I’ve been approached by Oxfordshire Press who thought I might be interested in their free weekly Racing Angles newsletter. Included with this newsletter are their special tips: “Juicy Plums” which is a bet every Friday.

I love the name, but even better than that, the Juicy Plums tips alone have made £240 profit to £10 stakes since the end of March this year with just 19 bets, 9 of which were winners!

Below you will find information on this free service, but if you wish to simply sign up and start receiving the tips then just go here:


Introducing Racing Angles

Racing Angles, written by Nick Pullen and published by Oxfordshire Press, began life in March 2008 (it was originally called Horse Racing Focus) and from its conception the objective was to bring its body of readers profitable betting angles based on the historic statistical record.

In its first 5 years Racing Angles delivered a host of profitable insights and angles all back-tested against up to 10-years of British and Irish racing results. A quick spin through our freely-accessible archive delivers dozens of profitable approaches to race betting in Britain.

• Studying the records of individual horses, trainers, jockeys & sires in forensic detail enabled us to identify the profitable sweet-spots in their overall record. This is easier said than done. Most of the really lucrative micro-trends are essentially invisible if you look at the data in traditional formats. Using our own databases, unique interrogative queries, new ways of looking at mainstream data and contrarian methods of analysis we have always been able to draw our readers’ attention to profitable angles the wider market is unaware of. We think that’s a real edge.
• The datasets and resources we work with make it easy for us to conclusively answer the big racing questions that most of the market has to guess at. Which tracks do top-weights do best at? Which sprint tracks reward close attention to the draw stats? Which jockeys ride the round course at Goodwood most effectively? Do the high-class progeny of specific sires have an ideal trip or ideal underfoot conditions? What time of year does it pay to follow the juvenile hurdlers of specific trainers? Is it advisable to back bumper horses running under a penalty? Which yards target claiming or selling races to best effect? Which jockeys do you really want to be on when they are riding at the lowest weight they can do? Which tracks get non-handicap favourites beaten most frequently – and is it profitable to lay them?

Providing definitive answers to such questions has always represented our stock-in-trade. Our observations are not based on guesswork, hunches or the regurgitated opinions of pundits and pressmen. We pride ourselves on confronting all of racing’s thorny issues and points of debate with an open mind and original thinking. And any conclusions we reach are based on the ‘truth’ as represented by what has actually happened in racing over the last 10 years or so.

We like to think we take the guesswork out of betting. At the very least we have always brought our readers information and angles of attack that you do not find in the mainstream press. Love us or hate us what we do is entirely original. You will never find us presenting conclusions which you have already read or heard elsewhere. We plough our own furrow. We ignore received opinion. We don’t listen to anybody else. We don’t even read our competitors material. We don’t want to know what they think. That’s not arrogance (there are some very smart and shrewd thinkers out there). We simply don’t want to be influenced by their opinions. We approach our ‘beat’ with an open mind unsullied by the ‘wisdom’ o the crowd.

Distributed FREE OF CHARGE to 15,000 subscribers we like to think our weekly e-letter is the best value-for-money 1000 words in racing. We have a track record of delivering the kind of information, insight, analysis, observations and judgments that other publishers and services charge 3-figure sums for.

There’s something else about Racing Angles too. It is contrarian in nature – a reflection of Nick Pullen’s contrarian approach to betting in general.

Our contrarianism is something that our readers have really taken to. And that’s not just because they like the sound and feel of a 6-syllable word.

Our contrarianism is something they’ve wholeheartedly bought into as a direct result of the money the approach has put into their pockets.

Nick Pullen likes ‘value’ which he defines as ‘a price that underestimates the true chances of a horse winning its race’. As such his approaches to race betting are often distinguished by their focus on identifying big-priced winners. You won’t find Nick advising you to back favourites. It’s rare he’ll advise a horse trading at less than 4/1. More often than not his betting angles will be steering you towards bets at double-figure prices.

So much for the theory –what about the practice? Let’s just have a look at the kind of bets Nick has pointed his readers at over the last few months….

• Nick must have been the only industry figure to nominate Aurora’s Encore for the Grand National at 80s….
• He followed that up with Van Der Neer in the 200 Guineas – he placed having been advised at 25s….
• Then he nominated Sky Lantern at 14s for the 1000 Guineas….
• The Lark provided a place return in the Oaks – advised at 25s….
• Ruler Of The World won the Derby advised at a – by comparison – conservative 8s….
• Last week at Newmarket’s July meeting he was the only commentator we’re aware of who said Lady Kristale would win the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes…. which she did at an SP of 20s.

But where Nick really excels is in the most competitive betting heats on the programme – the big-field handicap events that most punters tend to look at as some kind of lottery….

And over the last few months it is these really competitive races – how to play them and, most importantly, how to profit from them –that has become the primary focus of Racing Angles.

Having enjoyed plenty of big-price wins over the years, courtesy of Nick’s methods and observations, the Racing Angles readership let us know they wanted more of the same.

Not many services would choose to stake their reputation on an ability to make sense of big handicaps and to deliver profit from such races. Most pundits are scared of big handicaps. You’ll often hear them say that big handicaps are ‘impossible’, ‘a benefit for the bookmaker’, ‘the horses take turns to win’, ‘leave them alone and look for a little 9 runners conditions event’.

Fair enough. But at Racing Angles we take a different view.

Nick likes the big handicaps. First and foremost they represent a challenge. And they are races where you can often back what Nick calls a ‘Juicy Plum’ – a horse the wider market is overlooking or underestimating but which Nick can make a serious case for at a big price.

Over the last few months Nick’s Juicy Plum selections have become a major feature of the Racing Angles service. On weekends where an appropriate race presents itself Nick provides his readers with his Juicy Plum selections – making them available free of charge at 6pm on Friday evening on the Winning Race Profiles website.

And since he started supplying his Juicy Plums in March we think the results have been pretty good.

• Levitate won the Lincoln Handicap – advised at 40s (Nick picked the runner-up too, Global Express, advised at 12s)
• Excellent Guest won the Victoria Cup – advised at 28s
• Smoothtalkinrascal placed 2nd (beaten a hair) in the Epsom Dash – advised at 25s
• Kingsgate Choice won the Scottish Sprint Cup – advised at 14s
• Oriental Fox placed 2nd in the Northumberland Plate (caught on the line) – advised at 25s
• I’m So Glad placed 3rd in the Bunbury Cup – advised at 25s (Es Que Love was also advised to win at 14s and finished 2nd)

Nobody can argue that Nick doesn’t know where the value is in these big handicaps. His Juicy Plums are the kind of selections that tipping services would charge serious money for. Nick provides them free of charge to Racing Angles readers. His Juicy Plums have to represent the best free bonus of all time – and let’s not forget that Racing Angles is distributed free too.

And it doesn’t stop there either. In the weekly issue of Racing Angles Nick’s focus is now squarely on helping his readers figure out the difficult big-field handicaps for themselves – focusing on:

• methods for splitting the field
• methods of analysing the profiles of individual handicappers
• providing the answers to important questions about weight, age, experience, the draw, other key conditions and circumstances and how they impact on the actual outcome of races
• isolating and analysing the records of individual yards, riders and sires in the big-field handicap events
• studying recent big-handicaps and extracting the important lessons to go forward with
• drawing attention to horses ready to win or go close in big field handicap events – and explaining why

Right now Racing Angles is a source of high-quality big-price selections in big handicap events. Nobody can argue with our record in that area. But Racing Angles is more than that. It is also a source of education. A big part of our mission is to furnish our readers with the tools, the insight, the knowledge and the data they need to themselves become expert pickers in the big handicap races – the toughest punting challenges on the programmes.

As free racing services go we think Racing Angles takes a bit of beating.

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