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JUMPERS TO FOL­LOW 2017-18 By Paul Fer­gu­son

£10.95 from www.bet­trendsshop.co.uk IF you’re too busy to read this re­view, thoughts on Paul Fer­gu­son’s book can be summed up in two words – buy it!

Paul has been with Rac­ing Ahead since Day One so read­ers won’t need telling that a mas­sive amount of re­search has gone into the 11th edi­tion of his an­nual. Any­one fa­mil­iar with the also ex­cel­lent Mark Howard books will be right at home with the for­mat.

First comes the top prospects for the sea­son ahead. Each horse has a page of its own with Paul’s thoughts on their prospects, along with an in­di­ca­tion of best go­ing and dis­tance pref­er­ences.

There are 40 horses there but the book delves much deeper try­ing to find stars be­fore they be­come stel­lar.

Un­der The Ham­mer looks at key pur­chases from the sales and there is plenty of anal­y­sis of horses at the start of their ca­reers else­where.

It’s not all on Paul’s judge­ment be­cause Harry Skelton, Nick Scholfield and Jamie Codd also weigh in with run­ners to watch in the com­ing months. Those reg­u­lars are boosted by the thoughts of Jeremiah McGrath and Noel Fe­hily.

This is where Paul’s hard work and con­tacts come into play. Many ‘horses to fol­low’ guides are put to­gether with­out speak­ing to many trainers and jockeys. That is clearly not the case here.

Around The Yards is an­other use­ful fea­ture where the au­thor looks at more than 50 trainers and picks a good prospect or two from their sta­ble.

The pro­duc­tion is clear and classy with the price of £10.95 more than rea­son­able for the amount of in­for­ma­tion on of­fer.

So there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one in a book that has be­come an es­sen­tial part of win­ter for any­one who loves their jump­ing.

STICK OR TWIST By Keith Sobey

From £10.95 at www.ama­zon.co.uk Bet­ting on horse rac­ing fea­tures plenty of ups and downs and Keith Sobey has had plenty of both.

His au­to­bi­og­ra­phy has two ar­eas of in­ter­est for rac­ing fans. First, the au­thor dis­cusses his meth­ods for pick­ing out horserac­ing selections. Many books have been pub­lished with less ma­te­rial than this sec­tion alone.

Sec­ond, the book fea­tures the story of how he built the Cen­taur Group which man­aged bet­ting funds on be­half of clients among other things. The story of that com­pany’s rise and fall is an­other in­ter­est­ing tale.

There are plenty of thrills and spills along the way and there are lessons to be learned for the busi­ness world as well as the rac­ing world.

You don’t come across books like this very of­ten and it’s well worth a read.

To or­der, call 07960 849472, or visit www.stick­o­rtwist­book.com

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