Last week we saw my Grandad pay his mortgage off with a large win and have enough change to take my Grandma out for dinner. If you missed that you can read it here.
I’ve a few things I was going to talk about this week and one of them was an approach toward ante-post betting. It doesn’t matter how successful you are as a gambler a bookie will always allow small bets to be taken on an ante-post market. There are many obvious reasons for this but the biggest one being is that they are so bloody hard to get right!
A method I have used which I still use to this day, in fact only at the weekend I placed a fiver (yes I know only a fiver but you’ll see my point in a minute!) on a horse I fancy at the Cheltenham festival. I have several bookies in my local town and I can’t place any decent stake in any of them on day to day racing but as soon as I step in with a fiver here and a tenner there they are all smiles. (insert expletive here!)
Anyway my point is the strategy. Throughout the jumps season we’re waiting for horses to come through that look like they have a chance of landing the bigger spoils that the festival presents itself with. As soon as I spot one I have it in my head and then go about investing slowly but surely on its chances. I’ll go for a swift half in my local. Change from a tenner? Going straight home? Stick the change on your ante-post fancy. Wife sent you out for more milk? Change from the fiver? Stick it on your ante-post fancy. Walking past the bookie with a pocket full of change? Only £2.47p in change? Stick it on your ante-post fancy. Getting the drift? Stick it on your……..no I’ll stop now!
You see my point. There is no point in getting greedy and lumping loads on at this early stage. Just invest your lose change as often as you can. Nothing that you are going to miss but over a period of 3 months you’d be surprised how much this can add up!
You get to the magical day and the horse fluffs it. Okay you’re gutted but you’ve not blown half your overdraft on it. The horse becomes a non-runner. Gutted again but you’ve not done your nuts because it was always just lose change. Just the same as putting it in the fruit machine at your local pub. Short lived entertainment but every now and again you’ll pull in a big return. When you do get it right it’s brilliant. It almost feels like free money!
I’ve pulled a few touches off in my time. Over three months I’d managed to get in total over about 25 betting slips around £180 on the Nicky Henderson trained Punjabi to win the Champion Hurdle in 2009. Literally all of the things above. Lose change from the pub, buying milk etc etc. Anyway long story short and the brown safety pants firmly locked in place on the day of the race, he won and I’d won just short of five and a half grand. To make it sweeter was the fact that I’d never really seen the stake! It really was like free money and the wife and I had a rather nice holiday out of it and paid off a few bills. Of course not to mention going into three different bookies in my local town and the managers faces looking like I’d just done a naked dance!
So if you know your stuff or you’ve had a tip off about a horses chance on the ante-post market give this method a go. You’ll not pull it off every year of course but every now and again you’ll hit the jackpot and for bugger all investment in terms of what you’ve staked!
For those of you that need a punt everyday though then you should consider joining my service. We did have a rough December which I openly admit but one losing month out of 17 profitable ones isn’t bad going and I intend getting another 20 before a losing one. January has been tough but my members are still in enough profit to pay for their subs and make a good second income.
I’ll be back next week with more thoughts and insights into the world of the geegeez but until then have a cracking week and good luck.