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  • I'm writing this prior to the two Thursday evening selections racing.

    Sainted won for us by day, but at an odds on price.

    I have just spent hours this afternoon - several hours I tell you - looking at all the racing tomorrow, studying the form, looking for something to get excited about. I may as well have gone to bed, or for a very long walk.

    I can sum up the racing tomorrow in one word. Crap!

    Go to the pub, for a walk or to bed (but not the same one as me.)

    There are days like these, these . . .

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    By on 10th August 2017
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  • That UK summer has been at it again. Fortunately, we were not directly involved this time. Unless, that is, you grew impatient and tried to have a bet on woeful Wednesday.

    Chances are that, if you did, your horse was a non runner. That must have been an all time record for non runners that the sport witnessed on Wednesday. More non runners in West Yorkshire than I've had Pontefract cakes, and rain avoiding horses down south. It seems the UK had a deluge of rain today and that made a mockery of the intended racing up and down . . .

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    By on 9th August 2017
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  • Another football season begins and I take out from the cupboard my crystal ball. Shaped like a football, it is not sponsored by some corporate company. It's just a plain, old fashioned crystal ball I use each August in the hope that, come the following May, I appear to have all the skills of someone who can look into the future and predict some ups and downs in four divisions.

    Last season went well. When I look back at the predictions offered to existing members twelve months ago, forgive me for patting myself on the back. Many punters do . . .

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    By on 7th August 2017
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  • I am having to write this prior to the racing on Friday taking place, so I cannot refer back to the winners and/or losers.

    One question I've been asked by a couple of members is why I so often mention the subsequent or prior form of an opponent my selection has raced against. Do I, for example, put too much importance by what horses my selection has beaten in the past, have done since?

    I don't believe so.

    While the form of your selection being 'franked' by others subsequently is not a 100% guarantee that your horse . . .

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    By on 4th August 2017
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  • Winter, a daughter of the great Galileo, proved she stays over 1 mile and 2 furlongs despite racing on atrocious ground and into a head wind. Are there any doubters left? I hope not. What more can Winter to prove that she is not only nice looking, she is now a consistent winner at Group 1 level. The English and Irish 1000 Guineas, the Coronation Stakes and now the Nassau Stakes. This flat season, Winter has come, seen and conquered.

    As did Billesdon Brook, my most confident selection on Thursday and my chosen win NAP. If you get the chance . . .

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    By on 3rd August 2017
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  • Bloody weather!

    The one way you can be sure of ruining a day of racing (and betting) is a big change in the weather and the racetrack conditions.

    Glorious Goodwood was anything but on Wednesday. Unless you were a bookie. They were laughing up their damp sleeves as increasingly soft and heavy ground made a mockery of the form book and horses such as Churchill were withdrawn from races. Having seen Ribchester beaten by 20/1 shot Here Comes When in the feature race of the day, I can't help but think Churchill's trainer was wishing he'd . . .

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    By on 2nd August 2017
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  • It's back!

    Football returns to England with matches in the Championship, League 1 and League 2.

    Members of VG Tips enjoyed a very profitable time of things last season and I am hoping for more of the same this campaign.

    Much has changed during the summer and it will be weeks before it is clear which clubs are going to do be the most reliable to back. Across the leagues, managers and players have come and gone. The Premier League begins a week from now.

    Next week I will be sending out my pre-season tips for the season . . .

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    By on 1st August 2017
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  • I hate it when I have looked at one, fancied one, discounted it and then sit back to watch it win...at odds of 50/1.

    Had I known Breton Rock would be priced at even half that figure, I would have tipped the David Simcock runner as a hopeful of a place each way bet. Like the trainer, I did not imagine Breton Rock would go from last to first, coast down the outside of more established, seemingly higher quality opponents and win in very taking fashion. Breton Rock was one of the first I looked at for that . . .

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    By on 1st August 2017
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  • Frankie Dettori lost six pounds in seven days to ensure he could make the weight to ride our Enable to a comfortable victory in Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

    Frankie says he only ate fish and drank water. I could do that. But I suspect he also spent time in his home sauna. Credit to the dedication of jockeys like Dettori. Yes, the rewards for the best are great. But then so are the sacrifices.

    I'm glad Enable won for members. I was confident she would do and I did not understand the doubts of . . .

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    By on 30th July 2017
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  • I'm writing this prior to the racing on Friday taking place.

    The investigations into the cock up at Yarmouth on Thursday are ongoing, but at least bookies had the good grace to pay out on the cheated of defeat Fyre Cay. They didn't have to pay out on a well backed favourite that finished second to a horse that wasn't even supposed to be in the race, but they did. Some independent bookies, such as the Freddie Williams team based in Scotland, paid out on Fire Cay as the winner and, rightly in my opinion, considered the . . .

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    By on 28th July 2017
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