Ignore horses who are edgy and not cool, calm and collected – unless you are aware that this is their usual demeanour.
Forget about paddock inspection for jumpers, who spend too much time wrapped up in rugs.
Study horses with the light behind you and your head held still.
Never only look at the horses you fancy – check out the whole field.
Look for a coat with ‘real lustre’.
Sprinters must have broad chests, be well muscled and look powerful, from front, sideways and behind.
Try to listen out for the horse’s breathing – ‘You don’t want something you can hear coming a mile off.’
Big feet are an asset on soft ground.
Two year olds – the bigger and taller, the better.
Horses displaying evidence of sexual excitement – ‘You’re better off leaving them alone until they’ve had their knackers removed.’

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