Interview with MGR Racing

Learn more about our newest Tipster

At Tipsters Empire, we are keen for you to find out more about our Tipsters – they are human beings after all. We felt that a good way to do this was to ask them a few Horse Racing related questions…

What first got you interested in horse racing?

Horse Racing is in the family from a betting perspective! My Grandad used to sit in all day on a Saturday afternoon, watching The ITV 7 on World Of Sport with Dickie Davies and my Gran would send me to the local Bookmaker (as a 7 year old!) to put her bets on. My Dad loved a bet too. I always remember him telling me on the day of The Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, how he picked 5/6 winners in a Heinz, which yielded a decent return but the one horse that let him down was Kris, trained by Henry Cecil. It was Kris’ only defeat of that season!

Many years later, I became a 1/5 Share Holder in a Horse called Rouski, by The French Champion Miler, Rousillon. He was bought to go hurdling with a little known (ex jockey) trainer called Dale Powell. Sadly he didn’t get the hang of hurdling at all and was sold on.

My passion for horse racing has never wavered but it is the challenge of analysing the chances of horses and watching them run which really gets the adrenalin flowing. I love the ante post markets at the big Festivals and have done particularly well in getting most horses in the right races. That’s certainly not to say they’ve all won of course!

What’s your favourite racecourse to visit and why?

I’ve always liked Sandown, which has great facilities and one of the best views from the standing areas. One can’t beat the atmospheric “buzz” of The Cheltenham Festival, though!

What’s your favourite horse and which race is most memorable for you?

One of my early Favourites was Dawn Run. I think she may have been the first to win the Champion Hurdle over 2m and The Gold Cup over 3m2f at Cheltenham. I recall watching her Gold Cup Prep Run at Cheltenham and backed Her at 4/9. She was winning by a country mile but fell or unseated Tony Mullins, I think. Jonjo O’Neill rode her in The Gold Cup and she looked beaten on more than one occasion, until outstaying Wayward Lad and Forgive And Forget up the famous Cheltenham hill late on.

Which Festival is your favourite and why?

For me, It has to be The Cheltenham Festival and in particular, The Supreme Novices Hurdle, as it’s the first race of the meet and the Cheltenham Roar is astounding. When I’m standing on the terrace with a couple of Ante Post betting slips in my wallet, containing The Favourite for The Supreme, The Arkle and The Mares Race, all at double figure prices backed months in advance, there is that air of tension and expectancy as first race draws ever nearer. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be, whether I’m at the Festival itself or simply sat in front of my TV with no one around to disturb me.

Who’s your favourite jockey and why?

My Favourite Jockey has to be Ruby Walsh. He is unflappable, rides with supreme confidence and is as battle hardened as they come. He has broken so many bones and his punctured lungs are treated no less then a minor cold. I love jockeys whose entire family have been in the game pretty much all their lives. They are true horsemen and women who understand horses and have the knack of knowing precisely how to handle them when things are not all well!

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