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  • At the time of writing the two evening selection for Thursday have yet to race. But Mazkeem won for us this afternoon. 6/1 when selected for members last night, the SP was still a good price of 4/1. All hail Ryan Moore!

    June reaches its end with some modest meetings up and down the country on Friday.

    The rain has fallen heavily on courses such as Newmarket, while others have escaped the deluge.

    This coming weekend July dawns with ultra competitive Northumberland Plate up at Newcastle, and the Irish Derby over at the Curragh. That quality race meeting . . .

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    By on 29th June 2017
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  • Royal Ascot is over with. For me and members it was a good one for the win selections, but a largely disappointing one for those backing each way selections. It's rare that I get so little joy with big priced each way picks.

    33/1 shot Paco's Angel and 16/1 tip Cardsharp returned each way placed profit, but too many others finished outside the frame. Neola finished fifth at odds of 16/1 and Bet365 did pay out each way bets about the first 5 in that race.

    Having said that, I did enjoy the returns from . . .

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    By on 28th June 2017
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  • Well that was a nice day at Ascot on Friday.

    Permian was a bet I became only more confident about once Benbatl won a big race on Thursday. That was because Permian had previously beaten Benbatl. Despite an inexplicably poor run in the Derby at Epsom, I stuck by Permian and my 7/1 tip delivered a gutsy, battling win.

    People sometimes ask why they should follow me on Twitter @betonsportstips Well, having already sent out my Friday tips an hour before Benbatl won yesterday, I was able to tweet to members that my first tip on Friday had winning . . .

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    By on 23rd June 2017
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  • People sometimes ask why I bang on about a horse having experience at the racecourse in question. And why I go on about horses dropping in class of race.

    I am always on the lookout for both. Take a look at our most impressive winners so far this week.

    Ribchester was a proven Group 1 winner and a previous winner at Ascot. On the same day, the hugely impressive Lady Aurelia won for us at 7/2. She was a proven winner over the same course and distance. She won there a year earlier.

    Qemah, our value price winner on . . .

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    By on 22nd June 2017
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  • Day 1 on Tuesday saw us win with Ribchester and Lady Aurelia - both value in the market at 11/10 and 7/2 on the day. The odds improved between me offering those two as win selections, and them coming home first. They each won in style.

    Lady Aurelia blew my mind. Whoosh! A winner in style for American trainer Wesley Ward. Nap landed.

    As was the each way Nap in the same race. Last year's winner of the King's Stand Stakes, Profitable, was my 16/1 each way Nap and that one followed Lady Aurelia home. How . . .

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    By on 21st June 2017
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  • Punters must always look out for the best deals on offer. That is not always the best price, but the best deal.

    For example.... for two races each day of the Royal Ascot meeting, Paddy Power are offering your money back as a so called 'free bet' if your horse finishes second, third or fourth behind a winning SP favourite. So if you are taking on the favourite in those races, it may be worth placing your bet with them - even allowing for the fact that a different bookie might be offering bigger odds about your selection.

    So let's . . .

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    By on 19th June 2017
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  • With the Met Office promising a hot and dry week for Royal Ascot, I feel able to offer selections for the first day of racing there 48 hours in advance. Woe betide the Met Office if storm and tempest arrives before Tuesday!

    There is a chance that a selection or two will be withdrawn, even at this late stage. If that happens, and if I have an alternative selection, I will be in touch again with members before Tuesday.

    I have selections in the fist four races on Tuesday. I always encourage members to read the analysis, and not simply . . .

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    By on 18th June 2017
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  • Some days are for favourite backing punters. Others offer opportunities for each way backers. Those who, like me, love studying racecards for big field handicaps in the hope of finding one at a big price.

    The selection might not win, but could well return punters good profit at a double figure price. I'd rather win returns backing a horse at 25/1, that finishes placed in the frame, than backing a short price winning favourite. That's me.

    One member said to me a while ago that my best tips came in those sort of races and he was . . .

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    By on 16th June 2017
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  • At the time of writing it appears the the Queen may miss the second day of Royal Ascot next week. She may have to be stuck with the state opening of parliament and reading the Queen's speech written by a failing Prime Minister and her government.

    The Queen will not be happy with that.

    She loves Royal Ascot. Say what you wish about the Royal family but, like her mother before her, the Queen loves watching racing. As do I. That's where the similarity between me and the occupants of Buckingham Palace end.

    Next week promises some quality . . .

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    By on 15th June 2017
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  • Royal Ascot is only a week away and my form study head is already concentrating on some of the top class races to be staged on what look set to be sunny days.

    The ground at Ascot should be drying out, therefore, and we can look forward to racing on genuinely good ground. I am not interested in all the coverage of fashion at Royal Ascot, or what colour of hat the Queen will be wearing each day. Some people bet on the latter.

    I stick to the horses and I will be sending members of VG Tips my ante . . .

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    By on 14th June 2017
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