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  • Ante-Post betting is not for the faint hearted. Most of you will know that you not only risk seeing your horse beaten, you risk it not turning up at all - and still losing your stake. It is the ultimate gamble.

    Ante-post rules mean that you take the price on offer now, but will not be refunded if your horse is not in the final declarations for the race. A trainer or owner may withdraw the horse for any one of several reasons. The horse might be ill, lame, booked to race elsewhere or connections decide their runner will . . .

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    By on 23rd August 2016
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  • Next Racing Tips Friday August 26th

    By on 22nd August 2016

    After an exhausting, but ultimately enjoyable and profitable few days at the York Ebor meeting, the racing this week...

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  • I spent a very wet but profitable Friday at York. It's always good to begin the day with a winner and, as with Stormy Clouds on Thursday, my opening fancy on Friday duly delivered. I was pleasantly surprised that the 11/2 and 5/1 available online the night before was also available on course come the day. I duly took advantage.

    What lesson are we reminded of by Stormy Clouds and Barsanti? If they are dropping back down in grade of race, having performed with credit at a higher level, sit up and take notice.

    Nemoralia was another . . .

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    By on 19th August 2016
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  • Stormy Clouds won for members at odds of 10/1 and 9/1. It reassuring that so many of them have learned how to read my analysis to gauge my confidence about any one selection.

    I really fancied that Richard Hannon trained winner in the opening race on Thursday. Sometimes the form book does not lie. The third place finish behind our recent winner Mrs Danvers was a good piece of form and the drop in grade today ensured that Stormy Clouds won with something to spare.

    It will look stormy at York on Friday. Heavy rain is forecast from . . .

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    By on 18th August 2016
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  • Postponed made it six wins from the last six outings on Wednesday. The form of that race looks strong, with Highland Reel finishing well  in second place.

    Wings of Desire was hugely disappointing and it's hard to see that one going forward to the St.Leger at Doncaster next month. That means Idaho - which won well for us on Wednesday - the hot favourite for that last big Group 1 race of the domestic flat season.

    Best of Days ran green second time out on the day and was just beaten at the line by a 16/1 outsider, so . . .

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    By on 17th August 2016
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  • It was 1980 that I first attended the prestigous Ebor meeting on the beautiful Knavesmire racecourse at York. It remains my favourite course for flat racing.

    The 2016 Ebor meeting begins on Wednesday. At a time when trainers and owners are ever more choosy about where they send their horses, it is a credit to those who run York that so many top class horses are booked to appear at the course between Wednesday and Saturday.

    I shall have selections for each day of the meeting, beginning on Wednesday. 

    York

    1.55

    A wide open handicap in which . . .

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    By on 16th August 2016
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  • Mrs Danvers is the only selection to race so far on Friday and she won. The early price of 7/2 was great value and the SP price of 5/2 was also a good price. The other two selections on Friday have yet to race.

    There is an acceptable spread of racing up and down the country on Saturday.

    The so called garden course of Ripon stages the historic Great St.Wilfred Handicap, so often a race that delivers a big price each way winner.

    Down the A1 Doncaster also stages a meeting, one at which another child of . . .

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    By on 12th August 2016
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  • After several days of low class racing, I noticed online that lots of punters were bemoaning their losses in such races. The answer is simple. Do as I do. Ignore such racing.

    People ask why I am so selective with race meetings these days, especially so during the flat season. It is because the plethora of poor quality races, often containing fewer than 8 runners, offer no value for punters, are staged purely for the benefit of the bookies and are trap doors for punters. Run the same race six times and you'll likely get six different winners.

    Concentrate . . .

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    By on 11th August 2016
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  • Next Racing Tips

    By on 9th August 2016

    The next racing tips for members of VG Tips will be for race meetings on Friday August 11th.

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  • With the Friday selections racing this evening, I cannot yet report on how well or badly they have performed.

    So let me go directly to Saturday and Sunday.

    Not at Ascot, which stages the so called Shergar Cup. Enjoy it if you are going to the Berkshire course. There are some fine horses on show, along with some good jockeys - and some not so good!

    This is an event created by public relations people. The best horses will not necessarily win the best races, usually because they are having allocated to them a jockey who is not fit to be . . .

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    By on 5th August 2016
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