Hello one and all,
It’s been a while but I am back at my desk and back in touch with you. I was rather unwell from May 5th until earlier this week. No, it wasn’t that! I was tested for it but the test was negative. It’s early days but the antibiotics appear to be working on hatever the infection was and I have one week left to regain full strength.
That’s because racing is set to return to the UK on Monday June 1st and to Ireland on June 8th.
Here is the latest fixture update from the British Horseracing Authority https://www.britishhorseracing.com/press_releases/update-on-resumption-of-racing-planning-3/
The first thing I wish to do is to address your memberships. Login to read on
Thank you for staying with me during this period of time. I am grateful for your loyalty.
1) Those of you who are RECURRING members – be that via annual or monthly payments – the period of 70 days from my last tips to my next have been added to your period of VG Tips membership.
I am currently going into the members area of the website and changing each and every individual expiry date to a new one. Your original expiry date with 70 days added on.
Should you receive an automated expiry message on the day your membership was originally due to expire, ignore it. You don’t have to do anything. Regardless of how long you stay with me, you will always have 70 days extra in hand.
2) If you made an annual payment but that was not a recurring one, then you will have the missing 70 days added to your expiry date, regardless of whether or when you choose to sign up for a further year.
3) if you made a ONE OFF payment of £25.00 to cover you only for the month in which the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National were scheduled, but did not receive a full month of tips because racing was abandoned the week after Cheltenham, then you will receive tips when racing resumes for the number of days in that month when there was no racing. So, for example, if you paid for one month on March 5th in the hope of being covered for tips up to and including the Grand National on April 4th; then when racing resumes you would receive tips for ten days (the period from the last tips which were for racing on March 23rd, and April 4th) . That is just one example.
4) A few of you actually signed up during lockdown when there was no racing or football. Your own membership clock (annual or monthly) begins the first day I send out the next tips (possibly June 1st).
I say possibly because I will continue to only offer tips on days when I believe there to be something worth backing. Nothing has changed on that front. As hungry as I am to be punting again and depriving bookies of money, I will not fall into the trap of betting for the sake of it. I recommend you resist that temptation also.
If you’ve been with me a while you will know I tend to avoid racing on all weather racecourses. The first meeting on resumption will be on such a surface at Newcastle. It is possible that there will be nothing racing there on June 1st that I fancy, in which case there would be no tips. I will judge it day by day. As I always do. Follow me on Twitter @betonsportstips for updates.
The good news is that the fields will be declared 72 hours in advance so at least I will know days ahead of racing which horses are entered to race.
Things will get really interesting during the following days of June when races behind closed doors include the delayed 2000 and 1000 Guineas. I am in for a very busy period of analysis and offering tips during the first two weeks of June.
One year ago I tipped to existing members Pinatubo to win the 2000 Guineas at ante-post odds of 10/1. I personally took that price and suggested you did the same. The original race date for the first weekend of May has been lost. Can Pinatubo (photographed above) still win the same race if it takes place one month later than scheduled. Here is the latest Racing Post story about the preparations for Pinatubo.
A few weeks ago you could still get an odds against price about Pinatubo. But now the best on offer is 10/11.
As for the football, we must wait to see if the Premier League returns on June 12th and whether or not the EFL resumes in the Championship, Leagues 1 & 2 at all. The jury is out on all that right now.
So something approaching normal racing and football service will resume soon.
In the meantime, please look after yourselves and your loved ones. I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what I have the past fortnight.
Once again, thank you for your patience and your faith in myself and the service I offer.