It is over twenty five years since I started visiting the paddock at racecourses. As a professional punter I was always aware of the betting on living creatures, as opposed to betting on cards or in a casino, for example. Very early on I was impressed by certain horses and made forecasts to my friends and family.
I was lucky to benefit from horses such as Nashwan and Salsabil who went on to become Champions and this ability has been the basis of my living as a professional punter betting on horses.
I have extracted from my writings the pieces I wrote on several of the champions I spotted during the time I wrote for the two papers. In the case of Looks Like Trouble a National Hunt champion was featured in addition to the Flat Race Champions.
Nothing has been left out although having to write for different audiences there was some repetition at times. Hopefully you will note that once I had confidence in a horse my support never wavered though defeat sometimes occurred during a horses career.
Some of the content was lost in a website transfer. I hope to copy back some of the RFO extracts that are currently missing to give the full picture of what was reported at the time.