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  • Racing Tips April 17

    By on 16th April 2019

    I'm not sure punters learned much from the racing at Newmarket on Tuesday. That's not to dismiss some of the winners. But only the Nell Gwyn Stakes delivered a winner and runner up that could be something special looking forward to the 1000 Guineas next month.

    Bookies cut the price about Qabala winning that race, from 66/1 to 6/1. I love how the betting market overreacts to one performance and that coming in April. It's hilarious. Don't get me wrong, Qabala was a very good winner and clearly handles Newmarket and will relish racing . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 16

    By on 15th April 2019

    Last Saturday, at Newbury and Ayr, the sun shone and the racecourse conditions drying out. That led to a number of runners being withdrawn by their trainers, including some of my selections.

    The forecast for this week is for temperatures to rise and for it to stay dry. True flat turf season weather has arrived. We will likely see racecourse clerks announce 'Good' or perhaps even 'Good to Firm' going at Newmarket. Most racecourses are watered these days so truly Firm ground is as rare as a sensible comment coming out of the loud mouth of Matt Chapman! A man . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 13

    By on 12th April 2019

    It's that time of year when we straddle both the closing stages of the National Hunt season and the beginning of the flat turf season.

    While it is May before I get serious about the flat racing, there are some good races at Newbury and Newmarket this month. For fans of flat racing, this is a time to watch and learn. To see which horses impress so early in a new season. Always have in mind that the real quality horses will come out to play later in Spring.

    I'm still excited by the jumps season. We have . . .

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  • Scottish Grand National Racing Tips April 13

    By on 12th April 2019

    I had hoped to be in Scotland this weekend and attend in person my first ever Grand National at Ayr. Sadly, life got in the way of that plan. A pity as it seems I would have enjoyed a dry day at Ayr and witnessed some fine racing in the process. I will have to make do with television, which just isn't the same as being on a racecourse.

    The Scottish Grand National is the follow up act to the English one which saw Tiger Roll win for us and lots of punters last weekend. While the bookies clearly . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 12

    By on 11th April 2019

    I'm not yet ready to dip my toe in the new flat turf season waters, at least not on a consistent basis.

    There are simply too many unknowns about horses racing for the first time, or for the first time in many months. I don't like known unknowns!

    I will look at the Newbury card for Saturday and I most certainly will be offering analysis and tips for the Newmarket meeting on Wednesday and Thursday of next week, including races such as the Nell Gwyn and Craven Stakes.

    For the moment at least, my chief concentration is on . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 6

    By on 5th April 2019

    Champ and McFabulous won for me on Friday. A day when I feared seconditus was going to be the order of the day .

    After all, Min had comfortably exacted revenge on a tired looking Politologue and Lostintranlastion easily got the better of another Paul Nicholls trained runner up which had clearly not recovered from winning at Cheltenham. That was Topofthegame.

    The one to take out of the race won by my 10/3 winning tip Champ, was the runner up. That's another former two time winner for us, Emitom. That one was stepping up notably in class today and . . .

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  • Grand National 2019 Racing Analysis and Tips April 6

    By on 5th April 2019

    I'm writing the introduction to my lengthy Grand National analysis after I have written my preview, thoughts and tips. As I have taken several hours to study the form and construct my write up, I shall try to waste little time in sending it out to you.

    As I have said in previous years, you need luck in running in this race. Jockeys that keep their horses out of trouble are jockeys I like in races as cut throat and competitive as this one.

    I've often tended to prefer horses with proven placed or winning form at Aintree . . .

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  • Racing Tips April 5

    By on 4th April 2019

    That went well. Day one of the Aintree Festival saw myself and subscribers to VG Tips enjoy four winners from six races selected.

    Moon Over Germany was 12/1 when selected for members. Rachael Blackmore rode that one to an easy victory at SP odds of only 11/2. Clearly I wasn't the only punter who thought Moon Over Germany was overpriced last night.

    Supasundae won the feature race for us. Tipped up when 9/1 last evening, the horse actually drifted out to 11/1 this morning. So it was I got on again on each way terms . . .

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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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