About me


Welcome to my blog. I am 50 something happily married father of one rediscovering my love for horse racing after a few years away from the game following football. No more prima donnas for me, although I can still be persuaded by my daughter to go watch Bradford City thanks to their excellent 149 season ticket promotion.

Jump racing is my real passion.
Real people I can relate to.

I began going racing back in the 70s with my Dad as a teenager at the likes of Wetherby and Catterick. My grandad had an allotment and loved picking his horses whilst watching his crops grow in the days before bookmaking was legit and there was little racing on TV. So I guess I get both of those passions from him.

Modest punter who enjoys the challenge of winner finding without losing any sleep over the odd unsuccesful day or two at the races. Love the people who work in racing and love the horses thay care for so much. My tips are shared in fun, so please bet responsibly (I do!)

Like many I enjoy photographing racing subjects and was a runner up in the 2014 Middleham Open Day photo competition.

My review of Paul Ferguson’s Jumpers To Follow 2013/2014 was quoted on the back cover of the 2014/2015 edition.

My favourite things:

Jockeys : Sam Twiston Davies, Aidan Coleman, Dougie Costello, Richard Johnson, Gavin Sheehan, Harry Bannister, Tom Cannon, Noel Fehily.

Trainers : Warren Greatrex, Sue Smith, Charlie Longsdon, Brendan Powell, Colin Tizzard.

Courses : Hexham, Cheltenham, Cartmel, York, Wetherby

Horses :

Past : Wayward Lad, Bregawn, Rubstic, Lucius, Hallo Dandy
Present:Present View, The New One, Auroras Encore, Balthazar King, African Gold, Cole Harden, Coyaba, Silsol, Shantou Village, The Druids Nephew, Cue Card.

Music : The Vaccines, The Killers, Slade, Big Country, Oasis

Football team : Bradford City.

Best places I’ve visited : Sydney and Perth Australia, Seville, Lisbon, Paris, Venice, Prague.

Thanks for visiting. If you like my blog, I’d be grateful if you’d click the buttons of your choice at the foot of this page to share on Twitter etc.

Follow me on Twitter @TaitBill

A daily commuter cyclist, on 27th September 2014 I cycled through the night from Manchester to Blackpool to raise over £350 for The British Heart Foundation.

In September 2016 I am cycling 22 miles around York for the
for @TheBHF using @JustGiving.

Check out my #JustGiving page


With my daughter we recently visited Australia and in particular Sydney and Perth as part of my wifes 50th birthday celebrations.

A wonderful country I would love to return to sometime.

If anyone wants any advice/tips etc on visiting Australia I would be happy to share my experiences.

Me at Sydney Cricket ground - January 2015

Me at Sydney Cricket ground – January 2015



3 responses to “About me”

  1. Chris says :

    Hi Bill,

    Hope you’re well – I’m Chris and I am contacting on behalf of SkyBet to invite you to enter a competition to win a £50 free bet.

    As part of our First Race promotion for next week’s Cheltenham Festival, we want to hear about racing fans first experiences at Cheltenham, specifically fans’ first ever winners at the festival.

    To enter, in 50 words or less you must tell us the horse you backed, the odds and how it felt to win at Cheltenham for the first time. Your entry must be hosted on your blog. The 5 best entries will win a £50 free bet. T&C’s are available.

    Apologies for asking via comment – I was unable to find an email address!

    I hope that this is of interest,

    Kind regards,


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