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Most punters long for the sure thing, the nailed-on cert, even though they know it doesn’t exist. Some dream of drawing together a huge sum of money for the mother of all bets on a “good thing”, heroically risking all on one wager. In fact it doesn’t happen, because we all know that in any one race the unexpected can happen, and sometimes does. Most look on the uncertainty of racing as its biggest drawback, the flaw which prevents it from being a pathway to riches. Although many will have heard the old description of racing as the “glorious uncertainty”, that part of its nature is not generally looked on affectionately. Non-punters will customarily tell us that betting is “a mug’s game” and the punter is often stereotyped as a hapless loser.

I believe the uncertainty of the sport can become not only glorious but profitable too. Before that can become a reality for you it is necessary to reject permanently a feeling which so many punters have, that someone else somewhere else knows the winner.


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I had a horse that came in at 25/1 the other day, the problem was that the rest of the runners finished at half past twelve.

We’ve all been there. The guy in the pub, the phone call, the man in the know on the box or these days a text telling you that a horse is a sure thing in the 2.30. So should we follow gambles and inside information?

Greyhound Racing

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It’s good to be back with this first article of 2011 and I decided that it would be appropriate to cover greyhound racing in general.

2010 in my opinion was a fantastic year that saw some memorable races and outstanding performances from greyhounds and trainers alike, and I anticipate that 2011 will follow in the same vein. I have included some general information that will enable you to cross reference form from track venues in England, Ireland, America, and Australia and also include some general information on greyhound racing speeds and types of race.
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Make 2011 a year to remember!

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Against the backdrop of doom and gloom with the politicians calling for deep cuts in public spending putting many jobs at risk, which is at odds with the ever increasing costs of basics such as fuel needed to run our cars and keep our homes warm, 2011 promises to be one of the most challenging years in recent times. As a result there has never been a more appropriate time to change our habits for the better particularly if you have ambitions to create extra income from your punting activities.

We know from our own personal experiences at Betting-School that you have to think out of the box and continually be innovative to stay one step ahead of the ordinary punter in the on going battle against the old enemy the bookmakers. How many times have you placed a bet on your carefully researched selection for the weekend’s big race only to accept whatever odds your local betting shop has on offer.

A simple search on the numerous odds comparison sites will generally reveal a better price or in the case of each-way fancies better place terms. What may appear to be tiny differences can add up over the punting calendar but more importantly it is the first step in approaching your betting in a more professional manner.

An additional benefit by carrying out these simple price checks is that you may not have an account with the best priced bookmaker and in the vast majority of cases this can provide a guaranteed profit situation by turning the likely new account bonus into a nice earner. As one of the supermarket giants consistently state in their TV ads “every little helps”.

Moving on to this weekends action there were no withdrawals at the final declaration stage for Saturday’s Grade 1 Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot, which means Master Minded will have eight opponents as he bids to win the 2m1f contest for the second time.

The Clive Smith-owned eight-year-old, trained by Paul Nicholls, has looked back to his best this term and is best priced at 8/13 favourite to win the Victor Chandler. Nicholls also runs Tchico Polos, while Nicky Henderson also fields a couple of runners in the giant Mad Max and Petit Robin. Crack Away Jack, Gauvain, I’m So Lucky, Kalahari King and Somersby complete the line-up for the £105,000 race.

But does the 8/13 represent any value with the Nicholls yard having a recent slump in form including the mighty Kauto Star being turned over in last weekends rescheduled King George Chase.

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Punting Pointers: Keeping It All In One Place (Timeform Update)

A few months ago I shared with you a quick way of assessing the days racing using Timeform’s free race card tools via Betfair. As you are all probably aware things rarely stay static in this age of technology, and Timeform have recently updated their form reading platform with new graphics and features. The upside being, everything is now even easier to use because the navigation structure is much more fluent; very similar to the way the new Racing Post site works, but with the added advantage of being able to view accurate live Betfair odds for each race.

How many times have you looked at the betting forecast on the Racing Post website and then hopped over to Betfair only to find the runners arranged completely differently. Ok there are times when they are similar, but the live prices are a true representation of which horses are being supported and those which are friendless. Now we all know that this information alone is not the license to print money some would lead us to believe, but the fact that everything is in one place really does give us an instant overview of lots of inter connecting racing data.

In many respects the Racing Post copied Timeform`s original platform but made improvements to the navigation flow. As you would expect Timeform have responded by improving their existing model, and in my opinion they have made it much more user friendly than the RP, which undeniably is very good, but still a little cluttered.

With all this in mind let’s look at several ways to save masses of time when assessing races. If you don’t already use this approach, the following steps will get you up and running within minutes.Read More »Punting Pointers: Keeping It All In One Place (Timeform Update)