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9 July 2009
Raceclubs interviews Muggins Racing
I joined Raceclubsbecause my brother came across the site on Sky TV when there use to be racing to watch. He won his first 5 races ever and was interviewed live. Then he mentioned it to me and I just had to check it out.
On RC I enjoy the hope and expectations of finals week, chatting to fellow members and challenging myself to achieve goals and targets.
Compared to real horse racing RC just a bit of fun :) Though I spend my money here rather than betting now.
My first winner was Pince Pie. She won her first race. Then my brother challenged me to race his horse, so we raced. There was his, mine and a horse called Tart from the mighty Ken Allen. No surprises who won. So I went and brought Tart from Ken!
My other top horses Auro is my stable star - an expensive auction purchase. In fact if you look at the history of my stable, all my top horses are/were expensive auction purchases. I have never had any home grown talent to be proud of and still wait for the one.
Before a big race I don't do anything anymore lol. I use to get nervous and watch the races, but now I tend to just log on and check the results. This has been down to my run in the finals. I no longer expect to place/win. I have had many favourites who just haven't performed on the day so I no longer get excitied lol.
My proudest achievements are building a stable that is now self funding and a major contender for honours.
My most memorable moment was my first ever challenge win. It seemed to take forever in coming, but thanks to another auction purchase finally arrived. Still waiting for the big race win though, the Derby is my main target and despite many major purchases, still illudes me!
My future goals include winning the Derby, the Juv classics and the Derby, maybe the Oaks, hopefully the Derby. As long as I win a big one, I can't call my stable a great stable until I have won the major races.
My advice for new members patience, patience and more patience. You have got to learn. It takes a lot of time. Don't expect to win straight away. Befriend an experienced player and chat to them and learn from them. Claim some older successful horses and learn from them. Build up you stable slowly. Decide what grade racing you want to play.
The best horse, in my opinion, belonging to a fellow member Unleash The Beast - always beating my Auro. Damn Steve, if only I had the money!
My favorite real horse racing event is The Grand National - a true race of grit, determination and steel. A bit like me trying to win a major RC race and pull a decent challenge horse for myself.
My involvement in real horse racing is just watching and betting on the major races now.
Bring back RC TV!!!!
RC Interviews Muggins Racing!
RC: What sparked your interest in Raceclubs?
Muggins Racing: My brother, Nick's Racing Yard, registered at Raceclubs and recommended me as “a refer a friend”. He showed me the site and that was it!
RC: What motivated you, to remain a loyal player on Raceclubs?
Muggins Racing:My first piece of motivation was to beat my brother, too easy. Now it is just the thrill of racing and pulling out that challenger, though I am still waiting for that to happen!
RC: When you started the game back in the beginning days, who was your personal motivator on Raceclubs?
Muggins Racing: My brother gave me advice at first. Then I was very lucky to receive help from Ken Allan. He was great at giving me advice and I picked up some very useful horses in claimers. Ken was always willing to answer my questions and kept encouraging me. I am forever grateful for his support and advice. A true gent.
RC: Are you involved in real horse racing and if so in what capacity?
Muggins Racing: Only betting. Like most people I like to wager, nothing big, but I do bet every Saturday and love spending the afternoon watching the horses.
RC: How does Virtual Horse Racing on Raceclubs compare to real horse racing?
Muggins Racing: My involvement in virtual racing far exceeds my involvement in real racing, so for me there is no comparison. Though money permitting I would love to own a real race horse and follow it from meeting to meeting.
RC: What are your favorite real horse racing events?
Muggins Racing: The Grand National, Ascot Festival and the Derby.
RC: When away from Raceclubs, do you have any other hobbies or interests away from virtual horse racing?
Muggins Racing: I am a dedicated sportsman. I run a local 5-a-side football team. I also play cricket every week for my local club. Come on the U's! Oh, and poker as well, though I play badly!
RC: Tell us about your first winner and your other top horses.
Muggins Racing: My first ever winner was Pince Pie, named after my childhood nickname. She was my free horse and romped home as favorite in her first, and my first, ever run, and on TV as well. Since then my star horse must be Boyhood Dreams. An excellent horse that brought in over £900,00 as a two year old. Always ran an honest race. Finished top in the sprint qualifiers table and two Getminted qualifying tables - though disappointedly never placed or won a final, despite running in 4 finals! Other top horses in my stable were purchased from auctions - I Wanna Be Adored, Ptolemaic Aspects and Royal Express - all fantastic horses with outstanding records!
RC: Tell us about your best win and why it meant so much to you as a stable owner?
Muggins Racing: A tough question. I will have to say I Wanna Be Adored's Epson Ladies Day win. It was the biggest amount I have won to date and the first time I have won one of the extra special races sponsored by Race Clubs.
RC: List some of your top achievements.
Muggins Racing: Finishing in the top 10 for owners and wins every month this year. I am really proud of this fact because I only joined the site at the end of October.
RC: Tell us about your most memorable moments on Raceclubs?
Muggins Racing: The first time I entered the lucky text tip on TV, I won. I was so nervous at being interviewed on the telly. My next one has to be Royal Rebels second place in last seasons Cesar final. It was my first every place in a major final. Thanks to The Clan for letting me buy the horse. The buzz of the finals is fantastic!
RC: What was you most embarrassing moment on Raceclubs?
Muggins Racing: I suppose in hindsight it was winning the tri-cast challenge for £300,00. I was one of 3 that won and was so excited by this I kept all the money to myself. I really should have shared with the two other owners. It was - I suppose, selfish to a degree, but I was just so chuffed to win I forgot about the other 2 players. Sorry all. Next time I will share!
RC: What would you typically do before a big/major racing event?
Muggins Racing: Smoke a fag! - Even though I don't smoke.
RC: What are your goals for future racing on Raceclubs?
Muggins Racing: I must win a final, I must! Please!!!!
RC: What advice would you give to New Raceclubs Members?
Muggins Racing: Patience. Far too often I read on the forums people expecting instant success or answers. It takes time. You have to study. You are not just given a degree at university, you have to work hard, and party hard to achieve that. Take the same approach to Race Clubs. Also, pick up good claimers, study them and learn. Invest slowly and only what you are willing