I love a big field handicap. Those who have followed my selection service for years will be among the first to tell you that its in such races that I tend to do best, on the flat and over jumps. Give me a twenty plus runner Class 2 handicap and I will take on the challenge of finding the winner.
I did so last Saturday when my 10/1 tip Cape Byron won the Class 2 Victoria Cup at Ascot. It was another double figure priced winner for members of VG Tips.
Here’s what I told them the night before racing:- “Soft ground makes finding the winner of this more of a challenge as so few of them have won with such give underfoot. The Roger Varian trained Cape Byron is high in the handicap but has won on soft ground. On a firmer surface, over course and distance last September, Cape Byron (drawn in stall 10 here) was a half length runner up behind Ripp Orf.”
Twenty six horses when to post for this competitive handicap over seven furlongs. It’s one of several annual big field handicaps in which I have a good record of making profit, be that via the winner or a big priced each way selection that is placed in the frame. On that front this year I reminded members about the reliability at Ascot of a former winner for us, Ripp Orf.
Here’s what I told them about this one:-“Ripp Orf likes Ascot. Horse and jockey Hayley Turner won this race by a neck 12 months ago. The gelding is twelve pounds higher in the handicap this year but the draw in stall 16 is a decent one. Two of the four career wins of Ripp Orf have come at Ascot and he’s yet to finish out of the first three at this racecourse. The last win came at Ascot last September from a handicap mark only two pounds lower than is the case on Saturday. Last October Ripp Orf was second on soft ground over course and distance.”
In a race for which bookies were returning each way bets about the first five horses past the post, 12/1 each way tip Ripp Orf finished fifth. So yet more profit from one race.
Saturday was not only about one race or one winner. Two 2/1 winners Anthony Van Dyck and Alhakmah also returned profit for subscribers to my long established selection service. Some members have been with me for decades.
Anthony Van Dyck is trained by Aidan O’Brien and he has his string in good form right now. The 3 year old colt won the Class 1 Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield and did so in impressive fashion. Bookies were impressed. They cut the price for Anthony Van Dyck to win the Derby on June 1st to a best price 8/1. Bookies have yet to offer Non Runner No Bet Terms for the Derby at Epsom and that price will shrink once they do.
Anthony Van Dyck was followed home at Lingfield by my each way selection for members in the same race, 8/1 tip Pablo Escobar. I only wish I had backed the 1-2 straight forecast. You can watch that race via this link.
I know I have members who like win only tips, and I have followers who only want each way tips, I do try to offer something for both types of punter. Only when the race and price permit.
Four races were selected for my deep analysis on Saturday May 11th. Members made profit in three of them. Winners at 10/1, 2/1 and 2/1. Each Way placed profit at 12/1 and 8/1.