Now is not the best time of the year for a tipping contest -- too many low-grade, rough races on affected going.
Monty's chances were impeded by scratchings --10 of his 'nominal 45' while the wily one had none.
For a fair go -- wily would need to post on Friday night (given that Monty posts his copy either Thursday or early Friday to be available to subscribers from just a bit after midnight -- and before scratchings on Saturday morning )
Assessors would also need to weigh the ability of Monty to pull stuff out of the hat -- Sound Proposition and Lion Couchant being good examples on Saturday.
The issue on the table here is about whether full-time professional tipsters are usually more useful than the time-pressed assessments of most punters with limited ability and no systemic records.
I have not spoken to Monty for more than 10 years -- my memory is of someone insightfully dedicated to the task and his consistently sound performance is too good to ignore.
.................. he is, of course, not writing the Sunday paper on Thursday night but, in a fair contest with any published competitor I would back Monty to win.