It’s important to be selective with your selections when betting on horses racing at top quality meetings during busy weeks of racing.
Years of sharing my own betting tips with followers have taught me to cherry pick not only the most likely winners, but also those horses priced each way that could return us placed profit.
A profitable week of punting was rounded off with 4 winners from 6 races selected on Saturday and members were suitably grateful.
KHAADEM was tipped to members when priced 8/1 on Friday evening. I chose Khaadem and made that one my confident NAP because the colt came second last time out. Does that sound strange reasoning to you? It shouldn’t.
At Newbury last month, Khaadem was a runner up that very much caught my eye when finishing fast over 6 furlongs on Good to Soft ground. That was a Class 1, Group 3 race.
On Saturday, trainer Charlie Hills entered Khaadem into a competitive looking Class 2 handicap, the historic Stewards’ Cup. Khaadem faced 26 opponents and had been heavily backed by punters all week, from 16/1 into 4/1 SP.
The race proved why. Khaadem was a class apart and won easily, going away, and by just under three lengths (photo above). A very impressive performance and Hills confirmed he would be entering the colt into a Group class race next time out. That may come at Haydock Park.
Saturday was the final day of a winning week that began on Tuesday with STRADIVARIUS winning the Goodwood Cup for us for the third successive year and my Royal Ascot winner, PINATUBO, winning for us again, this time with ease in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes. A 7/4 winning NAP for subscribers to VG Tips.
There was also each way placed profit on day one at Glorious Goodwood. 11/1 each way tip Chaleur and 10/1 selection Jazeel each finished in the frame.
LIBERTY BEACH was a 7/4 winner for us at Goodwood on Wednesday and TAURAN SHAMAN a generously priced 7/2 winner at Galway.
Thursday at Goodwood began with a 13/2 tip coming home first for members. FOREST OF DEAN had been well backed by punters and triumphed for trainer John Gosden at an SP price of 4/1.
I also tipped the winner of the next race, the Group 2 Richmond Stakes. I was particularly pleased that GOLDEN HORDE won at odds of 15/2. This was a case of remaining loyal to a horse that had returned me each way placed profit at odds of 33/1 at Royal Ascot. That was a race for which some bookies returned each way bets about the first 5 past the post.
Golden Horde was a fast finishing fifth in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. I was so impressed I told members to place the name of the colt into their notebooks. I wanted to watch out for his next run. That came along on Thursday and Golden Horde beat the favourite, Threat, into second.
Also on Thursday, 7/1 each way tip Rawdaa was placed, returning a little profit and ensuring stake money did not go to the bookie.
Friday delivered three winners, one each at Goodwood, Galway and Newmarket. Odds on favourite BATTAASH won the same Goodwood race for the third year running. ALPINE STAR was a 7/4 winner for us at Galway. At Newmarket, jockey William Buick returned from a long lay off and rode my selection, LAZULI, to a good looking victory.
Here’s what I had written about this one the day before racing:-
“A chance is taken on one of only two newcomers in this field of eleven. Godolphin own the colt called Lazuli. Trainer Charlie Appleby must like what he has seen at home as the two year old has a Group 2 race entry for later in the month. Lazulii is half brother a few winners, including over this distance. If he is slow out of the stalls or slow to understand what racing is all about first time out, then the Mark Johnston trained Hello Baileys – fourth in his two races so far – could take advantage.”
Lazuli won by two and a half lengths at value odds of 11/10. Hello Bailey was second. Put the name Lazuli in your ones to watch out for notebook.
The winning week ended on Saturday. Not only with Khaadem but also courtesy of KING’S ADVICE, a 9/2 win only tip to members. This extraordinary horse won his ninth race from ten career outings. The Mark Johnston trained contender battled back to win when appearing to be beaten.
Across the Irish Sea on the west coast at Galway, EMPEROR OF THE SUN and ROYAL COUNTY DOWN ensured 4 of the 6 races I analysed for Saturday resulted in winners for me and members of VG Tips.