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  • I'm writing this after Fyre Cray was beaten a neck by a 50/1 outsider at Yarmouth. Proof positive that odds on shots can be beaten and that such low class races sometimes deliver a shock outcome. I don't mind being beaten by a 50/1 shot, good luck to anyone who backed that one. But I do very much object to being beaten by a neck. And there's worse to come. The winner - supposedly a previously unraced two year old called Mandarin Princess - turned out on further investigation to be a more experienced three year old . . .

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    By on 27th July 2017
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  • Last Saturday was a day to remember for members of VG Tips and I thank all of you who got in touch for your kind messages.

    3 winners from 4 races selected at odds of 12/1, 7/2 and 11/8 - and I warned people off the fourth race via Twitter once the ground conditions changed due to heavy rain.

    It was my sort of day because of the potential value on offer. In my opinion all three winners were value at their respective prices. Were I a bookie they would have all been priced at smaller odds.

    I . . .

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    By on 26th July 2017
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  • God Given 12/1, Magical Memory 7/2 and Jungle Cat 11/8 – VG Tips winners on Saturday

    By on 23rd July 2017

    No punter has a god given right to beat the bookie. But some do it better than others. On...

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  • More and more of the top trainers send their better horses to try and win races in France than used to be the case. Better prize money is the attraction. That and the idea of beating French opponents in their own backyard.

    I am sometimes asked why I don't touch races like those taking place across the English channel this weekend. It is because why I know all about the British or Irish horses being sent to race in France,  I know too little  about the French trained horses. Few UK so called experts do.

    I prefer to stick . . .

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    By on 21st July 2017
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  • I'm writing this before the majority of Thursday's selections have raced, so I press on with racing on Friday.

    It is often the case that the usual suspects come to the fore at this time of the year. By that I mean owners such as Godolphin. The boys in blue clearly have several promising two year olds making their debuts this summer. A few of them have already won first time out and others are set to race in the coming days.

    It's not so long ago that people were wondering if the days of Godolphin dominance . . .

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    By on 20th July 2017
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  • It was only last weekend but it seems a very long time ago that 6/1 selection Harry Angel beat the slow out of the stalls, previously unbeaten Caravaggio. While I would not write off the last named, I would be backing Harry Angel to get the better of Caravaggio should they meet again this season.

    I was lost in admiration for my hero Ryan Moore as he got Gustav Kimpt to the rail to win despite the young horse having found trouble in running in the closing stages of that race. It looked all over for Gustav Klimpt at . . .

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    By on 19th July 2017
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  • The Roly Poly and Clemmie double paid off for those who took my advice. But  I really should have stuck to my guns and tipped them each as single win bets, even though the prices were shorter than ideal. As it turned out, the betting market had the right favourite in the Falmouth Stakes. I was delighted to see Roly Poly win such a big race and Wuheida looked good in second, returning from injury. That one will win a race again before too long.

    There are many rules that should be followed by any punter.

    One is this: Once . . .

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    By on 14th July 2017
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  • Thursday - another fine day of profitable punting. 2 NAPS won - at odds of 12/1 and 7/1 when selected for members.

    Spring Cosmos justified my confidence racing for the first time. Tipped up to members as a win bet when available at 7/1 and 13/2, the Godolphin newcomer came home first at a mere 9/2. The early bird punter catches the value once again.

    Cardsharp did it again for members. Despite playing up before the race, my 12/1 each way NAP romped home with something to spare and looks as if he has another win . . .

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    By on 13th July 2017
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  • Some of us recall the days when Sir Michael Stoute was my favourite trainer when it came to returning good annual profit through betting.

    I miss the days when the then emerging jockey Ryan Moore was stable jockey for Stoute and the pair combined to land some of the biggest races, and some of my fondest winning bets.

    Stoute did the business for VG Tips members again last Saturday when 8/1 tip Ulysses won the big race at Sandown. Albeit by a whisker.

    I was pleased to hear some members took it upon themselves to put the two horses . . .

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    By on 12th July 2017
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  • Ulysses an 8/1 winner for members of VG Tips

    By on 11th July 2017

    Winning on a bet by a whisker makes up for those days when you lose by a nose. I...

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