To predict one horse to finish in the first four of a 24 runner handicap is an achievement. To tip the first two past the post in two races on the same day, with all 4 horses being available at each way prices, is going some.
That’s what I managed to do on Saturday, writes Vernon Grant. And my followers were suitably happy.
The Victoria Cup at Ascot has long been a competitive race, a Class 2 handicap packed full of potential winners. On Friday, I personally mailed out – as usual – my selections to members.
Here’s a snippet of what members were told via my in depth analysis of that race:-
“Fastnet Tempest is a worthy favourite and, with 6/1 still available with at least three bookies, is worth backing either to win (if you feel bold) or each way (if you want to play safe).
“Just a head behind Fastnet Tempest at Newbury was the Richard Hannon trained George William. This one was actually doing his best work at the finish, so the drop back to 7 furlongs is not sure to suit. He was slowly away at Newbury. If he gets away fast this time, George William should be involved in the finish.”
Fastnet Tempest won the race courtesy of an excellent ride by Josephine Gordon, beating George William by three quarters of a length. Watch the finish to the race here.
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) May 13, 2017
VG Tips member Charles kindly e-mailed me to say:-
“I backed both your double selections today in reverse forecasts . Very happy + £200 for £1 each. I haven’t backed all your winners or placed horses but so far you have been nothing but consistent.”
When Charles refers to “both” he is including another 1-2 earlier in the day, also at Ascot. I tipped the first two home in the Listed Buckhounds Stakes. Here is a taster of what I told members via e-mail the day before racing, so allowing them time to take advantage of the preferable early prices. 8/1 about Desert Encounter and 11/1 for Star Storm.
“Desert Encounter has not been on a racecourse since September but the form of his last race has been franked somewhat since. He was beaten a neck that day at Chester, beaten by an opponent that went on to come a close order runner up in a Group 3 race. The third horse that day at Chester had previously won a Group 2, beating the now highly rated Deauville in the process.
“Star Storm is officially the highest rated horse in the race and was a Group class winner here a couple of seasons ago. The double figure each way price about Star Storm is too big to ignore.
…”I fancy the pair, each way, and my money is down.”
Watch Desert Encounter win for us here. Look for the yellow colours at the back of the field and how the jockey Sean Levey waits patiently for a gap, sees it and goes for it. Fine ride.
Desert Encounter wins the Carey Group Buckhounds Stakes pic.twitter.com/7Ei1dLdrBD
— Racing UK (@Racing_UK) May 13, 2017
Loyal member and Twitter follower Brian tweeted to day:-
“Quality tipping… absolutely amazes me how you do it, excellent stuff, love following your service, quality all round.”
There can be no doubting that it is in the big field, competitive handicaps and Group class races that I perform best. After all, I have for a long time preferred to bet each way, ideally on double figure price selections.
But there are numerous ways to deprive a bookmaker of money. Some people simply prefer to back the favourites, even at odds on prices. That’s not me. But punting is also about personal choice and personal responsibility. Clearly there is no ‘one size fits all’ policy when it comes to punting.
But days like last Saturday must be celebrated and many members of VG Tips were doing so over the weekend.
Since which time, new members have joined. Something you can do now for only £10.
Click on this link and scroll down the page until you see the ‘Oaks Derby Derby Special Offer.’ Tick that box and join for £10 for the first month on a recurring basis. But, remember, you can cancel at any time using your Paypal account.
The Oaks for fillies and the Derby take place at Epsom on June 2nd and 3rd respectively. My Special Offer door closes that weekend.
Before Epsom, from Wednesday of this week, I ‘ll have tips for the demanding Dante meeting on the delightful Knavesmire at York. Flat racing at its best looking.
So why not come and be a part of the action at VG Tips. It’s currently as cheap as one of those all froth coffees and ice cold, lacking in tastes sandwiches or wraps you might buy on the High Street.
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