Thats a good way to look at it. I'd look for the guy who's winning in a bunch of different one loft races so you know it's not just that his birds just get in their top from from the way that they are handled in that one loft. Not all birds are the same and if you took the same birds and they all were handled and trained differntly there could be a different winner.One way to think about it is if a guy will spend $1000 to enter a bird into a big race it is his best. Now look at his record and if that is good, obtaining that bird will probably save you years of getting there yourself. Look for a guy that wins his fair share of big races. Buy one of his birds he sent to a race.