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  • So, Vernon, why did you pick the winning 25/1 shot Mattmu as one of your two each way shots for the Class 2 handicap at Ripon last Saturday? It's been asked of me once or twice since.

    The clues were there. Long time members know I love to spot a previous Group class contender dropping back down into handicap company.

    I ask myself other questions when studying the form for handicaps. Has there handicap rating dropped? Has the horse raced well at that course in the past? Are the jockey bookings and draw good looking ones?

    True, there . . .

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    By on 22nd August 2017
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  • It's not only punters who, more and more, focus on the better quality racing. The better jockeys are doing the same.

    The likes of Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore now have their eyes set on York for four days of top quality racing next week.

    Yes, Frankie and Ryan competed today - each having a winner at Newbury - but both now restrict how often they travel long distances to ride in ordinary races (of which there are not shortage).

    Much is made elsewhere of the Champion flat jockey title, but these guys have been there and done that and don . . .

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    By on 18th August 2017
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  • No punter should stick with one jockey to the point of obsession. But any punter should get to know not only who are the best jockeys, but which do best for them over a period of time.

    I spotted the ability of Ryan Moore in his early days in the saddle. I saw that early confidence justified when he won for me at 66/1 during one night meeting at Sandown so many years ago that I cannot even recall the name of the horse.

    As with any jockey, he rides more winners at some courses than at others. He . . .

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    By on 17th August 2017
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  • It is that time of the year once more. The day when I ignore, rightly to my mind, the public relations man created race meeting called the 'Shergar Cup.'

    Female jockeys against the men, Britain and Ireland against the rest of the world, foreign jockeys who would never get to ride at Ascot but for this meeting, dreamt up challenges and races where the form book goes out of the window. The Shergar Cup is actually the 'It's a Knock Out' of racing and I ignore the meeting each year. Watch it if you wish, but my advice is . . .

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    By on 11th August 2017
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  • I'm writing this prior to the two Thursday evening selections racing.

    Sainted won for us by day, but at an odds on price.

    I have just spent hours this afternoon - several hours I tell you - looking at all the racing tomorrow, studying the form, looking for something to get excited about. I may as well have gone to bed, or for a very long walk.

    I can sum up the racing tomorrow in one word. Crap!

    Go to the pub, for a walk or to bed (but not the same one as me.)

    There are days like these, these . . .

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    By on 10th August 2017
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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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