OK, Snowbunny, I'll enter the debate.
Let's deal with the qualifications questions first.
No, he is not a registered horse trainer and hasn't been.
No, he's not a master farrier.
No, he's not a qualified vet.
No, he's not a jockey, but I don't know if he's ever ridden a horse.
No, he's not a proper journalist.
So, no, he's not qualified or experienced in any of the above.
He has been an owner of greyhounds, trotters and gallopers in the past and still has gallopers.
However, he is very passionate about all forms of racing and does not stop until he gets his answers. He has asked some very curly questions over the years and, in my opinion, there's a lot of very good information on his site. He has many friends in the industry and he has learned heaps from them about lots of different aspects of the game.
Let's now get on to his tipping. Phil puts an enormous amount of work into his analyses by watching videos and clocking sectional times. He has tipped many a long shot to those who are members, but he is also big enough to admit when he has missed out. He analysed a race a few weeks ago and told me that there were only 2 horses with a chance. They ran the quinella, but the problem is he went for the wrong horse. And he sure as hell felt for his clients when the race was run.
He's not the only one who sells his tips, but his fees are a lot less than some of the better-known ravers. He also gives, free, a tip in his Friday guide and they have been very successful over a period of time.
The point to remember is: he set up a racing website very early in the internet game, possibly the first of all. Access to his site is FREE and you also don't have to become a member to read it. He is very passionate about the industry and doesn't like coverups of any kind. He accepts fair criticism but doesn't see the need for nastiness from those who know nothing about him.
Phil is a very honest and generous individual and I'm proud to number him among my friends. In fact, I would do whatever I could for him, whenever I could. I do know that he would not do you a bad turn, rather a good one if he could.
If you don't like his site, you don't have to read it; or do you do it just so that you can rubbish it? Whatever, it's your choice to either enjoy or ignore.
This is not meant to be critical of you, Snowbunny, but I just wanted to tell it as I see it and know it. :kiss: