Name: Trevor Lawson
Package: Melbourne Ratings
Resides: Melbourne
Turned professional: 2001

Your punting philosophy

Bet when value

Former life

I was a pro golfer for 14 years… I started as a trainee and went from there. I had a club job for 12 months, I taught at a few places, and played a little bit in pro-ams and the like.

My first boss actually got me into racing as he’d have a punt on a Saturday… we did ok but it was more for fun, but you learn along the way and I met a few people who helped me out.

I got hold of a database and after golf I thought I’m not qualified in anything else, so I better make this work!

Best advice received

Compress the weights.

It was when I first started, and a top weight won one day priced a lot longer than what it was. A smart bloke I know backed it and I just couldn’t work out how.

He just said “compress the weights”.

Best part of your job

I can work the hours that suit me.

The mind is allowed to drift at times but I tend to do 10 hour days, 6 days a week. Saturday is obviously the busiest – I usually start about 5am and I’m at it through to the last race.

I try to take Sundays off and spend them with my partner, if I really have to do something then I’ll get up early to do it.

Worst part of your job

Not being able to find the time to do more!

When do you bet?

I generally do much of my betting between races, but anytime is ok – whenever I can get a margin on my prices, which is the most important thing.

Where do you bet?

I’ve always bet mainly on-course, but with the new VOP (Victorian Official Price) coming in, I think I’ll be betting more elsewhere.

Most frustrating loss

There’s the usual horror stories, like the time I took 7 of 9 in last leg of a quaddie… and the two I didn’t have ran the quinella.

It’s obviously frustrating when you find value and go close. In April at Sandown I had Global Assault priced at about $6 and took $21, $20 and $19. It got beaten a lip.

Most satisfying win

In a big race, Southern Speed in the 2011 Caulfield Cup. I marked it at $5.50 and it won at $11.

My best result overall was a horse called Cluny, back in January 2010 in the last at Geelong. I had in priced in single figures and took $61 fixed… that was a good win.

Why did you join Champion Bets as an analyst?

I was already doing the work anyway – I already had a small, private clientele and I do some speed maps for a couple of jockeys.  So I got involved – Champion Bets keeps a ceiling on the number of members, so it allows everyone to prosper.

More information on Trevor Lawson’s Melbourne Ratings Service.