Winter is coming! Hard to believe right now but it is the case that, as the summer nears its end and, with it, the exciting flat racing season; we can look forward to a winter of top class National Hunt racing. Many VG Tips members will be looking forward to the jumps season as much as I am.
It’s been a good and enjoyable flat season for us and there is plenty more of that to come. Summer winners have been many, including my 80/1 winning bet on Nicolas T (above). Well backed on the day, not only by my followers, the Jim Godlie trained Nicolas T came from last to first to win the Northumberland Plate at SP odds of 33/1. A very nice return whether you were on each way, as I was, or backed the horse to win. Subscribers to VG Tips were delighted and contacted me with their thanks.
Ivan hasn’t been with that long and e-mailed simply to express his pleasure at the win. “Nicholas T. Nice one. Well done.”
Loyal member John tweeted @betonsportstips to say:- “Well done Vernon. I was on at 40/1. Come on people you gotta sign up! You won’t get better for your money.”
At Goodwood in August I was especially pleased to have tipped the Richard Hughes trained Calling the Wind at odds of 12/1. Hughes was one of the best jockeys when he rode big winners for us at Goodwood. Now he trains and is attracting owners and good horses to his stable. Jockey Pat Dobbs has long been a friend of Hughes and it was he who rode my tip Calling the Wind to win the Class 2 Goodwood Handicap.
I concentrate on the better class race meetings. Studying form, researching recent results and watching back past races to decide how good past performances of particular horses were. My tips are then sent to subscribers the day before racing so that, if they wish, members can take an early price.
VG Tips is what I do. It’s all I do. I’ve been doing it a long time. I do the homework others simply don’t have the time for. I spend most waking hours working for my loyal followers. Spotting value in the betting market and delivering profitable punts is what I do best.
Yet to come this flat season we can look forward to one of my favourite meetings at my favourite flat racing course, York, in mid August. Top quality racing in Ireland and the September meeting at Doncaster that culminates in the St. Leger. A race that looks like being of high quality this year. There are top class meetings at Newbury and Newmarket to look forward to in September, along with further good racing at the Curragh and Leopardstown.
October will bring us a favourite race of mine, the Cesarewitch, along with big field handicaps elsewhere in England. The type of race in which I excel. Over the years I have found countless big price winners of Class 2 handicaps. The more runners, the better I do. (Warning! I’m rubbish with four runner races). Give me a large field handicap or Group class race any day.
The end of October and the beginning of November is when I turn my attention to the jumps. National Hunt racing that is enjoyable to watch and exciting when it comes to betting. Early season jump racing at the likes of Wetherby, Aintree, Exeter, Wincanton and Newbury, including the former Hennessy Gold Cup. From November 11th attention turns to Cheltenham. Then we will truly know the National Hunt season is underway.
We enjoyed 10 winners at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival last March, including the Sue Smith trained winner of the Grade 3 Ultima Chase, Vintage Clouds.
A 28/1 selection for members such as Scott, who responded post festival by e-mailing me to say…“Vern, great festival! Really enjoyed your write ups & with great success. Vintage Clouds got me off to a right flyer! One of the best, successful Cheltenham festivals for me for a few years.”