Two questions I often get asked are who do you think was the best trainer and who do you think is the most successful pro gambler?
Well as far as trainers go you could make a case for many including Hannon, Cecil, Stoute and the two O’Briens Vincent and Aiden but the number one for me is Michael Dickinson.
Michael has achieved two of the greatest ever feats in British racing when he trained the first five home in a Cheltenham Gold Cup and saddled 12 winners in one day. He then went to train in America winning nearly all their top grade races. The mad genius as he is fondly known is also the inventor of Tafeta the best artificial racing surface.
Now as for pro gamblers for me it’s a no brainer as just one guy is head and shoulders above the rest. This is Tony Bloom chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion. Tony nicknamed the Lizzard because he is ice cool has won millions at his hobby playing poker but his expertise on football betting is beyond belief.
He did run an internet bookmaking company called Premier Bet specialising in Asian Handicaps that was sold for big bucks and now he runs his empire from state of the art offices in London where he has an army of bet placers working for him.
Another person I know very well, has made a fortune from a very simple horse racing system. Lets call him Harvey as this guy goes under the radar. Harvey was a successful diamond setter in London’s Hatton Garden making jewellery for the racing sheiks and wealthy footballers when he decided he was fed up working.
So he decided to retire to Pattaya in Thailand where he set up this simple system of waiting for a jockey to ride a double and then bet on their remaining mounts hoping they would make it a treble.
It is quite amazing how often this comes up, only in the last 12 days Luke Morris, Ruby Walsh, Richard Johnson, Barry Geraghty and on Monday Robert Winston a four timer. Harvey has his band of bet placers in the UK and makes a packet while relaxing on the beach.
While I’m at it I will give you a little system I use to make extra cash this is quite simply the each way treble but using mostly first or second favourites.
If you have the ability to pick decent value jollies at about the 2/1 mark put them in a treble if all three win it pays about 25/1 and invariably they are in the frame which still shows a small profit on the bet.
At the moment the racing is unpredictable with all the wet weather so I’m going to stick to the artificial surface at Lingfield for today’s Howies Hottie. Lets go with Golden Desert in the 2.00 o’clock. The gelding will be ridden by Graham Lee and the combination landed a right touch for me a couple of weeks ago when given a brilliant ride by the jockey coming from last to first. Probably best backed each way as he will need luck in running but if Graham finds the gaps he is handicapped to go in again.
O Gorman Trainer G.Brown – left his challenge a shade to late at Kempton last week but the horse is on a good mark and I expect him to take plenty of beating next time.
Rakaan Trainer J.Osborne – Another who landed a right touch for me being one of my recent eyecatchers. He is in good form as are the stable and another win is on the cards.
Jack the Gent Trainer George Moore – Led the field a merry dance until tiring which is not surprising after a long lay off. Should be fitter next time and worth looking out for.
Teaforthree Trainer Rebecca Curtis – Down the field in the Hennessy but we were told he needs a few races before he is cherry ripe. He is being aimed at the Welsh National which is his main target this season.
Back next Wednesday Be Lucky.