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  • Racing Tips April 4

    By on 3rd April 2019

    The great city of Liverpool will be busy this weekend.

    On Saturday it will be packed for the Grand National - a race for which I have tipped the winner each of the past three years.

    But the three day meeting as a whole is a very good one. Often in the shadow of the Cheltenham Festival in March, the Aintree meeting deserves more attention and plaudits.

    The fences at Aintree remain testing. They may have been made safer in recent years, and rightly so. But they are still a test of jumping and it's always worth looking out for . . .

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  • Grand National 2019. Will it be a vintage year? Ante-post preview, part 2

    By on 1st April 2019

    The field for the 2019 running of the Grand National is shaping up and the weights have changed since...

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  • Next Racing Tips March 30

    By on 28th March 2019

    The turf flat season proper begins at Doncaster on Saturday with the always competitive Lincoln Handicap.

    The problem for punters at this stage of the season is that we have little or often no form to go on. Most of the horses racing at Doncaster tomorrow have not been seen racing since last autumn. We cannot know which of them will be ready to perform well first time out after several months away from racing.

    To my mind the flat turf season proper really gets going in May. At this most early stage of the season it is wise for . . .

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  • Grand National 2019. Ante-post preview, part 1. Will the Tiger rock and roll?

    By on 27th March 2019

    This time last year I was asking: 'Could I tip the winner of the Grand National at Aintree for...

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  • Racing Tips March 23

    By on 21st March 2019

    It was two winners and two seconds on Wednesday. A day for those who don’t mind backing shorties.

    My own mind has already turned to the English and Scottish Grand Nationals, staged within the first twelve days of April. I already have my fancies.

    Personally speaking I am clinging on to the jumps season as long as I possibly can. I know the official flat season is almost upon us but, for me at least, it only gets serious in May.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this past jumps season and it ain’t over yet.

    Saturday

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  • Racing Tips March 21

    By on 20th March 2019

    Coming down off the high of the Cheltenham Festival leads to terrible withdrawal symptoms for us top class racing addicts.

    It was 6 winners and some profitable each way placed punts for me this year. I am writing a review of the winners, losers and the ones that got away and that review will be mailed to members of VG Tips soon.

    It was a good festival and, as predicted, a much more open one than last year. The bookies had the best of the final day but punters hammered them on terrific Thursday when we had three winners and . . .

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  • Racing Tips March 16

    By on 15th March 2019

    The man of Carlow has done it. At last! Willie Mullins, the finest trainer in Ireland, has finally trained the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

    I recall jockey Ruby Walsh giving a big up for Al Boum Photo when speaking to a festival preview meeting a couple of weeks ago. He said he might choose to ride that one of the handful of Mullins contenders. I bet he is wishing he had chosen that one as I am wishing I had listened closer to what he was saying.

    Al Boum Photo was a very deserving winner. He went well . . .

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  • Racing Tips Cheltenham Festival Day 4 – March 15

    By on 14th March 2019

    What a day! Thursday was a great advert for racing. The best of the sport was on show as Bryony Frost became the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 race at the festival - a 15/2 winning tip from me to members of VG Tips.

    If you have not watched that race, or the post race interview with Bryony, do so. I have been saying for months that she is the best advert possible for a sport that too often self inflicts damage. She is a breath of fresh air when interviewed and, as Thursday proved, a very . . .

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  • Racing Tips Cheltenham Festival Day 3 – March 14

    By on 13th March 2019

    Tiger Roll. What a horse! A 12/1 winner for me and members of VG Tips at the Aintree Grand National last year, he was my ante-post NAP for the festival as alerted to existing members back in February. The price available the night before racing - as alerted to subscribers to my selections service - was great value at 11/8 with a couple of bookies.

    What a performance that was today when he won the stamina sapping Cross Country race in such fine style. He absolutely romped home in a race that exhausts most horses. Not this one. The . . .

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  • Racing Tips Cheltenham Festival Day 2 – March 13

    By on 12th March 2019

    I've said this more than once over the Cheltenham years.

    Is there any point opposing anything trained by Willie Mullins? Some years, you have to say not.

    The master of Irish racing was at it again on Tuesday. He trained a rare Irish winner of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the very impressive Klassical Dream.

    Then followed up that with another easy victory in the Arkle, this time via the grey Duc Des Genievres.

    I don't know how Mullins does it, but this man spends all year long preparing horses for the Cheltenham Festival and once again he delivered . . .

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