Like me, they were on the filly Taghrooda (above) to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It is a race I have a good record in going back several years and a race I always enjoy watching.
That Taghrooda drifted in the betting market from an initial price of 11/4 all the way out to 7/2, was a bonus. That attracted my biggest racing stake in July. 7/2 was too generous a price for a filly that won the Oaks at Epsom in very taking style. She did the same on Saturday, coming home three lengths clear of the runner up. As they say, I steamed in.
Some racing people became obsessed that a 3 year old filly had not won the race since the 70’s. I didn’t. I thought she would be too good for the opposition and I wasn’t alone in thinking that. On Saturday morning I heard jockey Frankie Dettori say that Taghrooda was the one he would like to be on and that she was the best horse in the race. No matter that a filly of her years had not won the race for decades, said Frankie , not many had tried and none were of her obvious class.
I doubt we’ll see Tagrooda priced at 7/2 again, whichever race trainer John Gosden enters her into next. Sometimes, as punters, we must make hay while the shun shines. When the betting market gets the price wrong. And it did so more than once on Saturday.
For I also won big on my Nap of the day, Muthmir. 11/2 when selected, Muthmir won the SkyBet Dash up at York with plenty to spare at SP odds of 4/1. That one is now 6/1 favourite to win the Stewards Cup (aka 32Red cup) at Goodwood this week.
Why did I and many others fancy Muthmal? Here is what I told members of my selections service via their e-mail and in their own members’ enclosure at this website.
“I fancy Muthmir to win. Beaten by just a neck in a race of this class at Newcastle, the winner and the third horse that day have gone on to win other class 2 handicaps. Willie Haggas is the trainer of the selection which is one of the least exposed in the race and has a good jockey in the saddle.”
Haggas had a very good day at the races on Saturday. He trained winners all over the country. And I tipped winners in the North, South and East.
For members of VG Tips also enjoyed winning on another selection, this time at Newmarket. Fast Track was 8/1 when selected to win the Adnams Broadside Handicap.
So Saturday night was alright. I never leave my winnings in my bookie accounts. They get banked and, last weekend, some of the profit was spent on a very nice meal for two. That’s much preferable to doing what the bookies want you to do. Namely leave it in your account so that they have a chance of getting their dirty mitts on it once again. Don’t let them.
I am also looking at a new strategy to prevent bookies keeping our stake money. My service is not simply about trying to find winners. It is first and foremost about giving the bookies as little of our money as possible. In the past year or two there has been a notable drop in quality of racing between Monday and Thursday each week. Opportunities to bash the bookies have been decreasing. Who wants to bet in a three horse race? I don’t. And bookies have become meaner with the odds they offer.
Sometimes when punting, less really can be more. In this time when there is too much low grade racing, I am rethinking my long term selection policy. I am going to turn my back on the rubbish racing that litters the schedule these days.
I will be explaining more to members and non members alike in the coming weeks. Little stays the same. My making an annual profit from punting does, but those who run racing move the goalposts on us and, if we are to stay ahead of the bookies over the course of 365 days, we as punters must also consider changing our tactics.
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