As the world’s one and only The Wine Tipster, Neil uniquely combines his successful career in the wine and bubbly trade with his extensive horse-racing knowledge. He believes that racing and hospitality go hand in hand, and has made it his mission to share this with both industries.
Since 2014 Neil has worked for The Jockey Club as a tipster and resident sommelier writing articles on wines, spirits and soft drinks for the races. He also works with Jockey Club Catering as a broadcaster and presenter in restaurants on race days, working alongside Chefs to develop wine lists, engaging with guests, and championing racecourse hospitality to the media. Neil has worked with famous chefs such as; Michel Roux Jr, Raymond Blanc OBE, Clare Smyth, as well as the course Executive Chef across the country.
In addition to regularly presenting at Ascot, the QATAR Goodwood Festival, and the York Ebor Festival. Neil also brings his charismatic presenting skills and expert knowledge of hospitality to the racing world as a regular on;
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Neil joined Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs, live from Cheltenham Racecourse for the second day for the 2023 Cheltenham festival. The group discussed how Neil has combined his love for food and drink with his love for racing. Oli Bell also joined the team to discuss his position within the racing world.
Everybody still wants to get dressed up and you are still having lots of chats about what people are wearing, which I think is great. People want to come and have a special dayNeil Phillips
Neil features from 5.46 – 11.41. Click here to listen to the full episode.
As The Wine Tipster, Neil provides tips for all the top race meetings in his weekly Unibet Racing Blog since 2018.
The Wine Tipster blog also features Neil’s recommendations for wine and horses, as well as how to celebrate race meetings in person or at home.
Neil has been an ambassador for Racing Welfare since 2019, passionately promoting their work with the British horseracing workforce, by acting as a voice for hospitality and staff wellbeing in the racing industry.
Neil is a partner in the successful racing syndicate My Racing Manager, which was created by Elli Morgan. The syndicate has had two Cheltenham Festival winners with Coo Star Sivola and Flying Tiger, and has horses with Dan Skelton, Philip Hobbs, and Venetia Williams.
One of the syndicate’s horses Funambule Sivola, trained by Venetia Williams and ridden by Charlie Deutsch, came 2nd in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) (GBBRace) at Cheltenham Festival in 2022 at 40-1. In February 2023 he won the Games Sprint Chase at Newbury for 2nd successive year, breaking the course record with a brilliant performance. He ran in the 2023 Champion Chase, falling at the third and was absolutely fine afterwards. Still only an eight-year old, Funambule Sivola has a very exciting future ahead of him.
The Wine Tipster is also looking forward to seeing Hermes Du Gouet run over fences this season and Deafening Silence returning to action after an eye-catching third at Chepstow last October.
Please get in touch with Neil if you would like more information on becoming a syndicate member.
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