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  • Racing Tips July 21

    By on 20th July 2018

    So how do you like to bet?

    Are you, like me, someone who prefers to look for something at a big each way price and take a chance on that one winning (as per my 22/1 and 20/1 winners of both the English and Irish Derby?)

    Or are you a win only punter?

    I am both. I will always prefer taking money from the satchel of a bookie via one at a double figure price, on each way terms, regardless of whether that horse wins or simply finishes in the frame and returns me some tasty profit.

    Over . . .

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  • Racing Tips July 20

    By on 19th July 2018

    A 7/2 winner is not to be sniffed at.

    As suggested to members of VG Tips, the talented jockey Rachel Richardson ensured that my 7/2 tip last night, Gullane One, led from start to finish to win at Hamilton.

    Desert Fire also won on the day but I told members I would not be touching the 1/7 favourite at Leicester as that sort of price is too short for my personal betting tastes. Compared to the ludicrous SP price of 1/16, Desert Fire was almost value at 1/7!

    Why offer tips at such odds if . . .

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  • Racing Tips July 19

    By on 18th July 2018

    The Cheltenham Gold Cup is to be sponsored by a company that produces cider. It used to be sponsored by a champagne. Is this a sign of the race appealing more to those who drink cheaper booze at Prestbury Park? Probably not.

    I don't bother too much with who sponsors races. I loathe seeing traditional sponsors lose their gig, only for it to be handed over to one of the big online bookmakers.

    I shall forever call the Gold Cup at Newbury the Hennessy Gold Cup. No amount of people telling me that Ladbrokes now sponsor the race will . . .

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  • Racing Tips July 14

    By on 13th July 2018

    Alpha Centauri once again proved she is classy when easily winning the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday. Her third consecutive Group 1 victory so far this season.

    As members of VG Tips know, personally I am not one to bet odds on unless I believe the early price on offer does itself reflect value even when odds on. That was the case yesterday when I wrote to members about the Falmouth Stakes. At 8/15 Aplha Centauri was definitely a bet. She won at SP odds of only 4/9. I was on at the first price. I would . . .

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  • Racing Tips July 13

    By on 11th July 2018

    Every owner, every racehorse trainer has their day in the sun. I recall asking the multiple champion jump jockey if punters should follow the form of any one particular stable. If a particular trainer is firing home winner after winner, should us punters back that trainers horses blindly.

    Tony McCoy said that while the form of a trainer is an important consideration for punters, the simple fact is that the form of a trainer can change for the worse at any time, and for reasons none of us can understand.

    The same applies with owners. There was a time not . . .

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  • Racing Tips July 12

    By on 10th July 2018

    Although there are meetings elsewhere on Thursday, the quality race meeting is at the home of flat racing, Newmarket.

    If you can ever get to a race meeting there, do so. Almost as good is to go to the Newmarket gallops early one morning. That way you get to see some of the finest thoroughbred racehorses exercising for free. The Newmarket heath is public land so you can go there for a walk and enjoy seeing horses up close and personal. I haveenjoyed doing that in the past and plan to do so again in the future.

    The three day . . .

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  • Racing Tips July 7

    By on 6th July 2018

    Why doesn't the Queen just get on with it?

    It is time jockey Ryan Moore was officially Sir Ryan Moore. I wish I had kept a total of how many winners he has ridden to victory for me. How much profit he has so far delivered me over three decades.

    He did it again on Friday. Well Done Fox was a 4/1 tip to members of VG Tips on Thursday night and the reasoning behind my thinking was explained clearly to them. Well Done Fox won the first race I selected for analysis on the day and the . . .

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  • Racing Tips July 6

    By on 5th July 2018

    So Saxon Warrior has been entered for the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday. So soon after disappointing in both the English and Irish derbies. This is a bold move by trainer Aidan O'Brien. It could be an inspirational decision or backfire badly, so endangering his stud value later in life.

    O'Brien may use stablemates Happily or Cliffs of Moher as pacemakers for Saxon Warrior on Saturday. Even so, Saxon Warrior will have to get the better of my 20/1 winner of the English Derby, Masar, and Group 2 winner Roaring Lion.

    By the way, some . . .

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  • Racing Tips July 5

    By on 4th July 2018

    So last weekend went well for members of VG Tips.

    6 winners from 8 races selected on Saturday and one winner from two races selected on Sunday.

    Clearly the 22/1 winner of the Irish Derby had to be the highlight of my tipping day. Latrobe did the business for members, so ensuring that in June, we backed the winner of both the English and Irish derbies. Not bad.

    I was also particularly pleased that Battle of Jericho justified my confidence. I confess to stopping what I was typing last Friday afternoon and immediately taking, on each way terms, the . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 30 & July 1

    By on 29th June 2018

    VG Tips members enjoyed backing my 20/1 winning NAP of the English Derby, Masar. This weekend sees the Irish Derby staged at the Curragh. Masar is not there and the race is not as strong as the English version, but it is a retrieval mission for Saxon Warrior, who was so disappointing at Epsom.

    The racing at the Curragh over the weekend is dominated by the master trainer, Aidan O'Brien. The Coolmore operation has so very many of the best thoroughbred racehorses in Ireland. Racing is in the O'Brien blood and he runs a tight ship. Now . . .

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