Since 1998 I have finished every year in front of the bookie. Some years by a short head or a nose, other years by several lengths. 2019 was another profitable year of punting for myself and for many members of VG Tips.
The total annual profit was £12.862.75. That was down £1.803 on the profit for 2018, but still a figure I am very happy with.
At least one member, Peter, has already told me he made “considerably more” on the horses alone. But that’s what punting is all about. Each to their own.
I can only reveal the sum I banked over the course of one year. Some members bet less often than me, others more often. Some subscribers bet with smaller stakes, others with much bigger sums of money.
What members of VG Tips bet with, and how often, is up to them. It is none of my business and I certainly would never tell people what sums to place on a bet. I don’t know their personal circumstances and I don’t wish to. I simply offer my analysis and betting tips and always tell people to only bet with sums they could afford to lose.
The flat racing season went better for me last season compared to the one before. We enjoyed plenty of good priced winners on the flat last spring and summer.
Also, who could forget my tipping the winner of the Grand National at Aintree for the fourth consecutive year? Has anyone else you’ve come across tipped the winner of that special race four years running? I’m not aware of anyone else doing so.
I have to laugh at my good fortune as it’s getting silly now. Each year I think: ‘Surely I can’t find the winner from 40 runners yet again.’ Then I do!
Frankly, it will almost be a relief when I don’t as the pressure to do so will be a weight lifted from my shoulders.
2019 had begun well with four winning tips from four selections for a meeting at Gowran Park in Ireland. Invitation Only, The Big Dog, Cilaos Emery and Presenting Percy all won for us on the same January day. It is worth remembering that Presenting Percy won for us at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017 and did so at a double figure price. He won again at the festival in 2018. Presenting Percy finished eight in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last year and is entered for the same race on March 13th.
The months of spring and summer in 2019 were particularly profitable for us.
As has been the case for many years, May was an especially profitable month of betting at the races. On a weekend when 7 of my 9 tips won, Phoenix of Spain (pictured above) was a 16/1 winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas and Hermosa won the Irish 1000 Guineas.
On the Knavesmire at York, Good Vibes was a 20/1 winner and Stradivarius won the Yorkshire Cup for members. York will always be my favourite flat racing racecourse and 6/1 tip First Eleven also won for us at that May meeting.
The 2019 profit also benefited from several double figure price winners at the races.
During a 24 hour period of four winners in October, Dancing Harry was a 16/1 winner for us at Newbury. Not bad when you consider that was the very first race for the Roger Charlton trained son of Camelot.
Royal Ascot went well for members of VG Tips last summer with 10 winners including Afaak at wonderful odds of 20/1 and Southern Hills at 10/1. It was a particularly hot week of winners at Ascot. As a punter, I enjoyed that meeting more than has sometimes been the case.
Roskana was a 10/1 winner for us at the Cheltenham Festival of 2019. A four day meeting that saw me offer 7 winners and a further 7 each way profitable punts.
With the 2020 festival only a few weeks away, it’s worth reminding us of those successes from last year.
Frodon at 15/2, Envoi Allen at 7/2 (likely to be my tip to win again this year), Defi Du Seuil at 10/3 last year (and already advised to members – and taken by me – at ante-post odds of 14/1 each way for the Champion Chase this March). That price long since gone.
Paisley Park won the Stayers Hurdle for us in 2019 at odds of 2/1 (and is currently 6/4 favourite to win the same race this year). Altior won for us last year at an odds on price and we wait to see if he does turn up at Cheltenham in March.
And, of course, Tiger Roll won the Cross Country Chase for us last March prior to winning the Grand National for us a month later.
I was especially pleased that that Kimberlite Candy was a 5/1 winner for us last Saturday and that the 12/1 each way tip Petite Power was third in the same race.
Last Sunday I offered two tips at Punchestown and both won in good fashion.
I am glad my preview of the 3 mile 5 furlong Chase at Warwick paid off and Kimberlite Candy (pictured above) will clearly stay the distance at Aintree. Much will depend on the weights, of course. And, perhaps, the ground conditions. Trainer Tom Lacey says Kimberlite Candy would want soft ground at Aintree. Time will tell if he gets that. But he is clearly a horse that possesses the stamina required to win a National, be it in England or Scotland. I was interested to hear the trainer of the runner up at Warwick, Dan Skelton, say he thought Kimberlite Candy was all over a Grand National horse.
I once swore blind that I would no longer have an ante-post bet for any race prior to bookies offering Non Runner No Bet terms. Mind you, doing so paid off in 2017 when I backed and tipped to existing members One For Arthur to win the Grand National. Which he promptly did at SP odds of 14/1. Sometimes taking the chance on a horse turning up for a race that is weeks or months ahead is one worth taking.
For better or worse, at odds of 25/1 with the bookies offering returns about the first five past the post in the Grand National at Aintree on April 4th, I have backed my winning tip from last Saturday, Kimberlite Candy.
Each Way, naturally.
The football profit made up £4.025.50 of the total annual profit. In 2019, as opposed to the previous year, we did not have a World Cup to bet on during the summer.
This year, 2020, the football betting will hardly stop as we have the Euro 2020 Championships to look forward to.
There were three big priced winning football accumulator bets in 2019. A 12/1 winning four team bet in March and 12/1 and 20/1 winning accas in November.
The latter came on this weekend when members were offered 16 winning football tips from 20 selections.
The pre-season football tips for the 2018-19 season paid off handsomely. I was proud so many predictions made back in the summer of 2018 were proved correct. It was worth waiting until May of 2019 to collect on those bets.
Warning! It seems clear already that there will be no repeat of that for the current season. Norwich City were an 11/8 tip for relegation and sit bottom of the league right now, eight points from safety. So that’s one bet that may pay out. The 40/1 treble for Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich to go down remains possible although, I fear, unlikely. Injury hit Bournemouth and Aston Villa look more likely candidates right now.
Right now relegation from the Premier League looks as though it will only be resolved in the last week or two of the season, possibly via goal difference. Things look grim for Bournemouth – a 5/1 relegation tip to you on December 5th. You can’t get anything close to that price now. But there remains plenty of football to be played. The only certainty being that Liverpool will be Premier League Champions come May.
The pre-season bet for Leicester City to finish in the top half of the season will pay out, but only at odds of 8/15.
At the moment at least, I am glad I took and tipped the 11/10 for Leeds United to be promoted from the Championship. I don’t think they will blow it this time around. They lost to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend and the Owls were a 3/1 pre-season tip from me to finish in the top six. They sit in sixth right now but may have points deducted due to financial shenanigans.
The other sides I tipped to finish in the top six look good things right now. To finish in the bottom six that is! You can’t be right all the time.
As always, I will have a second chance to correct that with my regular mid season football predictions. They’ll be sent to members of VG Tips once the January transfer window closes.
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Now is as good as time as any to join VG Tips. Perhaps the best time. After all, on the racing front we have the Dublin Racing Festival to look forward to at the start of February, followed by four days of the top class Cheltenham Festival in March and the Scottish and English Nationals in April. Together with some other good race meetings.
The domestic football season will come to its gripping conclusion and will offer us plenty of betting opportunities before the final ball is kicked. After which, in the summer, there is further football with the 2020 European Championships.
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