Pro punter

Ian Har­ri­son’s heart­felt plea for more non-hand­i­caps

Racing Ahead - - CONTENTS -

Irec­om­mended Un de Sceux in last month’s edi­tion of Rac­ing Ahead and he didn’t so much win as lead a pro­ces­sion. I think we are see­ing a star in the mak­ing. As the Ir­ish bat­tal­ions marched in I kept my hand in my pocket. I feel it is a waste of time try­ing to pre­dict win­ners in fields of twenty plus.

I love the Cross Coun­try race which re­minds me of the many happy times rid­ing in event­ing.We need the re­minder that the start of Na­tional Hunt rac­ing was led by the hunts. There were hunts­men dressed in pink lead­ing some of the pa­rades but I no­ticed that Chan­nel 4 didn’t show them. We are deny­ing the roots of jump rac­ing and shame on them for pan­der­ing to the lily liv­ered who love the ver­min foxy woxy. If you’ve ever owned chick­ens in the coun­try you will know what a ver­minous pest the fox re­ally is. He kills the whole coop for fun. I no­tice in my lo­cal su­per­mar­ket that there are dou­ble the char­ity gifts for an­i­mals than for home­less peo­ple. We re­ally need to toughen up. Peo­ple come first, not an­i­mals.

The book­mak­ers have crip­pled rac­ing in Bri­tain through the ser­vices of the BHA. They are heav­ily rep­re­sented there and I no­ticed one day last week there was only one non-hand­i­cap race from three meet­ings. The book­mak­ers have sys­tem­at­i­cally de­mol­ished non-hand­i­caps and those are the races that were bread and but­ter to the pro­fes­sional backer.Novice events used to be non-hand­i­cap and they tried to elim­i­nate them but the train­ers stopped that move. The book­ies an­swer was to come up with hand­i­cap novice events. They also make novice favourites odds on. Ev­ery lit­tle helps as they say.

I vis­ited my lo­cal book­mak­ers to find no­body fol­low­ing the rac­ing and a queue for the roulette ma­chine. They will never learn. £1.7 bil­lion is spent on FOTBs ev­ery year. Each ma­chine makes £1,000 a week profit. It all went wrong when the Na­tional Lot­tery was started. One book­maker banned a punter who won a five horse ac­cu­mu­la­tor when he tried to place the same bet the fol­low­ing Satur­day. You couldn’t make it up. All they want now is the gam­ing ma­chines. God bless Bet­fair.

This sit­u­a­tion has been gath­er­ing pace for a cou­ple of years now and has made my life very dif­fi­cult with fewer and fewer pro bets ev­ery month.So I de­cided to take a close look at hand­i­caps to see whether I could find an an­swer.

Af­ter a few days buried in the form book I hit gold.See ad­vert for re­sults at March 14 when this copy went in. In the end it all comes down to ex­pe­ri­ence and race read­ing.You are try­ing to get in­side the trainer’s head and see what he is up to. It takes a lot of time and ef­fort but for re­sults like th­ese it is worth it.

Wanna make money from bet­ting? Just op­pose the Eng­land cricket and foot­ball teams.A guar­an­teed money maker.

The Grand Na­tional is nearly upon us and all I can ad­vise is to take a look at the speed fig­ures in the Rac­ing Post and pay at­ten­tion to all those who have run over the course be­fore.

This list will be a big help and be­ing the Grand Na­tional it would be ad­vis­able to bet each way. You need to do some race read­ing and knock out all those that will never see out four and a half miles.

Ian Har­ri­son has man­aged Gold­crest since 1985.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.