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  • Next Racing Selections Friday October 7th

    By on 4th October 2016

    After the feast of top quality racing last weekend, there are no meetings worthy of a bet until Friday....

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  • We are at that stage of the racing year when I shall soon be turning my back on the flat and concentrating on the National Hunt season as it begins for real.

    What we have in the meantime is some truly awful flat racing on offer in the UK each Monday to Thursday. Never more have my 'Something for the Weekend' selections been a more appropriate title.

    Yes, you can bet in low grade races at the likes of Wolverhampton, Newcastle and Windsor during each week if you want to. After all, that is what the bookies want you to . . .

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    By on 30th September 2016
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  • You get what you pay for in this life. I have long been amazed at some people think the same service or object should be for sale at the same price despite the passing of many years.

    Trainer Willie Mullins raised his prices for the first time in ages this week and Michael O'Leary (of Ryanair fame) promptly removed 60 of his horses from the Mullins yard. Incredible!

    But then you realise we are talking about two men who do business in totally different ways. Willie Mullins, the most respected of Irish trainers who still doffs his hat in . . .

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    By on 29th September 2016
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  • I love it when we get an odds on favourite beaten via a double figure priced selection.

    Spain Burg won for us at odds of 16/1. The French raider was ridden by Frankie Dettori - his second winner for us at Newmarket on Friday after Journey won earlier in the day, with something to spare, at 6/4.

    Frankie was impressed by Spain Burg which had a great turn of foot and easily beat Fair Eva - which let down odds on backers once again.

    Spain Burg will be nothing like 16/1 the next time out, so I am glad . . .

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    By on 23rd September 2016
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  • Another of Frankel's children won first time out on Friday. And, for once, his progeny won at a decent price. His colt called Eminent was backed in from 12/1 to 6/1 and won the opener at Newmarket by two and three quarter lengths.

    The initial price will have put off some punters (including this one). But we were wrong to avoid him simply because of the price. The horse doesn't know his price, does he? And it is always worth putting ahead of the price the pedigree of the newcomer. And a pedigree comes no better . . .

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    By on 22nd September 2016
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  • A few days without an internet connection made me wonder how us punters managed in the time before the worldwide web and all its wonders and annoyances.

    We went to the bookie on the High Street, of course. I was still doing that in 1997. I would walk to the corner of my road and savour the dubious delights of a smoke filled bookmakers shop with its usual collection of regulars.

    On the good days, you would find yourself at a racecourse and be using a proper, on course bookie. That remains my preferred choice of where to place a . . .

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    By on 21st September 2016
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  • Impulsive American won for us on Friday at odds of 5/2. But the one I was truly gutted at was Raheen House being beaten by a neck at Newbury. I really fancied that one. The race was decimated by the weather and several horses being withdrawn. Nevertheless, I loathe being beat by a neck. I'd rather lose by a mile!

    Tipsters and punters are divided on the importance of which stall a horse is drawn in at certain racecourses and for particular races.

    Should you factor in the draw when choosing your selection? How much store do you . . .

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    By on 16th September 2016
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  • The racing last weekend proved there is no such thing as a sure thing. And that a life spent backing odds on shots will lead you directly to the poor house.

    Even one of the finest trainers of his generation, Aidan O'Brien, had short priced loser after short priced loser. One of his was beaten by one trained by his son, and at a double figure price.

    The Irish Champion Stakes and the Irish St Leger were excellent races but do have in mind that, come early October, the going for some of those same horses could be very . . .

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    By on 14th September 2016
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  • Wow! What about that? Hot favourite Idaho clips heels or misses a step and dumps jockey Seamie Heffernan to the floor. To my eyes Idaho was moving through to get to the front when the accident happened. Nothing anyone can do about that.

    Punters will be furious. Bookmakers relieved. The beneficiary was the race itself as it wnsured it wasn't a one horse race. And the owners and trainer of the eventual 22/1 winner Harbour Law were delighted.

    It was a thrilling finish to the last classic race of the flat season. Idaho was fine and so was . . .

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    By on 10th September 2016
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  • Is losing a race by a head better or worse than losing by a mile?

    I hate losing a bet by a slender margin. On Thursday night the Sir Michael Stoute trained Honorina (my 5/4 Nap) was beaten by a head. I was gutted. I expect Stoute was more disappointed and I'm not sure where he goes with that one next. But I shall be watching out for the next run.

    As punters we also win races by small margins, so we have to take the rough with the smooth.

    This weekend we have some of the final . . .

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    By on 9th September 2016
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