Profit in 3 of 4 races selected on Wednesday. Two winning tips for members of VG TIPS on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, and once again those who placed their bets early returned the greatest profit.
Moon Racer was available at odds of 9/1 the night before. That’s when members receive their daily e-mail and can view my selections in their personal members’ enclosure. The David Pipe trained Moon Racer won at a much shorter SP price of 9/2. Well backed and well ridden by Tom Scudamore, that was a nice little earner on Wednesday.
And those who took the earlier price of 15/8 or 2/1 for Don Poli to win the RSA Chase were also ahead of the SP price of 13/8. Don Poli was the most impressive winner so far at this Cheltenham Festival, and I’ve already backed him to win the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup at odds of 7/1. Before the off of the first race on Thursday, I have also backed Vautor each way for the Gold Cup next year. I took the 25/1 on offer from BetFred.
Should Vautour not win the JLT Novices’ Chase on Thursday, that ante post price may well increase. But it’s not a chance I wanted to take.
Wednesday also saw members make some more each way placed profit. I thought the Donald McCain trained Starchitect was gallant in trying to win the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle from the front. He lost the lead approaching the final fence but credit to jockey Keith Renwick who kept the gelding plugging on to the line. He lost third place at the post but returned placed profit by finishing fourth. I told members to ensure they bet with a bookie paying out on the first four home and to take the early price of 25/1.
So of the 4 races in which I had a selection run on Wednesday, members of VG TIPS returned profit in three of them. Winners at 9/1 and 15/8 and a 25/1 placed tip.
I like profit by whatever means it arrives. A winner or one placed at a double figure price. It makes no odds to me. Just so long as the odds are right!
Elsewhere a poor quality Champion Chase was won by the likeable Dodging Bullets. I was delighted for trainer Paul Nicholls, jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and all the team at Manor House Farm stables in Ditcheat. A smashing set of people who are, like their boss, ultra professional. Nicholls had three winners on the day and, in my opinion, it couldn’t happen to a more open and straightforward guy.
Would my pick Champagne Fever have beaten Dodging Bullets had he not been withdrawn from the race that morning? I think so, yes. But we’ll never know. Dodging Bullets could only take on what was around him, and he deserved to win the race.
So English trainers fought back on day two. The Irish didn’t have it all their own way.
There’s some good racing in prospect on Thursday and Friday at the Cheltenham Festival. Come join VG TIPS now to get my selections for the final two days of the meeting and for the month ahead – which includes the Grand National.