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I mostly bet on football and horse racing and tend to make 'mug bets' pay. I'm quite a selective punter and will only bet on certain types of match/race and I shy away from shorter price favourites.

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Shergar Cup 2016 Tips and Thoughts

Aug 5th, 2016 at 12:07 Horse Racing 4 comments

I do love the Shergar Cup - it divides opinion and fair play to those who want to avoid it completely but 10 runner class 2/3 handicaps at Ascot provide some great betting opportunities - especially when you can rule some of the runners out because of the jockey bookings. I did a preview a couple of years back and despite a poor start it ended up giving a 10/1 winner, …

Over 40 Future Flat Racing Winners (Hopefully!)

Jun 26th, 2015 at 14:28 Horse Racing 5 comments

I did one of these lists on here a couple of years ago and it threw up plenty of winners and we are at that stage in the flat season again where I feel I have a good list of well handicapped horses to go to war with. As usual the list is comprised mainly of 3yos that have run in very strong early season 3yo handicaps. Some probably won't …

Friday And Saturday Racing Tips And Analysis

Oct 2nd, 2014 at 14:47 Horse Racing 1 comments

We are getting to the stage in the season where there are fewer and fewer flat meetings and whilst the mid summer flat season has too much racing for many, I do like having many races to choose from. It's quality over quantity this weekend and as I prefer handicaps to graded races there isn't too much action that I'm interested in from a betting perspective so I'll cover both …

Saturday Racing Tips and Analysis 27/09/14

Sep 26th, 2014 at 17:27 Horse Racing 5 comments

Whenever I write these blogs for Saturday's racing there seems to be a going change, this season more than ever. It's probably a sign of the unsettled British climate but at least this weekend the weather is set fair so in these previews I am expecting the ground to be on the fast side of good at Newmarket, the slightly slow side of good at Haydock, good to soft at …

Saturday Racing Tips 20/09/14

Sep 19th, 2014 at 15:04 Horse Racing 0 comments

Some very good racing this Saturday and as usual it is the competitive handicaps that catch my eye, although it is fair to say I've been scared off by exactly how competitive some of Saturday's racing is. As usual I've thrown in a few forecasts and tricasts as I feel there is some great value in these bets and hopefully the bets below will produce some sort of profit (hopefully …

Final 2 Days Of York’s Ebor Festival - Tips And Thoughts

Aug 21st, 2014 at 15:35 Horse Racing 0 comments

With two more days of great racing to go there look to be some nice bets at very nice prices still to be had. I'll mainly be concentrating on some of the bigger, solvable looking handicaps but I am also interested in the Nunthorpe Stakes where a horse heralded as the potential star of the sprinting world now seems the forgotten horse in many respects. Friday 1.55 Probably the most confident bet I'm having …

Shergar Cup 2014 Tips And Thoughts

Aug 8th, 2014 at 13:53 Horse Racing 1 comments

The Shergar Cup gets a lot of stick and to be honest, the whole idea of it is pretty horrible. It's also a bit nauseating listening to pundits go on about it like it's some great occasion. HOWEVER! It does present us with 6 good class 10 runner handicaps which look very solvable, especially as around half the jockeys are at a huge disadvantage. The foreign jockeys mostly have little, if …

Glorious Goodwood 2014 Tips and Thoughts - Days 4 & 5

Jul 31st, 2014 at 16:10 Horse Racing 0 comments

Glorious Goodwood rolls on and once again this preview will cover 2 days' worth of action with both Friday's and Saturday's races looked at. There looks to be the threat of some rain on Saturday but it shouldn't be enough to affect the going which remains good to firm at the time of writing. Friday 3.05 The first race that interests me on this card is the Betfred Mile, although admittedly this …

Glorious Goodwood 2014 Tips and Thoughts - Days 2 & 3

Jul 29th, 2014 at 15:19 Horse Racing 0 comments

Goodwood continues and since Day Two looks as though it will be a very quiet day for me betting wise I'll cover both Wednesday and Thursday in this preview. The weather looks good for both days so there should be no nasty going changes with fast ground horses set to have their day. Wednesday 1.55 A smaller field than we usually get for this extreme stamina test and it nearly always pays to …

Glorious Goodwood 2014 Tips and Thoughts - Day 1

Jul 28th, 2014 at 15:32 Horse Racing 0 comments

Glorious Goodwood starts on Tuesday and whilst Goodwood isn't my favourite punting track it does provide us with some top class action to get involved in. There will be the usual share of hard luck stories but hopefully I can pick some that can avoid the trouble in running and bring home the bacon. I'll be concentrating mostly on the handicaps this week with the odds dabble in graded races …

How To Make Money From 3yo Handicaps - 2014 Edition

Jun 11th, 2014 at 12:16 Horse Racing 5 comments

So I wrote a series of blogs last flat season that culminated in my list of horses to follow. That list can be viewed here and considering I admitted I wasn't as confident in the list as I had been in previous seasons I was very pleased with the results with most of those runners producing a decent profit. I mentioned in that blog last year that I'd struggled to find …

Some Of The Best Outright Top Scorer Bets At The 2014 World Cup

Apr 24th, 2014 at 13:54 Other Football 0 comments

The Top Goalscorer market at major international tournaments has to be my favourite to get involved in. Although you can't entirely rule out many of the leading contenders (backed up by the amount of dead heats we've had at recent tournaments) you can pinpoint the worst and best value picks and there are usually some very good bets lurking at very nice odds. There are several important factors to consider before …

Some Of The Best Team Top Goalscorer Bets At The 2014 World Cup

Apr 17th, 2014 at 17:00 Other Football 0 comments

This week I am looking at one of the slightly less obvious but slightly more interesting betting markets at the World Cup, the team top scorer betting. It's pretty self explanatory but for those that aren't familiar with it, basically your bet just has to outscore his team mates. I like this bet as the team you are betting on doesn't necessarily have to perform well for your bet to …

Some Of The Best Stage Of Elimination Bets At The 2014 World Cup

Apr 10th, 2014 at 11:20 Other Football 0 comments

The World Cup countdown continues with just 62 days to go until the start of the tournament in Brazil. Last week I looked at some of the best group bets and this week I'm looking at one of my favourite markets at the World Cup, stage of elimination. The best bets in this market are usually the ones on teams that should go out in the Second Round. If a team …

Some Of The Best Group Bets At The 2014 World Cup

Apr 3rd, 2014 at 16:20 Other Football 0 comments

Some might think it's still early but the World Cup gets underway in just 69 days and there is some nice early value to be had in some of the World Cup groups. VALUE is the key word here, we all know that Brazil and Argentina are going to win their groups but backing 1/10 shots isn't going to get us rich any time soon. In my opinion these are …

How To Stack Goalscorer Odds In Your Favour - Home And Away Stats

Jan 27th, 2014 at 15:04 Other Football 3 comments

For me goalscorer bets are one of those that most commonly favour the bookies - yet are very popular amongst punters.It's undoubtedly a fun bet to place but what information do we have that the bookies don't have? Simply put, the most likely goalscorers are those with the shortest odds and we are pretty much guessing with our bets. So how do we gain an edge? A year ago almost to …

Teams Not Trust Based On Home Or Away Form This Season

Nov 13th, 2013 at 16:31 Other Football 1 comments

After another weekend of shock results in the Premiership I was wondering how many of these are avoidable. Not many would have foreseen Chelsea dropping points at home to West Brom, they were a minute away from losing their first home game in 65 Premiership matches for Jose Mourinho during his two spells at the club. However the warning signs were there for backs of Man City at just 2/5 …

November Handicap Tips And Preview

Nov 8th, 2013 at 15:17 Horse Racing 3 comments

The flat season has been going out with a whimper for some weeks now and the curtain finally comes down on officially on Saturday at Doncaster. The November Handicap is often a good punting race and it's one I look forward to as a last opportunity to make some decent money on the flat. Here are my thoughts on Saturday's field: Aiken Well in on his best form but he's been well …

Horse Racing Tips - Friday and Saturday at Doncaster and Newbury

Oct 24th, 2013 at 16:16 Horse Racing 0 comments

I think most flat racing fans have been mostly starved of decent betting contests on a regular basis in recent weeks as the season winds down but there are plenty of decent handicaps over the next couple of days and as usual I'll be concentrating on those rather than better class races such as the RP Trophy. Here are some thoughts and tips for Friday and Saturday's racing at both …

England World Cup Squad - Are There Any Interesting Bets?

Oct 16th, 2013 at 14:50 Other Football 3 comments

So England will be at the 2014 World Cup, first test passed. But who will be in Roy Hodgson's final squad? Not many will have seen Andros Townsend's recent call up coming and even fewer will have expected him to make the impact he did. He now looks a shoe in to make the squad (best price 1/2) but are there any other players that are going to play their …

Saturday Horse Racing Tips From Chester, Haydock and Newmarket

Sep 26th, 2013 at 15:43 Horse Racing 0 comments

Hopefully some people read last week's blog as although I only put up one winning race out of five, that winning race included a winning forecast tip with the exacta paying over 200/1. Not sure I can expect that sort of return again this week but hopefully I can highlight a few horses that should run well. As usual I am writing this on Thursday so assuming the ground is …

6 Moments That Will Make Every England Fan Smile

Sep 24th, 2013 at 16:28 Other Football 0 comments

The passionate support for the England national football team seems to have dwindled slightly in recent years. Here are some of England's proudest moments to help remind us why we support the England team through the good times and the bad. Bobby Moore Lifts The World Cup At Wembley England's one and only World Cup triumph came almost 50 years ago on home soil. A Geoff Hurst hat trick in the final …

Saturday Horse Racing Tips From Ayr, Newbury and Newmarket

Sep 19th, 2013 at 16:01 Horse Racing 1 comments

Loads of good handicaps this weekend which is perfect for betting habits and it looks as though we'll be dealing with fairly testing ground at Ayr and at Newbury whilst the going shouldn't be too bad at all at Newmarket, one week ahead of the Cambridgeshire meeting. Ayr 2.40 6f Handicap The Gold Cup, as is often the case, looks too competitive for my liking but the Silver and Bronze Cups can usually …

Doncaster St Leger Festival Tips - Days Three And Four

Sep 12th, 2013 at 16:56 Horse Racing 0 comments

Two days of Donny left and there has been a mixed bag of results so far but fortunately I've managed to highlight two winners so far including Clon Brulee at an early price of 14/1 for those that were quick. There is the usual mix of quality and quantity over the next couple of days and hopefully I've highlighted some bets that can make it a profitable end to the …

Doncaster St Leger Festival Tips - Days One And Two

Sep 10th, 2013 at 16:08 Horse Racing 0 comments

In my eyes Doncaster is probably the fairest course in the country from a punting perspective with very few biases meaning the best horse usually wins. Therefore I really look forward to the St Leger meeting where there is certainly some top class racing and here are my views on a few races on each of the first two days of the St Leger meeting. As usual my main focus …

Saturday Horse Racing Tips From Ascot, Haydock and Thirsk

Sep 6th, 2013 at 18:44 Horse Racing 0 comments

Ascot 1.55 These big field 7f handicaps at Ascot are normally near impossible to solve but there are only 18 runners here rather than the usual 30 so that makes things a bit easier. Pythagorean is the most interesting horse for me in this field, he's been extremely unlucky on two of his last three starts and then was badly drawn last time out. He ran off 89 three starts ago …

Has Transfer Deadline Day Made Ante Post Football Betting Impossible?

Sep 3rd, 2013 at 14:23 Other Football 3 comments

Over the last decade transfer deadline day seems to be becoming one of the biggest days in the football calendar. Even the FA Cup final doesn't get the same level of coverage. With so many big moves going through once the season has started I am posing the question, is it now impossible to make solid predictions before the season starts? A Day Of Woe For Manchester United I think the answer …

York Ebor Festival Tips And Preview - Days Three and Four

Aug 22nd, 2013 at 15:45 Horse Racing 0 comments

Not a bad start to the Ebor meeting with Broxbourne winning on the opening day when looking most likely to finish mid division just a furlong from home. That horse drifted to 6/1 for some reason before the race meaning best odds guaranteed backers went home happy. On Day two both selections returned a profit with Frog Hollow placing at a decent price and The Fugue winning comfortably. Day Three 1.55 …

York Ebor Festival Tips And Preview - Days One And Two

Aug 20th, 2013 at 15:33 Horse Racing 0 comments

This used to be pretty much my favourite meeting of the year but I think the move to 4 days has diluted the quality and I've also found York a hard track to punt at in recent years. Horses often fail to give their running which is odd for such a ‘fair' track and I think it has something to do with the drainage work. Ascot is another course that …

Premiership Opening Day Preview And Bets

Aug 15th, 2013 at 17:30 Other Football 2 comments

The new season is finally here, it seems like we've been waiting an age but the wait is over. The first day of the season can be considered a poor betting day as you don't really know how teams are going to get on with new players/managers but the bookies don't know either so we have as much of an edge as we always have in my opinion. There are …

Premiership 13/14 Season Preview And Bets

Aug 15th, 2013 at 11:13 Other Football 1 comments

I wrote a blog with some very early thoughts on how the Premiership would go this season shortly after last season ended and whilst some of my thoughts have changed a little, most of what I said then is still how I feel. I'll split this blog into sections/markets and the first section will be based on the team I support. Spurs I consider myself a pretty realistic fan but I do …

Shergar Cup Betting Tips

Aug 9th, 2013 at 14:50 Horse Racing 0 comments

The Shergar Cup gets plenty of abuse and whilst I have no interest whatsoever in the jockey competition aspect of things, I do think it provides some great betting opportunities. Six good class, relatively small field handicaps in which half the jockeys are pretty unlikely to win round a course like Ascot. Last year there were some truly shocking rides by some of the foreign jockeys (and also a couple …

Glorious Goodwood Tips and Thoughts - Days 4 & 5

Aug 1st, 2013 at 12:34 Horse Racing 0 comments

It's been a pretty quiet Goodwood for me this week with question marks over the ground and the draw (which has looked less important than in previous years) but with drying ground for the rest of the meeting we should see more of the Glorious side of Goodwood and hopefully some glorious betting opportunities too. Day 4 1.55 Lost In The Moment got into all kinds of trouble on his seasonal debut despite …

Glorious Goodwood Tips and Thoughts - Days 2 & 3

Jul 30th, 2013 at 14:14 Horse Racing 0 comments

Day 2 Showers are due overnight so whilst I'm not expecting the ground to soften up any further, I'm expecting it to ride pretty similar to Tuesday. On the assumption that the ground is something like good to soft the following runners should go pretty well, better than their prices suggest hopefully. 1.55 This race over 2m5f is always a race I like to get involved in and it usually pays to race …

Saturday Racing Tips From Ascot and Newmarket

Jul 25th, 2013 at 14:21 Horse Racing 0 comments

Some really competitive racing this Saturday and some really competitive handicaps which are right up my street. The going at both Newmarket and Ascot is good at the time of writing and it should dry a little bit and then soften a little bit on Saturday afternoon when the showers arrive again, but most showers should come after these races. If anything changes significantly between now and the beginning of …

How To Make Money From 3yo Handicaps - Mid Season Update

Jul 18th, 2013 at 13:34 Horse Racing 10 comments

I'm not sure how others feel about this flat season so far and I'm interested to hear from other followers of 3yo form about how they've been getting on. For me it's been a bit of an odd season so far, normally by now I have a list of around 20 horses that I would consider as ‘max bets' next time out having run in particularly strong 3yo handicaps that …

Saturday Racing Tips From Ascot, York and Newmarket

Jul 12th, 2013 at 15:13 Horse Racing 0 comments

With so much good racing on Saturday I thought I'd add my thoughts and some tips to my blog. I usually prefer to bet on good class handicaps and there are plenty on Saturday so should be some good bets and there are a couple of non handicaps I'll be having an interest in. Ascot 1.55 I usually don't get too involved in sprints but quite a few horses that are on my …

Coral Eclipse and Sandown Saturday Tips

Jul 4th, 2013 at 14:06 Horse Racing 0 comments

I'm off to Sandown on Saturday so thought I'd share my thoughts since I've been going over the cards in some detail. Fortunately the weather looks very settled so I can base all tips on the assumption of good to firm ground. 1.30 7f Handicap Only 8 runners so this shouldn't be too difficult to solve. Plover looks likely to be the warm favourite and I've been trying to handicap this horse …

Northumberland Plate Tips, Thoughts And Tricast!

Jun 27th, 2013 at 13:03 Horse Racing 1 comments

I mentioned in the thread I started on the horse racing forum for this race that it was one of my favourite races in the calendar. There should be few hard luck stories over 2 miles making it a good betting race and I don't think this year's race is necessarily too hard to call so I'll be working my way through the runners here and hopefully pointing people in …

Royal Ascot Day Four - Thoughts And Tips

Jun 20th, 2013 at 17:23 Horse Racing 0 comments

Having incorrectly predicted a going change for day three of Royal Ascot I'm going back to good to firm selections as there isn't much rain forecast anymore. 2.30 Albany Stakes Another 2yo contest so I won't really be getting too involved, a token selection is the favourite Sandiva who has at least proven herself to be up to this sort of class and although there are any amount of improvers in the …

Royal Ascot Day Three - Thoughts and Tips

Jun 19th, 2013 at 13:24 Horse Racing 0 comments

A few risks with putting this up early as the ground on Wednesday was changed to good to firm but there is plenty of rain forecast from after racing throughout the rest of the week. I'm going to assume ground that is roughly good (good to soft in places) as it won't take too much rain after the recent watering to get into the ground. 2.30 Norfolk Stakes These two year old …

Royal Ascot Day Two - Thoughts And Tips

Jun 18th, 2013 at 16:01 Horse Racing 1 comments

2.30 Jersey Stakes As usual a big field and a competitive race and not one where I usually find a huge edge. We have a couple of horses stepping down in class at the head of the market and it could come down to who appreciates the drop in trip more out of Gale Force Ten and Garswood. The former has shown the better form to date but I think Garswood …

Royal Ascot Day One - Thoughts and Tips

Jun 17th, 2013 at 12:56 Horse Racing 0 comments

2.30 Queen Anne Stakes A race that revolves around the favourite Animal Kingdom. This horse could be the shortest priced runner all week but I think he's worth taking on. This isn't the strongest race unfortunately but still we have an 8/11 favourite that has only won 5 of his 11 starts. He has also run twice over a mile and been beaten both times. Despite this I do think he's …

Two Weeks Until Royal Ascot - Some Early Trades

Jun 4th, 2013 at 14:05 Horse Racing 2 comments

There is only two weeks to go until the start of Royal Ascot and we have a fair idea now of what is likely to run and what the weather should be like (although that can turn any minute here). I thought it would be a good time to highlight some horses that I think are overpriced, either for trading purposes or just for a nice value bet on the …

The Earliest Premiership Ante Post Preview In History

May 28th, 2013 at 11:07 Other Football 4 comments

Ok it's a bit early to be thinking about placing our ante post bets for next season but some of the most important clues about next season come from how teams finish off the previous season so it makes sense to take an early look at what we can expect from each club. Then we can look again once most of the transfer activity has been conducted and see if …

How To Make Money From 3yo Handicaps - Update

May 16th, 2013 at 12:49 Horse Racing 2 comments

I recently wrote This Blog highlighting the benefit of following the form from a Nottingham Handicap and although my first recommended bet ran poorly (most likely down to the ground) I still believe strongly that there is money to be made from following many of those runners next time out. Friday 17th May at York Unfortunately six of the first seven home in that Nottingham race all come together in the 5f …

Is Win To Nil An Underrated Market?

May 14th, 2013 at 11:24 Other Football 8 comments

A lot of the football markets that I am interested in these days revolve around low scores or one team not scoring and one of my favourite football bets, and one that always seems to surprise me with ho much value it offers, is the win to nil market. There are plenty of teams that I don't think are value to win their matches at the odds but then when you …

Chester Cup 2013 Tips And Analysis

May 7th, 2013 at 14:23 Horse Racing 1 comments

The Chester Cup takes places on Wednesday and it is one of my favourite handicaps of the year to try and solve. Badly drawn horses and hold up horses can often be at a disadvantage around the tight turns of Chester and I think I've found a runner who is massively over priced. My usual tactic in this race is to start with the lowest drawn horse and work my way …

FA Cup Final Stats

May 6th, 2013 at 16:32 Other Football 0 comments

FA Cup Final Stats: 13 of the last 19 FA Cup Finals have been won to nil. 9 of the last 19 FA Cup Finals have been under 1.5 goals. 13 of the last 19 FA Cup Finals have been under 2.5 goals. 17 of the last 19 FA Cup Finals have been under 3.5 goals. 3 of the last 19 FA Cup Finals have required extra time, 2 of those …

How To Make Money From 3yo Handicaps - Race 1

May 2nd, 2013 at 12:56 Horse Racing 7 comments

I recently wrote a blog about finding many well handicapped 3yos to go to war with over the flat season (read here How To Make Money From 3yo Handicaps) and I've recently done my first look through the 3yo handicaps to date in order to find the best races so far. Many races haven't had a chance to work out yet but one race I picked up on is already working …