They’ll be dancing in the streets. VG Tips members who took advantage of my 16/1 winner, DANCING HARRY.
Racing for the very first time, the Roger Charlton trained Dancing Harry was my each way option to the Evens favourite in a Class 4 Novice Stakes at a muddy Newbury. Jockey Json Watson produced the son of Camelot with perfect timing to win the race by a length.
You can never be sure how a two year old colt will respond to racing first time out, but Dancing Harry did so nicely and is one to watch out for next flat season.
CARAVAN OF HOPE was another winner on the Friday. Tipped to win when available at odds of 5/1, here’s what I told members 24 hours before the Class 3 handicap at Doncaster.
“Caravan of Hope doesn’t know how to finish out of the places. Twice second behind the useful Trueshan, Andrea Atzeni has been booked to ride Caravan of Hope for the first time. Winner of a Class 3 Novice race on soft ground at Ascot last time out, the extra couple of furlongs this time around may suit the son of Nathaniel.”
Caravan of Hope won the mud splattered race comfortably, by three and three quarters of a length.
On to the Saturday. Racing was decimated by the rain. The flat meetings at Doncaster and Newbury were abandoned on the morning after the ground at each racecourse turned too heavy to be safe.
But that left my tips to members for the jumps meeting at Cheltenham. One tip was withdrawn due to the conditions, but my two other tips won.
QUEL DESTIN, a 9/2 tip to VG Tips subscribers, won for trainer Paul Nicholls.
Here’s the write up I sent to them the day before racing:- “Quel Destin will be my first Paul Nicholls trained tip in what is sure to be another successful season for the Ditcheat based master of National Hunt training.
“The going will suit Quel Destin which won a Class 2 hurdle on Good to Soft ground at Haydock back in February. His handicap mark is four pounds lower this day. The re-opposing today Torpillo was last of the four runners that day, sixteen lengths behind Quel Destin. The gelding won four of his five races in 2018, three of which were in a higher grade of jumps racing than is the case today.
“The Peter Fahey trained Soviet Pimpernel is an improving type and it is worth noting that the Irish trainer doesn’t tend to send his horses across the Irish Sea unless he believes they have a realistic chance of winning.”
Quel Destin beat Soviet Pimpernel by three quarters of a length under a determined ride in the hands of Harry Cobden.
The other winner for members on Saturday was my 6/1 win only tip, SAINT CALVADOS. I and members who took advantage of that early price got the value. Well backed by punters on the day, Gavin Sheehan rode the gelding to a one length victory, in atrocious weather conditions, at SP odds of 5/2.
So another good Friday and Saturday for my lovely and loyal followers.