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  • Next Racing Tips May 30th & Oaks preview

    By on 28th May 2019

    Firstly, apologies for sending the newsletter to you all. Possibly twice. If you have subscribed to it, you'll have been glad to receive it. But I first stupidly also sent it to existing members. The very people who know what a fun time we had of things last weekend.

    The newsletter is designed to inform those who may need some persuading to join VG Tips, but only if they have subscribed to receive it. So sorry if, as existing members of VG Tips, you are sick of my gloating about the recent winners. After all, as my late mother . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 25 and 26

    By on 24th May 2019

    Well Thursday evening at Sandown Park went rather well.

    DEE EX BEE was available at odds of 6/4 the night before racing. That's when I always send out my racing analysis and betting tips. The Mark Johnston trained improver - which came second behind my winning tip in the 2018 Derby, Masar - won the Group 3 Henry VII Stakes by a length and a quarter. Staying on strongly at the end of that race, trainer Mark Johnston confirmed Dee Ex Bee would cope with extra distance and that the Ascot Gold Cup will be his next target . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 24

    By on 23rd May 2019

    We all have our favourite jockeys, trainers, horses and courses. If we've been punting for years, we get to learn which do best for us personally and it's not forced to be the same for any two people.

    Goodwood has always been an up and down racecourse for me. Years ago I actually gave up on one of the prettiest racecourses in the world because I struggled to find winners there. The August Glorious Goodwood event only became one at which I made profit in more recent years. The last three years of that meeting have been good . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 23

    By on 22nd May 2019

    Not long now until the crowds will flock to Epsom for the Oaks on May 31st and the Derby on June 1st.

    The fields have shaken down a little of late, but there remain several unknowns. Sir Dragonet remains the 10/3 favourite. Not for me, thank you. Also trainer Aidan O'Brien has hinted he may swerve the Derby and send that Chester winner to a race in Ireland instead.

    His stablemate Broome is well fancied by many a watcher of Irish racing and has been backed into 4/1. Another possible O'Brien contender for the Derby, Anthony . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 18

    By on 17th May 2019

    It's always nice to begin a racing day with a 20/1 winner. Especially when the past the post price on the day is only half that.

    I am glad my vibes were good about Good Vibes. Here's what I told members yesterday about why I fancied that one at an each way price:- "I take a chance on last time out Class 3 Salisbury winner, Good Vibes. The two year old filly is still a baby but she had two good runs in April. First when she finished second in a Class 4 maiden despite having . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 17

    By on 16th May 2019

    A mixed day for trainer John Gosden at York. Lah Ti Dar won but made hard work of it. Stablemate Too Darn Hot was beaten by Telecaster, which displayed more stamina. Connections of the Telecaster appear to have made a mistake when withdrawing that winner from the Derby back in March. It would have cost £1000 to keep him entered for the race on June 1st. Now, should the owners want to put Telecaster back in for that race, it will cost them £85.000 to do so. Ouch!

    Perhaps they will swerve Epsom and go for the Irish Derby . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 16

    By on 15th May 2019

    No finer sight for my eyes than the Knavesmire racecourse at York being bathed in sunshine and horses able to race on what Frankie Dettori called "perfect ground."

    Frankie loves the place almost as much as I do and I was delighted to see him win the first race on Wednesday aboard my 6/1 tip, First Eleven. It was a hard fought finish for Frankie but there's nobody I want more on one of my horses in that situation than Dettori. He continues to defy age and last season we saw him ride better than ever. I'm . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 15

    By on 14th May 2019

    Saturday was a profitable day for myself and members of VG Tips.

    Cape Byron won the Class 2 Victoria Cup handicap. Tipped to members when available at odds of 10/1, I enjoyed watching that one win and the ever reliable at Ascot Ripp Orf finish in the places at an each way price in the type of big field handicap I love from a betting perspective.

    Two other winners on Saturday were Alhakmah and Anthony Van Dyck, each won for us at 2/1. I was impressed by the win by Anthony Van Dyck, which is currently 8/1 . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 11

    By on 10th May 2019

    Ground conditions at Ascot turned soft on Friday and that led to loads of horses being withdrawn from racing at the meeting, including my two fancies in the very depleted 3.10 race.

    9/1 each way pick Aasheq was narrowly beaten on soft going at Chester.

    The surprising disappointments on the day were the runs of Austrian School and Cleonte. But I expect the excessive rainfall and resulting soft conditions had plenty to do with that.

    Expect soft going again at Ascot and Lingfield on Saturday. But at least the trainers have plenty of advance warning this time around . . .

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  • Racing Tips May 10

    By on 9th May 2019

    The rain fell at Chester again on Thursday but that was not a concern to the NAP sent to members two days ago, Circus Maximus. Quite appropriate that a horse so named won on the most historic racecourse in the UK, a circular course built on the site of an old Roman port, in a city surrounded by original Roman walls.

    It's a splendid racecourse, in a fine city, and I hope the sun shines down on those who attend racing on Friday, the final day of the Chester May meeting.

    Kew Gardens could only finish second on seasonal . . .

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