well suited by a strong gallop and this strongly contested handicap has the potential to be a real burn-up with Saint Calvados, Gino Trail, Knocknanuss and Mcgroarty all keen to race prominently. Ryan Day has struck up a good relationship with the veteran (3213253 aboard him) and he will be at pains to gain some cover early on and creep into the race unnoticed.

Historically, October has been a kind month to Duke Of Navan who has won two of his four starts at this time of the year and he looks a spot of value to arrive late on the scene with a winning chance today.

Doncaster seems a fairly big price to pass their 7.30am inspection on Saturday morning with conditions on Town Moor deteriorating rapidly on Friday with the prospect of more rain to materialise.

If the meeting does get the go ahead then it is highly likely Aidan O’Brien will enhance his terrific record in the Vertem Futurity Trophy with five of the six runners scheduled to go to post and the classy MOGUL (Doncaster, 3.25) is the one to beat.

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out the best tips for Saturday’s meetings at Cheltenham, Newbury and Doncaster… 



2.00 Cogry 2.35 

Quel Destin 

3.10 Duke Of Navan (nb) 

3.45 Theclockisticking 

4.20 Macgiloney 

4.55 Garo De Juilley 

5.30 Mustang Alpha 


2.00 The Young Master 

2.35 Quel Destin 

3.10 Marracudja 

3.45 Tobefair 

4.20 The Butcher Said 

4.55 Pym 

5.30 Barbados Buck’s 



1.45 Troubador 

2.15 Lost In Time 

2.55 Indianapolis 

3.25 Mogul 

4.00 Saaheq 

4.35 Oh This Is Us 

5.10 Zip 


1.45 Art Power 

2.15 Lost In Time 

2.55 Indianapolis 

3.25 Mogul (nap) 

4.00 Tarboosh 

4.35 Flying Pursuit 

5.10 Reloaded 



1.40 Apollinaire 

2.20 Royal Line 

2.50 Kinross 

3.20 Born With Pride

 3.55 Afraid Of Nothing 

4.30 Majestic Dawn 

5.05 Luna Magic 

5.35 Percy Prosecco 


1.40 Smokey Bear 

2.20 Royal Line (nb) 

2.50 Kinross 

3.20 Born With Pride 

3.55 Separate 

4.30 Majestic Dawn 

5.05 Peace Prevails 

5.35 Percy Prosecco 


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