At odds of 16/1 when tipped to members, HAPPY DIVA won the Bet Victor Gold Cup Chase for my followers.
The mare won the feature race of the day at SP odds of 14/1 and, almost before she’d entered the winners’ enclosure, I was deluged with messages of thanks and praise.
As a punter and tipster it is always pleasing when a horse you’ve had your eye on for a while justifies your confidence in them. For me personally, writes Vernon Grant, it’s even more pleasing when that confidence gets through to the lovely, loyal subscribers to my long established selections service. After all, my feeling confident about the chances for a horse returning us some profit is one thing. Being able to adequately express that level of confidence in writing is another thing.
Here’s what I wrote to members of VG Tips the day before racing on Saturday.
“Let me begin with what will be my double figure selection. My each way NAP. That is the Kerry Lee trained Happy Diva. I’m hoping the exertions of the race earlier that saw the mare finish second behind the re-opposing Guitar Pete only 15 days ago will not see her still exhausted from those efforts today.
“Happy Diva may not have won this very race last year but she was still in contention when unlucky enough to be brought down to the ground by another horse four fences from home. On New Year’s Day she was a two length runner up over a very similar distance at this racecourse. She was beaten two lengths by Aso that day, but Aso has been withdrawn from this race.
“The weight of 11 stone 3 that she is saddled with on Saturday is, I confess, a concern to me. I’m not saying she will win but if she stays on her feet this year, she can at least be placed and return some each way profit. She’s finished in the first two in eleven of her fifteen chase races. With bookies returning each way bets about the first 5 past the post – or the first 6 if you bet with Paddy Power or SkyBet – Happy Diva is my favoured each way fancy.”
I watched the race unfold and was pleased with how Happy Diva was keeping out of trouble, going along nicely on the inside while some others who had set the pace were tiring in what was a gruelling race. It’s true that she may have had to make do with second place once again had the imposing Slate House not fallen two fences from home when looking set to challenge for the lead. We’ll never know.
What matters to me is that Happy Diva was going to return profit for me and members of VG Tips regardless of finishing first or second. All profit counts when adding up the total returns made from betting in any year. Something I shall be doing once again six weeks from now.
Watch the closing stage of the race via this link https://vgtips.co.uk/watch-happy-diva-win-for-members-of-vg-tips/
The messages came thick and fast: Jamie said: “One bet today, Vern. Like what you said about Happy Diva. Cheers again. Top man. Get the red wine out.”
Thanks, Jamie. I did!
Diminuendo tweeted: “Magnificent, Vernon. 21/1 on the exchanges.”
Alun tweeted: “Good stuff today, Vernon” while Brian up in Scotland said: “Suberb pick, Vern.”
Tania is an annual subscriber. She messaged to say: “The absolute definition of top tipping. Made my day.”
It’s always nice to hear back from members of VG Tips. I interact with them on good days and bad days. For we have both. But, as long time followers know, the good outnumber the bad over the course of a year. That’s the thing to remember if you want to join VG Tips and become a profitable punter betting on racing and/or football. Beating the bookie each and every year is a three and a half mile chase. Not a five furlong sprint!
The exciting win by Happy Diva almost led to us overlooking the fact that there were other winning tips on the day. At 11 years of age, FAUGHEEN went over fences for the first time. There were a couple of moments when jockey Paul Townend had to hang on, but Faugheen won for those who backed him. I was both surprised and delighted that odds of 5/4 were on offer when I sent that tip to members the day before racing. I had expected Faugheen to be odds on. Come the day, after being well backed by Irish punters attending the meeting at Punchestown, he did come past the post at odds of 8/11. But that’s why I publish on the website and e-mail members my analysis and betting tips the day prior to racing. It offers us all the chance to get the first price, which often ends up being the best one.
Earlier, at Cheltenham, WHOLESTONE also won for us. Tipped when available at odds of 15/8, the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Wholestone won the Class 2 Novices’ Chase by a length and three quarters. I was particularly pleased with that win because Wholestone first won for me and those were subscribed at the time when triumphing in a race at Cheltenham in 2016.
The November meeting at Cheltenham fell victim to the weather on day one, which was a shame. But things turned out fine again on Saturday and a little diva made sure members of VG Tips were happy with their lot.
You too can become a profitable punter. You need patience, an even temperament, your mental glass needs to be half full and not half empty. You need to be able to take the rough with the smooth. The ups and the downs. Punting can be a roller coaster ride. What matters is that you enjoy the ride. Allow me to help you do that.