Watch the racing, live or on TV. But, please, let’s stop shooting the messenger.

As I write, the Channel 4 racing team will be gearing up to cover Glorious Goodwood. The production team will rise early and prepare meticulously. They will undertake tasks you the viewer will not know about and would never see. I know. I have  Continue Reading …

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Saturday night was alright for members of VG Tips

Some members of my selections service had a few extra pounds to spend on Saturday evening. I know I did. Like me, they were on the filly Taghrooda (above) to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It is a race I have a good record in  Continue Reading …

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Glorious Goodwood begins – come join VG TIPS

I enjoyed Saturday's racing and especially the wins on Muthmir and Taghrooda. Hopefully my words did their job and my confidence in each selection came across to you. I was on Muthmir at 11/2 and was not surprised with the ease of victory.  Continue Reading …

Goodwood. Always glorious.

Glorious Goodwood previewed by Jim McGrath

One of the most knowledgeable men around racing is Jim McGrath. What he knows about the pedigree and breeding of thoroughbred racehorses makes me green with envy, writes Vernon Grant. We are very close in age and we have been watching racing for  Continue Reading …

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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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Watch the racing, live or on TV. But, please, let’s stop shooting the messenger.

c4 glorious goodwood

As I write, the Channel 4 racing team will be gearing up to cover Glorious Goodwood. The production team will rise early and prepare meticulously. They will undertake tasks you the viewer will not know about and would  Continue Reading …

Saturday night was alright for members of VG Tips

taghrooda wins the oaks

Some members of my selections service had a few extra pounds to spend on Saturday evening. I know I did. Like me, they were on the filly Taghrooda (above) to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It is a race  Continue Reading …

Glorious Goodwood begins – come join VG TIPS

Goodwood. Always glorious.

I enjoyed Saturday's racing and especially the wins on Muthmir and Taghrooda. Hopefully my words did their job and my confidence in each selection came across to you. I was on Muthmir at 11/2 and was not surprised with  Continue Reading …

Glorious Goodwood previewed by Jim McGrath

kingman and toronado by c4 racing

One of the most knowledgeable men around racing is Jim McGrath. What he knows about the pedigree and breeding of thoroughbred racehorses makes me green with envy, writes Vernon Grant. We are very close in age and we have  Continue Reading …

Racing Selections Saturday July 26th

Goodwood. Always glorious.

It's glorious Goodwood time next week. Some very good racing on what looks like being Good ground. Goodwood racecourse has the best backdrop and setting of any course in England. And Galway has the best in Ireland. Next  Continue Reading …

Racing Selections Friday July 25th

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What is value? That's what some people ask me from time to time. It varies from punter to punter. What represents value to me, may not do so to you. Some punters are as happy with a 4/7 winner as I am with a 11/2 winner  Continue Reading …

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

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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)

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"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

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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

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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 …

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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

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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 …