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  • Racing Tips May 24

    By on 23rd May 2018

    I received a message recently from a loyal member asking about the odds I mention in my posts/e-mails to members.

    He'd missed some of the earlier prices and wanted to know how I went about this process.

    As members know, I offer analysis, selections and prices the day/night before the racing in question. I look out for the first prices in the market as they are often the best. Bet365 and Paddy Power are usually the first bookies to price up a race.

    If I see a first price I like the look of, I stop . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 19

    By on 18th May 2018

    I do like York. Both the place and the May meeting at the racecourse never lets me down.

    Between Wednesday and Friday I offered selections in eight races. Members of VG Tips have enjoyed winners at odds of 4/1 (NAP), 3/1, 5/2, 21/20 (NAP), along with each way profitable punts at 8/1 and 11/2. One win selection let us down by finishing second and there were only two races of the eight that did not return me and members money across the three days of the Dante meeting.

    On Friday Warsaan, a 5/2 . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 18

    By on 17th May 2018

    Coronet won for members on Thursday. She does hold her head in a strange position when racing, but the attractive looking grey filly raced away from the field to land the Group 2 Middleton Stakes with something to spare.

    In the feature race, the Group 2 Dante Stakes, my tip Roaring Lion won easily, going away at the finish. He justified my continued confidence in him and John Gosden is minded to send him to the Derby at Epsom on June 2nd and take on the hot favourite Saxon Warrior once again.

    I advised members on Wednesday that Roaring Lion . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 17

    By on 16th May 2018

    My NAP won on Wednesday. Give and Take was an excellent, value price and quite comfortable winner. Tipped up to members of VG Tips when available at 4/1 on Tuesday night, the William Haggas trained Give and Take won under a last to first ride by jockey James Doyle.

    It was a mixed day for the ever likeable Yorkshireman, William Haggas. His Tasleet incurred a minor injury overnight that prevented from him racing at York on Wednesday. The frustration of Haggas was evident in the interviews he gave after Give and Take won for members.

    One further thing to . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 16

    By on 15th May 2018

    We all have our favourite racecourses. When it comes to flat racing, York is mine. The Knavesmire is a beautiful setting at any time of the year, whether racing is on or not.

    Many moons ago I used to walk a dog I owned across the Knavesmire. You are allowed to and many people do. But not on race day.

    For many years it was the location for hangings (before my time). Later on it was the location for the York golf course. It is prone to flood during periods of heavy rain but if the Met Office is correct . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 12

    By on 11th May 2018

    There were some people who reckoned the much talked about low draw bias at Chester was a bit of a myth. I doubt they are saying that too loudly after the May meeting this past week.

    By far the majority of the winners on The Roodee this past three days came out of single figure stall numbers. That's worth remembering when you next have a bet at Chester.

    Another great looking racecourse awash with history is the Knavesmire at York. I miss the years of walking my dog on the Knavesmire on non racing days, obviously, and always enjoy . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 11

    By on 10th May 2018

    Sir Ryan Moore (I knighted him long ago as the Queen is taking far too long over it) had a good day at Chester.

    He won aboard my 5/4 tip Idaho but it was arguably his other winner, Rostropovich, that was more impressive when beating my fancy My Lord and Master into second. Ryan spoke highly of Rostropovich after the race and his words told me that, so far at least, this would be his second choice to ride in the Derby at Epsom early next month. Second behind the Evens favourite and stablemate, Saxon Warrior.

    Bookmakers reacted by . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 10

    By on 9th May 2018

    As with people, some horses like the heat of battle and others do not.

    I am now growing very concerned that the Aidan O'Brien trained Hunting Horn doesn't like a fight. That's only two races now but in both Hunting Horn has been racing fine until things get serious in the closing stages. He doesn't like being bumped. He was unlucky to some extent in both races, but was not going to win today at Chester. Disappointing. I fear O'Brien may pull Hunting Horn out of the Derby and my ambitious 66/1 ante-post . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 9

    By on 8th May 2018

    The Roodee racecourse is a rather remarkable place. There are plans to redevelop the main stand. I like it as it is. Old fashioned. Rustic. Good looking.

    The racecourse at Chester is pretty unique in this day and age. I like the place although I understand why some members of VG Tips, those who live in Chester, hate this week. All sorts of drunken hooray Henry's and Henrietta's make their way to Chester. Dressed in all their best clothing until, that is, alcohol and possibly bodily fluids ensure a dry cleaning bill is not too far away.

    I . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 7

    By on 5th May 2018

    Welcome to new members Vishall and Matthew and welcome back to David and Roger.

    The sun shone down on Newmarket at the weekend and the racecourse looked to be in excellent condition.

    I'm not convinced, however, that we can take too much out of the big races. Certainly not the 1000 Guineas on Sunday, won by 66/1 outsider, Billesdon Brook (a one time race winner for members of VG Tips).

    Those favoured in the betting market were well beaten, including the favourite Happily and the likes of stablemate I Can Fly and Soliloquy. Frankly, I would take the . . .

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