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  • Sam's Gunner won for us on Friday and was available at 9/4 on Thursday night.

    Sadly, Noel Fehily did not win the race named after him at Chepstow and my each way NAP Molly Carew could only finish seventh. Surprising. Disappointing. Sods law that the one I nap lets me down while the only other selection on the day goes and wins. Hopefully some members were on the winner.

    The choice of NAPS is based on price as much as anything else. I NAP when I believe the price is bigger than it should be and that the . . .

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    By on 2nd February 2018
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  • Less can be more when it comes to betting.

    Here is what I told members of VG Tips on Thursday evening, when I selected only two races to analyse for Friday:

    Taj Badalandabad.. is trained by David Pipe and won this very race from a four pound lower handicap mark in 2016. He carried 10 stone 10 that day. This time around he carries only 10 stone 1. That light weight has to offer him a chance of winning this race again.

    14/1 was available the night before racing. The . . .

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    By on 26th January 2018
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  • Odds on backers. Who would be one? For as long as I can recall it has been said that constantly backing odds on shots is the fast route to the poor house. And that is true. It is why I swerve them unless I think their price should be even shorter than it is. What do I mean by that?

    Let's say a horse is 4/5 but I think it should be 4/7. Then 4/5 may well represent value. I don't think 2/5 ever represents value (as Very First Time proved on Thursday). That . . .

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    By on 25th January 2018
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  • We had four winners last Saturday. La Bague Au Roi was great value at the advised price of 11/10 the night before racing. He won by 16 lengths.

    Un de Sceaux continues to win, without particularly impressing me. He won by 7 lengths, beating moderate opposition, and goes forward to a likely tougher task at the Cheltenham Festival.

    But not all horses can be as delightful to watch as The New One.

    I was screaming at the television, cheering on The New One - one of the most underrated horses of recent times - as he won the same race for . . .

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    By on 24th January 2018
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  • At least one bookmaker has taken a three figure sum from a punter who had left his or her account dormant for a period of time. This is not a one off. This is theft. How dare a multi million pound business confiscate monies from a client just because they have not used that account for a long period of time.

    The punter might be dead. He/she might not have checked his account for months. He/she might have forgotten their login details and not have reason to believe they had a few hundred quid in there. Who knows . . .

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    By on 19th January 2018
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  • A few years ago I sat down to interview the former multiple Champion National Hunt jockey AP McCoy. Why, I asked him, do jockeys and punters beat ourselves up about the win that got away?

    Because, he replied, it does not matter how good a day you've had riding or betting, it is the one you missed out on that nags you until bedtime. That from a man who rode so many winners.

    I reflected on that a couple of days ago when a 16/1 each way selection I changed my mind about went and won. Yes, I . . .

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    By on 18th January 2018
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  • While my own punting went wrong last Saturday, there were some horses that caught the eye wih a view to the Cheltenham Festival in March.

    Waiting Patiently impressed me greatly and I will be interested to see which race that one turns up in come March.

    Fountains Windfall also caught the eye when easily winning a Class 2 Chase at Kempton Park. The opposition the gelding faced on Saturday was not up to much, but you had to take note of the ease with which Fountains Windfall won.

    Indeed, quite a few of the races at Kempton on Saturday offered . . .

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    By on 16th January 2018
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  • Pride comes before a fall. That’s what my late mother would say when I was quick to brag about success on the field of sport. How right she was.

    Four winners from five races on Friday is followed by only one winner, the first selection, on Saturday.

    It is rare for the each way selections to fail to even get placed, but it happened today and I can only say ‘sorry.’ There were some surprisingly poor performances by certain horses and connections will have to look for explanations as to why their well fancied horses flopped on the day . . .

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    By on 13th January 2018
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  • 5 races selected on Friday and four winners - all odds against for those who took the early prices.

    They weren't the sort of prices that set my nightie on fire (so to speak), but a winner is a winner and I know that some members of VG Tips only want winners, regardless of price. They are not as keen as I am on finding something at a big price. I try to cater for all tastes and while I was personally not excited about the quality of racing on Friday, I am delighted to have delivered members four winners . . .

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    By on 12th January 2018
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  • There is an interesting article on the Racing Post website analysing how much jockeys earn. While even the most casual viewer of racing will have heard of the likes of Frankie Dettori, what the top few jockeys earn is a world away from what your average jockey makes from racing.

    For so many of them, the fee for riding will be all they get from a day 'at the office.' Winning would be a bonus. Jockeys, especially the young ones, often share a car to racecourses.  That way they can significantly reduce the individual travel costs. Imagine if all jockeys . . .

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    By on 8th January 2018
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