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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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  • Well that was another winning Saturday. And then some!

    7 days ago we were enjoying a 25/1 winner at VG Tips. Today, August 26th 2017, the winners came in at 16/1, 10/1 and 5/2. Three winners from the 5 races chosen.

    I did express to members that I had a good feeling about today, and I was proved right.

    Especially pleasing were the double figure priced wins by Nakeeta and Johnny Barnes. It is the case that I do best with bigger priced selections in handicaps. It has long been that way.

    Tomorrow probably does not . . .

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    By on 26th August 2017
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  • Which of us as punters has not celebrated a win that wasn't? Which of us thought the horse we had backed had come out on top at the line and would be proven to be the winner of a photo finish? Only to be gutted to see the photo prove otherwise.

    I was amazed Frankie Dettori punched the air when he thought he and Lady Aurelia had won the feature race on Friday. People at the track thought the same.

    But watching on TV I thought Marsha had caught Lady Aurelia on the line. I thought Marsha had her . . .

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    By on 25th August 2017
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  • Tangled, a 14/1 each way tip from me, won the first race of the day at York for members of VG Tips. And, of course, for that canny trainer, Richard Hannon. That's the second year running he has trained the winner of that particular race.

    Don't always believe jockey bookings. While Ryan Moore was booked to ride the more high profile Hannon horse, De Bruyne Horse, Hannon often uses the very able Sean Levey as a jockey and my eyes were drawn to Tangled not purely because of the subsequent form of a horse he beat in . . .

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    By on 24th August 2017
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  • The English weather has been the chief enemy of punters during this so called British summer.

    The heavens opened at York late on Wednesday morning and, within the blink of an eye, the official ground conditions altered from Good to Firm, Good in Places right through to Good to Soft, Soft in places. It was one of the fastest changes I have ever witnessed.

    I knew rain was expected at York on Wednesday and I told members of VG Tips that the Met Office had forecast rainfall. But I don't think anyone expected the deluge of rain that fell . . .

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    By on 23rd August 2017
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  • So, Vernon, why did you pick the winning 25/1 shot Mattmu as one of your two each way shots for the Class 2 handicap at Ripon last Saturday? It's been asked of me once or twice since.

    The clues were there. Long time members know I love to spot a previous Group class contender dropping back down into handicap company.

    I ask myself other questions when studying the form for handicaps. Has there handicap rating dropped? Has the horse raced well at that course in the past? Are the jockey bookings and draw good looking ones?

    True, there . . .

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    By on 22nd August 2017
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  • It's not only punters who, more and more, focus on the better quality racing. The better jockeys are doing the same.

    The likes of Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore now have their eyes set on York for four days of top quality racing next week.

    Yes, Frankie and Ryan competed today - each having a winner at Newbury - but both now restrict how often they travel long distances to ride in ordinary races (of which there are not shortage).

    Much is made elsewhere of the Champion flat jockey title, but these guys have been there and done that and don . . .

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    By on 18th August 2017
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  • No punter should stick with one jockey to the point of obsession. But any punter should get to know not only who are the best jockeys, but which do best for them over a period of time.

    I spotted the ability of Ryan Moore in his early days in the saddle. I saw that early confidence justified when he won for me at 66/1 during one night meeting at Sandown so many years ago that I cannot even recall the name of the horse.

    As with any jockey, he rides more winners at some courses than at others. He . . .

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    By on 17th August 2017
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  • It is that time of the year once more. The day when I ignore, rightly to my mind, the public relations man created race meeting called the 'Shergar Cup.'

    Female jockeys against the men, Britain and Ireland against the rest of the world, foreign jockeys who would never get to ride at Ascot but for this meeting, dreamt up challenges and races where the form book goes out of the window. The Shergar Cup is actually the 'It's a Knock Out' of racing and I ignore the meeting each year. Watch it if you wish, but my advice is . . .

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    By on 11th August 2017
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  • I'm writing this prior to the two Thursday evening selections racing.

    Sainted won for us by day, but at an odds on price.

    I have just spent hours this afternoon - several hours I tell you - looking at all the racing tomorrow, studying the form, looking for something to get excited about. I may as well have gone to bed, or for a very long walk.

    I can sum up the racing tomorrow in one word. Crap!

    Go to the pub, for a walk or to bed (but not the same one as me.)

    There are days like these, these . . .

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    By on 10th August 2017
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