David Moyes reportedly sacked by Manchester United

Manchester United are expected to confirm shortly that they have parted company with manager David Moyes. He was given the job in July of 2013 on a six year contract. Outgoing manager Sir Alex Ferguson had told the board Moyes was the man to  Continue Reading …

moyes out

Barcelona – I think it’s all over

I recall the first night I saw FC Barcelona play live. It was just before Christmas, 2003. It was the wettest I have ever been at a football match. When it rains in Spain it does so in spectacular fashion. Areas of Malaga province flooded that  Continue Reading …

Real Madrid v Barcelona - Copa del Rey Final

Liverpool chase title honours 25 years after the Hillsborough tragedy

The football match between Liverpool and Manchester City last weekend was what I wish every game could be like. A passionate crowd. A fantastic atmosphere. Two attack minded teams. A referee who allowed the game to flow, and goals galore. That  Continue Reading …

liverpool players min silence pre man city

Give David Moyes time to use his ‘little, grey cells.’

Football management can age a man. Just look at the recent images of David Moyes. Ye Gods! I am not sure I have ever seen a man age so fast. What happened to the consistently fresh faced Moyes of Goodison Park days? He's like a man from  Continue Reading …

moyes and rooney

Ryan Moore rides 4 winners at Windsor…but don’t ask him about being champion jockey!

Ryan Moore remains my favourite flat jockey. I talk through the pocket. He's made me more profit than any other jockey on the flat. His friend Richard Hughes has been the champion flat jockey for the past two seasons, and deservedly so. The pair  Continue Reading …

ryan moore gets 2009 champion jockey trophy

Featured Racing

Racing Selections Easter Monday April 21st

REDCAR by Paul Ostermeyer

Many of you will have been taken to racing on a Bank Holiday as a child, as was I. A great day out, weather permitting. The sun shone on Lingfield and Musselburgh last Friday which resulted in record turn outs. I hope it  Continue Reading …

Racing Selections Saturday April 19th

It's always good to see photographs of a full racecourse. So I am delighted that, thanks no doubt to the sunshine coming out to play, Lingfield racecourse was full to capacity on Good Friday and, as ever, the crowds turned  Continue Reading …

Racing Selections Thursday April 17th

newmarket sunny view from stewards box photo by champion series

The Craven meeting at a sun kissed Newmarket got under way on Wednesday. There were some notable and noteworthy performances from horses that have entries in the big flat races of this season. True Story and Sandiva looked  Continue Reading …

Racing Selections Wednesday April 16th

ryan moore rides waila to victory by 10 lengths vg tips

There's some good looking race ahead for a Wednesday. And it's been a while since I could say that! The meeting at Newmarket will tell us plenty about which horses will be the stars of this flat season. And the jumps  Continue Reading …

Racing Selections Tuesday April 15th

EXETER

Life would be boring if, as a punter, all you did was back the favourite. And it is true that spending your days only backing odds on horses will see you gain admission to the poor house. At this stage of the respective  Continue Reading …

Racing Selections Saturday April 12th

AYR IN SUNSHINE by denise large

The winners at VG Tips on Friday included Bright Approach. This one was available at 4/1 when tipped up to members. The past the post price was only 11/4. Another of our winners, Western Hymn, was priced at 9/4 with Paddy  Continue Reading …

Featured Football

David Moyes reportedly sacked by Manchester United

moyes out

Manchester United are expected to confirm shortly that they have parted company with manager David Moyes. He was given the job in July of 2013 on a six year contract. Outgoing manager Sir Alex Ferguson had told the board  Continue Reading …

Midweek football tips April 21-23

tony pulis at palace

We had some good winning single bets at the weekend. Crystal Palace won for us yet again, this time at odds of 13/5, and Sheffield Wednesday finally came good for me with victory at odds of 19/5. The other winning tips  Continue Reading …

Barcelona – I think it’s all over

Real Madrid v Barcelona - Copa del Rey Final

I recall the first night I saw FC Barcelona play live. It was just before Christmas, 2003. It was the wettest I have ever been at a football match. When it rains in Spain it does so in spectacular fashion. Areas of  Continue Reading …

Weekend Football Tips April 18-20th

Bale celebrates copa del ray goal

It's been some week of football, both in the UK and overseas. In Spain, Barcelona face the increasing prospect of what I predicted they would face several months ago - a season without honours. I am writing about their  Continue Reading …

Liverpool chase title honours 25 years after the Hillsborough tragedy

liverpool players min silence pre man city

The football match between Liverpool and Manchester City last weekend was what I wish every game could be like. A passionate crowd. A fantastic atmosphere. Two attack minded teams. A referee who allowed the game to flow,  Continue Reading …

Give David Moyes time to use his ‘little, grey cells.’

moyes and rooney

Football management can age a man. Just look at the recent images of David Moyes. Ye Gods! I am not sure I have ever seen a man age so fast. What happened to the consistently fresh faced Moyes of Goodison Park  Continue Reading …

Featured Videos

Geoff Banks points the finger at Nicky Henderson

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 …