The main topic on the football front this week has been the destruction of Man Utd by a rampant Leicester outfit last Sunday however I have no doubt that Van Gaal will get it right before long.
Mind you Pellegrini, Mourinho, Wenger and Rodgers have a mountain to climb if one of their teams is to succeed in Europe. The Premier League is not looking very premier after recent results against the Germans in particular. In fact I will walk naked from Brighton to Hove if an English team win the Champions League but don’t panic it’s only one yard from one side of the border to the other.
Did any one see the documentary on B.B.C. 2 on Monday evening Millions by the Minute? It was about trading on the currency and Stock markets where people working at home try to make a living by forecasting which way the markets will go either up or down.
Two guys from the Midlands set up their own business investing for others and managed to get a handfull of professional footballers as clients including Leon Best who invested 100 grand with them to play the markets. There was also a nurse and an antiques dealer who gave up their day jobs to become traders.
In many ways it is so similar to speculating on sports betting as the same principals apply. You must have skill, a low risk strategy and be confident in making consistent profit. Also when you make a losing trade or a run of losing trades it must never ever effect your daily life or put you off your stride as if it does you are in the wrong business.
In many ways trading is similar to one of the betting methods I use which is playing the place markets on Betfair. I have perfected a system where my stake is split 80% in favour of a place and 20% on the win portion of the bet. It gives you a huge advantage of finding profitable races and when you hit a winner it’s an added bonus.
Of course you must know which races to play in and that’s the skill factor. The risks are small and the rewards many. Also I run with a small team of traders putting bets on for me so Betfair don’t realise the size of my stakes and also if I have a losing bet my team can deduct losses off their next winning bet.
This brings me on to another important point as I know lots of punter get approached by tipsters to put money on for them which is fine but if they don’t offer you the opportunity of deducting losses when they give you a winner don’t get involved as they are not the real deal.
We have a reasonable days racing in prospect today and Howies Hottie goes in the 8.20 Kempton on the Mick Appleby trained Art Scholar who will be ridden by Tom (Frankel) Queally. The gelding has dropped from a rating in the 90/s since winning the November Handicap in 2012 down to a winnable mark of 79.
If the gelding can recapture a little of his old sparkle he should go well at a working mans price.
Harrisons Cave trainer K.Dalgleish – A nice winner the other day and this shrewd young trainer might have found a clue with this well handicapped gelding who can win again.
Mission Approved trainer L.Cumani – Ran well at Ayr from a bad draw where all the sprint winners came on the other side of the course.
Minalisa trainer Rae Guest – 2nd in the Ayr Gold Cup from a rotten draw and I have no doubt must have won with a high draw.
Jack Dexter trainer J.Goldie – Yet another to run well from the wrong side at Ayr. With a better trap and softer ground he must soon go close.
Kiama Bay trainer Jim Best – Just caught out by the extra 2 furlongs at Plumpton. A return to 2 miles could see him chalk up another win.
Milord trainer K.Bailey – Another that might benefit in trip reduction as not even A.P. could get him home at Uttoxetter.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.