Over the past few months, as part of my regular podcast downloads, I’ve been listening to the Friday and Monday Racing Post Postcast.
Friday’s edition looks ahead to the weekend’s action and the Monday version, slightly awkwardly, looks back at what’s just happened and ahead to what’s coming. Panels are filled by tipsters from the Racing Post and their sponsors Paddy Power.
I find it interesting and at times enjoyable listening. King of the tipsters is clearly Paddy Power’s Frank Hickey. The way he talked up Withhold ahead of the Cesarewitch in October meant it was a no brainer getting on the night before at over 12-1 before the full-scale gamble and easy win on the Saturday. Worth noting that Hickey has given the biggest of tips for Coney Island as his Gold Cup fancy. I think it feels authentic, giving the impression you are listening to people who back their tips with their own money – which helps make this appealing. Other Power contributors including Rob Catterson and Paul Binfield are also clearly very well informed.
The passion for horse racing goes through each episode. Whether it is the very professional Bruce Millington or the young, passionate tyro Maddy Playle hosting, the show is in safe hands. In house tipsters include RP heavyweights Paul Kealy, David Jennings and Lee Mottershead though to my mind – as possibly with his tipping – it is at its best when Pricewise Tom Segal is on, although often Irish punter Brendan Duke adds some additional colour.
All that said, I wonder how well their tips do. As with most tipsters you hear about winners far more than losers.
If you are backing horses then I find this is interesting input. The tipsters give well thought through reasons – but you still need to make your own mind up, and their tips are no excuse for not studying the form yourself. Also be careful as I think that on some occasions tipsters can put up big outsiders rather than the simply giving you an obvious (and subsequent) winner.
What other racing podcasts are there? I used to get the old Timeform daily review but that ended quite a few years ago. Is a sport like racing, which has millions of people attending every year, served well enough by different social media channels?
If you know any other good racing podcasts please let me know. If you’ve not given the Racing Post Postcast a chance then try it and let me know what you think. Happy listening.