If you have been around racing for a while you will have heard of Pricewise.
Pricewise is a column started long ago by Mark Coton.
It is a regular column published in the Racing post and it looks to identify big priced winners.
Because it tips these big priced winners two facts prevail.
- It has very long losing runs although makes a profit at advised prices.
- The prices always shorten once the column hits the streets.
These facts mean that although worth betting, for most of us the losing runs mean that we can't rely on Pricewise alone for our tips.
But also that if we are prepared to get up early (The digital Racing Post is out at 3.00 am!) there are trading opportunities to be had.
IE if you can bet at the Pricewise advised price you can be pretty confident that you can lock in a profit later when the price shortens.
As I said the original Pricewise was Mark Coton, a punting hero to many. And an author of books on value that are stil relavent today.
The current and long term incumbent is Tom Segal.
At the weekend I read an interview that Tom Segal gave at NTF and to say some of his answers surprised me is an understatement.
Here are a few
How much ‘homework’ do you undertake before each selection?
Nowhere near as much as many think. 20 minutes maybe, big believer in keeping things simple
I think most Racing Post pundits would give the impression that they spend a lot of time on a race even if their didn't!
I guess we should applaud Tom's honesty, but I can't see how you can make a comprehensive form study of a reasonable sized field in 20 minutes!
Which area of your selection process do you consider to be the most important?
Price and jockey
Is he just looking for big prices on horses with a decent jockey booked?
Apart from price what do you feel is the most important factor when analysing an ante-post market?
Trainer I suppose but price is by far the most important.
And again with the price. I know the column is all about value and the Racing Post brief is to find a contender that is much bigger than it should be. But surely you have to find one that has a chance before you look at the price.
I know the column is heralded all about as a must read. And that it is a must read for many but I didn't feel inspired by those answers.
If you agree with me or not I'd love to hear your opinions in the comments below.
Before I wrap up I should mention that Tom gave some horses to follow…
For Cheltenham – Minsk
Most impressive novice – Grand Crus
2 year old – Akeed Mofeed
Dark horse to follow – Kissed
Read the full interview over on Ben's site here
Wolverhampton 5.00 Bentley – each way bet