Nadia Horne is the newest addition to the Champion Bets stable, providing SA racing tips for punters to be successful in South Australia.
We caught up with Nadia to have a chat and learn a little more about the woman behind the winners.
Fantastic to have you on board, Nadia! First of all, what’s your background and when did you first get into racing and the punt?
I was born and grew up in Adelaide. I’ve been into races since I was a little kid, I used to go to the track with my grandfather from about the age of 12. At the time my uncle was a professional punter so I got the idea of betting seriously, and making money from it, from him.
Going back further in the family, my great-grandfather was a trainer – he trained next door to the Cummings stable, and ended up selling the family stable to Bart Cummings. So racing was definitely in my blood and it stuck with me from a young age.
Racing is a career for you too, having had a number of gigs in the media. How did that all get started… did you always want to turn your passion for racing into a career?
When I was about nineteen I was offered a job with a community radio station, previewing the Saturday Adelaide meeting. I was there for about six months, and then I moved on to TAB Radio in Adelaide, and I was there for a couple of years. I did a little bit of work for newspapers and then moved to Sydney and worked with Sky Racing. Then it was Sky Sports Radio, and RSN Radio in Melbourne where I am now. So I’ve been around a bit!
The career certainly wasn’t planned… I was studying commerce at uni, but it just happened and rolled on from there.
The form side of racing is where my passion really is, and what I really enjoy doing, so I’ve always done that on the side as well as the media work.
And that has led to you providing betting advice to subscribers?
I’ve been providing markets and selections on South Australian racing to subscribers for a couple of years. We had a massive first year in terms of results. The second year levelled out a little, which I was expecting – the variance always had to come! But we’re still well and truly in front and we’ve nearly tripled our opening bank so It’s gone well.
So you have your radio gig and the betting service, which I’m sure keeps you busy. Any other racing-related things going on?
Yes, I started managing jockeys about twelve months ago. Emily Finnegan in Adelaide approached me about managing her, and from there it just grew. I now manage Stephen Baster and a few other guys in Adelaide.
Are you strictly a South Australian specialist?
Yes, I really only bet in South Australia. I do keep an eye on Melbourne because there’s a fair bit of crossover now and you need to do the form on Victorian horses heading over the border. And managing Stephen (Baster) I need to keep an eye on Victoria.
It really comes down to time and South Australia is really good in terms of that, because they’re not racing every day – you can really keep a handle on the form and the pool of horses.
How would you describe your approach to form analysis?
When I first started I was doing weight ratings like everybody else, and as time progressed I adapted more to working off speed figures and par times. I still think you can find a market edge in that, unlike weight ratings where I think the market edge is largely gone.
So I’m big on speed ratings, and then I’m looking for race shapes to ensure the horses can perform to their potential. I watch all video replays too so I can get an insight of what happened in the run.
Fantastic, great to have you on board, and we can’t wait to get back into South Australian racing.
Check out Nadia’s full interview on the Betting 360 Podcast here.
Nadia’s SA Winners will help you profit on the punt on South Australian racing.