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Flat Racing Fan Converted to National Hunt 

So often we find ourselves liking one thing more than an the other. Never the twain shall meet. No, I'm not talking about that old TV sitcom starring Donald Siden and Windsor Davies (''You lovely, boy''). That series lasted a decade and I was never quite sure what it was all about. I'm simply mentioning that so many racing fans love either one code more the other. For those who have no idea about horse racing there are two codes: Flat & National Hunt. One is about running fast with no fences, while the other is trying to run fast and jump those dreaded obstacles. Read more...

Brilliant Russian Slot Machine Cheat
How to cheat slot machines
Staff at the Lumiere Place Casino, St Louis, had noticed something strange. For a couple of days several of their slot machines had gone 'haywire''. 
What confused the staff was that several slots machines had made a loss. Considering the software was guaranteed to return 7% profit on every dollar gambled it was an anomaly that shouldn't be possible! Someone was cheating! Read more...

Zombie Crowd Head to Betfred
So many times punters bet without really thinking what they are doing. A race card is pinned to the wall of the local bookmakers and a hoard of zombie bettors shuffle over to revel in the hubbub. Grunts, groans and the odd scream fall from the lips of grey faces in search of the next winner. They hear a voice from the box on the wall detailing the betting for the next greyhound race at Romford. The crowd drift toward the screen looking up with interest as if someone was waving a fresh carcass for them to devour. Read more...

3 Stupid Bets You Must Read 
Some punters just love to bet. You've heard about those people who would bet on two flies crawling up a wall. I always wonder if there is a finishing line or whether the loser is the first fly to fly off into the sunset. The world of betting is built on a foundation of stupid bets. The kind of idiotic bets that get to make the press. Sure, they are a good read. They are amusing, funny, laughable and often incredible. However, would you like to have your name published as being the said bettor? What a tag to write home about. Read more... 

Punching Below Your Weight 
Mayhem at Goodwood. Nothing to do with the winner of the 2:35. No photo finish needed to settle this battle to the line.  Instead, the headlines detail - of all things - a fight at Goodwood. Not 50 drunks or have a go heroes - two well-known jockeys and a bunch of fives. Pistols at dawn. Handbags at high tea. Whatever...it's not good to horse racing if this hits the headlines. So what happened? Read more...

Smooch The Cat Places Winning Bet 
It's not every day you win when playing online slots - especially when you are a cat! Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and that was the case when Smooch the cat placed a winning bet which made bookmakers reel. Mark Smith couldn't believe his luck when playing slots on his laptop. ''I always play slots every Sunday for a little bit of fun and relaxation. Smooch had been sitting next to me on his favourite cushion fast asleep. I played for about twenty minute without much luck.'' Read more...

Tic-Tac The Bookies Secret Code
Tic-Tac The Bookies Secret Code
It used to be a familiar practice at racecourses up and down the country. Tic-Tac, a non-verbal system to communicate betting around the racecourse, so bookmakers could keep up to date with betting moves, especially if a big bet had been placed. In 1999 there were only three practitioners left: Micky ''Hokey'' Stuart, Billie Brown & Rocky Roberts. These days of Tic-Tac have long gone. Read more...


A Winning Day At The Races
So, the four of us went to Great Yarmouth races. That's me, Tony, Gareth & Danny. It was Danny's idea. He said: ''Are you interested in going to Yarmouth on the 31st July?'' We didn't take much convincing although Tony had intended to work. As it tuned out, it was a good idea. Travelling by train, we got the 8:34 from March, the heart of the Fens. I wouldn't call myself a carrot cruncher but we did chat to a bloke later in the day who mentioned webbed feet! Read more...


They Loved Their Racing
Time doesn't stop for anything. Not man nor beast. The day comes when all we have left are memories. Those images of days we once took for granted. Now appreciated. I so wish we could go back in time, just for a moment, to sit with old friends, family and strangers with a common voice: horse racing. My love of horse racing came from my late father, Colin. He loved going to Great Yarmouth every September to the Eastern Festival, which is still going strong and very popular. That week brings a lot of people and business to the Norfolk coast.  Read more...





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