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  • Pedigree is very important when researching the background of younger horses.

    Not every descendant of a top class horse will go on to emulate a parent. But many will follow in their footsteps.

    On Friday Seven Heavens, available at 2/1 when I alerted you, did indeed prove to be a chip off the old block. The son of Frankel proved to be another winning newcomer from that sire. Frankel keeps producing winners. No surprise there.

    Another son of Frankel races on Saturday. Cunco has raced twice so far and also won on debut.

    On Friday Besharah was beaten into . . .

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    By on 8th July 2016
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  • Oh So Terrible!

    The horse I hoped would save my bacon on what was a poor day of punting, went bonkers before the 4.20 race, ran away and was withdrawn from that race.

    It is believed the 2 year old was spooked by a drone camera.

    American trainer Wesley Ward is going to have to think again about where next to race Oh So Terrible.

    I was wrong to oppose one that has won for members twice in the past. That was Mehmas, which will now race at the Glorious Goodwood meeting next month.

    What do you do after . . .

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    By on 7th July 2016
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  • Welcome to Viktor, John, Colin and Keith. New members of my VG TIPS selection service.

    Though long term members have heard this all before, it is worth reiterating certain advice.

    You don't have to bet on any or all of my selections. You should read my analysis, take on board all I have to say about certain races and horses, and make your own mind up what you fancy backing. If anything. There is no rule nor a law that says you have to bet every day. I don't.

    I am always looking out for potential value in . . .

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    By on 4th July 2016
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  • It's been a soggy year for racing. By now we should be looking forward to a Coral Cup meeting at Sandown raced on Good or even Good to Firm ground.

    But, as at Friday afternoon, the word 'soft' appears in the ground conditions at that racecourse. Clerk of the Course Andrew Cooper knows his work. If he says it is soft or good to soft, you can trust his word.

    That is not the case at all racecourses. The ground conditions matter because some horses are very choosy about the conditions they like underfoot. It is a serious consideration . . .

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    By on 1st July 2016
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  • On Saturday we can look forward to some top class racing at Sandown Park.

    Will the classy The Gukha get the better of Time Test and the other 5 runners in the Coral Eclipse? Certainly the odds for that pair right now are very tempting.

    Can Frankie Dettori win earlier in the day aboard the John Gosden trained filly called Snow Moon?

    And what about the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks up at Haydock? That looks like being a close run affair.

    But first we have to look at racing tomorrow.

    On Friday I head north to South Yorkshire and Doncaster . . .

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    By on 30th June 2016
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  • I have studied the form at three race meetings on Thursday and have come down on the side of…

    By on 29th June 2016
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  • A 20/1 winning newcomer is always welcome. Emmie won for members at Newbury on Thursday at that price. The High Chaparal filly won for us by two and three quarter lengths. 14/1 when I selected her as an each way bet for members, the price drifted out to 20/1, but she easily beat the favourite.

    And we had a winner on Friday at 3/1. Hornsby was 11/4 when I selected that one to win and the SP price was bigger. I love it when that happens.

    Don't worry when the price for a selection . . .

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    By on 24th June 2016
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  • Some days there are plenty of horse you would want to bet on. On other days there are far fewer of interest.

    On Friday there is a decent card at Newmarket, but I swerve it simply because early indications are that the ones I would fancy to win will be very short in the betting market.

    I'm always looking for potential value. There are always horses you can fancy to win a race, but if the price is an odd on one, what's the point? Any horse can be beaten and, as most punters know, constantly backing odds . . .

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    By on 23rd June 2016
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  • Any good publicity that racing gets is to be welcomed.

    So I heartily congratulate the former champion jump jockey Tony McCoy on being knighted at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

    We shall never see his like again. His dedication to his job, and to the sport as a whole, is to be admired. He has raised the profile of a sport run by an organisation that could not run a whelk stall (and that's an insult to those who do!).

    Check out my half hour interview with AP McCoy that was recorded late in 2011 and is available on the . . .

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    By on 22nd June 2016
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  • A good day for the bookies at Ascot on Friday. With winners at 16/1  7/1, 6/1, 7/1 and 33/1. Only one favourite won, so the men and women of the betting ring will be happy with that.

    Not the best day of racing at the royal meeting this week and not a good day of punting for me.

    For all I suggested Kinema was the each way bet in the 5pm race, advised as such by men when available at odds of 12/1, the fact is I offered up only second place Elite Army . . .

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    By on 17th June 2016
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