On other days, it is all about the research. The win of Mutual Regard on Saturday was one such instance.
I fancied the Johnny Murtagh trained horse before I watched Pale Mimosa win the Lonsdale Cup at York on Friday. But once that one triumphed, I was all over 20/1 shot Mutual Regard in the feature race of the day and of the meeting, the Ebor Handicap.
The connection between the two?
Here is what I told members of VG Tips, who pay only £10 a month, via their daily e-mail, sent to them on Friday afternoon.
“This Class 2 race represents a drop in grade for the Johnny Murtagh trained Mutual Regard. This one was less than four lengths behind Pale Mimosa in a Listed race in Ireland last time out. On Friday Pale Mimosa won the Lonsdale Cup in fine style.”
My money was straight down and I was delighted that young jockey Louis Steward rode Mutual Regard so positively and won the Ebor by a length and a half. The jockey claiming 5 pound off in the saddle was another positive factor, as was the trainer himself, the ever likeable ex jockey, Johnny Murtagh.
Purchased at the Tattersals Auction for just 60.000 Guineas, the prize money today was £265.000. That’s a nice little earner you have there, Johnny!
I was surprised that no money came for my winner. 20/1 on Friday and 20/1 when the gelding came past the post first on Saturday. Clearly only VG Tips members were aware of the connection between Mutual Regard and Pale Mimosa. So research paid off in that regard.
The other winners on Saturday, at odds available when selected, were Tropics at 7/2, Forever Now at 4/1 and Al Kazeem at 13/8.
Thank you for your kind messages. I am delighted to hear of your own returns. The experience was mutual!