A round up of my 2019 – my trading journey and experiences!

2019 trading round up

Tomorrow is the start of a new year – 2020. So I thought today I would give a round up of my 2019. How it’s been for me, and things I have learnt on the way.

So, I created this website www.greenfilly.com this year, the exact date of my first post was January 26th. You can read it here – The start of my trading journey begins today!

Since that post I have wrote 57 posts on this site, created 8 pages and had 55 comments. Not bad for a first year. It took up quite a bit of my time in the beginning but I have enjoyed documenting my trading journey.

I have had quite a few people email me interested in my journey so I think this site was worth it. The idea in the first place was to create it for me really to look back on my stupid mistakes I made in the process to becoming a full-time trader, and if it helps other people on their trading journey as well, then all the better.

The start of the year

I was doing pre-race trading with Steve Howe –  Its a mugs game and In-running with Matt Gibson – Hunting For Profit.

That has all changed now. I’m still with Steve Howe but I made the decision to leave Hunting For Profit. The reason being, I just wasn’t making any progress. I thought being an ex-jockey would give me a huge advantage for in-running, but the way Matt teaches it wasn’t.

I stayed with Hunting For Profit for most of the year, I even attended his workshop in November, it was after the workshop I made the decision to leave. It was costing me money every month and I wasn’t getting anything out of it anymore. I miss the banter with the guys in the skype group, they were a nice bunch but it’s like a cult following these trading groups, once you leave your forgotten.

I don’t regret joining HFP one bit as I did learn some things from there but it just wasn’t for me long term. 

I do keep in contact with a couple of people from there but that’s only because they joined the group I am now in. Which I will go into more detail later.

Worst part of 2019

The people who have followed my blog for a while will know, that in April this year I lost the first man I ever loved. My dad. Worst few months of my life.

He had dementia and leading up to his death it was a waiting game, just waiting and watching him fade away. He is at peace now, no more suffering. 




Trading took a back seat for a while after, then in June I ended up in hospital with a slipped disk.

I had to have a steroid injection in my spine, and I was on my back for about a month.  I am pretty much all sorted now though. I have a follow up appointment at Ipswich back specialist on the 8th January, so I’m hoping I can start going to the gym again. So that was the worst part of the year for me.

The best part of 2019

Discovering the trading group I am in now. Spectre Racing Pre Race Academy

It has been a game changer for me, and I will be forever grateful to Steve who contacted me and recommended it to me.

Steve who runs it is the nicest guy you will ever meet. He has been brilliant, calls me on the phone, talks me through trades etc.


I actually feel so positive now about my trading journey and can’t wait to see where I am at the end of 2020.

I still use pre-race now and then and I am still very active in Steve’s Morning racing room, it’s something I enjoy.

Also, personal highlights – My daughter finally passed her driving test in September, she turned 18 in the December.

I went to Edinburgh in March for a Mindset weekend with Dr Joe Dispenza. This was an amazing experience and you can read all about it here. My experience with Dr Joe Dispenza.

My other half took me to Norway in May on a cruise ship, that was fabulous. Norway was so much more beautiful than I had imagined. There are a few more photo’s here. Norwegian Fjords


round up of my trading in 2019


So this year has been a mixed bag but I try and focus on all the good things that have happened rather than the other way round.

What I have learnt

The things I have learnt is to be patient and to trust the process. My discipline is finally sorted out, it took me along time to realise that if you don’t have discipline and patience you won’t succeed as a trader. It’s not easy, there were times I thought I would never get my head around this part of trading but with perseverance I have finally got there. If you read back on my trading journey you will see the struggles I have had.

My advice would be – Never give up. You will get there in the end but it won’t happen overnight. Have patience and you will get there. 

What I am grateful for

I am grateful for everybody I have met on my trading journey. Some people have been amazing, others not so. Some want to see you succeed, some would love you to fail. Unfortunately that is what the trading community is like. 

There are a few who have been very helpful and I am grateful I have got to meet them through this journey. This year I have been focusing on the positive people. People who are constantly slagging off other traders and trolls on social media I don’t have anytime for. Life is too short and so much better when filled with positive people.

What I am looking forward to in 2020

The next chapter will I’m sure bring new challengers which I am ready to face. I intend to keep up with this blog and hopefully it will help people just starting out on their trading journey.

I’m looking forward to growing my YouTube Channel. I started it not too long ago. I’m a little out of my comfort zone with it but it’s something I enjoy doing. 

Most of all I’m looking forward to where my trading journey takes me. I now have the tools that work for me. My mindset is all sorted out so there are really no excuses why I can’t make this full-time.

A tribute to all the horses we lost in 2019

I can’t let the year pass without paying tribute to all the racehorses we lost in 2019. This is the very sad part of racing and one I will never get used to. I appreciate all these wonderful horses. Below is a video I put together to remember them.



As the door closes on 2019, I’ve had the chance to reflect on the year I have had.

The highs – seeing some amazing places and having the pleasure in meeting some lovely people. Really making progress with my trading and just grateful that I am healthy.

The lows – losing a loved one, having health issues (which is sorted now).

I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has been and visited this site this year, read my blog and commented, also to the subscribers on my YouTube channel who have commented. I really appreciate it.

I wish you all a Happy New Year and really look forward to see what 2020 brings.

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3 Replies to “A round up of my 2019 – my trading journey and experiences!”

  1. It was lovely meeting you recently. Along with yourself I have tried numerous different ways to be a successful trader but really do believe I/we have now found something that works with patience & discipline why not.
    A positive way to finish 2019 on plus looking forwards to a great 2020.
    All the best Si

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