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  • Grand National 2018 ante-post preview

    By on 8th April 2018

    ANTE-POST ANALYSIS & SELECTIONS

    Aintree - Saturday April 14th

    5.15 - Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) over 4 miles, 2 furlongs and 74 yards

    At the time of writing, almost twice the number of actual runners come the day are declared to race. So this can only be a post about those most likely to actually be at post on the day, including those I have had an eye on for some time.

    How on earth I managed to make the winning One For Arthur my 40/1 each way tip . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 7

    By on 6th April 2018

    It's rare to have a space of four weeks between the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National at Aintree. We have an early Easter to blame for that.

    We have the weather to blame for how little racing there has been on turf this past week. When even race meetings in Ireland are called off due to waterlogged courses, then you know the rain has been heavy and plentiful.

    Here's hoping the weather does not spoil the Grand National in Liverpool a week tomorrow. Right now you would have to imagine it will take place on soft to . . .

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  • Next Racing Tips April 7

    By on 5th April 2018

    Turf racing has been decimated by the weather this past week. Waterlogged courses aplenty across the UK and Ireland.

    Wetherby has been called off on Friday which only leaves us with a poor quality meeting at Fontwell. A meeting that lacks any depth and includes a 3 horse race. No thanks!

    So the next intended 'Something for the Weekend' analysis and selections will be for racing on Saturday and Sunday.

    I shall be back in touch on that front later on Friday evening when we know which meetings will go ahead.

    In the meantime, I shall continue working on my . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 3

    By on 2nd April 2018

    First up, an apology.

    On Sunday afternoon I wrote up deep analysis and tips for four races at Fairyhouse. That post/e-mail included the Irish Grand National analysis sent out on Saturday.

    But when I came to send the Mail Chimp for all selections at Fairyhouse, I mistakenly sent out the Grand National tips only once again. The correct post was available in the members' enclosure at the website, but I simply copied and pasted the wrong post into Mail Chimp. So you received the same thing again and, if you relied only on Mail Chimp e-mails, you . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 2

    By on 1st April 2018

    On Sunday our Laurina once again proved she is a bit special, winning with plenty left in the tank once again. It's good when you spot one early in their career and they go on to justify your confidence. If Laurina is not winning a big race at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, I will be surprised.

    I enjoyed that race because the 1-2-3 tricast I suggested in my write up duly delivered. Laurina was followed home by Lackaneen Leader and Alletrix, in that order. A 1 Euro stake tricast at Fairyhouse would have returned you 22. I . . .

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  • Irish Grand National Racing Tips April 2

    By on 1st April 2018

    Monday is Irish Grand National Day.

    Regardless of which country a Grand National is staged, one central ingredient is required from the horses. Stamina.

    Have they got what it takes to race and stay over a monster trip of 3 miles and 5 furlongs on ground that is likely to be on the heavy side of soft? This race will test the stamina of the thirty contenders, many will not last the distance.

    While there has been the odd year when several have fallen, that is not usually the case for this race. But it is very much the case . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 1

    By on 31st March 2018

    The weather has certainly played havoc with racing this winter. It happens every year, of course. But several race meetings have been lost to snow, frost or rain already this winter and it looks as though the rain is on its way back for Sunday and Monday. Expect further meetings to be called off in the coming days.

    For the smaller racecourses, this can be very bad news for their financial well being. Some racecourses do not stage that many meetings per year, so when one or more are abandoned to the weather, the very survival of that racecourse is . . .

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  • Racing Tips March 31

    By on 30th March 2018

    I am always astonished and dismayed when I see some people on social media complaining that they have lost a bet because a horse has died in action or the jockey has, in their inexperienced eyes, not given their horse every chance of winning.

    I have never been a jockey. Chances are, neither have you. This week we learned the sad news that admirable jockey Pat Smullen has had to stand down from riding due to being diagnosed with a tumour.

    When you see news like that, it really doesn't matter that much if we as punters back a . . .

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  • Racing Tips March 29

    By on 28th March 2018

    Hello there good people of VG Tips land.

    I have studied the cards for Thursday's racing at Wetherby and Towcester and can find nothing to entice this punter at a nice price. It's pretty awful racing on offer.

    The most likely winners will be priced odds on and, as the first selection on Wednesday proved once again, backing too many odds on shots is the express route to the poor house. It answers those who ask why I refrain, more often than not, from backing horses at odds on prices. Quite frankly, too many of them do not . . .

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  • Racing Tips March 28

    By on 27th March 2018

    While some are getting excited about all weather flat racing on Good Friday, my attention is looking further ahead to jumps racing at Punchestown, Aintree and Ayr in April. Quality jumps racing.

    I'll get excited about the flat season when there is truly something to get excited about. That is, in my opinion at least, not the so called all weather championships at Lingfield on Friday. You're welcome to it. Or, as Steve McQueen said to Robert Vaughan in the film Bullitt: "You work your side of the street, I'll work mine."

    The National Hunt racing at . . .

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