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  • That UK summer has been at it again. Fortunately, we were not directly involved this time. Unless, that is, you grew impatient and tried to have a bet on woeful Wednesday.

    Chances are that, if you did, your horse was a non runner. That must have been an all time record for non runners that the sport witnessed on Wednesday. More non runners in West Yorkshire than I've had Pontefract cakes, and rain avoiding horses down south. It seems the UK had a deluge of rain today and that made a mockery of the intended racing up and down . . .

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    By on 9th August 2017
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  • I am having to write this prior to the racing on Friday taking place, so I cannot refer back to the winners and/or losers.

    One question I've been asked by a couple of members is why I so often mention the subsequent or prior form of an opponent my selection has raced against. Do I, for example, put too much importance by what horses my selection has beaten in the past, have done since?

    I don't believe so.

    While the form of your selection being 'franked' by others subsequently is not a 100% guarantee that your horse . . .

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    By on 4th August 2017
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  • Winter, a daughter of the great Galileo, proved she stays over 1 mile and 2 furlongs despite racing on atrocious ground and into a head wind. Are there any doubters left? I hope not. What more can Winter to prove that she is not only nice looking, she is now a consistent winner at Group 1 level. The English and Irish 1000 Guineas, the Coronation Stakes and now the Nassau Stakes. This flat season, Winter has come, seen and conquered.

    As did Billesdon Brook, my most confident selection on Thursday and my chosen win NAP. If you get the chance . . .

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    By on 3rd August 2017
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  • Bloody weather!

    The one way you can be sure of ruining a day of racing (and betting) is a big change in the weather and the racetrack conditions.

    Glorious Goodwood was anything but on Wednesday. Unless you were a bookie. They were laughing up their damp sleeves as increasingly soft and heavy ground made a mockery of the form book and horses such as Churchill were withdrawn from races. Having seen Ribchester beaten by 20/1 shot Here Comes When in the feature race of the day, I can't help but think Churchill's trainer was wishing he'd . . .

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    By on 2nd August 2017
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  • I hate it when I have looked at one, fancied one, discounted it and then sit back to watch it win...at odds of 50/1.

    Had I known Breton Rock would be priced at even half that figure, I would have tipped the David Simcock runner as a hopeful of a place each way bet. Like the trainer, I did not imagine Breton Rock would go from last to first, coast down the outside of more established, seemingly higher quality opponents and win in very taking fashion. Breton Rock was one of the first I looked at for that . . .

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    By on 1st August 2017
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  • Frankie Dettori lost six pounds in seven days to ensure he could make the weight to ride our Enable to a comfortable victory in Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

    Frankie says he only ate fish and drank water. I could do that. But I suspect he also spent time in his home sauna. Credit to the dedication of jockeys like Dettori. Yes, the rewards for the best are great. But then so are the sacrifices.

    I'm glad Enable won for members. I was confident she would do and I did not understand the doubts of . . .

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    By on 30th July 2017
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  • I'm writing this prior to the racing on Friday taking place.

    The investigations into the cock up at Yarmouth on Thursday are ongoing, but at least bookies had the good grace to pay out on the cheated of defeat Fyre Cay. They didn't have to pay out on a well backed favourite that finished second to a horse that wasn't even supposed to be in the race, but they did. Some independent bookies, such as the Freddie Williams team based in Scotland, paid out on Fire Cay as the winner and, rightly in my opinion, considered the . . .

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    By on 28th July 2017
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  • I'm writing this after Fyre Cray was beaten a neck by a 50/1 outsider at Yarmouth. Proof positive that odds on shots can be beaten and that such low class races sometimes deliver a shock outcome. I don't mind being beaten by a 50/1 shot, good luck to anyone who backed that one. But I do very much object to being beaten by a neck. And there's worse to come. The winner - supposedly a previously unraced two year old called Mandarin Princess - turned out on further investigation to be a more experienced three year old . . .

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    By on 27th July 2017
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  • Last Saturday was a day to remember for members of VG Tips and I thank all of you who got in touch for your kind messages.

    3 winners from 4 races selected at odds of 12/1, 7/2 and 11/8 - and I warned people off the fourth race via Twitter once the ground conditions changed due to heavy rain.

    It was my sort of day because of the potential value on offer. In my opinion all three winners were value at their respective prices. Were I a bookie they would have all been priced at smaller odds.

    I . . .

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    By on 26th July 2017
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  • More and more of the top trainers send their better horses to try and win races in France than used to be the case. Better prize money is the attraction. That and the idea of beating French opponents in their own backyard.

    I am sometimes asked why I don't touch races like those taking place across the English channel this weekend. It is because why I know all about the British or Irish horses being sent to race in France,  I know too little  about the French trained horses. Few UK so called experts do.

    I prefer to stick . . .

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    By on 21st July 2017
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