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.
Next in the betting at the current odds are Somersby and Petit Robin and the suggested alternative to lumping on the favourite at those skinny odds is to place your bets in the “without Master Minded” market, which means that you will profit if your selection wins or finishes in second place behind the Nicholls trained horse.
The two main dangers are best priced in this market with Totesport at 7/2 and 4/1 respectively and a win or 2nd place behind Master Minded for either will provide a +100% better return than placing the same stake on the favourite to win.
As we mentioned in the opening few paragraphs this year will be even tougher to come out ahead, and as a result, our management team held a brainstorming session, the output of which will be some major changes and significant benefits to our valued members. These will include contributions from new authors from the pro ranks an example of which is the recent addition of Dave Renham (Racing Post, Atttheraces, Racing and Football Outlook).
Also the monthly news report is undergoing an overhaul and the next edition will feature a more portable robust design and layout which will allow it to fit on bookshelf with other important media and include an Issue indicator on spine so easy to refer to and build a library of profitable methods.
If you would like 2011 to be the year of change in fortune you can find out more about the winning team here at Betting School.
Darren & Steve