Learn about the founder of Racing to Profit.
Hello and welcome to my blog, ‘Racing to Profit’
This is a growing community of racing enthusiasts and I thank you for taking the time check out what is going on. Hopefully you enjoy what you find.
It may help if I introduce myself…My name is Josh Wright and as I talk to you now (October 2020) I’m now 31. I believe the ‘30s’ are the new ‘20s’. Well, that’s what I keep telling myself! Time is going far too quickly for my liking. (oh please, I can hear some of you say!)
I grew up in a town called Mildenhall in Suffolk, which isn’t too far from Newmarket. Aged 18 I travelled north to Liverpool, where I studied History and Politics (one of those useful degrees), dabbled in a bit of student politics (the good students of Liverpool Uni elected me as their President) and worked for the Vice-Chancellor for a couple of years as an ‘Executive Support Office’ – which sounds more glamorous than it was. But it had its moments.
Why Liverpool? Well as a Liverpool FC fan I thought I would see what the City was like. It didn’t take long to feel at home. In April 2020, after more than 13 years in the City, I moved back down south to Suffolk. It was time for the small town boy to return to, well, a small town 🙂
I wasn’t really into horse racing until I went to University. It was very much a first trip to Aintree that did it for me. It was their October meeting and the likes of Monet’s Garden were the headliners. He beat a young Kauto Star that day. Over time I became fascinated with the sport and the animals, particularly National Hunt Racing. But before that I lost a lot of money. (for me anyway)
It was my first year at university and following a quick google search I signed up to a text tipping service. Driven by greed I suppose, I spent the next 8 months or so losing close to £2000. Ouch. I blew a 100 point ‘bank’ and dived in too hard, too fast. It wasn’t enjoyable but I learnt plenty and importantly I know what that pain feels like.
From there I threw myself into ‘studying’ the sport and trying to learn more about it. Of course, you never stop learning in this game and can always improve.
A few services and people I now trust in this game helped me on my way. Gavin Priestley, Ben Aitken, Matt Bisogno to name but three.
After a few years ‘swotting up’ I thought I would start this blog. From humble beginnings its reach is increasing. I was lucky enough to be mentored by Matt Bisogno of Geegeez.co.uk fame and he’s helped me find my way in this online world of ours.
What started out as a hobby has now become my life I suppose. I left my university job after two years to see if I could make an income from my passion. Thanks to the generosity of many who read this blog, and have joined my Members’ Club, so far so good.
I’m now lucky enough to have a small share in the mare Really Super, trained by Amy Murphy. She’s been a star for us in all codes and is still improving as I write. I like to keep you informed on how she is, our plans and what’s expected – although some say you should never listen to ‘owners’.
So, that’s a bit about me. I enjoy the puzzle, the excitement, the adrenalin and talking to you good racing fans.
Nothing is hidden on these pages. I pride myself on my honesty, integrity, openness and transparency. I welcome reasoned, polite criticism and questions. I’m here for the long haul, and I hope you enjoy what you find.
It is you readers who make this blog what it is today, and long may that continue.