Choose Our New Head Reviewer

| November 7, 2017 | 2 Replies

A couple of weeks ago I asked for applications for the vacant role of Head Reviewer at the Betting Rant and I’m pleased to say that I had a fantastic response, so thanks very much if you put yourself forward.

I’ve whittled the applications down to five very capable candidates and I’d be delighted to have any one of them take the position…

That’s why I’ve decided to let YOU, the Betting Rant reader, choose…

After all, who better to pick the person who will be reviewing services and speaking up on your behalf than you?!

So, this is how it’s going to work…

Each day this week I’m going to send you an article written by one of the candidates who will introduce themselves and then speak about a betting topic of their choice…

Once the final article has been sent this Friday I will invite you to vote for your favourite which you can do by emailing their name to

Votes will close at midday on Monday 13th November and I will announce our new Head Reviewer on Monday afternoon.

Sound good to you?

Excellent. Here’s our first candidate…

Sean Trivass

Good morning. My name is Sean and I am 54 years young some days, 54 years very old on others.

I have been involved in racing in some way or another for over 36 years (gulp), starting with the original ITV7 and my envisaged road to riches, and I would like to think I am considerably wiser now.

I have used or tried numerous tipsters and systems over the years and my inbox is still bombarded on a daily basis with the next “sure fire 100% winners project”

Although we all know that sadly the Holy Grail of punting does not exist, I have also noted there are some who do make a percentage profit or at least have some grounding in fact and can point us all toward the odd winner or two.

I have (for my sins) worked closely with Alan Brazil, as well as Newmarket trainer Conrad Allen, Gold Cup winner Nigel Twiston-Davies and pretty much all the main bookmakers but as I still need to work, I am also still searching for something that makes enough profit to subsidise an early retirement.

Below is my “review” of Saturday Night at the Breeders’ Cup from Del Mar…

I wasn’t there (if only), but it looked like fun and I have been as honest as I can be – no pretending I had all the winners (because I didn’t).

Saturday night at the Breeders’ Cup

In Europe, the concept of a racing World Championship is ridiculed and understandably so, with different jurisdictions reaching their peaks at different stages of the year, but if you forget the hype (this is America after all), you can just sit back and enjoy the high-quality racing, while envying the racegoer standing around in the sunshine.

I watched Friday night’s races without a financial interest of any kind and found two out of four in the Breeders’ Cup races at odds of 9/2 and 7/2 – nothing life changing but more than enough to keep the wolf from the door IF I had opened the wallet…

Surely a sign of things to come though and plenty of encouragement for my thought processes ahead of day two!

I had been working on the races for some time and had lost count of the number of replays I watched, but with everything planned out meticulously I persuaded the family there was something better on the TV in the other room and sat down to enjoy the evening and these are my thoughts.

The Best:

Ryan Moore rode a perfect race on Declarationofpeace to win the Juvenile Turf Sprint for Aidan O’Brien, never resorting to the whip close home and executing the plan to perfection to win by a head with any amount in hand.

That was as good as his day got with a poor ride (in my opinion) on US Navy Flag when he was never going to make all on his first try on the dirt, a second on Rhododendron when beaten by Wuheida in the Fillies and Mares turf and an acceptable run on Churchill who weakened off a ferocious pace in the Classic over a mile and a quarter.

He gets more than his fair share of criticism but isn’t employed by Ballydoyle for any reason other than his abilities and his winner was for me the ride of the meeting.

Trainer Peter Miller had been waiting for his first Breeders’ Cup winner and trains locally to Del Mar but even his most ardent supports could never have expected a one two in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and, at odds of 40/1 and 25/1 for a £764.41 Computer Straight forecast, that will have lined somebody’s pocket!

Just likes buses, winners seem to come in pairs for some and the same stable followed up with the better fancied Roy H in the dirt sprint at 9/2 with the celebrations something to behold and, I bet, even better to witness in person.

On to the selfish bit and I only had the one winner but at least I saved it for the Classic, the last and richest race on the card…

Gun Runner was my NAP of the day and duly put them all to the sword with the race unfolding pretty much as I expected (a rare occurrence), though my celebrations as he flashed over the line at odds of 11/4 were nothing compared to those of trainer Steve Asmussen…

I am not one for stereotypes but loud and proud seems a decent enough summing up. Then again, if you have just won a race worth over £2,500,000 to the winner (and on a percentage) it is hard for us mortals to guess just how excited we would get!

And The Worst:

Ryan Moore was getting a lot of stick for his rides on social media I noted, but any poor rides he had (such as US Navy Flag) paled in to insignificance compared to poor Mike Smith…

He also had a winner, in his case a 20/1 chance with Caledonia Road, but he also had some disasters.

His ride on Unique Bella (6/4) seemed a bit too enthusiastic as she headed off at a suicidal early pace, on 11/8 shot Drefong he missed the kick and his mount appeared to sulk when he couldn’t front run, but what do we feel about Arrogate?

He also fell out of the stalls giving away too much ground and in my opinion was never going to catch the front runners with a late bend and a short run in… If I knew it, surely connections must have known he had to fly out of the stalls?

Lastly, The Winners:

The bookmakers as usual, with winning odds of 14/1, 20/1, 40/1, 66/1 etc but it was fun and a spectacle that British racing could learn from.

The watching public also had a good time and those there in person seemed to love every second – maybe next year…


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  1. Alan Gordon says:

    The articles by all five were, I thought, quite entertaining but hardly gave any worthwhile indications of how good they were at reviewing tipsters/strategies. Would it perhaps not have been better to have had them review an actual or perhaps even a made up offering?
    If we must proceed to a conclusion with the five candidates put to us,my feeling is that Chris Sowersby did actually seem to have the intellectual capacity to at least make a decent attempt at an in depth review, giving weighting to all aspects that should be considered before coming to any final conclusion and then going on to keep records (for publication) to determine the accuracy (or otherwise) of the reviewers opinion.

    • Hi Alan,

      Thanks for your feedback. I actually had a review sent to me privately by each candidate and I was happy with the quality of all of them, hence why they made the shortlist.

      For me, reviews aren’t really the hard bit, it’s more about the person’s betting background and their ability to communicate opinions.


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