What is your official job title : Racing Broadcaster
Marital Status : Single
How long have you been a race caller – 23 years, going back to the old days of calling for Extel was where I started calling races even before SIS.
What job did you do before joining the industry : I worked in a furniture store – for an ex jockey!!
Age at the time of your first bet : 5 years of Age – on the Grand National
What was it : 10p e/w on Spanish Steps to win the 73 Grand National – beaten by the great Red Rum
What has been your best ever bet : Probably two, Dancing Brave to win the King George and the Derby and perhaps the most pleasing was following Sea the Stars from his 2 yr old career and then backing him to win all his big races including the Arc, which was the climax of a great year
Who is your all time Sporting Hero : Red Rum – he brought so much to the game and inspired me from such a young age. A true champion
Whose the king of the sporting world right now – the undisputed champion : That’s easy – A P McCoy. It’s incredible to think that he has been so dominant for so long and that he is as accessible to the public in a £1000 claimer as he is on Gold Cup day. Day in day out his professionalism and attitude are beyond reproach at all time and he is the ultimate sporting hero. I was made up when he won Sports Personality of the year – great recognition for a true champion
What is your favourite sport – Good jumps racing for me – any day of the week
Favourite Restaurant/Pub to eat in : I’m paying where are we going? Some good places where I live in North Wales but amongst my favourites is Brookhouse Mill in Denbigh
Drink of Choice : Partial to a nice drop of Red Wine
Choose between the following
Flat Racing or Trotting – Flat Racing
Tennis or Snooker – Tennis
Sugar Ray Leonard or Roberto Duran – Not touched by either of them
Poker or Black Jack – not interested in cards
Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus – Jack Nicklaus
National Hunt or Flat Racing – National Hunt
Rugby Union or Rugby League – Rugby Union – support Wales
Arsene Wenger or Jose Mourinho – Wenger
Martin Pipe or Paul Nichols – Martin Pipe – he changed the face of jump racing
Sir Alex Ferguson or Bill Shankley – Sir Alex Ferguson
Richard Hughes or Ryan Moore – Ryan Moore
George Foreman or Lennox Lewis – Lennox Lewis
Bjorn Bjorg or Rafa Nadal – Bjorg – a golden era of tennis
Kauto Star or Istabraq – Kauto Star
Describe your perfect Racing day: A sunny spring day and the prospect of a great jumping card – it doesn’t get any better than that.
What’s the best sporting occasion you have ever been to : I have been lucky enough to see a lot of the best horse racing events and I love Arc Day at Longchamp but I think the Melbourne Cup – seeing Makybe Diva win her third consecutive Melbourne Cup was extra special. It’s an incredible race in a great city.
If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be: Great Britain for me
What’s good about Horse racing right now : A Golden era of jumping. Istabraq, followed by Kauto Star, Denman, and lately Big Bucks and Sprinter Sacre. It’s just wonderous stuff.
2013/14 Nap please : Ahh, that’s a tough one to be put on the spot. However let’s go for Al Ferof to win the King George on boxing day. Happy Christmas to everyone when it goes in.
Russ Wiseman – Sportingbet – The 5 minute Interview
What is your official job title : Head of Media at Sporting Bet
Marital Status : Married
How long have you been in the industry : 21 Years
What job did you do before joining the industry: Worked on golf courses
Age at the time of your first bet: 15
What was it: On a horse called Quest to Fame, to win a maiden at York which he won.
What has been your best ever bet:
Spread bet (the more correct you are the more money you make) on the Hong Kong sevens total points 15 years ago, got inside information that they were going to play drop kicks instead of place kicks (added a minute of play on per game) won in excess of £50,000.
Which one has caused you the most pain:
Spread bet as a Seller (went under the total amount of goals and shirt numbers) Barclays premier football league around 15 years ago, Blackburn Rovers vs Sheffield Wednesday score was 7-2 (to Blackburn) all the money made from the Hong Kong sevens and more was given back due to that game.
Who is your all time Sporting Hero: Thomas ‘hit man’ Hearns – Boxer.
Whose the king of the sporting world right now in their sport:
Ryan Moore – Leading flat Jockey now
A P McCoy – Greatest jockey that’s ever lived.
What is your favourite sport : Mixed martial arts
Which sport is the best value for punters: Rugby league & Rugby Union
Favourite Restaurant/Pub to eat in : I’m paying where are we going? Le Caprice, London
Drink of Choice : Tea
Choose between the following
Horses or Football : Horses
Tennis or Snooker :Tennis
American Football or NBA : American Football
Sugar Ray Leonard or Roberto Duran : Robert Duran
Poker or Black Jack : Poker
Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus : Tiger Woods
Tom Brady or Joe Montana : Tom Brady
National Hunt or Flat Racing : National Hunt
Rugby Union or Rugby League : Rugby League
Arsene Wenger or Jose Mourinho : Arsene Wenger
Martin Pipe or Paul Nichols : Martin Pipe
Sir Alex Ferguson or Bill Shankley : Sir Alex Ferguson
George Foreman or Lennox Lewis : George Foreman
Bjorg or Nadal : Nadal
Kauto Star or Istabraq : Kauto Star
Marvin Haggler or John Mugabi : John Mugabi
Describe your perfect punting day:
24 hour day, midnight major league baseball or NBA, 2 hours of sleep before Australia racing kicks into full gear, then early morning tennis, followed by greyhound racing at 11am, racing 2-6pm, any football in between, hopefully some one day cricket in between, rugby match in the evening, rounded off with more NBA later on. I would try to eat some nice food – preferably Sushi or Sashimi while punting.
What’s the best sporting occasion you have ever been to:
Men Olympic basketball final at the O2 USA beat Spain. Barcelona Euro League basketball finals which a full stadium of 18,000 attended, the atmosphere was amazing, never seen so many passionate fans.
If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be:
Why should people bet with Sportingbet:
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2013 Nap please :
Andy Murray will retain his Wimbledon title (2014).
Manchester United will win the premier league.