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  • Racing Tips February 2

    By on 1st February 2019

    It looks as though the Sandown Park and Leopardstown meetings will go ahead on Saturday. Hurrah!

    As per usual these days, racing packs all its best quality action into one day. So you are starved of races worthy of attention for days only to then have too much to choose from.

    Last year, Leopardstown hosted the very first Dublin Racing Festival and it was a cracking race meeting. There were clues on offer prior to the March Cheltenham Festival that saw VG Tips members enjoy 10 winners in 2018, and a fair few more each way placed profitable punts at . . .

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  • Next Racing Tips February 2

    By on 31st January 2019

    For the second consecutive day, turf meetings scheduled to take place in the UK on Friday have been called off. The frost and snow making racing impossible.

    The Saturday meeting at Musselburgh has also been called off.

    But the Dublin Racing Festival - which was excellent in its first year twelve months ago - looks set to go ahead. Two days of quality racing on Saturday and Sunday at Leopardstown.

    So I am already studying the cards for that meeting and my racing analysis and tips will be sent out to members late afternoon Friday for racing that does go ahead on . . .

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  • Racing Tips January 26

    By on 25th January 2019

    4 winners from 4 racing tips on Thursday. 3 losers from 3 tips on Friday. That's the up and down life of a punter. Granted Friday's selections did come with a Vernon health warning and Magic of Light was only beaten a length today.

    Ironically, beaten by Happy Diva which I tipped at an each way price in a lower class of race as recently as last weekend. Happy Diva finished a 22 length third that day. On Friday, in a higher class of race, she goes and beats a previous Class 1, Grade 2 winner. Go figure . . .

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  • Racing Tips January 25

    By on 24th January 2019

    Relax! Back in the winners enclosure. Luck of the Irish? Not a bit of it.

    100% record at Gowran Park races on Thursday. 4 win only tips offered to members. All 4 win. Excuse me while I shout.... GET IN!!!!!!!

    Presenting Percy, a winner for members of VG Tips at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, returned from a long lay off to win the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park. The 366 day absence from racing before today - not a bother on him. Now he heads for Cheltenham in March where he's among the favourites for the Gold Cup . . .

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  • Racing Tips January 24

    By on 23rd January 2019

    Jack Frost is having his say. Racing fixtures are being called off due to dropping temperatures and even some snow in places.

    There was even snowfall at Cheltenham overnight. Here's hoping temperatures rise before the weekend as there is a good meeting at Cheltenham on Saturday, including a few trials races for the festival next March. We could learn plenty come Saturday should that meeting go ahead.

    One way or another the odd weather this winter - mild at first, a lack of rain later - has played havoc for trainers preparing certain horses for the big dates in March. Should . . .

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  • Racing Tips January 19

    By on 18th January 2019

    Snow is forecast for some parts on Saturday. Freezing temperatures elsewhere and heavy rain may land on some racecourses tonight and on the day of racing.

    It’s that time of the year. Race meetings are vulnerable to the changing weather and racecourse inspections will become the norm.

    Predicting the weather is much more reliable these days thanks to the wonders of science. Predicting winners, as Friday proved, remains as much of a challenge as it was in the days when weather forecasts consisted of weathermen sticking adhesive signs on to a weather map.

    These days the Met Office gets . . .

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  • Racing Tips January 18

    By on 17th January 2019

    Uhlan Bute was a welcome 5/1 winner on Wednesday.

    One aspect all punters must have in mind right now is the ever drying ground conditions due to a general lack of rain across the UK this winter.

    It means that several horses you see racing right now, including this weekend, have been winning or performing well on soft or heavy going. But now they face genuinely Good or Good to Soft ground. Some racecourses are watering to ensure the going is not too firm.

    Before more severe cold weather arrives next week - and no doubt leads to some meetings . . .

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  • Racing Tips January 16

    By on 15th January 2019

    I'm currently writing the January newsletter which contains both good and bad news.

    The good news being the annual profit for 2018. The bad news being my woeful performance last Saturday, when only 20/1 each way tip returned profit on finishing second behind a leniently handicapped opponent racing from a light weight.

    Firing blanks happens so rarely that those days stick in my mind. The first thing I do is undertake my own post mortem. I watch back the races concerned. I look back at the form I studied before the races. I try to see where, if . . .

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  • Racing Tips January 12

    By on 11th January 2019

    I'm To Blame, a 6/4 tip the night before racing on Friday, won at SP odds of 5/6. So taking the early price was the best bet. Dares to Dream, the only other selection at Sedgefield, finished second.

    We can all face traffic problems on the road and trainer Gary Moore and his stable staff had a nightmare on Friday when delayed getting horses to Huntingdon. It meant my only selection at that racecourse, Beat the Judge, never made it there.

    Here's hoping all my selections make it to Kempton, Wetherby and Warwick tomorrow. There is . . .

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  • Racing Tips January 11

    By on 10th January 2019

    It was two winners from two selections at Taunton on Wednesday. Not That Fuisse justified my giving him one more chance by winning for us at odds of 9/4. The 8/15 tip Chef D'equipe also won for us at a shorter SP price. Up at Doncaster we had one non runner and one runner up.

    Some days, when studying form, you are blessed with quality races to delve into and I get excited by what is on offer and the challenge of finding a profitable punt.

    On other days, it can be like pulling teeth and I . . .

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