Racing tips

  • Racing Tips Dec 4

    By on 3rd December 2019

    Last Saturday threw up some surprising results and I had to make do with each way placed returns, including in the feature race at Newbury.

    On Sunday, meanwhile, racing in Ireland delivered me three short price winners (2/1, 2/1 and 4/5). All good value for their victories. I was pleased to hear back from so many subscribers to VG Tips who had put those three in a triumphant treble. I only wish I had. Life got in the way. Annoying when that happens.

    But winners are winners regardless of the prices and I have to say I . . .

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  • Racing Tips Saturday and Sunday Nov 30-Dec 1

    By on 29th November 2019

    You have to feel for those who run Doncaster racecourse. A two day meeting wiped out this week, with racing there on Saturday the latest casualty of the weather.

    Much of South Yorkshire has been waterlogged of late. Having been a victim of flooding myself in years past, I feel for the residents of the area. It’s a horrible experience and, frankly, losing a race meeting is insignificant compared to having your home flooded.

    Racing went ahead at Newbury on Friday and will do so again on Saturday when no rain is forecast for the Berkshire racecourse.

    I have . . .

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  • Ladbrokes Trophy Chase Racing Tips Saturday

    By on 23rd November 2019

    Champ and Paisley Park both won for us as expected on Friday, each at odds on prices. No great surprises there.

    I am annoyed at myself for not tipping or backing Old Grangewood, which beat Kalashnikov by a nose earlier on the Friday card. Having tipped that one the previous time out, I did consider going in again today, but thought Kalashnikov might be too good at too shorter price. He almost was. But missing out on the 6/1 on offer about Old Grangewood will haunt me for a little while.

    But you have no time in this punting . . .

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  • Racing Tips Friday November 29

    By on 23rd November 2019

    The jumps season is warming up nicely and trainers have their chief targets in mind. They include the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day and, of course, the Cheltenham Festival next March. I will soon be writing my ‘ones to watch out for’ preview of some of the big races we can look forward to this winter and next spring.

    This coming Saturday we have a race I will always call the Hennessy Gold Cup. A shame they stopped sponsoring the race after so many years. It’s another race now sponsored by a bookie.

    Those . . .

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  • Racing Tips November 23

    By on 22nd November 2019

    Hands up who backed 50/1 winner Militarian on Friday. No, me neither. It was that sort of day. That was one almighty surprise win for a horse that clearly enjoyed going over three miles for the first time. I doubt that even the trainer, who also owns the gelding, could have seen that coming. Well done him. That must have been a special moment and it's always refreshing to see the lesser known trainers getting a big price winner.

    I could only manage a 4/5 winner from four races selected on the day. That was Very First . . .

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  • Racing Tips November 22

    By on 21st November 2019

    Only Saint De Reve returned profit on Thursday. Tipped when 11/4, the Paul Nicholls trained selection won by a whopping 13 lengths and at SP odds of only 5/4. Clearly another case of the early bird punter attracting the most winnings.

    Based on recent results, including at Thurles on Thursday, you have to say that Henry de Bromhead has his stable in fine form right now. He had another impressive winner ridden by the talented Rachael Blackmore. They combined today with Sinoria, which beat the very capable Good Thyne Tara by twelve lengths. Another De Bromhead horse worth . . .

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  • Racing Tips November 21

    By on 20th November 2019

    Last weekend was informative. After the Saturday successes of Happy Diva, Faugheen and Wholestone, Sunday saw Punchestown selections Stormy Ireland and Battleoverdoyen win for us at short prices.

    Arguably the most impressive win came at Cheltenham when Defi Du Seuil came up the Cheltenham hill like the little fighter we know him to be. I am content to have taken the 16/1 each way price for him on offer before that race for the Champion Chase at the festival next March. There's still some double figure prices around for that race. I do hope trainer Phillip Hobbs enters . . .

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  • Racing Tips November 17

    By on 16th November 2019

    HAPPY DIVA was a 16/1 winning NAP for myself and members of VG Tips on Saturday. The SP price of 14/1 was still great value for a mare I was confident would be involved in the finish of the feature race of the day, the competitive Grade 3 Bet Victor Gold Cup Handicap Chase.

    Thank you to all those subscribers who sent me messages of joy. I am still catching up with them. What pleases me most about these is that it is clear many members of VG Tips do what I ask. Namely . . .

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  • Racing goes ahead at Cheltenham on Saturday. Friday was lost to a waterlogged track but plenty of hard work by the Clerk of the Course and his staff have ensured that only minor alterations have been made to the obstacles for Saturday and Sunday.

    Trainers need this meeting to go ahead and get a run into their better horses as prep for the Cheltenham Festival next March. It's also needed for us punters to get a look at those who are likely to be aimed at bigger races later in the season, not only at Cheltenham.

    Watching the racing . . .

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    By on 15th November 2019
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  • Cheltenham Racing Friday November 15 OFF

    By on 13th November 2019

    Hello one and all,

    For those who are not following me on Twitter @betonsportstips and have therefore not seen my alert regarding racing at Cheltenham on Friday...
    the meeting is OFF!

    This is a great disappointment to me, to punters everywhere and to those who own, train and ride the horses. The November meeting at Prestbury Park is the one that gives us clues as to which horses may peak come Christmas at Kempton Park, or the Cheltenham Festival next March.

    After a deluge of rain on Wednesday and overnight into Thursday, I am not surprised Cheltenham is . . .

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