Talking Horses: our tipping contest triumph and New Year’s Day pointers

By: Guardian sport and Greg Saturday 1 January 2022

Zanza could get the better of Coole Cody at Cheltenham … and there is good reason to follow Greg Wood’s advice

The Guardian’s racing correspondent, Greg Wood, was the UK’s leading newspaper tipster in 2021, finishing several lengths clear of the opposition in the Racing Post’s annual National Press Challenge in his first year as our lead tipster.

Wood went to the top of the table in June and maintained a clear lead for the second half of the year, in a contest based on the total return to a notional £1 stake at starting price on all selections. The Guardian’s picks over the course of 2021 had the highest strike-rate of any tipster at 27.6%, and showed a return of just under 92% on turnover, nearly 2% higher than the runner-up.

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