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  • Racing Tips August 21

    By on 19th August 2020

    MONTATHAM has just WON for us. Tipped when widely available at odds of 7/1, the grey that had won for us previously, did so again, holding off a late challenge from Sir Busker to land the Class 2 handicap in which 8/1 each way option Prompting returned further profit when finishing fourth. Both horses were heavily backed by punters on Thursday so it was very much a case of the early punter making the most profit.

    Looking back at day one of the Ebor Festival on Wednesday, it is self evident that GHAIYYATH . . .

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  • Racing Tips August 20

    By on 19th August 2020

    I am sending out my analysis and selections for racing at York on Thursday before day one of the Ebor Festival has begun on the Knavesmire today.

    Forward planning offers not only me but also members of VG Tips more time to study what I have to say and - only IF they want to - take advantage of any early odds available in the betting market.

    Things could change, of course. There might be non runners. Wednesday's races at York may give us more of a clue when it comes to a draw bias, particularly in the handicaps . . .

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  • Racing Tips August 19

    By on 17th August 2020

    The first time I found myself working at York Racecourse it was in 1980 when I was the sports researcher for Yorkshire Television. What should have been a day that involved me simply help the crew carry the gear, have a bet or two and socialise plenty; saw me interviewing a young Walter Swinburn. A jockey who would never use three words when one would do.

    I was not an on camera interviewer back then. But the reporter got stuck in traffic and I found myself having a microphone thrust into my hand and a monosyllabic jockey not wanting to . . .

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  • Racing Tips August 15-16

    By on 14th August 2020

    I write my preview of racing on Saturday and Sunday before most of my Friday selections have begun to race although FRENETIC and DELPHI have won for us at the Curragh.

    Saturday does not offer an abundance of good racing on domestic soil. Next week we can look forward to some top class thoroughbreds taking each other on at York racecourse.

    It is a concern that some trainers are giving up on the sport while others are setting up satellite yards in France. Why? Because the prize money on offer to them there is far bigger . . .

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  • Racing Tips August 14

    By on 13th August 2020

    Hands up at the back of class! Who was on the 300/1 winner at Leopardstown? No, me neither.

    I’m glad I swerved that race as I was about to give Agitaire one more chance to win a race for me but that one was beaten on the line by a 300/1 outsider called He Knows No Fear.

    Only my first fancy at the Irish racecourse won on Thursday. ANGEL PALM, at odds of 6/5, proving that the form of her very first race back in June really is worth trusting. That race has produced . . .

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  • Racing Tips August 13

    By on 12th August 2020

    Sunday went well for me. I was delighted SPACE BLUES won the feature race in France. At last! A Group 1 win for the very likeable Godolphin owned Space Blues. Tipped when available at odds of 11/2, he won the Prix Maurice De Gheest Stakes at Deauville in good style and at SP odds of 4/1.

    In Ireland, my 9/1 each way selection LUCKY VEGA won the Group 1 Phoenix Park Stakes and did so going away fast from the rest of the field. That was a very impressive win. I felt sorry . . .

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  • Racing Tips August 8

    By on 7th August 2020

    POLITICS can often be a dirty word but not today. Not after the one I told subscribers to put in their race tracker or notebooks after he finished second on debut, bolted up to win on Friday. SP odds of 11/10 represented value for a two and a quarter length win in my first chosen race at Sandown. Once again, Politics was running on well at the finish of the race today and I would imagine trainer Andrew Balding will step the colt up in distance and class next time out. One to keep on your side . . .

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  • Racing Tips August 7th

    By on 6th August 2020

    I have been a tad slow lately in welcoming new members or thanking others for staying with me for another year.

    Andy just returned to VG Tips and for one year. Luke has opted to join for one month. Ankur and Nicky, now seasoned VG Tips subscribers, have signed up for another year. I thank them all.

    And also to Ankur for these kind words:- "This membership is the best decision I have taken ever, your analysis and foresightedness is the best. Recently, I placed a 8 fold multi from your soccer tips which proved to be a lottery . . .

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  • Racing Tips August 6

    By on 5th August 2020

    It was two winners from three races selected on Monday. The NAP Frenetic lost, just, but those who took the early odds of 7/2 about MOUNTAIN PEAK did well because that selection won at a much shorter SP price.

    But the last winner for me on Monday was, for me at least, the most pleasing. On the day odds of 15/2 became available for DHABYAH.

    Here's what I told my subscribers why I chose that impressive 5/1 (SP) winner:- "Only five go to post. Only of them has yet to race . . .

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  • Racing Tips August 3

    By on 2nd August 2020

    Glorious weather. A fantastic racecourse. Some truly top quality races. What a shame that spectators could not attend one of the best Good Festivals I have ever watched.

    There were star turns that I backed and brilliant performers that I didn't (but will next time). Battaash broke the racecourse record. Stradivarius was as imperious as ever. Mohaather was a very impressive winner of the Sussex Stakes and you'd have to be backing that one next time out.

    I had 7 winners. A perfectly respectable total I am satisfied with. There was a time a few years ago when . . .

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