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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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  • Next week, from the 13th of July onwards, we can look forward to a top class meeting at Newmarket. Three days of some very good flat racing and a meeting I always enjoy. Racing needs more quality meetings. Less dross. Fewer race meetings that exist purely for the benefit of the bookies.

    Those who run racing have been obsessed in recent years with attracting youngsters to attend in person. They do so at the risk of forgetting, or alienating, old farts like me. Granted, I'm not that old, but I was taken to racecourses by my Dad from a . . .

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    By on 7th July 2017
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  • Race form is not always about the here and now. Some races are worth watching purely to pick one out of the race with an eye to the future.

    Ryedale Encore went off as the rank outsider in a race at Haydock on Thursday. As with many a horse racing for the very first time, it took a while for the penny to drop as to what was expected of the two year old filly that was foaled as recently as April. But she got the message, albeit too late to finish better than fourth. What was obvious is that . . .

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    By on 6th July 2017
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  • You see the names of racecourses such as Newbury and Epsom and you presume the racing on offer must be good quality. Not so tomorrow, Thursday.

    Some muddling races the outcome about which I would not claim to be confident.

    New, returning and long serving members know that I try to express confidence about certain days of racing and the races on offer. Last Saturday I had a good feeling about the races and the selections and I expressed that gut feeling - and we did very nicely, thank you.

    I have studied all the cards for tomorrow and confess there . . .

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    By on 5th July 2017
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  • Saturday! Saturday!

    What a day that was. A mixed bag. But a profitable one.

    In brief, the winners were the much talked about (by me) Beckford. Tipped when available at 15/2 and 7/1, I was pleased that Beckford justified my confidence following all the analysis I put into the Group 2 Railway Stakes at the Curragh. The clues were there and I passed them on to my followers.

    Home of the Brave was another good winner for us on the day, this time at Newmarket. Those punters who took the first price of 3/1 got the value . . .

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    By on 1st July 2017
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