Snowy has been making his sole living from backing/laying horses since he makes absolutely sure he is 100% confident before wading in.

His form reading, when looking at certain races, can take between 2-5 hours. Value is a big part of his approach. There is no point blindly backing even money shots each time. Going against the grain is key for Snowy and that's where value comes in.

Between 23/04/16 and 23/11/20 Snowy made a profit of 1,654.14 points using BOG bookies. GIVING A TOTAL PROFIT OF £16,541.40 WHEN STAKING £10 PER POINT. Click here to view the full Snowy results.


Ok, you might have guessed by now what Snowy isn't his real name - his parents weren't that cruel - so...allow us to introduce Philip Griffiths.

In fact...lets hear from the man himself. Over to you Snowy.

"My nickname, as you know by now, is Snowy but some people in racing also call me Postie. I have another nickname too, funny enough - Wilf - but it's a long time back that one! I still have friends that call me that as well, including a few racing contacts. However, Snowy is by far the most used nowadays and am happy to stick with that."

"Born in 1965, my first memories of racing were of the mid 70s. Racing was common place on terrestrial TV back then. My Father always had a bet when racing was on the box and I was quickly fascinated by what was going on, especially on Grand National days. I used to help make up a sweepstake for the race with my parents and go round the neighbours, selling tickets, which we did for many years. I was hooked, but I watched and learned quite a bit in those days."

"Dad used to send me up the local bookies - the lazy sod - to put his bets on and he did this despite me being under aged (shhhhh...don't tell anyone!). It was a tiny box of a place, nothing like today's shops. No TV pictures, just smoke filled rooms and not a roulette machine in sight! They were good times though and dad used to win a bit, however, not often though. Mind you, he did subscribe to the Timeform books and ratings back then, so he did have an edge, something that got me thinking. So you can imagine what my brain was doing now, even back then. This was a good starting point for me."

"In those early days I was so attentive I used to have a booklet, in which I would draw the silks of all the well-known owners - flat & jumps - and kept it safely hidden in my bedroom. Though my Mother did find it one day whilst cleaning, when I was at school. On my return home she enquired what it was. I explained, and when dad returned home from work and I showed him he was impressed. My parents knew at that point I had a keen interest in racing."

"My first real memory of any horse would be the day Red Rum won his first National back in 1973. At the time I was devastated for Crisp, having gone miles clear and only getting caught close home...but that was racing! For me, he was the best horse NEVER to win the National, still to this day. Anyway, from then on I was a Red Rum follower in each of his four following Nationals and his remarkable story only strengthened my passion for the game. While the best horse I have seen in the flesh was clearly Dancing Brave. I saw him win the King George at Ascot in 1986 under Pat Eddery and his devastating turn of foot put the race to bed around 2 furlongs out."

"Having a very laid-back and generally slow learning nature at school, I was hopeless. So much so that I actually left long before I was due to sit my exams. In the early winter to be exact. So no qualifications at all. I had no future it seems."

"I had a job almost straight away though but it was only as a trainee and wasn't I kept on afterwards. So at the age of 16 I ended up in a local bookies. Little money to bet with, so I asked if they needed a boardmarker. Which thankfully, after a while, they did. This helped fund my early days of gambling, mostly losing."

"There was no looking back now, I was a gambling addict and that would never change. Just like all drugs I was living for it. I also worked for the on-course bookmaker, being a runner. This was good fun and had a nice experience at Epsom on Derby Day in 1981 watching the legend Shergar going past me in a huge lead. This all helped on the road to where I am today."

"Next up, I got a job at 19 in local shop and worked there for around 5 or 6 years before joining the Post Office in 1989, hence one of my nicknames. In fact, it was during my time there I was christened Snowy."

"During my time working I was still in-and-out the betting shops. With limited success though, but still on a steep learning curve. It was a time when I was, along with a few family and friends, introduced to Point-To-Point racing. For those of you that don't know its basically amateur jumps racing that was normally staged at tracks you've never heard of! We got so hooked that we would travel quite a way a lot of the time most weekends and sometimes twice a week when possible."

"We did so for years and I was so keen on not missing a day's racing that, in my last few years as a Postman, I had other postie mates helping me out on a Saturday in order that I'd finish early and be able to go racing. Of course, I had to pay these boys but I didn't mind that at all because I used to make a decent profit betting on the Point-To-Point racing. Yes, not substantial amounts, but enough for me not to miss out on a day's racing. My second income was born! This was changing though in my last year, 2003 into early 2004, as Royal Mail were at the time streamlining their business. They were adding extra workloads to everybody and I wasn't happy at all. There was no way I was going to miss out on a day's racing Saturday, it was far too costly for me."

"However, thankfully by then, I had been introduced to Betfair and had already been trading in-play online for a number of months.– trading in-play. I had amassed some real money doing this (for me at the time anyway). Probably around 22-25k from memory. So come January 2004, after 14+ years delivering mail, I decided enough was enough so I handed in my notice and decided to try punting for real. Professionally. It's time to get my head down for real and focus. This was, after all, now my job!"

"It has been over 16 years since taking the plunge and I can honestly say, life has changed for the better for me 100%. If it wasn't for Betfair then I doubt I would have taken the chance but since doing so my confidence, knowledge, experience have all grown. I have also dipped my toes into ownership, with some fair success, in recent years also. Something I wouldn't have dreamt of doing years ago."



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We've already explained how Snowy was fascinated with betting on horses from an early age...but did pick it quickly or did he make some costly errors along the way? Lets find out shall we? Over to you again Snowy.

"In the early days I suppose I was reckless and out-of-control, but like many I guess. However, I was taught some valuable lessons back then and certainly wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for a few dire days at the hands of the bookmakers."

"So in recent years I've been much better at controlling what I am doing and, as I say, I strongly believe that years of experience has helped with everything I now do. It's not something you can do overnight anyway and the dark days, along with a lot more discipline, have got me to where I am now."

"I used to bet a lot on the flat but nowadays I'm virtually all in on the jumps. At least 98% of the time. I much prefer the National Hunt game now as you can get to know all the characters about the animals. Their preferences, likes, dislikes, best ground, best time of year etc etc, plus, most importantly, they stick around for years so you can build-up strong profiles for each horse."

"Add to that the thrill of a horse jumping, the passion the people have, the camaraderie and knowledge, plus understanding of a lot of people, then it certainly evokes more emotions within its supporters in my opinion. In contrast, with the flat, the horses tend to be here today and gone tomorrow. Meaning it's hard to build up profiles for the horses when a new age and crop are waiting just around the corner to take their place."

"Races on the flat last seconds rather than minutes and at the racetrack, I certainly think there are fewer characters about. It doesn't have the same atmosphere or appeal to me anymore, but I will bet at the odd big flat meeting during the season. I'm very picky though! Add to that, I love our summer and would rather be out enjoying the sun (when it decides to come out!), either on foot, bike, or whatever."

"My interests on the flat each year really depend on whether I've made enough money through our winter and, anyway, these days I can pick through the summer jumps anyway."

"The way I now approach having a bet is totally based on form but every punter must be able to act on instinct and be able to quickly adapt to changes in race conditions etc. I have found this has bought me some success over the years too. Instinct is a thing that only you can decide upon. Horses don't run up to their optimum / best very often, in-fact they rarely do."

"It's up to you to form the reason why a horse will produce a peak performance in a certain race at a certain time and a lot of factors can come into that like, current form, ground, strength of opposition, trip, track, trainer form, jockey etc etc. Mainly I concentrate on ground conditions, pace, track suitability & form of current connections. The horses handicap mark is also very relevant in such races too, as well as is the value and price of the horse. Horses should have feasible marks really in such races."

"Regarding the prices, I tend to look for value and if I then think the horse is - in my opinion - underpriced, then I may choose not to bet. If I think it's overpriced, then it's possible I might even have more on. The average punter's tendency is have more on short-priced horses and less on the bigger-priced ones. Why? For me, it's a bit like a sale when you go shopping, 2 for 1 or happy hour maybe."

"We humans are suckers for bargains and I think when the bookies are generous, you should take advantage too. Never be put off by a price. I would rather have say 10 goes at 10/1 chances, believing I will get at least one winner, plus some placed, than bet everything at evens. You have to find 6 out of 10 all the time to be in profit betting on even money shots!"

"My staking plan nowadays is lower than it used to be, basically because I have no bookmakers accounts anymore, due to their disregard for successful horse punters but I still think the same. At the end of the year I need to produce around a 10-12k to be around level and pay for the bills etc. Then anything on top is obviously nice and will be used as holidays, treats etc."

"I don't really set targets as it puts added pressure on to me. I don't class myself as a big punter but I'm shrewd enough and I intend to do this until I'm at the age where I can officially put my feet up. Hopefully another 10-15 years...and if you want you can join me!"

"The following factors are the ones I consider before virtually every bet I have nowadays."

"FRESHNESS can be crucial. Many horses are best when making a return to the track after a break and also late in the season. I will try to avoid those that have had a lengthy campaign. Though some horses are an exception as they are improving at the time."

"GROUND is key. All horses have a preference. I find that my best and strongest picks tend to be on, or as near to, good ground. I have a saying, the better the ground, the more reliable the form is. All tracks have varying types of turf and in the winter the soft / heavy ground can be so varied from track to track...meaning any punter can be misled when reading the form. A quick example to make it easy, Soft at Chepstow (my local track), will ride a lot softer than say Ludlow."

"Anyone should realise that but a lot of punters probably don't if I'm honest. Add to that, it's been raining for 2 or 3 days ahead of a meeting and the going is given as soft. But in those days leading up it's dry at the track. The track will obviously dry but it never dries properly, especially in the winter, and it rides very dead (tacky according to the jockeys). At this time of the season I feel vulnerable. It's a matter of which horses cope with conditions best rather than the best horses in the race!"

"PACE is one that most punters don't assess. This is a bad mistake to make. You should check to see whether your selection needs a well run pace or not. Then check the form of every other runner and build-up a mental picture of how that race is likely to be run. Should your pick need a good gallop, then make sure there is at least one that likes to get on with it from the front."

"Sometimes it's best that there are actually two, three or even four that need to get on with it, thus covering all bases and ensuring at least one horse in the race makes this a true test. If there is only one front runner, then on the flip side you may need to bet that horse too as often a sole leader can get a soft and easy lead and go very deep into the race. These front runners can often be good 'back to lay' in-running options."

"TRACK SUITABILITY is also a key factor because a lot of horses return to a place that they have been successful before so they can enjoy the surroundings and have happy memories. Hence the saying horses for courses. Some horses only produce their best form on flat tracks or stiff finishes and it pays to check all of its past form to see a pattern. A classic example of this is Cheltenham, a track that previous course winners often do very well at when returning to Prestbury Park."

"I tend to give every trainer and jockey a chance when placing a bet and have no particular favourites, but the STABLE FORM can be very relevant. If they are amongst the winners at the time it pays to give all (most) of their runners, a closer look. There are a couple of trainers I prefer to leave alone - I won't mention names - but I can assure you they aren't really household names anyway! I have a preference with the southern racing scene for sure but can have a stab up North when the time is right."

"I love the HANDICAPS, especially the staying chasers. There is nothing like trawling through the form and sorting 1 out at rewarding odds and hitting the bookies. My favourites are the staying races, especially over fences. In fact the races over marathon trips (3m4f +) also seem to be good to me. They are unique and need a lot of attention."

"Finally, watch as much racing as you possibly can and listen/learn from those with experience in the game."

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