#BettingPeople: JOAO DA MATA is the co-founder of the International Racing Club and has a background in horse racing that stretches back to when he was seven years of age ranging from punter to jockey agent and mentor, owner, tipster and TV Presenter. Joao is a wonderfully, watchable and likeable character who shares some fascinating stories with us as well as an intriguing and unique insight into how he finds his winners! with JULIE COLLIER.
JOAO DA MATA (part 1 of 3)
In Part 1, Joao tells us about growing up in South Africa where horse racing was a big part of the culture and so he was immersed at a very young age. He also learnt a lot of lessons as a youngster from his elders around him. It all led, eventually, to him becoming a pundit here in the UK on At The Races, which, as he recounts, was at times, costly because of his belief that he should gamble on everything he tips. Joao also touches on his role as a jockey agent and why life as a jockey is incredibly challenging.
JOAO DA MATA (part 2 of 3)
In Part 2, Joao – who has been involved with many horses as an owner – tells us why winning isn’t everything. He tells us about why he co-founded The International Racing Club and what the non-profit organisation is all about as well as its USP, which includes a profitable ‘sports advice line’.
JOAO DA MATA (part 3 of 3)
In Part 3, Joao tells us why he loves the Tote and thinks it is such an important part of horse and greyhound racing, as well as pool and exotic bets. As a well-connected man, he gives his honest thoughts on getting ‘inside information’ and his unique way of finding winners. We address the difficulty of getting bets with bookmakers and also hear about a new project of Joao’s, sponsored by Star Sports.