As well as my blog I continue to write as a Freelance Journalist and am always available for Commissions within my sphere of expertise.
From late 1998 to early 2001 I wrote a column under the nom de plume of The Morning Mole for the Racing and Football Outlook – a weekly paper which featured the forthcoming racing.
Though ostensibly a tipping column highlighting horses for the weeks cards, the article afforded the chance to notify readers of horses with the ability to go to the top. Restrictions on space meant that some of the writings were at times terse but readers were able to take advantage of any number of big price winners and more importantly, to follow closely the blossoming careers of some wonderful horses.
The column proved extremely popular and sales of the paper rose from less than 10,000 to over 30,000 while I was there.
In October 1999 the excellent Andrew Sim from Sports Adviser asked me to provide the Paddock Online Web Site a revolutionary new service for punters where I provided a paddock synopsis of each runner prior to a race via the Internet. This information was relayed from the racecourse paddock via the SA site so that punters were able to take advantage of an informed viewpoint a few minutes before the race. This service was popular and featured very favourably in the Daily Press.
This service was enhanced by a written contribution to the website which augmented the daily descriptions and the essays were more comprehensive in their analysis.
In May 2000 I started writing a weekly article in the Sports Adviser magazine which allowed me the scope to fully amplify my thoughts on the weeks racing. Though retrospective in style the column made many forecasts through which readers were able to profit. The column entitled Paddock Adviser ran till Autumn 2002. This column was used to elucidate on what racegoers might want to look for when viewing racehorses and further highlighted the importance of paddock inspection when considering the many number of factors influencing the outcome of a race.
More interestingly the essays brought to light the prospects of many high class thoroughbreds and in the very first article in May 2000 horses such as Sakhee, Dubai Millenium, Crimplenne and Lahan were focused on and readers were rewarded when the first of the runners Crimplene won the Irish 1000 Guineas at 16/1. In addition to the champions featured the later contributions of 2002 endorsed the Guineas chances of Zafeen and Russian Rhythm, who were rated top milers of their sex in the end of year official classifications.
Sadly the magazine folded in early 2003 but nevertheless was innovative in bringing to the attention of the racing audience this area of the sport.
In the years since then I have written for publications such as the Weekender on an ad hoc basis highlighting maidens such as Conduit and Delegator who went on to Group One success. I have also provided Guest contributions from time to time to the Racing Post.