Frankie Dettori was the happiest man at Epsom after the 2015 running of the Derby. The 44 year old shows no sign of retiring. Punters will be glad of that. He turned back time to win the Derby for the second time in his career. But this win tasted the sweetest.
His career looked in ruins after a ban for cocaine use. His split from the mighty Godolphin operation made one wonder if we would ever again see a flying dismount from Frankie. Could he win a Group 1 race without the backing of Godolphin?
Well he did so. Golden Horn won impressively and experts such as Pricewise, who had earlier said the decision by owners to pay extra for enter Golden Horn to be able to run in the Derby was “crazy…a mad idea”… those people were proved wrong. Golden Horn stayed the distance and won going away.
Golden Horn ante-post at 20/1 was my biggest ever success in the ante-post market?
At the time that I placed my ante-post bet at odds of 20/1, Golden Horn was not even confirmed to race at Epsom in June – writes Vernon Grant. It was prior to the Dante Stakes taking place at York. I had already had a bet on Jack Hobbs to win the Derby at odds of 10/1.
When Golden Horn beat stablemate Jack Hobbs on the Knavesmire, that price of 20/1 vanished immediately. Come Derby Day morning the best price you could get on Golden Horn was 2/1.
I will record a video for members about ante-post betting. It’s not something I am big on. The advance bet on Golden Horn paid off and paid out handsomely. But that was a rare foray into the ante-post market for this profitable punter.
Two days before the Derby I suggested members have an each way bet on Storm the Stars. He was unlikely to win, but had won for us previously and was improving all the time and might well be in the first three and, available between 25/1-20/1, was a sound each way bet. Storm the Stars duly came third and returned some nice profit for members. Keep an eye out for Storm the Stars. Like his Daddy, he’ll be winning a Group 1 race in time.
Only hours after the fact did I fuilly appreciate that I had, at diffrent times, had bets on the first three past the post. Golden Horn, Jack Hobbs and Storm the Stars. I only wish I had placed the trio in a straight forecast bet.
Before the Derby had begun, members were nicely in profit. Buratino was tipped up by me when priced at 4/1 and my money was down on Friday night. Just before the off, Buratino was 7/2 and won readily at odds of 3/1.
Then there was the win on Third Time Lucky up at Musselburgh. I alerted members to the price of 3/1 for that one because I had previously watched the Richard Fahey trained grey win with ease. Third Time Lucky won for a third consecutive time. This was the second on the day tip in recent days. An additional selection to those sent out the night before.
The tips are mailed out to members, and posted in their own enclosure on this site, the night before racing so that members who want to bet on any of those tips can take an early price. They don’t have to. It’s up to them. I do the homework for them and they decide what they fancy a bet on.
Wise VG TIPS members took early prices. 4/1 on Buratino and 3/1 on Third Time Lucky.
For example, on Friday night, you could get a price of Evens for Hathal to win at Lingfield. That price had long gone by the time Frankie Dettori steered that one to a comfortable victory at Lingfield.
I had alerted members to the fact that, on Derby Day of all days, Frankie had committed to going to Lingfield in the evening for just one ride. I reasoned that Hathal trainer Willie Haggas must have told Frankie they’d have a winner. And so it proved.
Here is an excerpt of what I told members via a post and e-mail: “Frankie doesn’t need the fee jockeys get paid simply to ride. So presumably Haggas fancies Hathal to go one better than when second behind Consort in a Class 4 maiden last autumn. Hathal has not raced since. But Consort, the winner that September day at Newmarket, has won a listed race since and is entered into a Group 1 race at Royal Ascot.”
Frankie deservedly celebrated so well on Saturday night that he pulled out of riding my 4/6 winner on Sunday. I suspect quite a bit of champagne had been consumed in the Dettori household. Richard Hughes picked up the winning ride aboard Keble.
Here is an example of the info members received from me on Saturday night: “In the first race on the Sussex card on Sunday I would expect Keble to be well backed. That is because, on debut, this one finished a length and a quarter behind Stravagante, which won a Class 2 handicap with tons in hand at Epsom on Saturday. That was an impressive run by Stravagante.”
Members do not simply receive a tip or two. They receive in depth analysis of the races in which I make a selection. I try to explain my reasoning behind those selections.
And that all paid off very nicely at the weekend. Frankie Dettori wasn’t the only one experiencing a legal high on Saturday night!