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  • The Mighty Denman. A truly great racehorse

    By on 6th June 2018

    He’s gone. The Tank is no more. Denman, the horse that once shoved his big backside into me to...

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  • God Given 12/1, Magical Memory 7/2 and Jungle Cat 11/8 – VG Tips winners on Saturday

    By on 23rd July 2017

    No punter has a god given right to beat the bookie. But some do it better than others. On...

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  • Midweek racing these days is rarely attractive. Outside of the big feature meetings, there can be little to entice you to go racing.

    Big field handicaps are also fewer in number than they once were. So, when you come across a Wednesday that includes some larger field, competitive looking handicaps, I sit up and take notice.

    At Newbury on Wednesday, the two align and so I have taken time to look at the racecards this midweek, notably at Newbury. 

    Wednesday

    Newbury

    12.55

    17 go to post for a Class 4 maiden hurdle but, sadly, bookies will only return each . . .

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    By on 14th December 2016
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  • Revenge is a dish best served cold, so it is often said.

    And two winners at Newbury certainly exacted revenge upon opponents that had previously beaten them.

    24 hours ago I was tempted to stay loyal to Clan des Obeaux but there was not statistical reason why that Paul Nicholls runner should reverse form with Protex Des Flos, which beat Clan des Obeaux at Cheltenham last January.

    But, of course, there is no better trainer at improving a horse than Nicholls and Clan des Obeaux won easily. Too easily for the trainers liking.

    Twelve days ago, Behind Time beat Solomn . . .

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    By on 25th November 2016
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  • It's day one of the two day Hennessy Gold Cup meeting at Newbury.

    I am attending the meeting and looking forward to seeing in action some of the best national hunt horses around at the moment.

    There will be a mixture of experienced thoroughbreds whose best days may be behind them, and some younger legs whose best days are to come.

    This meeting is when the jumps trainers like Nicholls, Hobbs, Henderson, Fry, Tizzard and Skelton get serious about taking on each other via their best horses. 

    Friday

    Newbury

    1.05

    Sirabad's 9 length victory in a novices . . .

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    By on 24th November 2016
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  • This time next week I will already be studying form for the first day of a very good meeting that begins at Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, on Friday November 11th.

    Then, at the end of the month, comes the Hennessy Gold Cup meeting at Newbury, beginning on Friday November 25th. I will be attending that two day meeting and I am looking forward to it greatly.

    But prior to that we have lesser race meetings such as those on offer on Thursday. At Newbury, the poor meeting kicks off with a three horse race. Later on the card there is even . . .

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    By on 2nd November 2016
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  • Value, value, value. It's all about value. How often do I have to say it? Today we won via one Paul Nicholls winner, El Bandit at 13/8, but it was the winner from the same stable in the next race that represented great value.

    On Thursday night the price about Marracudja was so short that I did not bother tipping this former winner for us to win again. Perhaps I should have for, incredibly, the price drifted out to as big as 3/1 on the day. A baffling price. A value price and a great one if . . .

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    By on 21st October 2016
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  • Class is permanent and trainer Paul Nicholls operates a classy stable down in Ditcheat, Somerset. They've been working all summer long but it is now that the serious business begins for the multiple champion jumps trainer.

    He's had a stupendous week or two, delivering form figures dominated by the figure '1' - and the National Hunt season proper has barely begun. Horses change, jockeys - like policemen - get younger. But, down at Ditcheat, one thing remains constant. The yard delivers winners time and time again.

    On Friday I stride both codes of racing. The fag end of the flat season . . .

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    By on 20th October 2016
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  • Impulsive American won for us on Friday at odds of 5/2. But the one I was truly gutted at was Raheen House being beaten by a neck at Newbury. I really fancied that one. The race was decimated by the weather and several horses being withdrawn. Nevertheless, I loathe being beat by a neck. I'd rather lose by a mile!

    Tipsters and punters are divided on the importance of which stall a horse is drawn in at certain racecourses and for particular races.

    Should you factor in the draw when choosing your selection? How much store do you . . .

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    By on 16th September 2016
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  • The racing last weekend proved there is no such thing as a sure thing. And that a life spent backing odds on shots will lead you directly to the poor house.

    Even one of the finest trainers of his generation, Aidan O'Brien, had short priced loser after short priced loser. One of his was beaten by one trained by his son, and at a double figure price.

    The Irish Champion Stakes and the Irish St Leger were excellent races but do have in mind that, come early October, the going for some of those same horses could be very . . .

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    By on 14th September 2016
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