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  • VG Tips subscribers delighted with winnings on super Saturday

    By on 26th May 2019

    Super Saturday saw subscribers to my selections service bash the bookies in fine fashion. My appreciative members may have...

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  • It's play off final weekend.

    I rallied against the play offs when they were first brought in all those years ago. I'm old fashioned. I happen to believe that if three teams are to be promoted from one division to another, it should be the top three. Not the top two and, perhaps, the side that finished sixth.

    But I've lost that battle. The play offs, like so many other games staged at Wembley, exist to pay off the vast debts owed on the stadium. I've attended two play off finals. One when the old Wembley . . .

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    By on 24th May 2019
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  • Racing Tips May 25 and 26

    By on 24th May 2019

    Well Thursday evening at Sandown Park went rather well.

    DEE EX BEE was available at odds of 6/4 the night before racing. That's when I always send out my racing analysis and betting tips. The Mark Johnston trained improver - which came second behind my winning tip in the 2018 Derby, Masar - won the Group 3 Henry VII Stakes by a length and a quarter. Staying on strongly at the end of that race, trainer Mark Johnston confirmed Dee Ex Bee would cope with extra distance and that the Ascot Gold Cup will be his next target . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 24

    By on 23rd May 2019

    We all have our favourite jockeys, trainers, horses and courses. If we've been punting for years, we get to learn which do best for us personally and it's not forced to be the same for any two people.

    Goodwood has always been an up and down racecourse for me. Years ago I actually gave up on one of the prettiest racecourses in the world because I struggled to find winners there. The August Glorious Goodwood event only became one at which I made profit in more recent years. The last three years of that meeting have been good . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 23

    By on 22nd May 2019

    Not long now until the crowds will flock to Epsom for the Oaks on May 31st and the Derby on June 1st.

    The fields have shaken down a little of late, but there remain several unknowns. Sir Dragonet remains the 10/3 favourite. Not for me, thank you. Also trainer Aidan O'Brien has hinted he may swerve the Derby and send that Chester winner to a race in Ireland instead.

    His stablemate Broome is well fancied by many a watcher of Irish racing and has been backed into 4/1. Another possible O'Brien contender for the Derby, Anthony . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 18

    By on 17th May 2019

    It's always nice to begin a racing day with a 20/1 winner. Especially when the past the post price on the day is only half that.

    I am glad my vibes were good about Good Vibes. Here's what I told members yesterday about why I fancied that one at an each way price:- "I take a chance on last time out Class 3 Salisbury winner, Good Vibes. The two year old filly is still a baby but she had two good runs in April. First when she finished second in a Class 4 maiden despite having . . .

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  • So Leeds United have blown it. What seemed unthinkable a few months ago - before 'Spygate' - has happened. Leeds players have 'bottled' what looked like certain automatic promotion. Now they've lost the play off semi-final to Derby County.

    While I hope it doesn't mean we've seen the last of Marcelo Bielsa in English football, I am delighted for Derby manager Frank Lampard. To go to Elland Road having lost the first leg was going to require some effort from the Rams but they saw off Leeds and Derby will now meet Aston Villa in the final.

    I . . .

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    By on 16th May 2019
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  • Racing Tips May 17

    By on 16th May 2019

    A mixed day for trainer John Gosden at York. Lah Ti Dar won but made hard work of it. Stablemate Too Darn Hot was beaten by Telecaster, which displayed more stamina. Connections of the Telecaster appear to have made a mistake when withdrawing that winner from the Derby back in March. It would have cost £1000 to keep him entered for the race on June 1st. Now, should the owners want to put Telecaster back in for that race, it will cost them £85.000 to do so. Ouch!

    Perhaps they will swerve Epsom and go for the Irish Derby . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 16

    By on 15th May 2019

    No finer sight for my eyes than the Knavesmire racecourse at York being bathed in sunshine and horses able to race on what Frankie Dettori called "perfect ground."

    Frankie loves the place almost as much as I do and I was delighted to see him win the first race on Wednesday aboard my 6/1 tip, First Eleven. It was a hard fought finish for Frankie but there's nobody I want more on one of my horses in that situation than Dettori. He continues to defy age and last season we saw him ride better than ever. I'm . . .

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  • In memory of Hugh McIlvanney. The greatest sportswriter.

    By on 15th May 2019

    The great and the good will gather on Thursday. The venue will be St Bride’s Church in Fleet Street....

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