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  • The 5/1 winning bet for Everton getting a draw at Anfield was most welcome for me and those members of VG Tips who followed me in.

    Liverpool may have one eye on their Champions League draw against Porto, which will not be easy. Jurgen Klopp needs to be careful that Liverpool don’t miss out on finishing the domestic season outside of the automatic qualification places come next May.

    Chelsea have, as predicted, drawn Barcelona. I look forward to those two legs next February. I still think Barca are overpriced to win the competition.

    So much attention is placed . . .

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    By on 11th December 2017
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  • Time to Move On was my sole winner on Friday but what a win. 10 lengths was the margin of victory over an odds on favourite. Time to Move On was available at 4/1 when tipped to members last night, at 9/2 shortly before the off, but was well backed late on and won at SP of 3/1. I think we should all be watching out for that one next time out.

    Barry Geraghty may not be having a great time of things over fences so far this season, but he won this 'bumper' for us and . . .

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    By on 8th December 2017
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  • Two tips on Wednesday. Thomas Patrick lost by the shortest of short heads to the well backed on the day eventual favourite called Pop Rockstar. But compensation came when Audacious Plan won for us at Ludlow. 3/1 when selected for members, he came past the post at an SP price of 5/2.

    For non members reading this introductory paragraph, here is a sample of the analysis members receive from me. In this instance, the reason why I chose the winner.

    "Audacious Plan makes plenty of appeal after his win in a higher grade of Chase than this . . .

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    By on 7th December 2017
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  • Napoli looks so beautiful in colour photographs. Dean Martin sung lovingly about the place. But I have removed Naples from my bucket list. I will not be spending a cent in the place. Leading 0-1 at pointless Feyenoord, the Napoli players jacked it in and contrived to lose to a team they had easily beaten once and which had previously been hopeless in the Champions League.

    Yes, I expressed my concern about Napoli in my previous football tips post. Yes, I still put them in the accumulator. Yes, they were the only team of the six to let down . . .

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    By on 6th December 2017
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  • Last weekend produced some excellent racing on Saturday and Sunday.

    I reflected on the Saturday races via my Sunday tips post.

    Apple's Jade won for members on Sunday and was value at the early price of 6/4. Value because it turned out that she beat Nicholls Canyon by 9 lengths. Apple's Jade goes forward to the Cheltenham Festival and she has to have a great chance of landing a big race next March.

    Meri Devie also returned us some each way profit when finishing second to the mentioned in despatches, David's Charm.

    There's nothing of . . .

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    By on 5th December 2017
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  • The last group games for the Champions League are played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Most of the usual suspects will go through to the knock out phase, although former finalists such as Atletico Madrid look like crashing out.

    And then there are the Italian teams. Backing them to win in this competition can be dicey, especially away from home. For example, will Napoli put out a weakened team when they travel to play a fairly hopeless Feyenoord? Italian teams that only require a draw are the best in the world at getting a draw. It has been that way all . . .

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    By on 3rd December 2017
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  • Having watched the gripping finish to the feature race at Newbury on Saturday, I feel for any punters who backed the narrowly beaten Whisper.

    The winner, Total Recall, got up to win late on and by the smallest of margins. Jockey Paul Townend was then given a four day ban for excessive use of the whip from the second last fence. So did Whisper lose the race because the jockey aboard the winner knowingly broke the whip rules? Probably. Only Townend knows if he deliberately used the whip too often.

    Instead of a four day whip ban, why not reverse . . .

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    By on 2nd December 2017
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  • Old Grangewood at 6/1 and Monbeg River at 11/4 were our winners on Friday.

    But there is one I wish I had been on and I would imagine very few punters were on it.

    Who doesn't like to see an outsider win a race? It's better when you have backed the winner, of course. But Beer Goggles leading from the front and beating Unowhatimeanharry and Thistlecrack in the feature race at Newbury on Friday was a delight to see. I doubt many people backed the surprise 40/1 winner, and the bookies bagging lots of money . . .

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    By on 1st December 2017
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  • Does it matter what a race is called? Does it matter if so many races nowadays are sponsored by bookies? It does to me.

    Call me a traditionalist (and I'd be flattered), but the loss of names such as the Hennessy Gold Cup makes the sport poorer. At least for me. I know that so many races would struggle to find a sponsor were it not for bookies stepping in to add their name to a race, but I come from an era when the likes of Mackeson sponsored a feature race, the Gold Cup at Cheltenham. Mackeson sponsored . . .

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    By on 30th November 2017
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  • So Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew are back in management. I have scribed my own views about these appointments here.

    Before 'Big Sam' had taken charge at Goodison Park, Everton thumped West Ham 4-0 at home. They were due to thrash some poorer outfit. And West Ham are certainly that. David Moyes will have his work cut out to keep the Hammers up. Their best hope is not their difficult Christmas campaign against the top teams, it is if there . . .

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    By on 29th November 2017
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