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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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  • On Wednesday members enjoyed an 11/1 winner with Portage in the Royal Hunt Cup and that was a most welcome profitable punt. I trust members banked those winnings.

    But the most impressive looking winner was our 9/4 shot Lady Aurelia. Winner of the Queen Mary Stakes by a whopping 7 lengths and jockey Frankie Dettori simply had to sit there and steer. It was an emphatic victory in the race and the best I've seen there since the days of the great Mill Reef.

    On Thursday we also saw the consistently backed Order of St George win . . .

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    By on 16th June 2016
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  • I am writing this on Wednesday and before racing has begun at Royal Ascot on that day. So I cannot comment on results.

    Thursday consists of some big field handicaps, ideal for ambitious each way backers, and some Group class races in which the markets are led by very obvious favourites.

    There is something for all betting tastes at Royal Ascot on Thursday.

    The Queen will present the Gold Cup to the winner of that Group 1 race that has been given a new name in honour of her 90th birthday.

    The Queen has owned the winner of the Gold . . .

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    By on 15th June 2016
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  • Racing Tips Royal Ascot Day 2 Wednesday June 15th

    By on 14th June 2016

    It is always nice when you spot a good horse early in its career and tip it to win...

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    By on 13th June 2016

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  • So the rain has come for Royal Ascot and trainers are withdrawing those horses that prefer fast, rattling ground. That's a pity.

    Some big names have been pulled out, or moved to races later in the week. But there is rain forecast for much of the week, so soft or good to soft going is likely to be around for most of the five day festival of top class flat racing.

    Day 1 of Royal Ascot looks a cracker. 

    Tuesday

    2.30 - the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes

    Belardo is a horse I have tipped . . .

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    By on 11th June 2016
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  • The going conditions at York on Saturday could be crucial. At the time of writing on Friday afternoon the course has had 9mms of rain and, according to the Assistant Clerk of the Course, the going is Good.

    The Met Office says that scattered showers are expected tonight and on Saturday and that some showery outbreaks could be "locally heavy." That sounds like a get out clause for weathermen!

    It is important because there are horses set to compete at York who would relish soft conditions underfoot. Whether that is the case or not will depend on how much rainfall . . .

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    By on 10th June 2016
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