Interview: MARK HOLDER Mark has betting in the blood. His grandfather was a keen punter and father a Cheltenham Festival winning trainer. He was inspired by a professional backer who was friendly with the yard and realised, via him, that a living could be made betting on horses. After several years successful punting, Mark took the decision to offer his tips via an 0898 number then a personal subscription service. Three decades on and Mark is still beating the bookies betting for a living and tipping to a select group of private clients. In this four-part series Mark offers invaluable and candid advice for those wishing to beat the bookmakers. Meeting Mark Holder.
MARK HOLDER (part 1 of 4)
Mark Holder started winning backing horses in his teens. Gambling was in his blood, his grandfather enjoyed a punt, though not always successfully, his father Richard was a successful trainer, with a Triumph Hurdle success in 1989 and providing, now champion trainer, Paul Nicholls with his first winning ride as a jockey. Despite the family success it was a punter that convinced Mark the money was not in training but betting. Form study soon became a passion for Mark who as a teenager kept his head in form books for hours on end. He concludes part one talking about the value of inside information and lessons in punting.
MARK HOLDER (part 2 of 4)
In part two of his interview, professional punter Mark Holder tells how he and his brother Paul lost £14,000 betting on the outcome of a stewards enquiry at Sandown. Starting an 0898 tipping line in 1992, not looking back from then on, copping £100,000 after a change in the way he did business and learning from two very shrewd professional punters.
MARK HOLDER (part 3 of 4)
In part three Mark starts by remembering his days on-course when all the pro-punters went racing and sidling up to people he could learn from, not afraid to ask ‘stupid’ questions too. He discusses finding an edge after his previous edge had eroded and lets us in on a recent angle he’s found. He explains his early success with sectional timings and why that advantage has diminished. Ruby Walsh and his impact on his business in the past. He tells us how he sets about work on a day’s racing and coming to his betting conclusions.
MARK HOLDER (part 4 of 4)
In the final part of the interview with professional punter Mark Holder he talks about how he’s stayed ahead of the game for three decades. Going from the lows to the highs, but it only happens if you work hard. How he still keeps a few select group of clients for his advisory service and some sound advice from professional punter Alan Potts with regard dealing with losing runs – plus his own thoughts on how to make the betting pay.
MARK HOLDER (BONUS STORY)
A #BettingPeople bonus story, Mark Holder relates a gamble landed.