That was the year that was
Well that was crap, wasn’t it? 2020 I mean. It all began so well. I can still recall the final day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. A meeting that had gone so well for myself and members of VG Tips. It culminated with the 50/1 winning tip of the final race at the festival, Indefatigable (photographed above).
Then racing and football were suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic that was, albeit too late, being taken seriously by the UK government. Cheltenham took flak in the media for going ahead with big crowds. But the papers forgot to mention that a certain Boris Johnson had, that same week, been among a crowd of 82.000 for a rugby match at Twickenham. Taking his latest pregnant brood mare along with him. Funny how the Daily Mail, Express and Telegraph never mentioned that!
So it was that a winter and spring of profitable punting was brought to a 90 day close by the virus. No matter. Tens of thousands of people have died before their time, including family members of some of you reading this. Life is much more important than betting. Even the greedy online bookies would agree with that. I’d hope.
I cannot express adequately enough how chuffed I was that existing members of VG Tips back then stayed the course. How they allowed me to simply extend their memberships by the number of days we’d lost to Covid-19. How they continued to pay their monthly or annual membership fees. You really are a lovely, loyal bunch of people. Thank you.
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Lapsed members are always welcome back. And it’s always a pleasure to welcome brand new subscribers. You likely have friends or acquaintances who like to bet on horse racing or football. Please tell them about my service.
Thank you to those who have sent me positive and upbeat messages throughout 2020. I value your interaction. It stops me from thinking I am talking to myself (which is, for the record, a lot easier when wearing a face mask).
For as long as I can remember it is the contact with subscribers that pleases me the most. I’ve made friends and acquaintances through VG Tips. Like minded people who appreciate that profitable punting is a marathon and not a sprint. That we are all in this together and that we can help each other beat the bookie.
I appreciate the feedback from VG Tips members. Their support, encouragement and positive attitude during good months and bad. I thank them all and look forward to engaging with members old and new in the new year.
Thank heavens for the winners!
The first three months of 2020 were very profitable at VG Tips. The last six months, less so. But since resumption of both sports, it hasn’t all been bad. There have been plenty of winners at the races and on the football.
Only last weekend a horse I have remained loyal to, the Dan Skelton trained ALLMANKIND (above) won for us once again. A very impressive performance when leading from start to finish in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices Chase at Sandown.
Allmankind jumped well and appears to prefer fences to hurdles. He’s now priced at odds of 10/1 for the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on March 16th. While the favourite Shiskin will be hard to beat, that seems a reasonable each way price about Allmankind.
The weekend went well for the Skelton brothers. Not only did Dan train winners but his sibling Harry rode some for him and other trainers. Last Friday I was especially pleased when my 11/2 tip ALNADAM won for us at Sandown.
On a foggy Sunday in Ireland, we could barely see MIN win the John Durkan Memorial Chase for the third consecutive year. But there was no hiding the fact that the early price of 5/2 – as alerted to current members – was great value.
As was 10/1 each way tip CONFLATED which won a beginners chase at Navan for which The Big Getaway was a disappointing short priced favourite. I always like to have an each way option as an alternative bet. Favourites get beaten plenty of times and I was born and bred an each way punter.
Last fence fallers are an occasional hazard of punting and at Kelso on Sunday my 6/1 tip Duc de Grassy came to ground at the very last obstacle when leading in the Scottish Borders National. Annoying but the main thing was that the horse was fine after the late and tired tumble.
It’s back to Cheltenham we go later this week for the two day meeting at Prestbury Park that takes place on Friday and Saturday. My first tips for that meeting will be available on Thursday.
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If there is enough demand for that then I will endeavour to come up with a payment structure and mailing list that can provide Football OR Horse Racing tips ONLY.
Please do remember, it’s just little old me doing everything associated with VG Tips and therefore it does take time for me to sort out such things. Especially when I am busy studying form. Which will always come first.
Once I have been inoculated against this dreaded virus I hope to be able to fly around again, capturing on camera interviews with names from the world of sport. Something I have been able to do in the past because of my long established contacts made through 25 years as a producer of televised sport. I look forward to once again sitting down with good talkers from the worlds of football and racing. People such as former Grand National winning jockey Mick Fitzgerald Members of VG Tips get to see those interviews first and in full. All part of the service I offer.
In 2021 ante-post analysis and tips will also become a more regular part of my service to subscribers I am a believer in forward planning and it’s important to spot some clues now. Clues that could lead to us winning on some bigger price ante-post bets months in advance of the event taking place. As always, I do recommend waiting until the bookies offer Non Runner, No Bet terms before betting in markets for races that are scheduled months ahead. Backing a horse now for the Cheltenham Festival in March will, of course, see you get a nice price. But what if that horse does not turn up at the meeting due to an injury or the ground conditions being to the disliking of the horse? Then you’ve lost your stake if betting before NRNB terms are on offer.
Remember, patience is the best friend of a punter.
Goalscorers to watch out for
I advised members recently of the footballers who are worth backing to score anytime in a match.
Players who are finding the net more often than not. Some of them the first choice penalty taker for their club.
Brentford have lost three goalscorers in recent seasons but in Ivan Toney appear to have another who knows where the ‘onion bag’ is. He’s played 16 games in the Championship so far this season and he’s scored 14 goals.
In League 2, don’t forget that Eoin Doyle is fit again and firing in goals for Bolton Wanderers. He really is too good for that division. He’s played 13 games this season and scored seven goals. He also takes the spot kicks.
In the Premier League, backing Harry Kane to score or to assist a goal is akin to printing money right now. While Jamie Vardy scored once again for Leicester City at the weekend (as photographed above). He left it late to score on Sunday but he had hit the post in the first few minutes of the game at Sheffield United.
And while I am at it, don’t forget the wise advice of Scottish football tipster Robert Ryan regarding the scoring sensation at Rangers who is James Tavernier. He’s played 16 games this season and scored 10 goals. A very good record for a defender and another penalty taker.
Some weeks you will find those players at odds against to score anytime. Other days, especially where Kane and Vardy are concerned, it’s more likely to be an odds on price. But these players are value right now. At any price. They’ll score for you more often than they don’t. Keep them onside until they are injured or forget their shooting boots.
Ideally you would first confirm that such a player was in the starting 11 for any given match. I have begun placing some of these regular goalscorers in accumulators. Perhaps four players to score at any stage of a game, all in a acca that returns at double figure odds. Or simply a double. It’s wise to choose players who do take penalties for their team because we are now in an era of football when we are seeing more penalties than ever. Due to some ridiculous changes in the laws of the game and, of course, the curse that is VAR.
Other football punts always worth considering as single bets are both teams to score in a match that includes two sides with a proven record of goalscoring. Alternatively, the Under 2.5 goals market for games involving notoriously low scoring teams.
Betting on football has never been more popular. Don’t take my word for it. Ask the bookies. You can make money and an annual profit betting on football and I can help you do that. Strange resuts make it challenging but I very much enjoy betting on football and there’s no shortage of such opportunities these days.
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I am well and truly up for the Christmas schedule of racing and football. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas when you see the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park approaching. And the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow. And the New Year’s Day meeting at Cheltenham. Bring it on. And there’s more!
I love my racing in Ireland and we can look forward to the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown between St Stephens Day, December 26th, and the 29th. Some of the best racehorses we have already seen out this season are trained by the likes of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott.
It all builds up towards the main course, the Cheltenham Festival next March. The last festival went very nicely for existing members of VG Tips. Here’s hoping spectators will increasingly be allowed back on to racecourses to see the best the sport has to offer.
Even this sometime cynic was moved to see and hear racing and football fans back in attendance last weekend. Albeit in small numbers. To hear winning horses being cheered past the post and back into the winners’ enclosure. It lifted my spirits. And football fans cheering their teams on. What a joy. It serves to remind us all of what we can be guilty of taking for granted. You don’t realise what you’ve missed until it’s gone.
Its time we all put the dreadful year of 2020 behind us. Hopefully we can eventually get back to normal. With one exception. I hope people have learned to be nicer to each other. To be more considerate. Less abusive on social media. To display more empathy. I hope so. But I’ll not be putting money on it.
But I will be putting money on football teams, players and horses this coming weekend. If you want to return to VG Tips or sign up for the very first time, there’s no better time to do so than now. Be on board for what we all hope will be a full year of horse racing and football. 2021 – the year I can return to beating the bookie over the course of twelve months.
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I wish all punters well in 2021. Be positive. Be lucky. Beat the bookie. If I can help with any of that, you know where I am.