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  • Two winners from three selections on Friday. Just for a moment there, I thought Ryan Moore was going to deliver the hat trick. But if you took the early prices about Speak in Colours (3/1) and Herculean (15/8) you were well ahead of the SP odds. Sadly, Alqamar was beaten half a length into second. But if you played the Ryan Moore connected each way treble, you are also in profit tonight.

    Friday was easy in comparison to Saturday and Sunday. So much of the best racing is now reserved for the weekend and the next 48 hours . . .

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    By on 8th September 2017
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  • The transfer window was its usual bizarre self. The sooner clubs cannot sign anyone after the start of the season, or at least until January, the better for all of us. Especially us punters. We make predictions before a ball has been kicked in August and then, a matter of weeks later, some clubs buy like there is no tomorrow while others sell the family silver. All of a sudden, the likely fortunes of those clubs change dramatically.

    I found it interesting that a few players turned down the chance to join the current Premier League champions Chelsea. Do they . . .

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    By on 7th September 2017
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  • Last weekend was another cracker for members of VG Tips. A third consecutive Saturday of winners at good prices.

    Thank you to those who got in touch with nice messages and congratulatory comments. It's always reassuring to know I am not just doing this for myself.

    Mutakatif got members off to a winning start at Chester while, down at Sandown, Masar impressed many when winning for us at 2/1.

    Take Cover, a 5/1 tip from me the day before racing, did the business in the 5 furlong Beverley Bullet race. Here is what I told members about . . .

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    By on 6th September 2017
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  • What qualities does one need to be a long term profitable punter, asks one new member.

    Patience is certainly one. In my forthcoming new series of video diaries I talk about the most common mistakes punters make. It's not backing a loser. Any of us can do that from time to time. It's betting too often that sees punters lose heart.

    They have money in their online account, staring out at them, and they get twitchy fingers. They look for a race in which they can bet. Or they try to find any sporting fixture to attract their . . .

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    By on 1st September 2017
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  • I'd like to welcome new members aboard. Three of them have taken advantage of the cut price annual offer that closes at midnight tonight, August 31st.

    Over the next 12 months they will learn, if they don't already know, that a year of punting is akin to being aboard a cruise liner for a long stretch. At different times the ride can get rocky. They'll be days when the entertainment on offer on board is poor. They'll be the odd day when you want to throw yourself overboard. But, in the main, the journey will be . . .

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    By on 31st August 2017
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  • It's funny how you can have a brilliant time of things betting on one sport on one particular weekend, only for bets on the other sport to let you down.

    Last weekend members of VG Tips had a good time of things at the races. A hat trick of big price winners. When it came to the football my selections were few in number. But were all rubbish.

    This may not be what new annual members Riki and Henru want to be reading right now, they having wisely just taken advantage of the cut price one year offer that . . .

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    By on 29th August 2017
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  • Well that was another winning Saturday. And then some!

    7 days ago we were enjoying a 25/1 winner at VG Tips. Today, August 26th 2017, the winners came in at 16/1, 10/1 and 5/2. Three winners from the 5 races chosen.

    I did express to members that I had a good feeling about today, and I was proved right.

    Especially pleasing were the double figure priced wins by Nakeeta and Johnny Barnes. It is the case that I do best with bigger priced selections in handicaps. It has long been that way.

    Tomorrow probably does not . . .

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    By on 26th August 2017
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  • Which of us as punters has not celebrated a win that wasn't? Which of us thought the horse we had backed had come out on top at the line and would be proven to be the winner of a photo finish? Only to be gutted to see the photo prove otherwise.

    I was amazed Frankie Dettori punched the air when he thought he and Lady Aurelia had won the feature race on Friday. People at the track thought the same.

    But watching on TV I thought Marsha had caught Lady Aurelia on the line. I thought Marsha had her . . .

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    By on 25th August 2017
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  • Some weeks there are plenty of prices to attract a punter who loves betting on football. You can be spoilt for choice. On other weekends, there might be very little to entice you, largely due to the odds on offer. This weekend falls into the latter category, at least for me.

    I have to look a little deeper, perhaps for some other bets rather than which team might win a particular game. Which player is in scoring form and is a decent price to score anytime? Which player has a good 'assist' record and might be a bet to lay . . .

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    By on 25th August 2017
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  • Tangled, a 14/1 each way tip from me, won the first race of the day at York for members of VG Tips. And, of course, for that canny trainer, Richard Hannon. That's the second year running he has trained the winner of that particular race.

    Don't always believe jockey bookings. While Ryan Moore was booked to ride the more high profile Hannon horse, De Bruyne Horse, Hannon often uses the very able Sean Levey as a jockey and my eyes were drawn to Tangled not purely because of the subsequent form of a horse he beat in . . .

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    By on 24th August 2017
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