Introducing The Clockwatcher
Born in Nottingham England, Steve Furnish, better known as the Clockwatcher, has been involved in horse racing for over 38 years. His career in the industry began when joining Ladbrokes bookmakers way back in 1982. Initially employed as a betting shop manager, he progressed quickly within the company and was at one time in control of over 40 outlets in the Birmingham area, England’s second largest city.
From 1997 until earlier this year he was employed by the Sporting Post, one of South Africa’s leading horse racing publications. Initially employed as an assistant handicapper, the Clockwatcher analysed performance of the local thoroughbreds on a daily basis, and not just in terms of handicapping. A big fan of time, the Clockwatcher has developed his own standard times, and produces his own very successful speed ratings. He has also been involved with sectional timing and making contributions to the editorial department.
The son of a life long Nottingham Forest supporter, the Clockwatcher was a season ticket holder from the tender age of 5, and has a first class understanding of European Football. Indeed, Nottingham Forest under the guidance of the legendary Brian Clough won the European Cup (the fore runner to the European Champions League) in both 1979 and 1980.