Clear, concise, comprehensive horseracing analysis and insight from Paul Jones, former author of the Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide, concentrating on jump racing in addition to the best of the Flat and leading Sports events.
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Royal Ascot and Beyond


No good in the Derby and a 14/1 runner-up in the Oaks but hopefully I persuaded many of you to back Smuggler’s Moon at 16/1 in the Surrey Stakes whose chance I made it clear I was sweet on. I was at Epsom but missed a trick in not realising it was also Greyhound Derby night until it was too late so next year I’ll have to consider the double if they are on the same day again.

Smuggler’s Moon was certainly the highlight of the Derby Meeting for me and, as such, I’ll soon add my pre-race comments regarding his chance in the ‘Example Copy’ section on the now-finalised right-hand menu alongside Carl Redden’s reasoning for tipping up Garbine Muguruza for the French Open at 16/1 back in December in his Three to Follow feature. Carl will next return for Wimbledon fortnight.

The roadshow moves onto Royal Ascot next week when I’ll be covering all 30 races as part of the All-Inclusive Service. This might surprise some of you but it’s my favourite meeting of the year even ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. Results have been pretty good too in the last few years so fingers crossed that will continue.

I’ve completed all 30 races from a pure trends perspective for Attheraces and their Royal Ascot website should be going live soon if you want to view that. Expect some of my ATR trends to be incorporated into my daily copy next week which will appear in the ‘Royal Ascot’ section rather than in ‘Race Previews.’ The next instalment of the Royal Ascot Ante Post service will be uploaded at 7.00 p.m. tonight. There is no obvious big race in between Epsom and Royal Ascot so there is no ‘Ante Post Focus’ this Wednesday.

Once Royal Ascot is out of the way I’ll be heading off to the Costa Blanca for the last three weeks of the European Football Championships which starts on Friday. I have everything I need out there to cover the event as if I was in my office at home so why the hell not? As such I am going to leave the family at home and watch wall-to-wall football, the first week of Wimbledon and cover the Newmarket July Meeting whilst out there. Rob Brydon can keep his cruises.

I have already covered the Outright betting and Leading Goalscorer markets for Euro 2016 last week and will upload my thoughts on the Group Betting tomorrow. I will then cover the first rubber of group matches in one hit on Friday before France play Romania in the opening game. I will then cover the second rubber of group matches in another hit and so on including throughout the knockout stages rather than posting daily copy. I am throwing myself into what should be a cracking feast of football so expect plenty of recommendations!

Before I head to Spain I have the US Open Golf to cover from Oakmont which starts a week on Thursday – the same day as England v Wales and the Ascot Gold Cup. There are worse sporting days in the year. The last time it was played there Angel Cabrera won it with a final score of +5. By all accounts it’s already playing brutally hard so it should be fun to watch.

Once these dreadful cricketers from Sri Lanka have left our shores, Paul Smith will be concentrating on some proper test match cricket when Pakistan visit. It’s little wonder so many records get broken these days. The best players in days gone by weren’t offered (a) as much test match cricket and (b) didn’t have the likes of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe to beat up.


1.     In joining Paul Jones you will have private access to the views of a trusted, reliable, profitable-to-follow analyst and author of 33 horseracing books in an absorbing and entertaining, easy-to-follow, practical format written with purpose and authority.

2.     Access to the regular Ante-Post Focus articles whch have made members huge profits since we launched in November 2015 including Rule The World at 50/1 for the Grand National and Wings Of Eagles (SP 40/1) for the Derby amongst many other big-priced winners.

3.     Access to weekend previews throughout the bulk of the Jumps Season (averaging 12 races analysed per weekly column), every race at the Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown Festivals and the leading 30 days of the Flat Season.

4.     Access to an 18 weeks’ build up to the Cheltenham Festival (approx. 8000 words every Monday) with ante-post recommendations (level stakes profit of 44 points to date) to assist in building a long-range portfolio and a 6 weeks’ build up to Royal Ascot (7 winners from 17 ante-post recommendations in 2016).

5.     We also have all the major sporting events covered including the very profitable Football service (Premier League Picks made a level stakes profit of 31 points in 2016/17 following on from a 45 level stakes profit on the World Cup and Euro 2016) and we also have superb analysts in the fields of Golf, (Ciaran Meagher) Tennis (Carl Redden), Cricket (Paul Smith), Darts (Mike Henderson), NFL (Andy Richmond) and Politics (Adam Hewson). Click on ‘View Example Copy’ in the right-hand menu on the Home Page if you don’t believe us!

6.     If you are familiar with Paul from his industry-respected trends-related Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide which he wrote for 16 years, you can now access his unique Race Trends for approximately 110 racesthroughout the year including all races at Cheltenham Festival, Aintree Grand National Meeting and Royal Ascot.

7.     Access to weekly Horses to Follow throughout the Flat Season and horseracing guest contributions from Alan Potts, the author of the revered Against The Crowd and The Inside Track, Andy Richmond of RacingUK and Mark Ball, formerly of Let's Live Racing.

8.     Back access to every article ever written (we’re talking over 1000) in every area of the website since our launch in November 2015.

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