ProLays: Meet the Professional Punters


Every Wednesday on The Hub, professional punters from across the country will be nominating their LAY of the week. 

Meet the team of pro punters below.

Racing Watch –

John Walter – @J_Walter23

John has worked in racing going on 16 years. Staring out as a Bookmakers Clerk in the Sydney ring and providing form to a select group of clients. He spent time working with leading Sydney trainers and breeders in an effort to expand his knowledge of the side of the business he knew little about.

When working on track he was approached and went to work for the highly regarded Humbleton Pty Ltd – where his knowledge base for video watching and form analysis was greatly broadened through their intensive training program. Upon leaving Humbleton he jumped the fence going to work privately for a prominent bookmaker – before eventually settling in risk management for a major corporate.

Working in a number of roles throughout the industry has allowed John to form an understanding not just of form study, but what goes into training and more importantly peaking of horses. All of which assists in trying to maintain an edge over the market.

For the past 5 years he has been concentrating on providing information on thoroughbred racing to Owners, Trainers and Punters alike through his company He has also recently entered the realms of Jockey Management – taking on Sydney rider Joshua Parr.

Punting Form –

Shane Baker – @PuntingForm

Is your best resource for Horse racing form guides, sectional ratings, sectional times, odds comparison and systems building tools. It’s an interactive form guide and database that allows through research across all Australian race meetings. We at Punting Form believe that punting is a legitimate investment strategy. Like all investments, statistical analysis underpins the ability to intelligently identify opportunities to profit. With Punting Form, you are in control of your investment strategy.

Ratings2Win –

Paul Daily – @PaulD01

Ratings2win delivers the best racing Intelligence developed by punters for punters. Accordingly, Axis is Australia’s leading horse racing software and database; with sophisticated form analysis tools and accurate horse performance ratings for TAB meetings. Our Mission Statement is “To arm our clients with the necessary tools, information, knowledge, education and understanding that enables them to profit from racing on a consistent basis”.

Champion Bets –

Trevor Lawson – @lunchandpunt

Analyst Trevor Lawson has made his living punting professionally on Victorian racing for the past 20 years. Using his own independent form analysis, track walking, focused video reviews and an intimate knowledge of each horse, Trevor has been consistently beating the bookies for years.

Winning Edge Investments –

Geoff McMurray – @mcmurray_geoff

Geoff has been studying pedigree analysis of race horses for the last 20 years, primarily targeted for the mating of broodmares with stallions, and the selection of weanlings and yearlings at sales. Geoff has provided pedigree analysis services for breeding or sales selection in relation to a number of high quality horses including Group 1 winner Griante, Group 1 placegetter Bondeiger, and Group 3 winner Thames Court to name just a few.

Geoff recognised that the application of pedigree analysis could be utilised in studying race form. Geoff uses a combination of pedigree analysis, video and sectional analysis and detailed form analysis of weights, barriers and jockeys in targeting value winners.

Geoff has spent the last couple of years working with a number of leading stables in Melbourne as their Racing Manager. His knowledge of the racing industry and pedigree analysis skills provide him with a unique ability to identify winners where others cannot. His service with Winning Edge Investments made over 80 units profit in its first year of operation.

Winning Edge Investments –

John Lawson – @Johns_Analytics

John Lawson is a full-time professional punter who has been betting professionally for over 10 years. Starting with developing his own ratings from his own horse racing database which formed the basis of his selections, John has now added a data science approach through engaging a Data Scientist (PhD) expert who reviews the ratings and builds rating, betting and selection models that allow John to keep up with the twists and turns of an ever-changing marketplace, and stay one step ahead of the bookies. His John’s Analytics selections are now available through Winning Edge Investments.

John McLeod –


Macbet has been supplying information to industry participants including Trainers, Jockeys, Officials and Punters for over 10 years. The Queensland service includes Ratings, speed Maps, betting strategy and comments on each runner as well as an Audio update for each race to the clients mobile for our Premium service.

Our four products are-:

  • Macbet Gold
  • Macbet Audio
  • Macbet Platinum
  • Macbet Diamond –

Ben Krahe – @racebk_com

Ben Krahe started his bookmaking career fielding on the NSW dogs circuit before moving to the Corporates ten years ago. After stints at Betstar, Sportsbetting and Bet365 he turned professional in 2013 and the website was born in 2015.

The website provides a full consulting experience for the racing and sport industries. It provides tipping subscriptions, previews, a chat room and the most recent venture – horse syndication. You can also find podcasts hosted by Ben providing useful information about topics such as “framing a market”, “beating the bookies” and “how to read a market”.

The bensbest tipping service provides tips and full ratings for NSW and Victorian Gallops, NSW, SA and Tasmanian Trots and Victorian Greyhounds.

Racing Rant –

Marc Lambourne – @justideal

Fearless, intelligent & provocative commentary on & analysis of Thoroughbred Horse Racing.

Punters Show’s Glenn Pollett and Marc Lambourne provided six years of sophisticated yet streetwise insight into the Australian horse racing landscape, often with a light touch. They now combine the perfect blend of wit and wisdom at At RacingRant they are joined by “Gordo”, making his debut media appearance, and providing more of an off-course perspective.

Pro Lay contributer Marc, was targeted early on as protégé material, firstly by esteemed bookmaker/punter Tom Moore, then rails trailblazer Peter Todd. He sat at the feet of these form gurus, and determined to explore every nuance the racehorse form game had to offer. Marc has been providing his insightful assessments to most of the key players on the Sydney wagering landscape as well as trading upon them himself since 1987. He believes strongly in the dissemination of information and ideas, and has become renowned for his “Pearls of Wisdom”.

Dickos Mailbag –

Jack Dickens – @dickosmailbag

Jack primarily focuses on Mounting Yard Assesments for Vic Racing, which he does with Drew Patchell from Jack has provided form-based betting plans to clients for over three years. He credits both Marc Lambourne and Glenn Pollett from as the biggest influences in his punting journey. Jack’s Saturday Mounting Yard Mail is available via

Other meetings and staking plans are available via