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If you've ever had the urge to write a betting preview of a race or big sporting event, now's the time to have a go! You'll have to do it for free but it's a great opportunity to collate your thoughts for better punting or to showcase your talent and expertise to future employers. It's also a great chance to break the shackles and unleash a strong opinion that mightn't be allowed out in other places for you!

Above all, I want to see knowledge and opinions. Generic, short previews can be found anywhere - show the world you know what you are talking about and it's worth reading your material right through to the very end. If the tip wins, that's great, but more important is making people think, particularly about angles they may not have considered previously.

Next week is obviously Cheltenham, if that doesn't float your boat then there's Dubai World Cup night, The Championships in Sydney, Aintree, Punchestown, the return of the Flat season in Britain, the Masters golf, Eurovision..... (actually Eurovision is booked for resident Euro-tragic Andrew Hawkins) but you get the idea. Drop me a line via the comments here or on Twitter if you're keen to join in!

And if you've written on the blog and attending Cheltenham early next week, I might even buy you a drink...


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