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  • Cogry was a 10/1 winner for members of VG Tips who took the early price about the horse that was the runner up in the Scottish Grand National last April. Cogry won the very competitive 16 runner Class 2 handicap chase today and my other each way selection, Doing Fine, was third at 15/2.

    The suggested Ryam Moore win double also paid off when Sir Dancealot and Saxon Warrior won, the latter created an all time training record for Aidan O'Brien.

    Attention on Sunday turns to the big obstacles at Aintree where the Old Roan Chase appears . . .

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    By on 28th October 2017
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  • North Hill Harvey beat Sceau Royal by the margin of a neck on Friday. A neck! Agonising if you were on the runner up. A great feeling were you on the value winner from a young trainer going places, Dan Skelton.

    It got more painful for me. Flying Pursuit was a 12/1 tip to members for a race at Doncaster. What do you know? That was also beaten by a neck. It's a conspiracy I tell you! But I tipped that one each way so we were still in profit.

    Ryan Moore did win for us aboard 6 . . .

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    By on 27th October 2017
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  • Three winners from five races selected last Wednesday, including a 9/1 triumph from trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Sean Levey.

    The best of the flat season may be over, but there is still profit to be made if you are very selective and avoid the dross.

    Friday sees a mixture of flat racing and day one of a jumps meeting at Cheltenham.

    We'll know much more about the current form of these trainers, jockeys and horses when the Cheltenham Open meeting takes place in mid December. Right now, there are more questions than answers regarding the National Hunt . . .

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    By on 26th October 2017
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  • So Saturday went rather well.

    I was not keen on the whole concept of Champions Day when it was dreamt up and it has to be said that the meeting might have been killed off but for that year and day when Frankel blew us all away and gave flat racing a much needed boost.

    Champions Day last Saturday went well. The wind was not as strong as forecast and some top horses performed at the top of their game. It is now clearly a popular fixture that will stay the distance.

    At one point, late in the race, I . . .

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    By on 24th October 2017
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  • A headwind of between 30 and 40 mph is going to play a part in the outcome of all the races today. The horses will get cover from the stands in the latter part of the races, but front running horses will not be able to grab as big a lead as they may be used to if the wind is as strong into their faces as the forecast suggests it will be.

    Then there is the anticipated rainfall, on ground already described as soft. These races will not be to the liking of contenders who, to quote Colonel Jones . . .

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    By on 20th October 2017
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  • Two excellent winners of the big two feature flat races last Saturday. Withhold, a 12/1 each way selection, won the big field Casarewitch Handicap at Newmarket while my 8/1 each way option to the odds on favourite, U S Navy Flag, won the Dewhurst, also at Newmarket.

    A nice way to end the very profitable flat season. Or is it?

    National Hunt racing fans have been anxious. They want to know when I will begin attacking the new jumps season with gusto. Next week is the answer.

    I was tempted by some race meetings on Wednesday and Thursday . . .

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    By on 19th October 2017
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  • I was getting a little concerned when the day at Newmarket began with a bout of 'Seconditus.' Gavota having to make do with a runner up finish, beaten by a 25/1 outsider whose jockey had the common sense to race against the rail. That ensured he won the race while Gavota, out in the middle of the track, wandered.

    Sound and Silence had earlier also finished second, narrowly beaten by Abel Handy.

    But all came good when my 11/1 tip, Laurens, won the high profile Group 1 Fillies' Mile, just beating September. The pre race favourite, Happily, was . . .

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    By on 13th October 2017
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  • Newmarket looks like being sun kissed on Saturday. Drying ground will suit the very impressive Expert Eye, the 4/7 favourite to land the Dewhurst Stakes. Only nine go to post for that 3pm race on Saturday and I see that Ryan Moore has opted to ride US Navy Flag rather than Seahenge.

    Also on Saturday is the Cesarewitch handicap. My type of race. A Class 2 handicap of 36 intended runners so bookies should be offering returns about the first five or six past the post and there should be plenty of opportunities for me and fellow each way . . .

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    By on 12th October 2017
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  • We had a profitable time of things at VG Tips last weekend.

    The impressive winners were:- Roly Poly (5/1) and Darkanna (9/2)

    The profitable placed punts included:- Flying Sparkle and Snow Falcon, 14/1 each way tips when selected for members, they each finished second.

    Snow Falcon goes forward to the English Cesarewitch this weekend and looks a big price at 25/1. Snow Falcon was only beaten in the Irish version by an opponent that was 20 pounds better off on Sunday. As for the chances of Snow Falcon going one better this weekend, we shall first . . .

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    By on 10th October 2017
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  • We are almost at the cross over point. The time when I turn my back on the flat season, as it nears its proper end, and turn my attention to the jumps.

    We still have Champions Day to savour at Ascot later this month. The best of the best we’ve enjoyed watching this past flat season, taking each other on. Or, at least, some of them.

    The best National Hunt trainers are beginning to dust off their best jump racing horses and some appear for the first time this coming weekend, most of them in Ireland.

    But it’s . . .

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    By on 6th October 2017
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