Racing tips

  • Racing Tips March 12

    By on 10th March 2020

    Well that was some day. Just as jockeys have good days and bad, so do punters.

    After being disloyal to some on Tuesday, my Wednesday policy of staying loyal to horses that had won for us already this season paid off, with one notable exception.

    The day began with the expected victory by ENVOI ALLEN. Tipped ante-post when available at 5/4 or 6/5, he'd been heavily backed last night and today and came past the post a cosy winner at odds of 4/7.

    CHAMP came from out of the back of . . .

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  • Racing Tips March 11

    By on 9th March 2020

    Loyalty. That’s the lesson I should learn from day one of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

    Case 1. Epatante winning a weak Champion Hurdle was a salutary reminder to me to not overthink races in which the favourite is a horse I had previously tipped and backed to win races already this season.

    I have looked back at my tips for those races and my comments afterwards. While it was at that time possible that Epatante would be in the Mares’ Hurdle, the fact is that I gave subscribers a big vote of confidence about Epatante back then. So I . . .

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  • Racing Tips March 10

    By on 9th March 2020

    So the time has arrived. The meeting we've all been waiting for since autumn turned into winter.

    Last year we had 7 winners and 7 placed profitable punts across the four days. I was happy with that very respectable return. We've enjoyed 12 winners some years and as few as five other years. But this is the most competitive jumps racing anywhere in the world, so finding any winner should see you pat yourself on the back.

    Remember, profitable punting is not simply about the first horse past the post. Far from it. You can make more profit . . .

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  • Racing Tips March 7-8

    By on 5th March 2020

    Subscribers to VG Tips have received parts 1, 2 and 3 of my ante-post previews for the Cheltenham Festival that begins on Tuesday. For many years, a profitable few days of punting for myself and members. From Monday, they will receive my final racing tips for the meeting. Beginning with some top class races on Tuesday. If you're not already a member of VG Tips, there's never a better time to join than right now.

    Between now and then I self isolate! Not because of any virus but because, at this time of the year every year . . .

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  • Cheltenham Festival ante-post analysis and fancies. Part 3. March 3

    By on 3rd March 2020

    One week to go until the Cheltenham Festival of 2020. The roar will reverberate around Prestbury Park, Cheltenham. You can hear the roar back in town and further afield. The hairs on the back of the neck of those attending will stand to attention.

    It's a great setting for the best race meeting to be seen anywhere in the world. Just so long as the coronavirus does not lead to the government calling off sporting events, the crowds will flock to Cheltenham for four days of top class National Hunt racing.

    The weather has been the bigger threat to . . .

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  • Racing Tips February 29

    By on 28th February 2020

    Surely not. I refuse to believe the notion that the Cheltenham Festival would be called off because of the Coronavirus. Call that off and you'd have to expect every mass gathering sporting fixture to be postponed or abandoned altogether.

    I did hear someone suggest that the festival could take place behind closed doors. No spectators. Just horses. But considering how many of them travel to reach Cheltenham, you'd would have to say the humans who travel with them could be potential carriers.

    French racecourse Compiegne has announced that racing there on March 2nd and 4th will take place . . .

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  • Racing Tips February 28

    By on 27th February 2020

    Only thirteen days to go until I am sending out my analysis and selections for the first day at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

    With the rain still falling, it's impossible to imagine anything other than the word 'soft' appearing somewhere in the going conditions for Tuesday March 10th.

    The meeting will begin with the Supreme Novices' Hurdle for which Shiskin is the current 5/2 favourite. Asterion Forlonge (5/1), Chantry House (9/1) and Fiddleontheroof (8/1) are among the challengers.

    The first day also includes the Arkle Chase, Ultima Handicap Chase, the Champion Hurdle, the Mares' Hurdle . . .

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  • Racing Tips February 22 and 23

    By on 21st February 2020

    2 winners from 2 tips on Friday, following on from 4 from 4 on Wednesday. Don't expect 100% returns every day!

    The reliable Christ in April was an 8/1 winning NAP for in the Devon National at Exeter. Winning by eight and a half lengths and with Belle Empress in third.

    Over at Warwick, Grand Roi won as expected. 4/5 was the early price. 1/2 the past the post odds.

    We are at that stage of the jumps season when many of those targeted for the Cheltenham Festival have now been wrapped in cotton wool and . . .

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  • Racing Tips February 21

    By on 20th February 2020

    Firstly, thank you for the messages some of you sent regarding the four winners from four selections on Wednesday. I actually had to go out for the day so had no idea all four racing tips had won until I got back home and checked my e-mails and the Twitter comments via @betonsportstips

    SOUTHFIELD HARVEST, NIGHT EDITION, ELFILE and ALLART all won for us.

    I read that some of you did all manner of multiples to include three or all four of the winning horses, so ensuring some handsome returns. Well done everyone! There's . . .

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  • Racing Tips February 19

    By on 18th February 2020

    Last Saturday saw myself and members win via Nordano, an 8/1 NAP at Ascot.
    It’s always nice to back a horse that wins so easily, in this case by 16 lengths. That way you know that, just so long as the horse jumps that final fence, you are going to collect your winnings.

    The clues were there. As I wrote to members the day before the race, Nordano had been beaten by much better horses than anything faced on Saturday and carrying a light weight is often a plus on testing ground.

    The hardy Ramses de Teille was . . .

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