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  • Time to Move On was my sole winner on Friday but what a win. 10 lengths was the margin of victory over an odds on favourite. Time to Move On was available at 4/1 when tipped to members last night, at 9/2 shortly before the off, but was well backed late on and won at SP of 3/1. I think we should all be watching out for that one next time out.

    Barry Geraghty may not be having a great time of things over fences so far this season, but he won this 'bumper' for us and . . .

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    By on 8th December 2017
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  • Two tips on Wednesday. Thomas Patrick lost by the shortest of short heads to the well backed on the day eventual favourite called Pop Rockstar. But compensation came when Audacious Plan won for us at Ludlow. 3/1 when selected for members, he came past the post at an SP price of 5/2.

    For non members reading this introductory paragraph, here is a sample of the analysis members receive from me. In this instance, the reason why I chose the winner.

    "Audacious Plan makes plenty of appeal after his win in a higher grade of Chase than this . . .

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    By on 7th December 2017
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  • Last weekend produced some excellent racing on Saturday and Sunday.

    I reflected on the Saturday races via my Sunday tips post.

    Apple's Jade won for members on Sunday and was value at the early price of 6/4. Value because it turned out that she beat Nicholls Canyon by 9 lengths. Apple's Jade goes forward to the Cheltenham Festival and she has to have a great chance of landing a big race next March.

    Meri Devie also returned us some each way profit when finishing second to the mentioned in despatches, David's Charm.

    There's nothing of . . .

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    By on 5th December 2017
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  • Having watched the gripping finish to the feature race at Newbury on Saturday, I feel for any punters who backed the narrowly beaten Whisper.

    The winner, Total Recall, got up to win late on and by the smallest of margins. Jockey Paul Townend was then given a four day ban for excessive use of the whip from the second last fence. So did Whisper lose the race because the jockey aboard the winner knowingly broke the whip rules? Probably. Only Townend knows if he deliberately used the whip too often.

    Instead of a four day whip ban, why not reverse . . .

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    By on 2nd December 2017
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  • Old Grangewood at 6/1 and Monbeg River at 11/4 were our winners on Friday.

    But there is one I wish I had been on and I would imagine very few punters were on it.

    Who doesn't like to see an outsider win a race? It's better when you have backed the winner, of course. But Beer Goggles leading from the front and beating Unowhatimeanharry and Thistlecrack in the feature race at Newbury on Friday was a delight to see. I doubt many people backed the surprise 40/1 winner, and the bookies bagging lots of money . . .

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    By on 1st December 2017
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  • Does it matter what a race is called? Does it matter if so many races nowadays are sponsored by bookies? It does to me.

    Call me a traditionalist (and I'd be flattered), but the loss of names such as the Hennessy Gold Cup makes the sport poorer. At least for me. I know that so many races would struggle to find a sponsor were it not for bookies stepping in to add their name to a race, but I come from an era when the likes of Mackeson sponsored a feature race, the Gold Cup at Cheltenham. Mackeson sponsored . . .

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    By on 30th November 2017
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  • Today I heard a promotional radio trail for the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. A race I have long enjoyed watching. It made me look forward to Christmas. Almost.

    If members look back at a post I wrote for them on November 15th they will see I wrote this about the then available ante-post prices for that race:-

    "Thistlecrack is no back number and, at 4/1, is a decent price. At bigger, each way odds, Bristol de Mai is as big as 20/1. For all the risks about ante-post betting . . .

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    By on 28th November 2017
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  • Most of those who watch racing for a period of years have their favourite horses. It might be how they look, it could be how much profit they have returned you as a punter, or it may simply be because they clearly love racing and give it a go every time.

    On Saturday some of my favourites are on show, be that at Ascot or Haydock Park. Some are, like me, not getting any younger. It is possible that their best days are behind them. But we love them and we want to see them land one more feature race . . .

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    By on 24th November 2017
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  • There has been a rather tedious row going on in racing circles about wind operations. I was reminded of it during the night when, frankly, I could have done with such an op!

    So often trainers say that their horses race better first time out after a wind op. Should they declare the information before a race, so giving punters information they may find useful? It would be nice, but a wind op does not guarantee an improvement in performance.

    Trainer Nicky Henderson got in trouble for supposedly talking about the health and well being of his Altior to a . . .

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    By on 23rd November 2017
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  • I've heard plenty of talk already this week regarding the Cheltenham Festival next March and about those feature races that come along before that.

    There is nothing wrong with getting excited about the jumps season hotting up. Next weekend we have the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park. If the weatherman is right it will be run on rain soaked ground.

    On Boxing Day we have the King George at Kempton Park. A race I am really looking forward to.

    But whether you'd want to be betting on races that are six weeks or five months away is open . . .

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    By on 21st November 2017
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