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 work I 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.
  • Jun- 2015 -
    30 June
    Advice
    horse racing

    Weekly Eyecatchers

    If you have been following these eyecatchers you will have had a couple of nice winners over the weekend with Master The World 4/1 winning at Newmarket on Saturday and Diamondsandrubies 8/1, winning the big Group 1 race at the Curragh on Sunday and bigger prices were available in the morning for both horses! It looks like we will have…

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  • 23 June
    Tips
    horse racing

    Weekly Eyecatchers

    With Royal Ascot now out of the way there is a little hole in the racing this week but hopefully my latest list of eyecatchers will help the void. I wasn’t going to but as an extra bonus I have added some tracker horses from last weeks Royal Ascot which means your are now fully up to date with all…

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  • 17 June
    Tips
    Royal Ascot Racing Review 1

    Royal Ascot Racing Review

    It’s Day 2 of the Royal Ascot. The meeting is of course the centrepiece of Ascot’s racing year but the meeting has always been traditionally a key element of the British summer social calendar alongside such events as Henley Regatta and Wimbledon. It is a gloriously eccentric ‘English’ event off the track and a conspicuous celebration of wealth and nowhere…

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  • 16 June
    Tips
    horse racing

    Weekly Eyecatchers

    In this weeks notebook I have once again concentrated on horses that ran in some of last weeks big handicaps although there is a filly that ran well in the Oaks that is worth having in your trackers. Monday June 1st Windsor – Boomerang Bob (Charlie Hills) The six year old caught my eye when finishing a close up second…

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  • 9 June
    Advice
    horse racing

    Weekly Eyecatchers

    In this weeks notebook I have concentrated on horses that have run in some of last weeks big handicaps. Thursday 28th May Sandown – Master The World (David Elsworth) In a race where it paid to be up with the pace the four year old did best of those held up. Wearing blinkers for the first time and well backed into…

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  • 2 June
    Advice
    Weekly Eyecatcher Report 2

    Weekly Eyecatcher Report

    Weekly Eyecatcher’s Report It was Guineas weekend in Ireland and Gleneagles proved he is the best three year old mile colt in the UK & Ireland when he won the Irish 2000 Guineas. The more interesting of the two classics was the fillies’ version which I think was a cracking race and will prove to be very solid form. It…

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  • May- 2015 -
    14 May
    Tips
    The Dante Stakes - A Preview 3

    The Dante Stakes – A Preview

    The Dante Stakes is a Group 2 which is run over a distance of 1m 2f 88yds and has been traditionally seen as a key trial for the Epsom Derby. The race is named after Dante who was the last Northern trained horse to win the Derby way back in 1945. The race was first run in 1958 and since…

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