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John Burke

John Burke is a long term tipster at the Victor Value service, a contributor to On Course Profits and of course a regular contributor here at the Daily Punt. Https://

Best in a Generation

Is Douvan The Best National Hunt Horse in Training?

Another weekend of top National Hunt racing both sides of the Irish Sea, I haven’t had a chance to analyse yesterday’s action over in Ireland but Douvan will surely by the end the season show why he is the best jumper seen in Britain & Ireland for a generation, after an effortless win on his seasonal reappearance at Cork on Sunday.

As ever I will take a look back on Saturday’s big race action, before adding a trainer worth following tomorrow at Ffos Las in Stats Corner. Finally I take a quick look at Saturday’s big handicap hurdle, formerly known as the ‘Ladbroke’ Hurdle at Ascot.

Over this side of the Irish Sea we had the two day International Meeting at Cheltenham culminating in the latest running of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup on Saturday. The going on the first day was good but by the last race on Saturday had changed to soft, quite a turnaround, due to heavy rain falling during racing.Read More »Best in a Generation

Something for the Weekend

It's Highland Heartbreak at Aintree

In this weeks column I am going to take a look at the big race action from Saturday’s meetings at Aintree and Sandown before going onto identifying a trainer, who has a runner at Ludlow, for Stats Corner and looking at something for the weekend.

Horse racing can be a cruel game and we witnessed that again at Aintree on Saturday. Everything was in place for the story of the day for both jockey and horse. Jockey Henry Brooke had just returned from a potentially career ending fall if not a life ending one.

Whilst the horse Highland Lodge was bidding to make history by winning back to back Becher Handicap Chases over the ‘Grand National’ fences. All seemed to be going to plan, as Brooke had the horse travelling and jumping well out in front. Jumping the last, the ten year old looked to have gone clear of his rivals and reaching the famous Aintree elbow he was about three lengths ahead but as we have witnessed in the past a horse leading at the elbow doesn’t necessarily get into the winners enclosure. Read More »Something for the Weekend

Victor’s Monday Musings

Morning all,

Tizzard Walking in a Newbury Wonderland

What a Saturday for trainer Colin Tizzard with a Newbury treble courtesy of Thistlecrack, Ultragold and of course taking the day’s big horse race the Hennessey Gold Cup, with Native River, which sadly is likely to be the last race to be run as the Hennessey Gold Cup with the owners of the brand looking to end their sponsorship of this historic handicap chase. Such a decision will bring to an end British horse racing's longest commercial sponsorship.

Back to the ‘Hennessey” itself what a finish it was as Native River clung on to hold the strong finishing Carole’s Destrier at the line. Always up with the pace as expected he took up the running five from home and although he looked like he might be vulnerable when headed three out, he was back in the lead two out and from then on wasn’t for catching, he was slightly idling on the run in but he found enough for a worthy win under super ride by Richard Johnson who was actually winning his first Hennessey and most likely his last if the sponsorship news proves correct. He deserves to look toward the Cheltenham Gold Cup now and who knows he could be part of a Tizzard 123 at the Festival come March.Read More »Victor’s Monday Musings

Victor’s Monday Musings

This is the first of what will be a regular column, “Victor’s Monday Musings”, as I take over the Monday ‘hot seat’ from Dave Massey! (David will still be in his new regular slot from Tuesday to Saturday)

What can you look forward to in my “Monday Musings”? Well, it will be in two parts. In the first part; I will look back at the weekend’s big race action, highlighting the performance of the day and also see if there are any other horses that you should be adding to your trackers and could provide possible ante post betting opportunities for you. The second part will examine some key stats that you should have on your side over the coming months. However, this week rather than look at the weekend’s best performance’s, hard to pick between Cue Card and Sire de Grugy for me, I thought it would be useful if I gave you a little bit of background on myself:

I first got the horse racing and betting bug about 30 years ago and my hobby became a passion and then after a number of reasonably profitable years of betting I decided to take the plunge and in 2011, my hobby became a business as I became a full time professional punter and racing pundit with my own service Victor Value Racing. I tend to concentrate on the better quality races and love to solve the puzzles provided by those big field handicaps, whether on the flat or over jumps. I have also got more and more involved in using stats, especially trainer stats, in my everyday betting. Hence why there will be a section each week looking at some key stats.Read More »Victor's Monday Musings

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