Saturday went well for the members of VG Tips who like to bet on horse racing.
The day began well when my first tip, SUMMER ROMANCE (above), won comfortably at Newmarket. 6/4 when I offered the selection to members, she won at an SP price of 5/6. As is often the case, punters who took the early price benefited from the greater value.
Here’s what I wrote to VG Tips members on Friday: “Based on her debut win at Yarmouth, you’d have to think Godolphin have a good filly on their hands with Summer Romance. It’s the only piece of form we have to go on for her and that win was in a much lower class of race, but she won easily and the runner up has won since.”
SEXTANT, won a Class 2 handicap at Windsor. Not a racecourse I tend to deal with very often as the Monday night race meetings staged there throughout the summer are nice to attend in person, but can be trappy from a punting point of view.
As I warned my subscribers the day before racing, there were horses on recovery missions racing beside the Thames at Windsor. Sextant was the first of those. A 7/4 tip to members on Friday, the Sir Michael Stoute trained gelding won a Class 2 handicap in the hands of the very capable jockey, Louis Steward.
For the Class 1, Group 3 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket I remained loyal to LIMATO. I heard others say he was past his best. Limato was, some alleged, on the slide. I wasn’t having that. My only concern was that he was carrying five pounds more than some good opponents. Limato, I told members, likes Newmarket. Prior to Saturday he’d won four of his six outings. Limato doesn’t do much once he gets to the front so the timing of jockey Harry Bentley was important. Deliver Limato to the front too soon, and he might be caught late on. Bentley got it right and Limato won by a neck, holding of the challenge of the useful Glorious Journey in second.
Addeybb, one of my ten winning tips at Royal Ascot, was a non runner in the Full of Surprises International Stakes, a Group 3 staged at the Curragh racecourse just outside of Dublin. That made things easier for VG Tips members. For I had suggested they back the Joseph O’Brien trained BUCKHURST, which was priced at 5/1 on Friday prior to the withdrawal of the favourite, Addeybb. In the hands of jockey Wayne Lordan, Buckhurst won easier than the final margin of a length and a half would lead you to believe. The colt has an entry in the Group 3 Meld Stakes at Leopardstown on July 18th.
The biggest surprise of the day came at the Curragh. Sovereign, one of five in the race trained by Aidan O’Brien won at an SP price of 33/1, easily beating the favourite, stablemate and runner up Anthony Van Dyck, by six lengths.
At least one clever member did well in that race. Brian had a couple of quid on the winner at a much bigger price. The bet returned him £123. Why did he think it was worth taking a chance on an outsider? Because of something I alerted him and other members of my selection service to the day before racing.
“Anthony Van Dyck won the English Derby at Epsom and beat the re-opposing Madhmoon by half a length in the process. The fast finishing Broome was only a further quarter of a length behind in fourth.
“Ryan Moore takes over in the saddle of Anthony Van Dyck this day. I expect both stablemate Broome and Madhmoon to lay down a serious challenge to the favourite as all three meet again here. I have decided not to oppose the only proven Group 1 winner of the three.
“One final note for this race. Wealthy owner John Magnier was determined to have five of his horses in this race so that there would be eight runners. That way bookies would have to return each way bets about the first three home. John Magnier loves a bet and perhaps one of the lesser horses he has trained by Aidan O’Brien is fancied by him to finish in the frame at a price. But is it Norway (33/1), Il Paradiso (50/1) or Sovereign (50/1)?
Clearly, while the winner was a surprise to many of us, perhaps it was not as big a surprise to his co-owner! O’Brien trained the first three home in the Irish Derby. Sovereign, Anthony Van Dyck and Norway. All three part owned by John Magnier.
The month of June didn’t begin well for me on the betting front. Too much ordinary racing. But once we got to Royal Ascot, all was well. June was another profitable month for my followers.
Now we can look forward to flat racing in July and August. Upcoming is the Coral Eclipse at Sandown, the Old Newton Cup and Lancashire Oaks at Haydock Park and then, on July 11, 12 and 13 we have top quality racing at Newmarket. The Irish Oaks takes place at the Curragh on July 20th. The month ends with Glorious Goodwood, five days of very competitive racing staged amid the beautiful rolling hills of Sussex. Glorious Goodwood extends into August, a month of racing that also includes excellent meetings at York, Newbury, Curragh and Leopardstown.