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  • Racing Tips July 6

    By on 5th July 2019

    As I write, Riot has been beaten a neck but Elarqam, a 2/1 tip, has won at Sandown Park.

    Racing lost one of its biggest figures today. John McCririck died at the age of 79 after an 18 month long illness. The last time I saw him he already looked poorly and it was only his devoted wife who kept him going to the races as long as he did.

    While his latter days on Channel 4 racing were shaky, there can be no disputing that he had for many years made racing a much more popular sport with . . .

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  • Racing Tips July 5

    By on 4th July 2019

    On Thursday, at the time of writing, all three selections at Haydock Park won for members of VG Tips. The two selections racing in Ireland, meanwhile, both finished second. Two other selections have yet to race.

    The announcement by William Hill that they are set to close around 700 shops has made headline news today. It was coming and it will not be the last bookmaker to announce big job losses.

    I feel for the employees who will lose their jobs. But it is their employers to blame. For years now the shops have been much less about bookmaking. They . . .

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  • Racing Tips July 4

    By on 3rd July 2019

    I am a big fan of racing in Ireland. I'm biased, of course. My late father came from a Dublin family steeped in all things equine. But I've always enjoyed going racing in Ireland.

    The Irish Derby meeting staged at the new look Curragh last week was ill managed and resulted in poor attendances considering the high quality racing on offer. Those who organise that meeting need to think again. The attendance for the Friday daytime meeting that began at 3.15pm was a mere 3,661 people.

    At which point didn't the organisers realise that folk . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 29

    By on 28th June 2019

    I often wonder if Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien plays the lottery. If he does, how many tickets does he buy? After all, he does all he can to ensure his stable have the best chance of winning a race. He often does so by entering more horses into a race than any other trainer. He is spoilt for choice. But then it is in his blood to be a top class trainer managing a very professional operation at Ballydoyle.

    On Friday, my 8/1 NAP selection Twilight Payment on the Curragh Cup, finding more when challenged and staying on . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 28

    By on 27th June 2019

    One week ago we were watching Frankie Dettori ride four consecutive winners.

    They included Stradivarius winning The Ascot Gold Cup. It was a very good Royal Ascot, regardless of whether you simply watched or were having a bet.

    Subscribers to VG Tips were offered ten winners across the five days, a tally I'm happy to settle for. We cannot have meetings as good as Royal Ascot every week, sadly. But the flat season is, like the weather (allegedly) hotting up and racecourses are drying out. We saw some fast speeds in races last week, including at least one racecourse . . .

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  • Racing Tips Royal Ascot Review for Members

    By on 25th June 2019

    It's over for another year. The crowds have gone home. The rented monkey suits and hats have been returned to the shop. Mountains of champagne have been consumed by those who don't need to rent their outfits. Those who went to Royal Ascot on Tuesday and Wednesday got soaked. Those who went on Friday and Saturday may have wished they had taken factor 30 sun lotion to Berkshire.

    I watched on television, where you see more of the actual racing. To my continuing horror, I heard tales of people placing up to £160.000 on a horse to . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 22 – Royal Ascot Saturday

    By on 21st June 2019

    Forward planning! Love it when that works.

    Friday began with my 6/1 tip Dahhyeh winning the Group 3 Albany Stakes.

    Here's what I wrote to members on Wednesday, 48 hours prior to today's opening race:- "Before Raffle Prize won the first race on Wednesday, you could get a double figure prize about Daahyeh winning the Albany on Friday. But I've just been able to snatch 7/1 and some bookies have cut the price about Daahyeh to 4/1. That's because Daahyeh beat Raffle Prize by a length and three quarters last time out . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 21 – Royal Ascot Friday

    By on 20th June 2019

    Thanks to those members of VG Tips who took time out to contact me with their compliments regarding 20/1 winner Afaak and 10/1 winner Souther Hills at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

    Afaak had been runner up in the same race last year and, after what happened on day one with Lord Glitters, I was keen to back those horses who came close to winning a particular race twelve months ago.

    There was plenty of each way placed profit as 33/1 shot Vale of Kent and 8/1 Raising Sand finished in the first 7. That's why . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 20 – Royal Ascot Thursday

    By on 19th June 2019

    Wednesday at Royal Ascot is only part way over as I send out Thursday's deep analysis and selections.

    We have so far seen Frankie Dettori win a rain drenched opening race on the 18/1 winner called Raffle Prize. Kimari was just beaten into second. It is worth noting that bookies reacted to that race by dramatically cutting the odds on a horse in the Albany Stakes at 2.30 on Friday.

    Before Raffle Prize won the first race on Wednesday, you could get a double figure prize about Daahyeh winning the Albany on Friday. But I've just . . .

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  • Racing Tips June 19 – Royal Ascot Wednesday

    By on 18th June 2019

    Last year, in the first race at Royal Ascot, I backed Lord Glitters to win the Queen Anne Stakes. He was beaten half a length into second by Accidental Agent. Fast forward to this year and Accidental Agent refuses to come out of the stalls. Lord Glitters, mentioned by me as a potential value each way bet in my write up 24 hours ago, but regrettably not tipped this year, wins the race at odds of 14/1. I was spitting feathers.

    As happy for connections of the beautiful Lord Glitters as I was; I began the racing day kicking . . .

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