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  • Racing Tips October 25

    By on 24th October 2019

    It's that week when, for me at least, the past flat season crosses over with the new turf jumps season proper.

    Much of the flat racing at this time of the year is made up of colts and fillies racing for the first time. I missed one on Wednesday. I kicked myself at not seeing that the Richard Hughes trained newcomer called Brentford Hope was racing.

    After all, on October 12th, I had highlighted to members of VG Tips that this first time out son of Camelot might be a bit special at Goodwood the following day. That meeting . . .

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  • Racing Tips October 19

    By on 17th October 2019

    Champions Day at Ascot looks like taking place on the softest ground the Berkshire racecourse has experienced for a very long time. But there is plenty of quality on display.

    A dry, sunny day is forecast for Saturday so those attending should enjoy a good day of racing when some of the stars of this past flat season - a very profitable one for me and members of VG Tips - take each other on. It has all the makings of a good day at the races.

    I have inevitably been looking for the horses proven on soft or heavy ground and . . .

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  • Racing Tips October 13

    By on 12th October 2019

    Pinatubo dug deep to win the Grade 1 Dewhurst Stakes on Saturday and would have won by further had the race been over a mile. So I remain confident about my ante-post bet offered to members back in June for Pinatubo to win the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket at the end of April 2020.

    Odds of 10/1 and 12/1 were on offer in June and my money went down. The most advanced case of forward planning betting I can recall. I like the fact that Pinatubo does little at home and likes to sleep a lot. That . . .

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  • Racing Tips October 12

    By on 11th October 2019

    Friday offered us plenty of clues for racing on Saturday and going forward.

    Quadrilateral proved she's as good as some thought by winning the Group 1 Fillies' Mile in good fashion. Love ran well but a length and a half third was as close as she could get to the winner.

    Platnium Star didn't enjoy Newmarket conditions and could only finish seventh while Dream Shot was a non runner in the same race.

    Limato was gallant in trying to win the same race for the third consecutive year but, in our last time out winner Mustashry, found one . . .

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  • Racing Tips October 11

    By on 10th October 2019

    You know the winter jumps season is approaching when race meetings are abandoned due to racecourses being waterlogged.

    It can be an inconvenience to the larger courses but can be life and death to those racecourses that have fewer meetings throughout the year. In recent days both Salisbury and Ayr have lost fixtures due to too much rain.

    Looking at the forecast for Ireland and the West of the UK on Friday, we could see other meetings called off. Chepstow must be at risk if the weather forecast I have seen is accurate.

    Courses in the East of England should . . .

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  • Racing Tips October 5

    By on 4th October 2019

    I write this prior to the two Friday selections going to post.

    Saturday and Sunday sees some top class racing in England and France.

    The reason I shy away from the races other than the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is that they contain so many French bred horses I know much less about. Horses that do most or all of their racing in their native France and so are more experienced with French racecourses.

    While some of the supporting races at Longchamp on Saturday and Sunday do include UK horses we are used to seeing, and in some . . .

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  • Racing Tips October 4

    By on 2nd October 2019

    Last weekend went well. Choosing the first two home in a 30 runner handicap is bound to please me and it's not as rare an event as some may think.

    Indeed, perhaps I should have been placing Lord North and Beringer in a reverse or straight forecast for the ultra competitive Class 2 Cambridgeshire handicap at Newmarket. After all, long time followers of mine know how much I relish the challenge of trying to find profit in such big field races.

    Lord North was 9/1 the night before racing and was heavily punted on the day. So much . . .

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  • Racing Tips September 28

    By on 26th September 2019

    DAAHYEH won on Friday and did so at a respectable price of 11/8 in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes. Our Royal Ascot winner went in again and that can only support the form of one running in a Group 1 race on Saturday and which is one of my NAPS on a busy day of good racing.

    The Saturday card at Newmarket has some mouthwatering races in prospect and a massive field Class 2 handicap. I have taken hours and hours over studying the form of the latter.

    Benbatl proved me wrong on Friday. A horse that . . .

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  • Racing Tips September 27

    By on 25th September 2019

    Thursday got off to a good start when 11/4 tip when MASCAT toughed out a win in a Class 4 maiden.

    It's nice when research pays off. A close fought end to the race between Mascat and Discovery Island backed up what I alerted members to the night before racing. Here's what I said: "Two that followed home the now highly thought of Palace Pier are also in this race. At Sandown last month it was the Harry Bentley ridden Mascat that got closest to the impressive Palace Pier. The colt was a three . . .

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  • Racing Tips September 26

    By on 24th September 2019

    As we prepare to welcome in October, one side of my betting mind begins to think about winter racing over the jumps.

    The prospect of a new National Hunt season always excites. October is the only month of the year when I straddle both codes of racing. We can look forward to flat racing at Newmarket and, on the 19th, Champions Day at Ascot.

    As the new jumps season proper gets underway, I will be looking at the October cards for racing at Chesptow, Punchestown and Aintree, among others.

    Come November, it's jumps racing all the way through winter . . .

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