Interview with The Tower - Horse Racing Tipster
1. How did you first get into sports betting?
A: I've been a sports fanatic from my earliest days and the progression into punting followed naturally. I always had the betting bug - even at school when I ran a book on who would win the sprint race at sports day!
2. At what point did you realize that you can make some real money from sports betting?
A: Around 6 or 7 years ago I began dedicating more of my time to turning a regular profit rather than punting for fun. It was then I realised I could use my knowledge to find an edge over the bookmakers.
3. How did you come to select Horse Racing as your chosen sport?
A. I've always had a love for the sport and it was a natural choice given my knowledge and passion.
4. Are there any particular events that you look forward to throughout the year?
A. Like everyone else, the Cheltenham Festival is the highlight we all build towards. But as a local to Ayr racecourse, I particularly relish our two big meets - the Scottish National and Ayr Gold Cup.
5. What was your best ever bet?
A. Most people will recall a big Cheltenham or Grand National winner. But mine is far more obscure, and is actually the inspiration behind the name of my service, Tower Tips. On a quiet Friday night in June 2009, I'd been told to back a horse called Tom Tower, trained by Alistair Whillans, on account of the fact he was returning from a year off the track and a wind op had changed his fortunes. Me and my mates lumped on at 20/1 and sure enough, he took off like a train and hacked up by 8 lengths! He would go on and win again at Haydock later that summer at 12/1 and again we lumped on, before he sadly lost his life due to injury at the end of the season. He remains a bit of a cult hero to this day!
6. What kind of factors do you evaluate before making a selection?
A. Everything is about value. If a horse is priced too big against my own tissue, it gets backed, regardless of whether it's only 2/1. A problem too many tipsters make is trying to find 'big' priced horses when a 2/1 shot can be just as big because its true value is actually 4/6. Everything is about value.
7. What has been the biggest influence on your betting career?
A. Probably my longest losing run. You learn a lot more about your betting ability in the tough times than you do when the winners are flowing. As any good punter will tell you, having the long term faith in your own ability is the most important factor.
8. Do you have any future plans in regards to your service?
A. Growing my customer base as part of the hugely successful Tipster's Empire platform. Bespoke tips packages for northern racecourses such as Ayr, Hamilton and Musselburgh are a particular strength and something I'm looking to expand.
9. What has been the biggest challenge you've faced in your betting career?
A. Every day is a challenge with the game constantly evolving. Bookies are getting smarter, markets are getting quicker to respond - the game is as good as ever.
10. How do you balance your betting time and family life?
A. My family will say there is no balance! I try to keep a level head and as much time for both - time out with the family is key, especially in the stress of the betting game.
11. Do you have a favourite horse that you follow regularly?
A. I've had a big soft spot for IRISH ROOKIE in the little known Martyn Meade stable during the last year. She's run a serious of tremendous races at Group 1 level without getting her true reward and really deserves to land a big pot.
12. How do you keep calm when you hit a run of losing bets?
A. The key is to remember it's a long term game and the profits that brought you to the party will always be a short time in coming around again. Chasing your money is only going to end one way - and it ain't positive.
13. How do you organize your bank management?
A. I employ a very strict £10 per point staking plan and recommend to all customers when signing up that they do not deviate. Stakes are raised when appropriate, and usually with success, but the £10 per point has served me well for years and is what I'll be sticking to.
14. What is the best reason you could give to anyone who was thinking about following your service?
A. You'll get an honest, timely and reliable service with in depth tips every day - and as the proofed results prove, a profitable one to match!