St Mark’s Basilica and Hurricane Lane win for members of VG Tips

St Mark’s Basilica and Hurricane Lane win for members of VG Tips

Beating the bookie each year is about accumulating as much betting profit as possible. By any means. And giving as little of your stake back to the bookie.

While I was born an each way punter, my middle name is value. That’s what I look for. Potential value in the betting market. Even an odds on shot can represent value if you believe the horse should be priced even shorter.


I tipped to members and personally backed in a win only double two top quality winners on Saturday. St.Marks’s Basilica and Hurricane Lane.

When on Friday subscribers to my VG Tips selections service received their preview and tips for racing on Saturday, the betting market had ST MARK’S BASILICA (pictured above) available at odds of 5/4. In a thrilling finish to the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes, the Ryan Moore ridden St Mark’s Basilica held off a challenge from Tarnawa.

The result went to the stewards as St Mark’s Basilica carried the fast finishing Tarnawa to the right but the first past the post result stood. Ryan Moore received a one day ban for careless riding. I wonder what Ryan does on a day off. A stand up stint at a comedy club?

The trainer of Tarnawa, the gentleman Dermot Weld, refused to be critical of how his filly was impeded late in the race. “We move on” he said. Weld has long said that the chief target for Tarnawa is the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, a race she has a good chance of winning.


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William Buick celebrates victory aboard Hurricane Lane

Doncaster racecourse was packed for the 2021  running of the St. Leger. A race that signals the impending close to the flat season proper. HURRICANE LANE won for us once again. The day before racing bookies had him priced at 5/6. He came past the post the winner at SP odds of 8/11.

Trainer Charlie Appleby had a good weekend overall and was pleased with what he saw from the winner of the Irish Derby. Hurricane Lane has now won all but one of his seven career outings. Of Saturday’s win, Appleby said: “We were confident he’d run a big race and were obviously hopeful he could win it.

“I was watching William and when they turned into the straight I was happy. Two furlongs out I could tell from William’s body language he was only just getting warmed up.”

For his part, jockey William Buick was a very happy man: “He’s a jockey’s dream, he’s a lovely horse to ride – you can put him anywhere in the race and he relaxes which is obviously vital in a race over this distance.

“What’s impressed me in his last two or three runs is that he quickens towards the end, he really did put the race to bed then. He’s a fantastic horse and I’m sure there’s more room for improvement.”


There’s some flat racing to bet on in the remainder of September. While October is the month when I offer analysis and tips for both codes of racing. Then, from November, it will be jumps racing tips only until next spring. That’s how I operate every year and it works for me and subscribers to VG Tips.

I know that many punters prefer betting during the National Hunt season. If that’s you, then get ready to sign up to my long established betting tips service. Either as a monthly recurring member for £20 a month, for one monthly only for £25 or, if you are want to be a profitable punter at the end of 12 months of betting, join VG Tips for one year for only £120 (the equivalent of £10 per month).

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