There is no substitute for experience in racing analysis and this has been proved by the Hollywoodbets SA Racing Stars Challenge which has generally been dominated by the veteran pundits.
Charl Pretorius has written several books, on top of writing or editing daily for several concerns over the years, and he revealed recently his probable most successful book from a selling point of view was The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Horseplayers.
He must practice what he preaches, because he scooped the R500 prize for being the best daily tipster in the Hollywoodbets SA Racing Stars Punters Challenge for the third time yesterday.
Charl was lying just off the pace with two races to go and thought he was out of contention when his horse ran last in the penultimate race.
However, he produced a late rattle by selecting Tizona in the last and the 16.57 points he gathered were enough to pip MJ Byleveld on the line.
MJ was on the favourite Quandary, who ran sixth.
Charl thus leads this week’s weekly competition.