Name – Tom Segal
Occupation – Tipster
Years involved in racing – Roughly about 20 years not very good with dates
First horseracing memory – Whitbread Gold Cup at Sandown sometime in 70’s
What first stirred your interest in horseracing?
Living next to Sandown
How did you become involved in the tipping side of horseracing?
Doing the odd Spotlight shift when I started at the Racing Post some 15 years ago
Career to date…
Proudest moment of career to date?
None, just doing my job
Which race that you personally made a Pricewise selection in stands out in your memory and why?
Sea The Stars in 2000 Guineas, spotting a great horse before many others
Which race do you wish you could relive and analyse/make a selection in again (good or bad)?
All the ones I don’t find the winner of, no preference
In the punting seat…
Most enjoyable aspect of being ‘Pricewise’?
How much ‘homework’ do you undertake before each selection?
Nowhere near as much as many think. 20 minutes maybe, big believer in keeping things simple
Which area of your selection process do you consider to be the most important?
Price and jockey
How thoroughly do you analyse your own selections after the race has been run?
Don’t. Never fester on the negative.
Apart from price what do you feel is the most important factor when analysing an ante-post market?
Trainer I suppose but price is by far the most important.
Best and worst tracks from a tipping perspective?
Worst Cheltenham and Goodwood, best don’t mind anywhere else
How do you deal with losing runs?
Like everyone else not very well, but I’ve done my job for a long time now and highs and lows don’t effect me so much anymore.
Which race do you wish you had been given the opportunity to make a Pricewise selection in?
I do all the big races so none I can think of. Very little interest in low quality stuff.
Which other sporting event do you wish you had been able to make a Pricewise selection for?
Which other sporting event would you like to have the opportunity to be involved in?
Racing and the general public…
In your opinion what could be done to attract new fans to the sport?
Nothing that no one hasn’t said before. Make it cheaper and shorten the time between races 20 mins is plenty. 10 race cards too.
Do you think Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, etc…) has had a positive impact on racing and how else do you think it could be used to further promote the sport?
No idea don’t use it, never will either.
Improving the sport…
What one thing would you like to see implemented to improve horse racing –
a) on-course? Shorten the time between races
b) off-course? Just improve the quality by getting rid of all the rubbish meetings
The Cheltenham Festival…
Is there too much emphasis placed on the Cheltenham Festival and do you think it is starting to devalue the rest of the National Hunt calendar?
No and no.
Would a 5th day at the festival strengthen the meeting or weaken it?
Weaken it massively. Too many crap races now, we don’t need any more.
Horses to follow…
Which horse are you most looking forward to following at this season’s Cheltenham Festival?
Which Novice has impressed you most this season (hurdler or chaser) with a view to next season?
Grand Crus by a country mile
Which 2yo from 2011 should we look out for in 2012?
Akeed Mofeed (John Oxx)
Dark horse to follow for the 2012 flat season?
Pour Moi’s half-sister Kissed
Cheltenham Gold Cup or Epsom Derby?
Not fussed give me the Stewards Cup any day of the week
Frankel or Black Caviar?
Frankel but I’ve never seen Black Caviar
A P McCoy or Ryan Moore?
20 runner long distance chase or 35 runner 5f sprint (for punting purposes)?
Sprint every time
Just for fun…
If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
Time travel. No losers then.
Many thanks to Tom Segal for agreeing to take part in the NTF Q&A session.
In case you didn’t already know Tom Segal’s Pricewise column can be found in the Racing Post.