While we've been focusing on the 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival and the punters
making profit from their tips, some tipping stars have gone unnoticed in other
racing codes. In particular, 31 year old Victorian Harness Racing enthusiast
Cody Winnell, who has made a small fortune from his harness
selections recently. Over the past 90 days the Communications
and Media Manager from Harness Racing Victoria has found no less than 24 winners
from his 83 harness tips for a massive 96% profit on turnover.
Punters following him with $100 bets are smiling with an extra $7,968 in their
That effort isn't a flash-in-the-pan either. Over the past 6 months and 12
month periods Winnell still shows solid double figure profits proving his sound
knowledge of the sport. A true lover of harness racing, Winnell has followed
trotters since he was 12 when he listened to them on the radio. These days
he finds himself watching them race live more often at the track through his media role with Harness
Listening to Winnell's approach to form analysis, he has all the traits of
a disciplined value punter. Assessing form purely to find value rather than
to just have a bet or tip in the race.
Nowadays I'm all about trying to find value. When a runner I like is over
the odds, that's when I'll play.
Winnell sees it as making the most of winners when betting on the trots through
all-up bets or playing exotics around a standout runner.
It's easier to pick a winner at the trots than it is at the gallops, but
they are generally shorter priced winners for that reason.
When he punts on racing he is more inclined to bet each-way.
Black Book makes form analysis more effective
Winnell owes a lot to his detailed black book that he maintains and his sharp
memory which he uses to recall race replays. He can do serious form analysis
for an entire harness meeting in 3-4 hours because of these aids. All of this
is possible because he regularly watches the trots and has a sound memory and
black book system that works. Without them he would spend much more time in
If I didn't keep a thorough Black-Book and be able to memorise replays,
the time needed to properly assess a meeting would balloon.
Winell also uses speed maps when assessing the form, it's vital for serious
harness form analysts he acknowledges. Again he relies on his memory of various
trotters and their racing patterns to create the maps, assess the running and
identify the value.
Winnell left three pieces of advice for punters which translate nicely to all
codes of racing.
- Watch race replays - Winnell points to the great resources
available at harness.org.au
where punters have free access to race replays. Similarly, various other racing
authorities have the same resources available on their websites. Winnell makes
a very key point - words that describe a run are never perfect and it is often
an imperfect substitute for watching past runs yourself. With access only
a click away, there's no excuse to limit your form analysis to print.
- Discipline - easily understood but often difficult to implement.
Most of us enjoy a flutter even when we struggle to see a good thing in the
field, but it's one thing we hear repeated from successful tipsters like Winnell.
He also points to sticking to your judgment in a race, even when the media
has overlooked it or put a knock on it. You have picked it for a reason
so back your judgment and stay with it.
- Have Fun - whether you're serious or a part-time social
punter, Winnell underlines the fact that the trots and gallops are two of
the best sports in the world, so enjoy yourself.
Follow Cody's tips by visiting
his tipping page and click the mail icon to free subscribe to his tip alerts.