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  • Cheltenham Festival ante-post analysis and racing tips. Part 1

    By on 12th February 2019

    One month to go. Until the roar goes up on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. The hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention.

    I've had my eye on a few horses for weeks, in some cases, months. Their names go into my notebook. Whether they turn up or not, or take part in the actual race for which I fancy them, we will not know until much closer to the time.

    Some will not arrive at Cheltenham at all. Others that have multiple entries right now, will only take part in one race. Will . . .

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  • Racing Tips February 9-10

    By on 8th February 2019

    Sunday selections, now with current best odds in the betting market. One is now an each way selection, even in a race of only seven runners, due to the price on offer.

    You will know by now that, in general, I am a big fan of Irish racing. Every time I have attended racing there I have been impressed by how knowledgeable the spectators are and how competitive the racing can be.

    I shouldn’t be surprised. My late father and his brothers were brought up surrounded by horses and within sight of still existing Dublin racecourses and my dad . . .

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  • Racing Tips February 7

    By on 6th February 2019

    Last weekend went well at Leopardstown. The second year of the Dublin Racing Festival was a success and 7 winners from 10 races selected for members was equally pleasing.

    Sassy Diva, an 8/1 tip the day before racing, was the biggest price winner but all profit is good profit and why I personally always prefer to back something at that type of price or bigger, I know some members of VG Tips are content to back winners at short odds against  prices or odds on.

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  • Racing Tips February 3

    By on 2nd February 2019

    On what were very testing conditions at Sandown and Leopardstown, some of the expected favourites did win their races. Especially so in Ireland.

    We won via Apples Jade (tipped and made a NAP when available at 11/10), Envoi Allen, Min and Le Richebourg (2/1 when tipped).

    4 winners from six races selected at Leopardstown. By far the most impressive of which was Apples Jade which should walk away with the Mares' hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday March 12th, the opening day of the festival.

    The sheer ease of her win today ensured that the price for her to . . .

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  • Racing Tips February 2

    By on 1st February 2019

    It looks as though the Sandown Park and Leopardstown meetings will go ahead on Saturday. Hurrah!

    As per usual these days, racing packs all its best quality action into one day. So you are starved of races worthy of attention for days only to then have too much to choose from.

    Last year, Leopardstown hosted the very first Dublin Racing Festival and it was a cracking race meeting. There were clues on offer prior to the March Cheltenham Festival that saw VG Tips members enjoy 10 winners in 2018, and a fair few more each way placed profitable punts at . . .

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  • Next Racing Tips February 2

    By on 31st January 2019

    For the second consecutive day, turf meetings scheduled to take place in the UK on Friday have been called off. The frost and snow making racing impossible.

    The Saturday meeting at Musselburgh has also been called off.

    But the Dublin Racing Festival - which was excellent in its first year twelve months ago - looks set to go ahead. Two days of quality racing on Saturday and Sunday at Leopardstown.

    So I am already studying the cards for that meeting and my racing analysis and tips will be sent out to members late afternoon Friday for racing that does go ahead on . . .

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  • Racing Tips January 26

    By on 25th January 2019

    4 winners from 4 racing tips on Thursday. 3 losers from 3 tips on Friday. That's the up and down life of a punter. Granted Friday's selections did come with a Vernon health warning and Magic of Light was only beaten a length today.

    Ironically, beaten by Happy Diva which I tipped at an each way price in a lower class of race as recently as last weekend. Happy Diva finished a 22 length third that day. On Friday, in a higher class of race, she goes and beats a previous Class 1, Grade 2 winner. Go figure . . .

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  • Racing Tips January 25

    By on 24th January 2019

    Relax! Back in the winners enclosure. Luck of the Irish? Not a bit of it.

    100% record at Gowran Park races on Thursday. 4 win only tips offered to members. All 4 win. Excuse me while I shout.... GET IN!!!!!!!

    Presenting Percy, a winner for members of VG Tips at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, returned from a long lay off to win the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park. The 366 day absence from racing before today - not a bother on him. Now he heads for Cheltenham in March where he's among the favourites for the Gold Cup . . .

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  • Racing Tips January 24

    By on 23rd January 2019

    Jack Frost is having his say. Racing fixtures are being called off due to dropping temperatures and even some snow in places.

    There was even snowfall at Cheltenham overnight. Here's hoping temperatures rise before the weekend as there is a good meeting at Cheltenham on Saturday, including a few trials races for the festival next March. We could learn plenty come Saturday should that meeting go ahead.

    One way or another the odd weather this winter - mild at first, a lack of rain later - has played havoc for trainers preparing certain horses for the big dates in March. Should . . .

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  • Racing Tips January 19

    By on 18th January 2019

    Snow is forecast for some parts on Saturday. Freezing temperatures elsewhere and heavy rain may land on some racecourses tonight and on the day of racing.

    It’s that time of the year. Race meetings are vulnerable to the changing weather and racecourse inspections will become the norm.

    Predicting the weather is much more reliable these days thanks to the wonders of science. Predicting winners, as Friday proved, remains as much of a challenge as it was in the days when weather forecasts consisted of weathermen sticking adhesive signs on to a weather map.

    These days the Met Office gets . . .

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