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  • 24 hours can be a long time in the world of punting,

    Last Saturday was a bad one for me. Hands up. It was the worst day for a very long time. At least at the races, if not on the football front.

    A couple of members ran for the hills. Fair enough. They pays their money, they must make their choice. That’s only right and proper.

    But then, the next day, I tipped three winners from the four races I selected for subscribers to VG Tips. All three were decent prices at the time of selection. Battaash at . . .

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    By on 5th October 2017
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  • Aidan O’Brien is a man steeped in racing tradition. Knowing how to get the best from horses is in his blood.

    His team at Coolmore had an excellent day on Saturday. Not only did Clemmie prove to be the real deal, but he also trained winners including 10/1 shot US Navy Flag.

    Some of his horses were delayed in getting to racecourses on the day. Not a bother. They performed well once they got there.

    On Sunday he sends some of his best horses to France in the hope of winning further high profile races, beating . . .

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    By on 30th September 2017
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  • Like buses, the best races come along at the same time.

    When will the racing powers that be learn to spread the cream more evenly throughout the week? Answer:- never.

    These days it's all about weekend racing, hence my regular 'Something for the Weekend' selection service subscribed to by many.

    On Friday, Muffri 'Ha proved that being absent from racing since May was not a problem. In another race, my tip Nyaleti was beaten by a head. Agonising to watch, but that's racing.

    On Sunday all eyes will be on racing in France and I'll do my . . .

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    By on 29th September 2017
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  • The flat season proper nears its end. Before you know it, we'll have Champions Day during which some of the stars of the past few months will take each other on.

    Taking each other on is something many trainers shy away from these days, in both codes of racing. That's a shame. I know it is so often about stud fees for when a winning horse is retired, but the increasing tendency to retire big race winners at a young age - while avoiding matching up against one of equal ability - is a negative for the sport.

    People want . . .

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    By on 28th September 2017
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  • For more years than I care to remember, I have sworn to myself that I would go to France to attend the fabulous Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe race meeting. It always falls on the weekend of my birthday. This year, it is on the actual day. But I am not going. Again. More fool me. While Enable is the odds on favourite, and most likely winner, the supporting cast list is very good and the race could be a cracker. Perhaps I will get there in 2018.

    There is some cracking racing on both sides of the English . . .

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    By on 27th September 2017
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  • One non runner and one winner on Friday. Tabaraak, an 11/2 selection 24 hours ago, won nicely at SP odds of 5/1.

    The Ayr Gold Cup meeting on Saturday has fallen victim to a waterlogged course. This is a major blow for such a racecourse and those who work there.

    There have been accusations that the course is too blame for the chain of events that led to this, and criticism of how Ayr racecourse handled announcements of the racing being abandoned three days running.

    The weather was the chief culprit. There is debate over how the turf . . .

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    By on 22nd September 2017
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  • It's that time of the year already. When meetings are abandoned due to bad weather. It's still September!

    You have to feel for those who run courses such as the one up at Ayr. They don't get too many big meetings staged there. Thursday was abandoned, Friday's meeting there is in doubt and, come Saturday, it is supposed to be the biggest day of racing all year at Ayr - Gold Cup day.

    Here's hoping that goes ahead. Do have in mind if studying form for that meeting, it's proven soft or heavy ground liking . . .

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    By on 21st September 2017
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  • 16/1 and 14/1 was available about Seahenge - our big price winner last Saturday.

    That's not the first time this past flat season when an Aidan O'Brien trained outsider has won at a double figure price. One previous disappointing run does not mean you put a line through such a horse.

    Seahenge impressed on debut and could be forgiven a poor second outing. But I saw enough about this one to know there was more to come and our winner was taken from first to last under a good ride by another member of that Irish family . . .

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    By on 19th September 2017
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  • At the time of writing, Spud won for us at Chester and the early price of 4/7 was likely the best on offer all day. Tomyris returned us each way placed profit when running on well to finish third at Doncaster, but too late to catch the mentioned in despatches double figure priced winner, Music Box.

    Saturday is the big day of the flat season in South Yorkshire. At Town Moor,   the St Leger is staged on ground that is drying out a bit (although showers are forecast during Saturday).

    I have long enjoyed this race and the stage . . .

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    By on 15th September 2017
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  • Well Thursday was as trappy as I suspected but we had the last laugh on the day. Thanks to the in form jockey Andrea Atzeni, Laugh A Minute came from last to first to win for members of VG Tips. Some of my followers took the early price of 16/1. The past the post price was still a good one at 12/1.

    It's always worth keeping an eye out for a jockey and trainer combination that is in good form. Roger Varian and Atzeni are certainly that right now. I keep that in mind when studying the . . .

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    By on 14th September 2017
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