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RORY PADDOCK - MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EDITOR

RORY PADDOCK – MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EDITOR

How did you get into racing?

My Grandfather made a big thing of The Grand National, all the family would be squeezed into the front room and by the age of 3 or 4 I had pretty much memorised all the horses names and silks and the docile chilled-out kid that I was seemed to fly out of the window come National time as I’d sit there shouting at the tele for the twelve minutes worth of racing. Sitting on my Grandads knee watching Channel 4 every Saturday became a ritual as he’d pass on his bits of racing knowledge to me I just caught the bug and that was me hooked.

Favourite flat horse?

Sergeant Cecil.

Favourite jumps horse?

Grey Abbey.

Favourite jockey?

Richard Hughes.

Favourite trainer?

Bryan Smart.

Most memorable racing moment?

In terms of being a punter it just can’t beat Mon Mome winning the Grand National in 2009. Having backed it antepost at around 200/1 and again on the day at 100/1 seeing it romp home was fantastic. Being the superstitious type, it was the first Grand National without my Grandfather so clearly he was looking out for me.

In terms of being there on course I’d have to say this years (2014) Cheltenham Festival, the first time I’d been to The Festival and not only tipping but backing Hawk High as it won for me at 40/1. Throwing away half a hotdog in my excitement as it stormed up the hill!

What makes you such an expert?

Expert is definitely too much of a strong word, there’s always something more you can learn in this game, it’s very much a cycle of new things coming in to play no one can ever truly know it all. I’m just an avid fan like every racing fan. I’ve dedicated a lot of my time to learning about the sport which makes me think I’d probably know a fair bit more than the average punter. Know the odd yard and people in the know and just aim to pass on any bits of info or patterns I see to help us all raid some satchels.


CHRIS CONNOLLY - CHIEF RACING PUNDIT

CHRIS CONNOLLY – CHIEF RACING PUNDIT

How did you get into racing?

As a youngster I could remember my Dad spending hours on a weekend flicking through his many formbooks. As time went on my intrigue at this seemingly pointless activity got the better of me & so I decided to help, he’d do the writing whilst I read the form out. After a few years of being the ‘Narrator’ every weekend I had become hooked & so decided I would write my own selections against his…. Long story slightly shortened I love reading through form, the challenge of sifting through pages of form rather weirdly floats my boat & handicap races are my thing.

Favourite flat horse?

Persian Punch.

Favourite jumps horse?

Rooster Booster.

Favourite jockey?

AP McCoy.

Favourite trainer?

Martin Pipe.

Most memorable racing moment?

I have many memorable memories in racing, Denman was a horse I was very fond of & Persian Punch had an attitude that lots of people fell in love with. Perhaps my favourite recent memory would be at this seasons Festival (2014) Me & Rory Paddock (MD of Picks From The Paddock) were in attendance & backed Hawk High a shock winner at 33/1, we must have been the only 2 people in the ‘Ring’ roaring it home & though not the biggest collect I’ve ever had it made the train journey home ten times better.

What makes you such an expert?

Expert is much too strong a term, I can certainly hold my own on all things Horse-racing but prefer to think of myself as a knowledgeable fan.


DEAN KILBRYDE - RACING PUNDIT

DEAN KILBRYDE – RACING PUNDIT

How did you get into racing?

I have always been an avid sports fan, but apart from the usual grand national punt that everyone seems to do when they are younger, I had never really followed racing until a couple of years ago. I started to follow a couple of tipsters on twitter but quickly realised that my own selections were just as good, and that I enjoyed the challenge of picking apart a race and looking for that nice big priced winner.

Favourite flat horse?

Wise Dan.

Favourite jumps horse?

Hurricane Fly.

Favourite jockey?

Ryan Moore.

Favourite trainer?

Sir Michael Stoute.

Most memorable racing moment?

A recent one, but nevertheless one that is very memorable for me…. Vautour powering up the hill at Cheltenham in the Supreme Novice Hurdle 2014, beating Josses Hill by 6 lengths and leaving market rival Irving nowhere!!
All the hype before the race was for Irving and I have to admit I was getting a little worried just before the off, but as the race started to take shape it soon became obvious that there was nothing going to get close to Vautour that day.

What makes you such an expert?

I definitely don’t consider myself an expert, but I am passionate about what I do and believe that my selections are well thought out and based on sound reasoning. I’m not afraid to pick a favourite if I think it has a good chance of winning, but also get a lot of satisfaction finding a hidden gem in a race and watching it come home in 1st place!


GRAEME LAFFERTY – RACING PUNDIT

How did you get into racing?

At an early age I used to watch the horse racing every Saturday on television. At that time it was racing or wrestling and I wasn’t much of a “Jacky Pallo ” fan. When I started earning money I used to  like a small wager and saw it as a way to supplement my meagre wages at the time. If only it was that easy!

I soon realised there was more to horse racing than just luck and after speaking to a serious punter one day I knew sticking a pin in the racing section of a newspaper was not the way forward. On retiring from banking some eight years ago I’ve spent many an hour studying form, trainers, systems and ratings and on a regular basis I am now reaping the benefits of all the hard work.

Favourite horse?

Has to be Frankel for me. I, like many watched the film about Henry Cecil and the horse and as I write this my eyes still well up. I was privileged to see Roman Warrior win the Ayr gold cup in 1975 and at at time it was the tallest horse in training at something like 17.1 hands but watching the great Frankel takes all the beating.

Favourite jockey?

Lester Piggot, Greville Starkey, George Duffield and Willie Carson are all up there but in the modern day nobody gets it home better than Ryan Moore.

Favourite trainer?

I used to have a soft spot for Jack Berry particularly when he ran his sprinters. I like Sir Michael Stoute and James Fanshaw however in recent years I’ve become a big supporter of Keith Dalgleish.

Most memorable racing moment?

I have to go back to 1975 and Roman Warrior.  I bet him at 14/1 at lunchtime, 12/1 at the track and again at 9/1 shortly before the off. I went home that day with more cash than was paid into my account as a monthly wage.

What makes you such an expert?

I don’t believe I am an expert. I believe through hard work and dedication I can go some way towards becoming an expert but until I can give punters the winner of every race then the jury is out. My contacts , knowledge and attention to detail will ensure we have loads of fun along the way and given a fair wind plenty winners.


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