Racing tips

  • Racing Tips October 4

    By on 3rd October 2020

    Some punters follow French racing much closer than I do. Frankly, there's plenty of racing taking place in the UK on all but fewer than a handful of days each year to occupy my mind.

    I am sometimes asked why I so rarely offer tips for racing in France. Races in which UK trainers send over the odd runner because prize money is superior across the channel. It is because of unknowns. Racing packed full of French bred and trained horses are not for me because I know so little about those horses and how good their form when . . .

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  • Racing Tips October 3

    By on 2nd October 2020

    September was fairly rubbish for me. Both on the betting and health front. The latter being far more important than the former, even to this seasoned punter.

    So it was nice to begin October with 4 winners from 4 tips on Friday. A 100% record on the day.

    TYSON FURY at generous odds of 4/1 was the last of the quartet to win. The day began well when 5/2 Ascot selection PIRANESI triumphed. Squeezed between those two, 4/7 tip BERKSHIRE ROCCO won at SP odds of 1/2 and my first . . .

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  • Racing Tips October 2

    By on 30th September 2020

    All eyes are on France for the weekend. The Prix de 'l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday looks like being a cracker run on heavy going. Today's news was that trainer Aidan O'Brien has withdrawn Love due to the soft/heavy ground which will not improve with yet further rain to fall on Paris. That has led to the price about Enable shortening as favourite. Can the mare create history and win the race for a record third time? We shall see.

    But on paper at least, it's no one horse race. Far from it . . .

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  • Racing Tips September 26

    By on 25th September 2020

    I am sending out Saturday's selections just after my first on Friday has raced. And won! ISABELLA GILES, a 2/1 tip, won the Rockfel Stakes in good fashion and with something to spare. She could be winning a big race for fillies next season. Have her in your notebook or tracker.

    I did watch the race in which I didn't offer a tip. A race reduced to four runners and one that Alpinista would have won had the jockey not gone for a gap, got blocked out of it, and the filly caught heels in . . .

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  • Racing Tips September 25

    By on 24th September 2020

    LOST IN SPACE (a 5/2 NAP) and the well backed on the day LA BAROSSA were the winners on Thursday.

    Toromona and Spirit of Bermuda were beaten into second while the final selection, First Winter, was very disappointing at Newmarket.

    I will cut to the chase because valued subscriber Bob lives in Thailand where the time difference is six or seven hours ahead. He often finds himself receiving them at midnight his time and getting up to read my analysis at 6am. That's dedication Bob!

    I am also getting on with it because today . . .

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  • Racing Tips September 24

    By on 20th September 2020

    No joy in the Ayr Gold Cup last weekend, won by a very well backed by punters former winner for us, Nihaarr. But 6/4 tip ADDEYBB won the Class 1 Listed Doonside Stakes for us and Admirality, a 12/1 each way selection, was second in the Silver Cup, so returning each way backers some profit.

    I tipped the first two home in the Group 3 fillies stakes. UMM KULTHUM, a 2/1 win only tip, justified confidence and won by a length at SP odds of 9/4. In second was Scarlet Bear . . .

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  • Racing Tips September 19

    By on 18th September 2020

    Some racecourses have been so unlucky both before, during and after the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Perhaps none unluckier than the wonderful racecourse at Ayr.

    Good people run the course and if it's not a virus that has seen them lose race meetings, it has been the weather. The Ayr Gold Cup meeting was wiped out by the weather in 2017. The sun shone down on the magnificent setting last year but, more recently, Ayr has lost further race meetings. The financial losses to all racecourses through nobody being able to attend meetings has been huge. Only recently, Doncaster lost . . .

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  • Racing Tips September 18

    By on 17th September 2020

    A fine man who won many a race, lost out to his most deadly rival this week. Jockey Pat Smullen was a favourite of mine over the years. A winning jockey aboard several of those I have backed in past years but, much more importantly, a top professional who went about his job in a very diligent manner.

    Not one to hog the camera or the limelight, Pat was so loved by those he worked for and with because he turned up on time, rode out the horses he was asked to ride out, offered up accurate and specific opinions . . .

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  • Racing Tips September 16

    By on 15th September 2020

    Well that was a memorable weekend of racing. Memorable for all manner of reasons.

    Having fired blanks on the first three days at the Doncaster meeting, I enjoyed two winners from three selections there on Saturday. CHINDIT at 15/8 and WICHITA at 7/2 did the business and that was pleasing to see after a tough week.

    It would have been three from three had I not been so paranoid about the golden punting rule of never changing your mind. I did change my mind from my original each way selection, and did so to . . .

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  • Racing Tips September 13

    By on 12th September 2020

    The racing on offer this weekend is top quality both in the UK, Ireland and France. Can you have too much of a good thing? Only when it all comes at the same time. I do wish racing could spread the load of Group class racing more evenly across the week. But that will never happen.

    So it is that I have days like Friday and Saturday when my head is deep into form study for Group class races here, there and everywhere. Meetings that include several past winners for myself and VG Tips members. Winners that are often taking . . .

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