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  • Racing Tips April 27

    By on 26th April 2018

    Although it meant I was a loser on Wednesday, I was delighted for jockey Paul Townend when he answered his crticis in the best way possible. By riding a hat trick of winners in fine fashion at Punchestown.

    The true racing crowd in Ireland cheered him back and cheered him up, regardless of whether or not they had money on his rides. It will have lifted his spirits after the well publicised debacle on Tuesday.

    His colleagues at the Willie Mullins stables had already had their fun on Wednesday morning, taking the mickey out of his ride aboard Al Boum . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 26

    By on 25th April 2018

    I don't know if all reading this will have watched the video of a race at Punchestown on Tuesday that ended in a chaotic fashion.

    The to be trusted jockey Paul Townend has been on the receiving end of some abuse from punters due to the calamity that befell him at the final fence in the Growise Novice Chase.

    He was leading aboard Al Boum Photo two fences from home when Monalee fell and in so doing brought down my own 16/1 each way tip, Invitation Only, which was going well at the time and may well have . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 25

    By on 24th April 2018

    A 25/1 winner landed one of the feature races at Punchestown on Tuesday, the Champion Novice Hurdle. That was a surprise. Willie Mullins trained the winner called Draconien, and it's rare for him to have a winner at such a big price. Bookies will have enjoyed that outcome as punters steamed into the more obvious expected winners.

    But that's where we are now, at the end of the jumps season proper and with so very many races that are wide open. I would not be too sure about anyone you speak to who says they are "sure . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 24

    By on 23rd April 2018

    So this is the final week of National Hunt selections for the season. It's been a good one. Not only did we win the Grand National for the third year running at VG Tips, we had a very enjoyable and profitable few months of betting in jumps racing.

    The Cheltenham Festival delivered members 10 winning tips and a further 9 profitable each way tips that were placed. That was my most profitable Cheltenham Festival since 2012.

    On the track, the season delivered some fine new horses to watch for the future and saw some of the best jockeys win . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 21

    By on 20th April 2018

    That was impressive today from our 7/2 winner Lah Ti Dar. The John Gosden trained winner at Newbury looked good when winning by 6 lengths on debut and, as I told members in my pre-race analysis, comes from a very good pedigree.

    The bookies reacted swiftly to that fine victory by cutting her price for the Oaks on June 1st to a best price 14/1 with one, but mainly 12/1 elsewhere.

    The ground conditions up and down the country continue to dry out as much of the UK is bathed in sunshine for at least one . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 20

    By on 19th April 2018

    Thursday was a day of surprises, sadness and disappointments.

    If punters were disappointed by the performances from the likes of Roaring Lion, Music Society and Le Brivido, imagine how the trainers and owners felt.

    But, as I have said more than once, that is the downside to the very early days of the new flat turf season. Some horses simply need the run to blow away their winter cobwebs, others are racing for the first time and will have a much better idea of what is expected from them second time out.

    And in a sign of the changing weather . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 19

    By on 18th April 2018

    How good it was to see the sun shining down on Newmarket and Cheltenham on Wednesday. Have we seen the end of soft and heavy ground racing for the time being?

    The Craven meeting at Newmarket heralds the beginning of the flat turf season proper. At least to my mind.

    As predicted, there were tales of the unexpected. A 25/1 outside of the field winning a race containing much more fancied horses. Run that race again in June and you'd get a very different outcome.

    In a race I swerved for fear of something unpredictable happening, Forest Ranger . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 18

    By on 17th April 2018

    Well that went rather well. The Grand National.

    On April 8th, I sent members of VG Tips my ante-post selections for the feature race at Aintree.

    Tiger Roll was one at odds of 12/1.

    The winner of the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham had looked comfortable that day. Connections expressed their concern that the heavy ground at Aintree would be too testing for Tiger Roll. I didn't fall for that Irish blarney on April 8th. A week later, with the weather and the ground just getting worse, I began to wonder if they might have a point . . .

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  • Tiger Roll – a third successive Grand National winner for members of VG Tips

    By on 15th April 2018

    I don’t believe it! We’ve done it again. For the third year running, I and my lovely, loyal members...

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  • Racing Tips April 14 – NON Grand National

    By on 13th April 2018

    The crowds will be vast at Aintree on Saturday and the Grand National is the most watched race in the world of racing.

    But there are other races before the big one. Some of those attending may actually watch the racing, rather than spend the day in the bars and restaurants.

    It is the final day of what has been a decent three day meeting in Liverpool, despite the weather turning conditions very testing.

    We still have some good jumps racing to look forward to. The Scottish Grand National on Saturday week and the excellent meeting that begins at Punchestown . . .

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