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  • Racing Tips July 6

    By on 5th July 2018

    So Saxon Warrior has been entered for the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday. So soon after disappointing in both the English and Irish derbies. This is a bold move by trainer Aidan O'Brien. It could be an inspirational decision or backfire badly, so endangering his stud value later in life.

    O'Brien may use stablemates Happily or Cliffs of Moher as pacemakers for Saxon Warrior on Saturday. Even so, Saxon Warrior will have to get the better of my 20/1 winner of the English Derby, Masar, and Group 2 winner Roaring Lion.

    By the way, some . . .

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  • So here we are at the quarter final stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. What have we learned and which pre-tournament fancies have so far paid off?

    We have learned some things we sort of knew already. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo cannot win a World Cup for Argentina or Portugal on their own.

    An era of glorious Spanish football has come to an end. Andres Iniesta joins his friend Xavi in retiring from International football and with it begins a period of rebuilding and deep thinking for Spain. Passing the ball a zillion times is all . . .

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  • Racing Tips July 5

    By on 4th July 2018

    So last weekend went well for members of VG Tips.

    6 winners from 8 races selected on Saturday and one winner from two races selected on Sunday.

    Clearly the 22/1 winner of the Irish Derby had to be the highlight of my tipping day. Latrobe did the business for members, so ensuring that in June, we backed the winner of both the English and Irish derbies. Not bad.

    I was also particularly pleased that Battle of Jericho justified my confidence. I confess to stopping what I was typing last Friday afternoon and immediately taking, on each way terms, the . . .

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  • Two Derby winners in June for members of VG Tips. 6 winners on super Saturday

    By on 1st July 2018

    To tip the winner of one Derby at 20/1 can appear to be fortunate. To tip the winner of...

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  • That was 93 minutes of my life I shall never get back.

    I refer to the bore that was the game between Belgium reserves and England reserves, the former coming out on top by the only goal of the game. Clearly the Belgium goalscorer did not receive the memo saying that the object of the game was to make sure they did not win.

    Belgium made 9 changes to their line up. England manager Gareth Southgate made 8 changes. A decision made before the outcome of games earlier that day that resulted in Japan being the immediate opponents for Belgium . . .

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    By on 29th June 2018
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  • Racing Tips June 30 & July 1

    By on 29th June 2018

    VG Tips members enjoyed backing my 20/1 winning NAP of the English Derby, Masar. This weekend sees the Irish Derby staged at the Curragh. Masar is not there and the race is not as strong as the English version, but it is a retrieval mission for Saxon Warrior, who was so disappointing at Epsom.

    The racing at the Curragh over the weekend is dominated by the master trainer, Aidan O'Brien. The Coolmore operation has so very many of the best thoroughbred racehorses in Ireland. Racing is in the O'Brien blood and he runs a tight ship. Now . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 29

    By on 28th June 2018

    Royal Ascot delivered me eight winners across the five days, plus a few each way placed punts at odds of up to 28/1. So a decent Ascot. Not a great one, but not a bad one either. Seven of those eight winners were priced odds against, including winners at 11/1, 10/1 and 9/1.

    At the prices on offer when the selections were sent to members, and in order of appearance, my Royal Ascot winners at VG Tips were:- Blue Point 9/1, LagostoVegas 11/1, Expert Eye 9/1, Hunting Horn 13/2, Stradivarius (NAP) 9 . . .

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  • Win some, lose some. That’s the life of a punter. Take it or leave it.

    By on 24th June 2018

    If ever the working life and fortunes of a punter and tipster could be captured in the space of...

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  • It’s a long time since I came across such a non story receving so much publicity. I refer to the revelation that is the planned England starting 11 for their match against Panama.

    The usually very cautious assistant to manager Gareth Southgate was careless when carrying a piece of paper with the names on it. Photographers were able to capture the image. What followed was some utter hogwash from players past and present about how sports journalists should not print those details.

    1. It is their job to do so. They would be failing in their job if they . . .

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    By on 23rd June 2018
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  • Racing Tips June 23

    By on 22nd June 2018

    Hunting Horn won for us on Thursday despite losing a shoe in running and being reported to be lame on arrival home. It was a gripping finish to the Gold Cup at Ascot and a super ride by Frankie Dettori, his 60th career winner at Royal Ascot.

    There was a time a few years ago when I doubted the future of Dettori. He lost his way personally and was ditched by the then all conquering Godolphin operation for which he had ridden so very many Group class winners.

    Frankie is a moody character. Without wishing to enter into stereotypes, of . . .

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