Hi Robin, can you just share who you are and what you do?
My name is Robin Bliss, 51 and live in Scotland with my wife and two children, but am originally from Surrey where I was brought up. I work as a sports Analyst/tipster for the Betting Gods network operating Value Racing Tips.
How long have you been betting on the horses and why did you begin?
I have been betting on the horses for over 25 years.
I first got the bug when I was around 12 years old after listening to my Dad pick up the phone on a Saturday to have place his fiver on the live TV racing.
Then, in the early 1990s, I left home but after being made redundant from my job as an assistant land and building surveyor I moved to Morecombe in Lancashire where I worked in a plastic mouldings factory but was then struck down with ME which meant giving up work. I then had to move back home with my Mum.
I needed to keep my mind occupied so I started logging horse racing results along with the stats about the individual horses. I then began putting bets on my selections and found I was winning money quite regularly.
What is your general process for selecting a race to bet on and then selecting a horse in that race?
The races I select are mainly handicaps and pattern Races. I choose my races based on if I can narrow the field down to maybe 2 or 3 winners. If there are more potential winners then the race is avoided. I then analyse the race, in-depth, to try to work out how the race will be run. I will never select an odds on horse and my aim is to always find value.
Are there any types of races you would always avoid betting on?
I try to avoid maidens and novice hurdles/chases. The reason being is there are simply too many unknowns. I also avoid 5f and 6f races which can be won or lost by the way the horse gets away. If a decent horse gets a slow start then the race is over with no time to recover.
What about horses? Are there particular horses, trainers or jockeys you avoid?
There are not really any particular trainers or horses I avoid but with the experience gained over time you learn when trainers are setting up horses for certain races.
Do you use any resources to analyse form and previous data? If so, what are those and if not, why not?
I use the Racing Post, At The Races and BHA website and study video replays of previous races. I also look at steward’s reports to find out why certain horses ran poorly. Not only that, but I also look at trainer/jockey stats and course form see which horses have raced against other particular horses and the merit of those races.
At Value Racing Tips, you use level 1pt stakes for your tips, is this something you advice bettors to do?
With me picking three horses daily and using 1pt stakes, nine times out of 10, if we get one winner it means a profit on the day. All tipsters have bad runs so always stick to their staking plan but don’t be afraid to increase the amount you bet as your bank grows.
If you were to give bettors 3 pieces of advice when it comes to betting on the horses, what would those be?
First, never chase loses. Second, only bet what you can afford to lose. And third, trust the professional tipsters who have experience and a proven, long-term track record.