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  • Oaks and Derby preview and bets

    By on 31st May 2017

    This weekend brings us two of the best races of the flat season. On Friday, it's the turn of...

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  • Super Saturday for VG Tips members. 5 winners from 6 races

    By on 28th May 2017

    Didn’t we do well? I am speaking about VG Tips members last Saturday, May 27th. Despite the fast changing...

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  • It's been a dry, hot week across the UK and over in Ireland. Racecourses have been drying out after the deluge of rain that fell a week or two ago.

    The weather changes this weekend. Storms and rain are forecast for the West of England and it's only a question of how early that falls, and how heavy the rain is.

    It matters.

    The whole make up of a race can change in the space of an hour if there is serious rainfall. Haydock Park is a course where the words Good to Firm are rarely used. With . . .

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    By on 26th May 2017
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  • There are some big races approaching.

    At Haydock on Saturday, the Temple Stakes will take place on ground firmer than is the norm at that often rain soaked, heavy going racecourse. While thunderstorms are predicted for the West of England on Saturday, the rain may not arrive in time for this race.

    Trainer Karl Burke will walk the course before the race to decide if his entrant, the favourite Quiet Reflection, will take part in the race. Burke is hopeful that will be the case. Washington DC could offer the main threat to the favourite.

    This time next week I . . .

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    By on 25th May 2017
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  • The flat season is, like the UK weather, hotting up. Soon it will be time for the Oaks and the Derby and, soon, members of VG Tips will be receiving my latest ante-post thoughts about those high profile races.

    On Thursday a sun kissed Sandown should attract a good post work crowd for a decent meeting at a racecourse I have always liked. Sandown was the venue for one of my most inspired on course bets, a 66/1 winner ridden by a very young Ryan Moore. The Chelsea football squad were there that day and John Terry, no . . .

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    By on 24th May 2017
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  • If you don't think breeding matters when it comes to winning races, then look away now.

    Sons of Yeats and High Chaparral both won well on Friday. They were, respectively, Lord Yeats and Main Desire. Both impressed and should be put in your notebook.

    Some days taking on the obvious favourites is the path to take to profitable punting. On other days, the obvious ones win and you wish you had simply stuck with the. Friday was the latter.

    The Queen owned Dartmouth proved to be a solid horse and won in taking fashion on the day.

    Having fired . . .

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    By on 19th May 2017
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  • Chelsea won the Premier League, as predicted here last September. Tottenham ran them close and in many other seasons, Spurs would have won the title. But Antonio Conte made Chelsea hard to beat  from October 1st onwards and players who had downed tools for their previous manager, pulled their fingers out for their current one.

    Spurs fans can celebrate finishing higher than local rivals, Arsenal. It is the case that Tottenham have played some attractive football this season. Their problem next season may be having to play their home matches at Wembley. That plan did not work well for Arsenal . . .

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    By on 19th May 2017
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  • What a pity that the ground conditions led to trainer John Gosden withdrawing the two stars he had set to race on Thursday, So Mi Dar and Cracksman.

    Taking Cracksman to the Derby at Epsom next month on the back of only a couple of runs is a high risk strategy. His absence left it open for Permian to win the Dante Stakes at York at a great price of 10/1. I really should have tipped that one each way.

    There was very little between Cracksman and Permian when the former beat the latter at Epsom last month. Cracksman . . .

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    By on 18th May 2017
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  • The heavens opened at York on Wednesday and several horses were withdrawn by their trainers.

    But what's bad for some was good for others. For us it was a case of placed profit via each way bets.

    Some bookies returned on the first five home in the first race of the day. Qassem, a 20/1 tip yesterday, raced well, tired late on but held on for fifth, so I made profit on that bet.

    When conditions turned awful, I tweeted (@betonsportstips) that Lexington Abbey was a non runner and so I suggested having a small each way bet . . .

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    By on 17th May 2017
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  • There is only one downside to fabulous each way returns such as that we enjoyed last Saturday. Some people expect that to happen every week!

    It can't, of course. But you often find as a punter that you have a good or great run of things, only to be followed by a downturn in fortunes. And then, sooner or later, the sun comes out again and it seems you can't do . . .

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    By on 16th May 2017
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