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  • Racing Tips June 29

    By on 28th June 2019

    I often wonder if Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien plays the lottery. If he does, how many tickets does he buy? After all, he does all he can to ensure his stable have the best chance of winning a race. He often does so by entering more horses into a race than any other trainer. He is spoilt for choice. But then it is in his blood to be a top class trainer managing a very professional operation at Ballydoyle.

    On Friday, my 8/1 NAP selection Twilight Payment on the Curragh Cup, finding more when challenged and staying on . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 28

    By on 27th June 2019

    One week ago we were watching Frankie Dettori ride four consecutive winners.

    They included Stradivarius winning The Ascot Gold Cup. It was a very good Royal Ascot, regardless of whether you simply watched or were having a bet.

    Subscribers to VG Tips were offered ten winners across the five days, a tally I'm happy to settle for. We cannot have meetings as good as Royal Ascot every week, sadly. But the flat season is, like the weather (allegedly) hotting up and racecourses are drying out. We saw some fast speeds in races last week, including at least one racecourse . . .

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  • Racing Tips Royal Ascot Review for Members

    By on 25th June 2019

    It's over for another year. The crowds have gone home. The rented monkey suits and hats have been returned to the shop. Mountains of champagne have been consumed by those who don't need to rent their outfits. Those who went to Royal Ascot on Tuesday and Wednesday got soaked. Those who went on Friday and Saturday may have wished they had taken factor 30 sun lotion to Berkshire.

    I watched on television, where you see more of the actual racing. To my continuing horror, I heard tales of people placing up to £160.000 on a horse to . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 22 – Royal Ascot Saturday

    By on 21st June 2019

    Forward planning! Love it when that works.

    Friday began with my 6/1 tip Dahhyeh winning the Group 3 Albany Stakes.

    Here's what I wrote to members on Wednesday, 48 hours prior to today's opening race:- "Before Raffle Prize won the first race on Wednesday, you could get a double figure prize about Daahyeh winning the Albany on Friday. But I've just been able to snatch 7/1 and some bookies have cut the price about Daahyeh to 4/1. That's because Daahyeh beat Raffle Prize by a length and three quarters last time out . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 21 – Royal Ascot Friday

    By on 20th June 2019

    Thanks to those members of VG Tips who took time out to contact me with their compliments regarding 20/1 winner Afaak and 10/1 winner Souther Hills at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

    Afaak had been runner up in the same race last year and, after what happened on day one with Lord Glitters, I was keen to back those horses who came close to winning a particular race twelve months ago.

    There was plenty of each way placed profit as 33/1 shot Vale of Kent and 8/1 Raising Sand finished in the first 7. That's why . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 20 – Royal Ascot Thursday

    By on 19th June 2019

    Wednesday at Royal Ascot is only part way over as I send out Thursday's deep analysis and selections.

    We have so far seen Frankie Dettori win a rain drenched opening race on the 18/1 winner called Raffle Prize. Kimari was just beaten into second. It is worth noting that bookies reacted to that race by dramatically cutting the odds on a horse in the Albany Stakes at 2.30 on Friday.

    Before Raffle Prize won the first race on Wednesday, you could get a double figure prize about Daahyeh winning the Albany on Friday. But I've just . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 19 – Royal Ascot Wednesday

    By on 18th June 2019

    Last year, in the first race at Royal Ascot, I backed Lord Glitters to win the Queen Anne Stakes. He was beaten half a length into second by Accidental Agent. Fast forward to this year and Accidental Agent refuses to come out of the stalls. Lord Glitters, mentioned by me as a potential value each way bet in my write up 24 hours ago, but regrettably not tipped this year, wins the race at odds of 14/1. I was spitting feathers.

    As happy for connections of the beautiful Lord Glitters as I was; I began the racing day kicking . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 18 – Royal Ascot Tuesday

    By on 17th June 2019

    Many parts of England have been on the receiving end of a deluge of rain. Race meetings have been called off and further rain is forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, before conditions should dry up at Ascot come Thursday.

    Ascot installed better drainage a while ago so the ground conditions there on day one may not be as soft under hoof as might have been expected considering how much rain fell there at the end of last week. The word 'Good' may appear in the official going come the start of racing on Tuesday, although rain from Noon onwards may . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 15

    By on 14th June 2019

    Jockey Silvestere De Sousa delivered me some decent returns on Friday.

    He rode my 5/2 win NAP to victory at York having earlier returned each way profit when 12/1 each way NAP, Right Action, finished in the frame. In addition to single bets, I placed those two in an each way double.

    While Ouzo also won for us on Friday, that was an odds on winner and, personally speaking, I’m always happier with each way placed returns at a double figure price than backing an odds on winner.

    All punters have personal preferences. I know of people . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 14

    By on 13th June 2019

    It’s raining, it’s pouring...

    or so everyone in England has been saying for days on end. No such problem when I was in Glasgow the last few days. It was sun kissed.

    But if Haydock Park call off a race meeting, you know it must be bad. Thursday’s meeting at a racecourse that is a bog more often than not was abandoned. So it must be wet, wet, wet.

    Plenty of non runners at Newbury on Friday. The same may apply elsewhere on Friday.

    Here’s hoping it dries out for Royal Ascot, which begins next Tuesday . . .

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