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  • Any good publicity that racing gets is to be welcomed.

    So I heartily congratulate the former champion jump jockey Tony McCoy on being knighted at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

    We shall never see his like again. His dedication to his job, and to the sport as a whole, is to be admired. He has raised the profile of a sport run by an organisation that could not run a whelk stall (and that's an insult to those who do!).

    Check out my half hour interview with AP McCoy that was recorded late in 2011 and is available on the . . .

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    By on 22nd June 2016
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  • A good day for the bookies at Ascot on Friday. With winners at 16/1  7/1, 6/1, 7/1 and 33/1. Only one favourite won, so the men and women of the betting ring will be happy with that.

    Not the best day of racing at the royal meeting this week and not a good day of punting for me.

    For all I suggested Kinema was the each way bet in the 5pm race, advised as such by men when available at odds of 12/1, the fact is I offered up only second place Elite Army . . .

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    By on 17th June 2016
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  • On Wednesday members enjoyed an 11/1 winner with Portage in the Royal Hunt Cup and that was a most welcome profitable punt. I trust members banked those winnings.

    But the most impressive looking winner was our 9/4 shot Lady Aurelia. Winner of the Queen Mary Stakes by a whopping 7 lengths and jockey Frankie Dettori simply had to sit there and steer. It was an emphatic victory in the race and the best I've seen there since the days of the great Mill Reef.

    On Thursday we also saw the consistently backed Order of St George win . . .

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    By on 16th June 2016
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  • I am writing this on Wednesday and before racing has begun at Royal Ascot on that day. So I cannot comment on results.

    Thursday consists of some big field handicaps, ideal for ambitious each way backers, and some Group class races in which the markets are led by very obvious favourites.

    There is something for all betting tastes at Royal Ascot on Thursday.

    The Queen will present the Gold Cup to the winner of that Group 1 race that has been given a new name in honour of her 90th birthday.

    The Queen has owned the winner of the Gold . . .

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    By on 15th June 2016
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  • Racing Tips Royal Ascot Day 2 Wednesday June 15th

    By on 14th June 2016

    It is always nice when you spot a good horse early in its career and tip it to win...

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  • Royal Ascot Video Preview from VG Tips

    By on 13th June 2016

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  • So the rain has come for Royal Ascot and trainers are withdrawing those horses that prefer fast, rattling ground. That's a pity.

    Some big names have been pulled out, or moved to races later in the week. But there is rain forecast for much of the week, so soft or good to soft going is likely to be around for most of the five day festival of top class flat racing.

    Day 1 of Royal Ascot looks a cracker. 

    Tuesday

    2.30 - the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes

    Belardo is a horse I have tipped . . .

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    By on 11th June 2016
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  • The going conditions at York on Saturday could be crucial. At the time of writing on Friday afternoon the course has had 9mms of rain and, according to the Assistant Clerk of the Course, the going is Good.

    The Met Office says that scattered showers are expected tonight and on Saturday and that some showery outbreaks could be "locally heavy." That sounds like a get out clause for weathermen!

    It is important because there are horses set to compete at York who would relish soft conditions underfoot. Whether that is the case or not will depend on how much rainfall . . .

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    By on 10th June 2016
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  • It's Royal Ascot next week and, for me at least, it cannot come soon enough.

    I placed my first ante-post bet at odds of 7/4 two days ago and that price has now gone. But I will be e-mailing members as soon as possible with my ante-post Ascot fancies.

    For all that meeting is very competitive and notoriously hard to call, there are a few I fancy ahead of time this year. Of course, I want to check the weather forecast first. A change in ground conditions can make a mockery of ante-post bets . . .

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    By on 9th June 2016
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  • Why is pedigree so important? That's what I am often asked. Why do I constantly mention how well bred certain horses are?

    It's because pedigree is vital when assessing how well a young horse may do. It is by no means guaranteed that a colt or filly will prove to be every bit as good as one or both of his or her parents. After all, my mum had four boys and only one turned out to be Group class!

    But the great Frankel (some say the greatest) has left his mark on racing. Already this flat season . . .

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    By on 8th June 2016
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