Four odds against winners from five races selected for members of VG Tips on Friday and a very profitable last couple of days in August.
The winners for my lovely and loyal followers on Friday, at the prices on offer when they received my analysis, or when the horse was first arriving at the winning post, were as follows:- PALACE PIER, a 3/1 tip to subscribers, impressed everyone when winning easily first time on a racecourse.
Even jockey Frankie Dettori liked what he saw and felt underneath him. He said he gave the newcomer “one tap and he took off.” The young colt accelerated and won going away. In the end, the son of Kingman won by just under four lengths. Palace Pier is one to go into your notebooks. At present, he has one future race entry. The Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 12th.
At Thirsk, meanwhile, 11/2 tip BIELSA was winning his third successive race by a head.
CAYENNE PEPPER and GODDESS were 6/4 and 4/1 winners for us at the Curragh racecourse.
The fifth race tip on Friday was Guildsman, which I took to beat Lope Y Fernandez. Another furlong or two and he may well have done. Finishing very fast, Guildsman had to run wide and could not catch the Ryan Moore ridden, Aidan O’Brien trained Lope Y Fernandez, which finally got a Group class race win having previously twice been beaten by my star tip of the flat season, Pinatubo.
I’m keeping runner up Guildsman in my notebook for future reference. Like the one that beat him on Saturday, Guildsman will be a winner a Group class race sooner or later. Possibly before the month of September has ended. He has four Group class entries, the first being the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on the 14th. That’s going to be a tough race to win if the current entries are anything to go by.
Several members got in touch after the fab four performed on Friday.
Here are just three of those testimonials.
Louis tweeted: “Fantastic day Vern! You’re on fire!”
Member Mr.Hammil was happy: “Another week, another email. I need to set up a standing order for the Friday evening compliments and appreciation of your hard work. Arguably could have been 5/5 in my opinion but that’s just the greed in me thinking you deserved it. Top work. Appreciated as always.”
Subscriber Sean wrote: “Vernon. Superb as always! My only regret is that I didn’t do a Yankee. Thanks again, hoping tomorrow will bring the same.”
On Saturday I was delighted for members who followed me in with my 9/1 NAP to win the Beverley Bullet race, JUDICIAL.
Here’s part of my preview analysis for that race, to members on Friday:-
“Jockey Joe Fanning has a decent strike rate at this racecourse and he is on the only one of the ten contenders to have twice won over this course and distance. He’s unbeaten on the up and down undulations of Beverley. That’s the dropping down in class Judicial (drawn in stall 3). The gelding won a five runner Class 3 ace at Beverley in June of last year. He beat Take Cover into third that day by almost three lengths. A couple of months later, Take Cover won the 2018 running of this very race, the Beverley Bullet, having also won this race in 2017.
“In six of his seven subsequent races, Judicial has been racing in Group class company, including when winning a Class 1, Group 3 race. Group 1 company has proved beyond his ability and this drop back into Listed racing offers Judicial a good opportunity to win. The Met Office forecasts a 50% chance of rain from Noon and a 80% chance from 1pm.
“Based on prior form, Judicial would not want the conditions to turn too soft. They may do. The course will dry out today, Friday, but that forecast downpour for Saturday could be bad news for Judicial. Which is a shame. I would have strongly fancied Judicial on ground classed as ‘Good to Firm.’ The weather forecasters get things wrong some days, of course, but we’ll not know that until two hours before this race goes off.”
Photographs and TV footage from Beverley showed that the Met Office had got it wrong. The Yorkshire racecourse was bathed in sunshine! My 9/1 winner JUDICIAL got his desired conditions and my subscribers were fast to send their thanks for that confident, nice priced winning tip. Including VG Tips regular Jamie, who waited patiently to see what the going conditions were. Well done, Jamie. A wise, patient punter.
Peter e-mailed me to say: “Another day, another NAP!! 9/1!! Lovely. Thanks, Vernon. Top work as always and the 11/4 winner to begin with.”
Peter was referring to the winner that got Saturday off to a great start, my 11/4 tip BERKSHIRE ROCCO, which came out on top in the opening race on the Roodee at Chester.
On a line of form through an opponent they had both previously met, I told members that I believed Berkshire Rocco would get the better of the co favourite, Breathalyze, which the Andrew Balding trained winning colt did by the margin of a length.
September will be a busy month of quality flat racing. In mid September we have the Irish Champion Stakes – a favourite race of mine – and the St.Leger at Doncaster.