Racing tips

  • Value winners come at all prices. My each way NAP of the day, Shantou Bob, won at SP odds of 10/1. A great price. Shantou Bobws held up in the rear for much of the race but delivered perfectly by jockey Gavin Sheehan to land the spoils for trainer Warren Greatrex and the loyal members of VG Tips.

    Defi Du Seuil won with something to spare at SP odds of 4/5, but if you got on when I suggested you could . . .

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    By on 27th December 2016
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  • So there you have it. The King George VI is over with for another year and a new star is born. If, that is, a 9 year old can be classed as being born.

    We won today on Thistlecrack at odds of 6/4. That turned out to be value. The horse has proved conclusively that he is a chaser with a bright future when winning the King George VI at Kempton on Boxing Day. Do not underestimate that victory. It is rare for a novice to win such a big race. He'd only raced over the larger obstacles . . .

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    By on 26th December 2016
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  • One of the best things about Christmas Day coming to an end is the knowledge that the following day delivers us racing fans a sackful of superb racing.

    Be that on turf at Kempton Park, or across the Irish Sea at Leopardstown, this is when the jumps season really takes off. We get to see the very best thoroughbred National Hunt horses in action.

    It's St Stephens Day in Ireland and, take it from this son of a Dubliner, there is no better way to spend December 26th in Ireland than to go racing at Leopardstown. You will be . . .

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    By on 23rd December 2016
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  • So Thistlecrack will take on stablemate Cue Card in the King George VI at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. That should be some duel. I know which of those two I'd favour to win on the day and members only can see that selection at the foot of this selections post.

    But, for all only seven are due to race, it's not a two horse race. Trainer Nicky Henderson has seen to it that Josses Hill has been supplemented to take part in the race. The connections would not be paying extra for that privilege were they not . . .

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    By on 20th December 2016
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  • The weather played havoc with the racing on Saturday. Fog descended at both Ascot and Haydock.

    The meeting at Haydock was abandoned after a race that couldn't be seen by anyone watching. Farcical.

    We had winners with Unowwhatimeanharry (6/4 when selected) and Minella Till Dawn (5/4 SP). Dusky Lark returned each way profit when second at 9/1 behind the well handicapped, and mentioned in dispatches, Poker School.

    The well backed Golden Spear could only finish fourth while, very sadly, Eduard suffered a serious injury in the Silver Cup at Ascot.

    On Sunday I have selections in . . .

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    By on 17th December 2016
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  • Topofthegame got Friday off to a great start. The selection was tipped when available at 10/3 and duly impressed when winning for the in form stable of Paul Nicholls, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies. Good win, great early price.

    The Nicholls trained Capitaine held off my second placed selection, Captain Forez. The latter will win soon. He ran on late and will likely benefit from racing over further next time out.

    Ballyarthur fell at the last fence when in fourth place.

    So on to a busy Saturday of racing. I am concentrating on the meetings at Ascot and, first . . .

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    By on 16th December 2016
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  • We had a winner at 5/2 on Wednesday but it's also worth remembering that the favourite I refused to back at odds of 4/5 was beaten. Only just beaten, but beaten nonetheless.

    Most punters know that backing odds on favourites all the time is a fast road to the poor house. I've seen punters on course put hundreds or thousands of pounds on horses racing at very short prices. I confess I do not understand that policy. You stand to win little, relatively speaking, but stand to lose the lot because so very often, odds on . . .

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    By on 15th December 2016
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  • Midweek racing these days is rarely attractive. Outside of the big feature meetings, there can be little to entice you to go racing.

    Big field handicaps are also fewer in number than they once were. So, when you come across a Wednesday that includes some larger field, competitive looking handicaps, I sit up and take notice.

    At Newbury on Wednesday, the two align and so I have taken time to look at the racecards this midweek, notably at Newbury. 

    Wednesday

    Newbury

    12.55

    17 go to post for a Class 4 maiden hurdle but, sadly, bookies will only return each . . .

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    By on 14th December 2016
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  • There's more than one way to extract money from the briefcase of a bookmaker.

    I was as happy with each way profit courtesy of fourth placed Quite by Chance at SP odds of 20/1 as I was with the 7/4 win with my very confident NAP bet on Jaleo at Lingfield.

    Cliffs of Dover, 4/6 when selected, also won for us, but at a much shorter SP price, and each way selection Hawk High was placed at odds of 8/1.

    The rain did arrive at Cheltenham and the Good/Good to Soft ground turned very . . .

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    By on 10th December 2016
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  • Whether you were on each way, or to win at 8/1, good old Theatre Guide saved our bacon on Friday.

    Another winner for trainer Colin Tizzard. He claims he has no idea what they are doing right with their horses down on his farm. I suggest he finds out fast...and bottles it!

    Tizzard is a modest man and rightly attributes much of the success of late to his son and daughter. It's great when the National Hunt scene is not dominated by the same two or three trainers and refreshing when a new man enjoys success on . . .

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    By on 9th December 2016
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