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  • Well Thursday was as trappy as I suspected but we had the last laugh on the day. Thanks to the in form jockey Andrea Atzeni, Laugh A Minute came from last to first to win for members of VG Tips. Some of my followers took the early price of 16/1. The past the post price was still a good one at 12/1.

    It's always worth keeping an eye out for a jockey and trainer combination that is in good form. Roger Varian and Atzeni are certainly that right now. I keep that in mind when studying the . . .

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    By on 14th September 2017
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  • The winning midweek tips included all four correct predictions in the Championship. Sheffield Wednesday at 21/20, Leeds at 8/11, Sheffield United at 29/20 and the draw between Wolves and Bristol City at 14/5. In League 1, Shrewsbury won for members of VG Tips at odds of 11/8.

    In total it was 5 winning tips from 8 selections. That'll do nicely, especially at those odds.

    After some European action in midweek, Premier League teams return to domestic action this weekend and football welcomes back Roy Hodgson. He's the new boss at Selhurst Park. 

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    By on 14th September 2017
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  • I'd first like to welcome aboard, or welcome back, Michael, James, Jonathan and Roger. Perhaps they subscribed to my latest newsletter, released on Wednesday and available free to one and all. It is good to have you along.

    Those who are returning lapsed members will likely recall how I work. Newbies will no doubt pick things up as we go along in our mission to beat the bookie over a period of many months. Something I have been doing, year on year, since 1998.

    Some days there are days of racing offering several potential value bets, win and . . .

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    By on 13th September 2017
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  • The flat season nears its end. It's been a good one for members of VG Tips but I am looking forward to the jumps season proper beginning in a few weeks.

    Before that we have the St. Leger at Doncaster on Saturday and, at the start of October, the Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe in France.

    For the St. Leger quite a gamble is taking place on Defoe. Twice a winner on soft ground (including for VG Tips members), Defoe should enjoy the soft conditions underfoot at Doncaster.

    Heavy rain is forecast for there on Wednesday, and showers . . .

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    By on 12th September 2017
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  • So the first Premier League manager to be sacked award goes to....Frank De Boer. He's been fired by Crystal Palace after only four games (and no goals). The Chairman wanted to change the way Palace played football. A club famed for its 'up and at 'em' style of play was put in the hands of a coach who believes in total football.

    That's like asking me to place bets on the plethora of TV shows bookies want you to bet on. I don't even know who the people are on so called 'reality' shows. So I . . .

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    By on 11th September 2017
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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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