Alan Hansen – “Distraught” at how Brazil “capitulated”

Alan Hansen has used his final column for The Telegraph newspaper to express his overriding memories of the World Cup. Hansen, who has also quit his role as a BBC pundit, can recall the magical Brazil team of the 1970 Mexico World Cup. He was  Continue Reading …

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Stop messing with the mind of Messi

The level of criticism heaped on Lionel Messi since the final whistle blew on the World Cup final has left me saddened and dismayed. What kind of footballing world do we live in when so many football fans are keen to slag off such a talented  Continue Reading …

"The pain is very great" Lionel Messi

I love to say I told you so (in 2013) – Germany triumphant at World Cup (2014)

"If you haven't bet on Germany to win the 2014 World Cup, what are you waiting for?" Those were my words back in April 2013. I told members and non members alike that I fancied Germany to lift the World Cup in Brazil as long ago as February 2013.  Continue Reading …

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Ryan Moore – Something for the weekend

Ryan Moore has joined me in complaining about how the sport of racing serves up its best dishes on a Saturday. The former champion flat jockey is as concerned as I am, and many others who love the sport, about the fact that so much poor quality  Continue Reading …

ryan moore nice shot with orchestra

Luis Suarez set to sign for FC Barcelona

Reports in Spain suggest a deal is done and that Luis Suarez will shortly become a Barcelona player. Daft money is being spoken of, including the figure of 75 million Euros. Not bitcoins! What this move signals is a sea change in the attitude of  Continue Reading …

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Featured Racing

Racing Selections Tuesday July 22nd

tiggy wiggy wins

Saturday's racing was good quality and we have Glorious Goodwood coming to us soon. On Saturday Tiggy Wiggy was very impressive in winning with ease and, whether you took the 5/1 on offer when I tipped that one up, or the  Continue Reading …

Racing Selections Saturday July 19th

ryan moore talks about planned changes to the jockeys title

Baltic Brave and Cay Dancer delivered the goods today, at 4/1 and 6/1 respectively when selected. Cay Dancer was well backed during the day and came past the post first at just 11/4. Proof that others thought, like me,  Continue Reading …

Racing Selections Friday July 18th

newmarket sunny view from stewards box photo by champion series

OK. Time to take off the gloves. We've had some nice winners the past three days, some at decent prices. But they've been relatively easy to pick. On Friday I go into high risk strategy mode. I am taking on a few  Continue Reading …

Racing Selections Thursday July 17th

Brighton finish floating along highesie beats my Maid a Million pic by course

Billingsgate (5/2 when selected) and Innocently (3/1) were good winners for us on Wednesday. They followed on from the three winners the day before, Angel Flores at 10/3, Speed Hawk at 9/4 and Tanzeel at 15/8. No, you  Continue Reading …

Racing Selections Wednesday July 16th

Brown Panther wins easily at Sandown May 2014

At the time of writing Speed Hawk has won for us on Tuesday at odds of 9/4. Look back at my write up for that 3.15 race at Bath and you will see why I chose to back that one in opposition to the early favourite. Namely  Continue Reading …

Ryan Moore – Something for the weekend

ryan moore nice shot with orchestra

Ryan Moore has joined me in complaining about how the sport of racing serves up its best dishes on a Saturday. The former champion flat jockey is as concerned as I am, and many others who love the sport, about the fact  Continue Reading …

Featured Football

Alan Hansen – “Distraught” at how Brazil “capitulated”

hansen bbc picture

Alan Hansen has used his final column for The Telegraph newspaper to express his overriding memories of the World Cup. Hansen, who has also quit his role as a BBC pundit, can recall the magical Brazil team of the 1970  Continue Reading …

Stop messing with the mind of Messi

"The pain is very great" Lionel Messi

The level of criticism heaped on Lionel Messi since the final whistle blew on the World Cup final has left me saddened and dismayed. What kind of footballing world do we live in when so many football fans are keen to slag  Continue Reading …

I love to say I told you so (in 2013) – Germany triumphant at World Cup (2014)

germany celebrate

"If you haven't bet on Germany to win the 2014 World Cup, what are you waiting for?" Those were my words back in April 2013. I told members and non members alike that I fancied Germany to lift the World Cup in Brazil as  Continue Reading …

World Cup final preview and tips – Germany v Argentina

Germany v USA

Members of VG Tips were offered a tip for the winner of the World Cup 2014 as far back as February of 2013. Get on Germany I suggested. They were overpriced at 12/1. I got on. As recently as 27th June they were offered  Continue Reading …

World Cup Tips – Semi-Finals July 8/9th

world cup trophy and ball

On paper two cracking World Cup semi-finals await us. On Tuesday, the hosts Brazil play Germany. Brazil without their talisman Neymar and without their influential captain, Silva. Brazil will miss the pair and that will  Continue Reading …

Luis Suarez set to sign for FC Barcelona

camp nou empty

Reports in Spain suggest a deal is done and that Luis Suarez will shortly become a Barcelona player. Daft money is being spoken of, including the figure of 75 million Euros. Not bitcoins! What this move signals is a sea  Continue Reading …

Featured Videos

Meet Geoff Banks – Part 1 (of 3)

Geoof Banks by Edward Whitaker

In an age when punters think the only bookmakers are those faceless ones online, it is reassuring to know that there are still independent bookies working at racecourses. Geoff Banks is such a man.  Continue Reading …

Sunday Lunch with John Sitton – Part 2

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Walking into the warm and welcoming home of John Sitton on a Sunday is reassuring. A proper family sat around a dining table, eating fine food and discussing all manner of topics. It's Sunday  Continue Reading …

Meet Geoff Banks, Bookmaker – Part 2

geoff banks and naomi at work BIG

Geoff Banks is a bookmaker whose own father was a well know man of the turf. Indeed, John Banks was a legend of the betting ring. Geoff was brought up surrounded by the well known faces of racing. And  Continue Reading …