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  • Racing Analysis & Tips Cheltenham Festival Friday March 16

    By on 15th March 2018

    Well that went very well. Again. It's now 9 winners in the past 3 days at the Cheltenham Festival. And each way placed selections total 6 at odds of up to 33/1 and 40/1.

    Today Penhill won the Stayers' Hurdle for us at odds of 14/1 and Colin's Sister, another each way selection, finished fourth at 40/1.

    Earlier in the day, Delta Work - a 10/1 tip to members last evening - won a Grade 3 hurdle for us at SP odds of 6/1.

    On February 9th I alerted members to my ante-post . . .

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  • Racing Analysis & Tips Cheltenham Festival Thursday March 15

    By on 14th March 2018

    Here is what I told members about Presenting Percy on February 7th:- "The Irish racing fraternity is very confident that Presenting Percy will win at the festival – and that one is current best price 7/2 favourite for the RSA Chase. I am taking that price on non runner no bet terms."

    Presenting Percy duly won for us easily, by 7 lengths, on Wednesday. I am not a big one or so called "words" and "whispers" but when the Irish racing fraternity begin backing one of their own heavily, and weeks before the race, I sit up and take note . . .

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  • Racing Analysis & Tips Cheltenham Festival Wednesday March 14

    By on 12th March 2018

    I am offering my analysis and selections for racing on Wednesday even before we have seen day one of racing on Tuesday. I have in my copy mentioned some horses racing on Wednesday that have performed up against those racing on Tuesday. It is always worth watching out for what wins on Tuesday and seeing if that horse has a line of form with one racing the following day, or on Thursday or Friday.

    Let's say that you are impressed by how a horse wins on Tuesday. You look back at its previous form and notice that it was . . .

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  • Racing Analysis & Tips Cheltenham Festival Tuesday March 13

    By on 10th March 2018

    Praise be! 48 hour declarations mean trainers have had to decide which horses take their place in which races two days before the race itself. So we now know the make up of Tuesday's races, on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

    There likely will be withdrawals between now and then, the going, a cough or a sneeze will be blamed; but at least as of now, Sunday, we have a good idea of which horses will go to post on Tuesday.

    As ever, I urge members not to feel compelled to bet in every race at the festival . . .

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  • Racing Tips March 10

    By on 9th March 2018

    I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome those who have joined VG Tips recently, including those who have come back to me in time for the Cheltenham Festival.

    Like many a church (so I am told), I welcome back lapsed parishioners of VG Tips.

    So welcome, or welcome back, to Stephen, Paul, Lee, John, Robert, Simon, Jamie and Tomislav. Apologies to anyone whose name I may have overlooked. You are all welcome.

    While so much of my attention has, understandably, been focussed upon Cheltenham next week, there is some decent racing at Sandown on Saturday. I've concentrated . . .

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  • Cheltenham Festival 2018 Preview Part 2

    By on 9th March 2018

    Well, it didn’t take long for some of the best horses destined for the Cheltenham Festival to be withdrawn,...

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  • All turf race meetings schedule for this week have been abandoned due to the weather.

    There are no tips, therefore, regarding racing on Friday and Saturday.

    I probably do not need to tell you what the weather is doing outside your window.

    Leopardstown on Sunday has been called off. We must wait to see if Sedgefield and Huntingdon suffer the same fate for that day.

    As regular members know, I do not go near all weather flat race meetings in the winter months. And even some of those have been called off this week.

    I will be in touch when . . .

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    By on 1st March 2018
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  • Cheltenham Festival 2018 Preview Part 1

    By on 28th February 2018

    Not long now. Until the roar goes up at Prestbury Park and the 2018 Cheltenham Festival begins.

    Let me begin with the obvious - but important.

    As of now, March 3rd, we cannot know what the turf conditions will be at Prestbury Park on March 13th.

    If all this snow and ice melts on course, you could reasonably expect the going to be soft on day one. Or, at best, Good to Soft. The more usual than not "Good" ground looks unlikely. But the Met Office are suggesting the UK will warm up in time for the festival, so we must . . .

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  • Join VG Tips for 1 year for £100

    By on 27th February 2018

    £100 nows buys you a one year membership of VG Tips There are some important racing days ahead. The...

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  • What's in a price? Why wait to back a horse you fancy when most bookies offer Guaranteed Price odds?

    That way, if the price about your selection improves between the time you place the bet and the horse coming past the post, you get paid out at the bigger price. That was the case today for myself and anyone else who backed my fancy at Hungtingdon, Rene's Girl.

    The first price the night before racing was 5/2 but that drifted out to 4/1 SP, so ensuring nice and much needed returns on the day.

    And it . . .

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    By on 22nd February 2018
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