NORDANO was an easy winner for members of VG Tips on Saturday. My 8/1 Ascot each way NAP romped away with the race, winning by 16 lengths.
Here’s what members read from me the day before the race, a Class 2 handicap at a wet and windswept Ascot.: “Carrying a light weight of just 10 stone is Nordano. From the same stable as Myplaceatmidnight, Aidan Coleman picks up this ride. Another one dropping in class of race here, Nordano has been beaten by some now highly rated opponents such as Goshen, Cerberus and Allmankind. Well beaten, but then there is nothing in this race of the quality of those three. The son of Jukebox Jury carries significantly less weight than of late including when getting the closest – albeit 11 lengths – to the monster that is Goshen when the latter won at this course in January.”
The clues were there and I am delighted so many members of VG Tips joined me in backing that winner. I wasn’t sure Nordano would win and could never have imagined the Neil King trained gelding, at four the youngest horse in the 15 runner race, would win so easily. I was, however, confident he would at least finish in the frame.
Subscribers to my racing and football tipping service were quick to send me their praise.
“Skills Vern. Only just rejoined yesterday to read your fantastic previews/write ups ahead of the festival and you pull out a lovely 8/1 romp winner in Nordano. Exceptional work.”
Scott said: “BOOM!!! My big bet of the day bolts in!! Cheers Vernon, meal out paid for tonight.
Nordano was not the only profitable punt on a day when racing somehow saw off Storm Dennis. In the first race I scrutinised on at Ascot, I didn’t follow the many who were tipping Pym or Sam Brown. The day before racing you could get an each way price of 9/1 for Two For Gold. Although bookies would only be returning each way bets about the first two past the post. Here’s what I wrote in my preview of that race.
“Two For Gold has won his last three races, one on heavy going and the other two on ground classed as soft. I may be barking up the wrong tree (it has been known from time to time) but the David Pipe trained Two For Gold has beaten by much greater margins opponents that both Pym and another in this race, Danny Whizzbang, have also beaten.”
Once again, my many hours of form study delivered some profitable clues. Two For Gold finished second in the race behind Copperhead and those who, like me, backed Two For Gold each way made some profit. It all counts come the end of the year when, as per usual, we finish the year ahead of the bookie.
RAMSES DE TEILLE was available at odds of 5/4 the night before taking his place in the Class 1, Grade 2 Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices’ Hurdle. Here’s what I told members of VG Tips about my Haydock Park NAP: “The David Pipe trained grey would be expected to land this race on the back of a 17 length win over hurdles at Doncaster last month. It’s likely the early odds against price will not last.”
Ramses De Teille now goes forward to the Cheltenham Festival and, thereafter, the Grand National for a second successive year.
I am forever telling subscribers that if they do decide to follow me in on any particular bet – and they certainly do not have to – then you may as well take the early price as, more often than not, the early price will be bigger than the SP. That was the case with Rasmes de Teille which came past the post at SP odds of 5/6. The early bird punter also benefited over in Ireland courtesy of CILAOS EMERY.
In anticipation of the Grade 3 Red Mills Trial Hurdle I told members: “Trainer Willie Mullins is sending Cilaos Emery back over hurdles for the first time since 2017. Were the selection available at Evens or more, it would be a NAP. The early price will not last.”
The early price was 4/5. Value as it turned out as Cilaos Emery won the race by nine lengths and, having been well backed by punters, his SP price was a mere 1/4.
The Cheltenham Festival in March, and the Aintree Festival of April, are on the horizon. If you want to receive my detailed analysis, ante-post previews and tips; then you best join VG Tips now. You can do so for one month, as a recurring monthly member or for one year. The discounted prices apply until March 10th.