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  1. OK many thanks for everyone’s contributions. It has certainly helped. Take care all. Matt
  2. Yep I agree that the horses’ ability is the most important factor however I still think the jockey plays an important part in some races such as a big field handicap. When there is one big name and all the others are not very well established then it is not a problem, but I struggle with assessing jockeys if there are several famous jockeys in a race or if there are no big names and all the jockeys are relatively unproven. I know it’s subjective but is there anything that you like to look out for in a jockey you will potentially back at a later date? Many thanks,
  3. Hi guys, Recently, I’ve been thinking about how to assess jockeys and their stats on the RP website as I know jockeys play a big part in races. I have an idea of the big names but particularly struggle with determining how good the less established jockeys are or how the top jockeys compare to each other in terms of style. I do understand that this is entirely subjective and opinion based and that it is far from a scientific measure. Could I have some help with what to look for, and tips on getting an idea as to how good a jockey is or determining their particular style please? E.g I understand that Jamie Spencer’s style is to hold up until right till the end (particularly in big handicaps). Many thanks for any help and advice. Kind regards, Matt
  4. Thank you Trotter for such a helpful and thorough reply I have learnt a lot from your post. Kind regards, Matt
  5. Hi guys, Basically as the title says. I have heard it being said several times and I don’t know what it means. Any help greatly appreciated. Matt
  6. Not at all, I am a Uni student though. I am relatively new to horse racing, I’ve read lots of beginners guides and books both online and in print and tried my best to immerse myself in the sport. I am a very enthusiastic beginner looking to learn as much as I can from those more experienced. What I lack (probably due to my age as I’m only 21) are people to chat with and ask questions about horse racing. So when I have questions about something I haven’t quite understood, want to chat about a topic or whether the approach I’m taking is the most sensible I turn to punters lounge.
  7. Couldn’t agree with you more about the increased level of detail for weights penalties, wfa etc. It’s a big reason I like the weekender
  8. What do you guys think about the content that is in the physical newspaper that isn’t stats, form and cards? I.e the articles, comments and tips from the supposed experts like Tom Segal, Lee Mottershead, Paul Kealy etc. ?
  9. Thanks for your comment Valiant Thor. What is it about RP essential that makes it worth it for you?
  10. Hi guys just wanted to find out what everyone thought about the RP newspaper and the RP Weekender newspaper... Likes and dislikes? Do you love or hate any particular conntribuors/columns? What’s the better paper Daily or Weekender? To what extent would you recommend reading either paper to novices? I personally really like the weekender as I think the cards provide me with a lot of useful information which aren’t always included on other cards and I like the articles about racing in general and hearing what trainers have to say about lots of horses in their yard.
  11. Thank you all for your input and advice it has certainly helped. I’ll be taking on board what you have all said and will be following PuntersLounge more closely in future to learn as much as I can from you guys . I won’t be specialising in any particular type of races but will instead be flexible and studying form etc. for races when I have the time to spare and most importantly watch the race. Thanks guys, good luck with your punting
  12. Would it be more sensible to just generally follow Racing by reading the Racing post and study form for the races that I watch, typically the ITV races then? Then gradually overtime I will become more knowledgeable.
  13. Hi guys, many thanks for all the input I have read all your responses and thoroughly appreciate your feedback. The upshot is, that as a newbie I want to filter what Racing I study in depth for the upcoming NH season in order for maximum enjoyment and to develop my punting experience, knowledge and skill. Enjoyment comes first for me not profit. I would like to follow the big races as I know these are the most talked about and the most excited but at the same time I don’t want to limit myself. I would love to be able to have knowledge of varying distances and types of races to keep things interesting and be active all season long. I feel at the moment it’s quite intimidating as a newbie because of the sheer amount of racing and types of racing. Previously I have been told to specialise in sprints such as 5 & 6f on the flat, but other people have said don’t limit yourself. I also want to follow the big races like classics on the flat as they are the big races that I enjoy following. The NH season is just starting and I want to have a clearer outline about what Racing I’m focusing on. Sorry for the long post, but I genuinely need some direction from more experienced punters. Many thanks for any advice and help again. Matt
  14. Hi all, Bit of a newbie question getting ready for the upcoming NH season. Would it be a good approach to pick races now that I intend to bet on and then only follow horses, study form and learn tracks that are relevant to those races? Many thanks for any help or suggestions. Apologies if this is a silly question with an obvious answer.
  15. Hi guys, Just wondering what everyone’s thoughts are on Nicky Henderson trained horse Altior for the upcoming NH season. Do you think he’s one to watch? Is he too old? Will he have improved? What races do you think he’ll be aimed at?