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We’re proud to have a superb team of writers and reviewers at the Race Advisor. You can find more details about our team below and if you would be interested in joining the team then please contact us here and let us know what you think you can bring to the Race Advisor along with samples of your writing.

  • Alex Peperell

    Alex Peperell

    I’m an avid horse racing fan who often has his head in the form book. I have been properly into racing and thoroughly extending my knowledge of the sport for the last 3 or 4 years and it doesn’t matter if it’s the flat or jumps, I’ll watch it. I write and talk to anyone that will listen and feature on a few different racing websites and the odd magazine. Always learning, love a bet and constantly looking for the next winner.
  • Andy Newton

    Andy Newton

    Andy is a member of the Horse Writers’ Association and an established horse racing expert and tipster. He's been featured in Gambling Online magazine, and as an expert in the Official Wetherbys Cheltenham Festival betting guide since 2011 as well as other leading publications . Andy also has regular columns on easyodds.com, livesport.co.uk and geegeez.co.uk and specializes in big race trends and stats.
  • Derek Sheppard

    Derek Sheppard

    Left school at 16 and went into my first employment as a mechanical technical engineer. Those first five years of employment were perhaps my most enjoyable and I finished my apprenticeship having gained a degree, as well as the usual ONC, OND, HNC and HND. The company I worked for moved away from England, across the Atlantic to America whilst I was in my fourth year. I never did join up with them and head my own team as I had not long before hand got engaged, and my roots were in England and I'm one of those patriotic people.I went from one job to another, never really settling and being under paid as Company's were feeling the pinch under a Tory government led by Mrs T. Some thirty years later I decided it was the time I started out betting for my living.My interest in racing and betting first started out when I wrote a piece about 'probability' for Maths during my second year of my apprenticeship. This was later than my first bets, and as with most people, this started out as a child with a bet on the National.My interest grew and I read as many books as I could on betting, no internet back in those days. What was written then and still holds true today is that you can't win every day, you will by the very nature have more losing days than winning days. If anyone wants to be a winner, then they will have to accept this. I have seen so many people go 'on tilt' because they can't accept they are going to have a losing day. I started to get interested in racing systems after reading Clive Holt's Fineform publication 'Profitable Betting Strategies'. I still have this and a number of his other publications today and I still re-read them.I have now become a successful bettor of horses (and sports) in as much as I make a comfortable living. I'm restricted by many bookmakers and most of my betting is now done through the exchanges.
  • James Pacheco

    James Pacheco

    James worked in multiple roles in the betting industry for 12 years at Betfair and Swedish giants Betsson. During that time he learnt the dos and dont's of successful long-term betting and has now gone full-time as a pro tipster for the extremely successful Sports Betting Pays service. He sticks solely to his two specialist sports of football and cricket and recommends daily bets to a sensible staking plan based on endless hours of studying stats, watching sports non-stop and trying to find value.
  • James Butler

    James Butler

    James became interested in sports betting at a very early age when his father would call out to him for random numbers with which to fill out his pools coupon.That led James to an interest in statistics, probability theory and eventually a degree in computer science. From there he went into research and his EDDIE project became the genesis of The Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents at the University of Essex.After leaving academia for The City, working at Reuters on finance related research projects, James is now a freelance consultant, quant developer and writer on sports betting markets. He wrote Programming for Betfair to enable people to build their own bots and become algorithmic traders. James sometimes blogs on Betfair Pro Trader.
  • John Burke

    John Burke

    I have a MA in International Politics and having spent a number of years working in political campaigning but I eventually I realised that politics was not the world where I wanted to workI had been interested in horse racing since the late 1980s but in the early years I was merely just betting and watching racing like most people as a bit of fun and a hobby, then the hobby becomes a passion and that’s what happened to me with horse racing.I soon realised that to make money from my hobby I had to learn as much as I could about the sport and betting in general. The whole process took time but after a number of successful years of betting, I decided in 2011 to take the plunge, gave up my full time day job and decided to bet on horse racing as a part time business and I haven’t looked back since.I like to specialise in the better class of races and I love to solve the puzzles posed by big field handicaps the latter races often provide punters with great value betting opportunities. Whilst most of my time is spent reviewing previous races I like to keep things as simple as possible as even the biggest field handicaps can usually be pruned down to half a dozen strong contenders with the right sort of approach.
  • John Hawthorne

    John Hawthorne

    John Hawthorne is a travel and sports writer from Canada. He writes for various sports websites and when he's not writing he enjoys researching his next destination.
  • Patrick Lynch

    Patrick Lynch

    Patrick graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with an MA in Literature and Publishing but decided he would rather have the freedom of a freelance writer than be stuck in a publishing house all day. He has enjoyed this freedom since 2009 and has written thousands of articles on a variety of topics but sports betting is his passion. While his specialty is finding mismatches in obscure football leagues, he also likes to use his research skills to provide punters with detailed winning strategies in horse racing. You can check out his personal blog on www.lynchthewriter.com or Twitter @pl1982 where he writes content to help small businesses achieve success.
  • Rich Lyne

    Rich Lyne

    I am retired (more or less) with two grandchildren, living out in the wilds of North Yorkshire, where I just about get a good enough Broadband connection.I help my wife run her Internet second-hand book business. My education is in mathematics, statistics and computer programming. I designed and managed websites from back in the early days of the Internet, when the only way to create webpages was with raw HTML code.More recently I have done many Internet reviews of betting systems and betting software, following my lifelong interest in sports betting, especially racing and football. My main interest is in the mathematics and opportunities provided by the betting market, rather than form. There are fewer variables involved in the market than there are in form analysis. But both have their place in a punter's armoury.These days I specialise in a simple Racing system and do any research using only paper trading.


  1. I have attempted on numerous occasions to send an e-mail to Michael. With no success. As the content is personal I refrain from posting it here. Please give me an e-mail address where i can contact him.

  2. Rich Lyne,
    I have a vague recollection of a betting system that might be eminently suitable to partner your methodology.
    It’s a system designed to make a certain amount (1 point) on each bet.
    Please contact if you feel this would be of any interest. Remember, “you never know where a new contact can take you”
    Is Mise

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