To tip the winner of one Derby at 20/1 can appear to be fortunate. To tip the winner of a second Derby in the same month, and at 22/1, is more than fortunate. It’s bloody brilliant, even if I say so myself. After all, who else will? Well, my clever members of VG Tips will. They’ve already had their say, heaping further praise on me via Twitter (@betonsportstips).
They are happy courtesy of 6 winners from 8 races selected on Saturday.
LATROBE was tipped to my members at odds of 22/1. The Joseph O’Brien trained colt was ridden to victory by his brother Donnacha at SP odds of 14/1.
It means that in June alone, VG Tips members received from me the 20/1 winner of the English Derby, Masar, and now a double figure priced winner of the Irish Derby, Latrobe.
One month. Two big priced winners of two derbies.
Latrobe fought out a finish with another I gave a mention to at a big price. The day before racing Rostropovich was priced up at 40/1 in the betting market and should never have been available at such a huge price. At 25/1 SP, Rostropovich got within half a length of our winner and the odds on favourite, Saxon Warrior, was a neck further behind in third.
The second third, fourth and fifth placed horses were all trained by Aidan O’Brien. But the winner was trained by one of his sons and ridden by another. That’s how to stick it to your Dad!
Latrobe was far from being the only winner I tipped and backed on Saturday.
BATTLE OF JERICHO was available at odds of 18/1 on Friday when I sent members the analysis and tips for racing at the Curragh in Ireland. I could hardly believe the price and I got on immediately. I’m glad I did. Well backed on the day by other canny punters, the SP price was a mere 7/1.
Ryan Moore rode Battle of Jericho to victory for members of VG Tips.
Here’s what I told my lovely and loyal subscribers on Friday:- “In what looks to be a wide open race, and despite the fact that the colt has never won over this distance of 5 furlongs, my each way bet will be on Battle of Jericho. Also trained by Aidan O’Brien, the dropping in class colt is the ride of Ryan Moore and is available at too big a price for me to ignore.”
That victory in the Rockingham Handicap was not the only win for Ryan Moore on Saturday. A couple of hours later he rode another VG Tip to victory. VAN BEETHOVEN was his choice of two in the Group 2 Railway Stakes, Moore having previously ridden both Van Beethoven and stablemate Land Force. As is usually the case, I put my trust in my favourite flat jockey – and the one who has returned me the most profit over many years. Ryan Moore chose correctly. Van Beethoven was priced at 7/4 when I mailed members my analysis on Friday. He won at just 9/10.
I always tell my members that they don’t have to back everything I tip. Indeed, on the busier days, they probably shouldn’t. What they must do is read my deep analysis. Gauge from that how confident I am about any given selection. Then, if they decide to place a bet, there is no reason to wait. Providing the bookie you use offers ‘Guaranteed Price’ conditions, which almost all do these days, then you will be paid out at the biggest price on offer, be that the one available when you placed your bet or the SP should the latter be greater.
The first price is more often than not bigger than the SP. So why wait?
Another example was the 7/4 I took for my NAP, the Richard Fahey trained GABRIAL THE WIRE, which won comfortably at Chester at a past the post price of only 10/11.
I don’t tend to back horses at odds on price. But I am aware that some members do. With my analysis selections I try to cater for them and those who, like me, have an eye out for a bigger price. Something I have been doing for twenty years.
I only back odds on if something priced at, say, 4/5, should be – in my opinion at least – shorter. An example of that was SECOND STEP, another winner for us on super Saturday. Second Step was 4/5 when tipped to members of VG Tips. The Roger Charlton trained gelding won a four runner race by two and a half lengths and was 8/15 when coming past the post. Yes, he only had three opponents to beat and, yes again, the price was odds on. But that first price was value and all profit counts when I come to calculate my annual profit at the end of each calendar year.
The sixth and final winner from eight races selected for analysis on Saturday was TAASHABOH. An evening winner at Doncaster racecourse, the early odds on price of 8/13 actually improved on the day for members who do back odds on shots. 8/11 was the SP.
On Friday I reminded subscribers to VG Tips of the fact that the grey colt had previously been beaten a neck by an opponent called Embour – a horse that had won again for members one week ago when my Richard Hannon each way treble special bet paid off very nicely.
The handicap mark of 85 looked lenient to me and Taashaboh duly won by two lengths.
At one stage on Saturday it was hard for me to keep up with all the profitable punts. That is because there were also winning tips as far away from England and Ireland as Russia.
The World Cup produced two enthralling matches on Saturday and they included my winning tips on Edison Cavani to score anytime for Uruguay, at odds of 21/10, and Kylian Mbappe to score anytime for France at odds of 27/10.