Saturday, 5 January 2019

The Pegasus Pick 24

This January, it is a big turning point of the Stornachs in the third year of The Pegasus World Cup which is now declared to be a championship series with a dirt and turf race in the tracks of the infamous Gulfstream Park, Florida. 

Racing fans will not only see the intriguing race for the Invitational as they will also witness on the same day the Turf Invitational race live and online through 

This exciting upgrade for the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series will include the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational for Grade 1 4-year old to thoroughbred horses, with a wire-to-wire possibility on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles offering $4 million for the winner of the 12-horse field and a $7 million debut on the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, to be run on the turf at 1 3/16 mile. 

The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational will replace the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap and aims to attract and showcase 12 of the best turf horses from around the world as they compete for a $3 million first-place prize. 

Betting the Pegasus World Cup now gets bigger and better with high rise money at stake for both races. 

In addition, The Stronach Group will offer a $1 million bonus to the owner who wins both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational and will be introducing a new race day wager, the Pegasus Pick 24. 

The Pegasus Pick 24 will provide fans with the chance to bet on the exact finish order for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. A $5 million bonus awaits the lucky fan that hits on the Pegasus Pick 24. This feature at the Pegasus itself makes the odds be seen clearer than the players expect it to be with the help of TVG’s betting strategy exclusively for their members.

The appearance of the previous winners for the 1 ⅛ mile race is expected in this championship series. It will be a tough fight for 2017 horse of the year Arrogate and reigning champ Gun Runner this time. The expected turfers who are now stocked to take part in this richest race in the world ever would be a thrilling close distance race from Glorious Empire, Aerolithe, Magical and the rest on the line. 

Having your TVG online betting account will give you a strong undercard with ample opportunities on the day to win some money from betting, a chance for you to take part in the richest race ever through betting which is the next best thing you can be proud of yourself other than owning one of the runners in the Pegasus World Cup itself. 

TVG has a full real-time race schedule and the live online coverage of any of their 150+ tracks such as Aqueduct, Arlington Park, Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Gulfstream, Golden Gate Fields, Keeneland, Monmouth Park, Santa Anita, Turf Paradise, Saratoga and many more. 

NBC Sports will provide you with the live coverage of Pegasus World Cup--the most-awaited horse race of all time, which you can watch online through New players are advised to sign up for their account to avail their special offers and be ready to place their bets. 

This online horse racing experts also provide a searchable list of all horse racing track lists, results and payout info from around the country and the world for the convenience of your betting scheme. 

The odds for the Pegasus Cup will be determined on the night through a method known as Pari Mutual betting which actually means “amongst ourselves”. This is the best way to describe Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) which is the betting type of TVG. Common pools for each type of wager in a race are created by the amount bet on each horse or bet type. 

Essentially, a bet placed by a patron is wagering against all the other people betting on the race. The odds will fluctuate depending on how much money is wagered on each horse. In simple terms, the shorter the odds means the higher the racer get the bets and most likely known and will be the winner. 

What’s more to this is that you will get exclusive access to amazingly in-depth information such as expert analysis, TVG’s pick and tips, details of past performances and even race replace in their Handicapping Store. Addition to everything that has given to you and available at the store are insightful blog posts and of course information on betting on Pegasus World Cup and other races. They also offer live promotions and wager rewards for their members. 

Members, new players? Are you ready for 2019’s Pegasus World Cup Championship Series? 

Place your bets wisely and legally with TVG.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

He won £10,000 at the casino. Why stop betting?

betting, Uri Geller, Casino
It's interesting to watch others gamble. To appreciate their understanding, philosophy & methodology.

Perhaps most gamblers don't even consider this point. For many, gambling is just something you do: pastime, hobby, fun, buzz... It can be any number of things. Some psychologists may even say that really people gamble because they want to lose. 

''Although, I guess some people consciously think ''who gives a f***'' 

We've all seen people betting like that. Bizarre.

Each to their own. Only a fool limits others. I could watch some random bloke in the bookmakers, bet in hand, and think ''what does he know?'' 

But what does he know? 

The truth of the matter is unless you know really know someone they may be the best or worst gambler in the world. Although it is part of the human condition to make inferences, it doesn't pay to think you know others. 

It pays for each individual to question, reflect and learn from what they do in all aspects of life including gambling. With self-reflection, we have an opportunity to learn. I would rather learn from my mistakes, even more, others. Why? 

Because they are usually less costly for us, personally, and help keep us on the right path which may lead to success. 

I went to Grosvenor casino at Great Yarmouth on Friday night. I went with my two brothers. It is a social evening rather than going to take them to the cleaners. For anyone who knows anything about gambling at fixed odds, it would be a stupid exclamation. Do you think you can beat fixed odds? The casino rake will slowly, slowly, slowly...take its profit (your loss). 

The only way you can win betting at the casino or any fixed odds is to get lucky, stick your winnings in your pocket, and go home. If you go to the casino once a month with that approach you may even win money. If you get lucky. 

I don't bet much money at the casino. I bet on the roulette. A single number and corner. If the single/corner number comes up it pays 43-2. In that sense, if I get lucky, my little bit of luck pays 43 x £5 = £215. If that coincidence comes early in the evening it's a good day. I put the money in my pocket, or at least my stake, and conclude, with a smile: ''You won't be winning anything from me tonight.'' 

There was a bloke at the casino with his wife, playing roulette. She was standing by watching proceedings. He didn't look like he had two five pence to rub together. But as I have said, it doesn't pay to limit others. For all I know, he may have been the richest man in the room. The staff knew his name, so he was clearly a regular. 

''He was betting £300 a spin. He bet wide and far across the table with £5 chips. Plenty of stacks of chips on single numbers''

I like watching people bet. Why? Because I know about betting from a professional perspective. I never bet for fun on my speciality of two-year-old horse racing. I bet because like a professional stockbroker - it's business. Every gamble in life, unless it is illegal or insider trading of some kind, is the same. Don't be fooled into thinking one gamble is different to another. The only difference is the person and their understanding, knowledge, professionalism, insight...or lack of it. The best gambler, investor, call him what you may, wins. 

I bet at the casino for ''fun'' but even then I try to play with some logic. I don't even like saying I bet for ''fun'' even at the casino but it is one of the few exceptions to my rigid rules. Principles, guidelines, foundations to your gambling knowledge are the key to success. 

''I don't like losing'' 

I definitely don't bet to lose. I can take a small loss at the casino because I do class it slightly different being more sociable (still hate saying those words). Thankfully, I am winning. Truth.

But back to this bloke... 

He wasn't doing too well, then hit on a winning streak. Number nine was hot and he got lucky a good few times. After a couple of hours, he cashed his money to £100 chips and had probably four or five grand. 

Not bad. 

However, my question, thoughts, understanding, wasn't to do with the amount of money won.  

What went through my mind was: ''How do you view your gambling?'' 

He was clearly a regular at the casino. He mentioned the day before he won £10,000. Did he regard himself as a pro gambler? You know what I'm thinking, hey? Or you should do if you have any understanding of gambling. 

Fixed odds. It is the equivalent of betting at a table and the banker has horns sticking out of his head, a ruddy complexion, and the room feels rather warm. In fact, you just placed a bet against the devil himself. No f****** wonder he's smiling. 

Fix odds. How can you win long term? Infrequent bets. Perhaps. Cheating. You can win cheating. You need that in your armoury of skills (especially at the casino). 

''But the security is tighter than Uri Geller's underpants''

You won't get out the door with a bent spoon from the restaurant. 

Good luck to all gamblers. I love to see a winner. Only a loser wants to see someone lose! But if you bet too regular at the casino I would fear that one evening that devil will steal what once looked to be a burgeoning purse. 

When betting it pays to stop and consider whether your bet is based on skill. 

I mean you wouldn't want to play chess against a world champion unless you knew better or fancied you had the odds in your favour? Skill is an asset which you can use to win. Fixed odds like to wave their magic wand with the illusion that you can beat the book.It is the hardest, strongest, most confident, ruthless opponent you will ever meet.   

Long term you will lose.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Kyllachy Wins Nunthorpe Stakes For Henry Candy (2002)

Kyllachy Wins Nunthorpe Stakes For Henry Candy (2002)
Foaled on February 25, 1998, and named after the country estate of William Mackintosh, Lord Kyllachy, in the Scottish Highlands, Kyllachy was a strong, good quartered individual, who raced exclusively over the minimum trip and was renowned for his blistering acceleration. In fact, in his four-year-old season, he was hailed as the most exciting British sprinter since Lochsong – Cartier Champion Sprinter in 1993 and 1994 – and the best horse in Europe over 5 furlongs.

Owned by Thurloe Thoroughbreds and Cheveley Park Stud and trained by Henry Candy at Kingston Warren near Wantage, Oxfordshire, Kyllachy was sired by high-class sprinter Pivotal, out of Pretty Poppy, by Song. He was a fair, if unremarkable, juvenile but, nonetheless, made a perfect start to his racing career when winning a lowly median auction maiden stakes race, under Chris Rutter, at Chepstow on his debut on August 10, 2000. He was also successful in a 0-100 handicap at Sandown on his three-year-old debut; off a handicap mark of 90, he cruised into the lead, under Kieren Fallon, passing the furlong marker and won easily, by 5 lengths, from Elsie Plunkett, trained by Richard Hannon Snr.

However, it was not until 2002, when ridden on all five starts by young Irishman Jamie Spencer, that Kyllachy began the rise through the ranks that was to take him to the top of the sprinting tree. In April, Kyllachy readily won a 0-110 handicap at Newbury by 1¾ lengths, off a handicap mark of 103 and, consequently, started 2/1 favourite on his next outing, in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket, the following month. His first start in Pattern company was a winning one, but only just; having been held up, Kyllachy barely came out best in a five-way photograph for first place, winning by a short head, a short head, a neck and a short head. 

Nevertheless, Kyllachy was stepped up in class again in the Temple Stakes at Sandown in June, for which he was sent off 9/2 third favourite behind 4/1 joint favourites Invincible Spirit and Misraah. Having employed exaggerated waiting tactics at Newmarket, Spencer appear more inclined to allow Kyllachy his head on this occasion and, having made headway on the wide outside with two furlongs to run, the pair strode clear in the closing stages to beat Vision Of Night by 4 lengths, with Smokin Beau and Bahamian Pirate – who’d finished second and third at Newmarket – trailing in their wake. 

The partnership attempted to extend their winning run to four in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot just over two weeks later, for which Kyllachy started 11/10 favourite. He travelled easily throughout but, having been denied a clear run and switched inside in the closing stages, had to settle for a never-nearer third, beaten a head and half a length, behind Dominica and Continent. 

The moral victor at Ascot, in the eyes of most observers, Kyllachy faced both Dominica and Continent again when stepped up to Group One company for the first time in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August. He started 3/1 favourite to reverse the Ascot form and so he did, but not without a daring, nay, audacious piece of riding by Jamie Spencer. 

Drawn in stall 15 of 17, on the near side, Spencer deliberately missed the break, dropped Kyllachy in last and started to tack across to the far side rail. As a result of the manoeuvre, Spencer was, by his own admission, 10 or 15 lengths behind the leaders at one point but, when asked for maximum effort, Kyllachy demonstrated his trademark acceleration, forging ahead close home to beat Golden Jubilee Stakes winner Malhub by half a length. Sadly, his first Group One win was his last. Recurrent soreness behind his off-fore knee, attributed to bruising, interrupted his preparation for the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp and he was retired, having won six of his 12 races and over £211,000 in prize money.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

How Do You Make A Tip Selection?

So What Do you Know?
Interesting story. 

A friend asked one of his mates: ''How do you pick a horse to bet?''

He replied: ''Like everyone else!.''

For most people, this may sound like a fair answer. It's what someone would probably say in reply. Perhaps if they had thought about how they actually make a selection by writing down their approach, they may be surprised how much work goes into this process. Conversely, they may not be any great process at all. 

''I like the sound of that horse's name!''

In truth, I think such a reply ''Like everyone else...'' is quite humorous in ways if not a little naive. I wouldn't be too critical about it, because it was a quick answer to a quick question. However, if they sat down for thirty minutes and still gave the same answer, I would be more critical in the sense that I would question whether such a perception can help make their betting pay. This self-assessment can help people learn.

Everyone has a different style of betting and making their tip selection(s). It could be as unique as your fingerprint. You have your way which makes you different. There isn't any right or wrong. It is just how you work and process information.     

However, how each person actually comes about making a selection can vary to the extreme. If I wrote down each stage of my process (and the understanding behind each) it would equate to a mammoth amount of data. From my perspective, this isn't observed because it is implicit. The difference between a successful gambler and one who fails can be understood from this very process. Not to say that a simplistic approach cannot yield winners. I know a number of significant trainer statistics which I can almost guarantee year in year out will result in a nice points profit. It is as simple as noting a horse/trainer at a given point in time. I won't say any more than that because it's not in my interests to detail the facts. 

If you want to understand your procedure, then write down each thought as you think. It's not easy to be objective and detail your stream of consciousness but it can be revealing. In some respects, your knowledge of horse racing is like someone revising for a test. If your knowledge is thin, you may well struggle to achieve a pass rate let alone distinction. 

However, it never pays to limit others. If someone makes their racing pay then they are correct. Even if you can't understand their process or just have an idea it can't work doesn't mean you are correct. It is foolish to try and assess anyone without data. As the scientific quote details: without objective testing theories are only guess however good. Limit someone at your cost because they may give you a knowing smile and think I know what I'm saying for a fact, Bozo. 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Casinos, Horse Racing and Woolly Sheep!

Bjorn Nielson & East Wind Racing Ltd
Well, I'm back from Great Yarmouth's Eastern Festival. Three days of racing action and a good time had by all at the casino in the evening. I must admit, I do enjoy the brick and mortar casinos but for those who love playing online, take a look at and follow lucky number 33 on the roulette which served me very well on the Norfolk coast. A single number and corner is a good plan because if you get lucky it pays well.  

Looking at the result for today's racing. Plenty of two-year-old races to review. A number slip into two divisions. Nine juvenile races in a little over two hours!

These backends two-year-old races reveal a mixed bag of horses. Those fit and primed for the day, others sent out for a run, while a few look more like sheep.

Always love John Frankham's quote: ''That one looks a bit woolly!''

So what have we seen on this autumn afternoon? Perhaps a couple of two-year-olds who will be winning sooner rather than later - most probably next start. Ideal betting opportunities to get stuck into.

1:30 Nottingham - 

Keep an eye on Karl Burke's Exalted Angel. This bay colt, a son of Dark Angel, is held in some regard by connections and seriously backed from 14/1 [Betfair] to 4/1 SP with bookmakers. He ran on well, finishing third. I suspect connections were half anticipating a win. Will go well on his second start. A decent prospect. 

1:40 Salisbury - 

A fair course to spot talented two-year-olds. Ed Walker is a superb trainer to follow and Ginistrelli is worth putting in your notebook. This bay colt is a son of Frankel out of a twice-winning mare. Racing in the familiar silks of Bjorn Nielson & East Wind Racing Ltd, this 475,000 guinea yearling purchase ran on with a purpose to finish fourth in the hands of Gerald Mosse. Definitely, a horse you want to be with next time out. 

Thursday, 15 November 2018

What's the Strangest Bet in History?

Las Vegas Tattoo
Love to bet? 

In this modern age of gambling, almost half of the population love to chance their luck. Whether it's horse racing, football, tennis, a night at the casino or you can't keep away from those online slots. There's one thing you can guarantee - you're not alone!

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I guess, the majority of punters bet on pretty normal stuff. You may find the odd person who specialises in something unusual, exotic or plain wild. They may keep it quiet almost embarrassed by their preoccupation. Let's face it, come 25th December, someone will be looking out of the window to see if it's a white Christmas. Get in! 10/1 winner with a few snowflakes falling from the heavens.

There must have been some very strange bets placed over the years. A population of billions of people on planet Earth. There must have been a number of very, very, very strange bets. 

Searching the internet we found a couple of bets that you may consider very strange if not a little humorous.

A Tattoo Too Far

We can't be sure this particular character won a bet for the most absurd tattoos but he was infamous for all the wrong reasons. This bloke's branding may not have come to our attention but for being arrested. The mugshot showed a man in his early twenties and inked on his forehead were the words: PSYCHO. On one cheek he had a tear and the other a heart. What are the odds of seeing some like that down your street? 

Clever Bet for a Big Guy

Betting isn't always about the fittest, strongest, best athletes. Surely the big, rotund bloke has no chance of winning a race against a young whippersnapper? As we know, the wise man builds his house upon the rocks. Which tells us something very important when gambling. 

The wise, intelligent and cunny often take the spoils. 

The story originated back in 18th century England when local butcher Mr Bullock challenged the Lord of Barrymore to a race. Mr Bullock was a big, big man. In this day and age, he would be considered morbidly obese. He liked his food and enjoyed pies. He was unfit, slow, and looked to have little hope of winning. 

The Earl of Barrymore was fit, ready and eager. He was an athlete. How could he possibly lose? 

Such was his confidence that he placed a huge bet on himself. He was a short-priced favourite. 

To make the challenge fair, Bullock asked for two conditions:

  • A 35-metre head start
  • He chose the course 
The Earl was so sure he would win, he accepted. No conditions could stop him winning. 

Mr Bullock, the canny soul, chose the race to be held in London with very narrow streets. With his 35-metre lead, his ample size blocked the Earl's path and there was no way he could pass the burly butcher who tormented his opponent by chomping on one of his pork pies as he crossed the winning line. 

Be careful not to gamble with a fat man with a pie. 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

The Value of Riding Lessons for Young Children

riding lessons fro children
Most young children that learn to play soccer, never become professional soccer players, but grow to love the sport. The same can be said for most children that learn to ride, never become professional equestrians but develop a love and respect for horses. There’s a huge value in introducing young kids, ages ten and over, to horses. Whether you select English or Western the positive impacts can be the same. Children will learn more than just how to ride a horse. Basic principles of respect, personal responsibility and care for very large animals are the products of a sound training program. Take these recommendations from the equestrian experts when introducing your child to the world of horses.

The first step is to find a reputable program at an established barn.  A friend who owns a horse or two might not have the necessary skills to teach young riders the fundamentals of riding and equine care.  Safety and respect are paramount in the ring and stables.  Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon Coupons and invest in proper riding boots and a quality riding helmet from Tractor Supply. Many barns will require that students have these items prior to enrolling in a program.  The process for beginning riders involves substantial time in the stables prior to entering the ring for actual riding.  The care and feeding of horses must first be learning.Tack procedures and safety regulations will all be thoroughly instruction prior to riding.

Once your child enters the ring, he or she will most likely be on a tethered horse for their own safety. Horses are incredibly sensitive animals. Any jerking motions or mixed signals can easily spook them. If your child does not have the maturity to understand this sensitivity, or desire to learn, they may be asked to discontinue the program.  Developing equestrian skills is a slow and methodical process. That said, the time children spend at the barn helping, cleaning and grooming the horses is a period of huge growth. Cherish this time as they learn the fundamentals of horsemanship. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Alex Bird Vs Phil Bull - Professional Gambler Golden Rules

Gamble like a rhinoGolden Betting Rules - Alex Bird: 

1. Change in the going - no bet. From fast ground to soft turns the form book upside down. 

2. Take note of the over round - the percentage bookmakers take out of the race. With the exchanges this factor has been helped but on big race days - such as the Grand National - it can still making betting a bad deal. 

3. Bird loved a good each-way bet. He find an 8 - 10 horse maiden and take advanatge, especially if the favourite was odds-on by betting on the second or third fav. He's combine the second and third favourites in each-way combination bets. 

4. He'd note good apprentices. A good apprentice with a 7lb claim can be worth a few lengths. 

5. Don't be first show - the majority of runners drift in teh betting from the first show. Taking second show prices will increase your winnings by 10% over a season. 

6. Bird didn't like handicaps. 

7. Also, never bet in three-year-old maidens, particularly those only for fillies.

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Golden Betting Rules - Phil Bull 

1. Temperament is vital - winning and losing. Treat them the same! Long term counts. 

2. Study the form the same for each race. Don't search for bets - a no bet is a no bet.

3. It's an old maxim  - never bet more than you can afford to lose. Don't attempt to make your fortune in a day.

4. Bet when the odds are value. If you think a horse should be 7/1 if its 2/1 don't back it, but if its 10/1 bet. If correct long term you will make a profit.

5. Don't follow tipsters - work hard to find your own angle (it's not simple). 

6. Never bet a horse ante post unless you now it will definitely run.

7. Don't bet each-way in either races with big fields or handicaps. One fifth fifth of the odds is not good value.

Monday, 1 October 2018

The Best Grand National Winners

Grand National 2018
The nation's favourite race. 

You don't need too many guesses considering the name is in the title of this post. But even without that helpful reminder, it's a horse race like no other. 

The 2018 Grand National Countdown - Saturday 14th April | 5:15pm. 

The Grand National was inaugurated in 1839 at Aintree, Liverpool. A race of legendary status. Four and a half miles, thirty fences, obstacles which test the skills and ability of man and horse. A race of hard knocks, dirty noses and mud-spattered faces. 

In recent years, the highlight of the National Hunt calendar has seen many changes which respect the welfare of these beautiful thoroughbreds and jockeys who contest this racing spectacular. It is much safer than days of old which saw Red Rum win three times. 

Forty brave horses & jockeys await this day. Excited owners, trainers and an apprehensive betting public are hopeful of a win.   

Form horse, a favourite backer, or love a horse's colourful racing silks, it is your chance to bet. One thing is guaranteed, one of forty horses will make headline news.

Did you know that 5 horses have won the Grand National at odds of 100/1? 

With total prize money over £1000,000, it's no surprise the best horses take part. 

''Even the most unlucky punter on earth has a chance of taking the spoils'' 

This historic race has revealed a truth stranger than fiction.  

3 memorable winners:

Red Rum - Trained by Ginger McCain  

The Grand National wouldn't be the race it is today without one very special, talented horse.

Red Rum. This bay gelding made his name winning three times in 1973, 1974 & 1977. In addition, he finished runner-up in 1975 & 1976. He also won the Scottish National in 1974.

Bio: Foaled on 3rd May 1965. In 1966 Red Rum was bought for just 400 guineas. Later, he was purchased by Ginger McCain for Noel le Mare for 6000 guineas. Two days later, while trotting on Southport beach, he was found to be lame. His trainer stated the sea water helped improve his well-being, a remedy used with old carthorses. In his career, he never fell in 100 races. Red Rum is the only horse to win the National three times. 

A true legend. 

Interesting fact: Red Rum won on the Flat and was ridden twice in his career by Lester Piggott. 

Tipperary Tim - Trained by Joseph Dodd

One of the luckiest horses to win the Grand National. 

Tipperary Tim.

Bio: The 1928 Grand National. Before the race, one of the opposition shouted out to the jockey of Tipperary Tim: ''Billy boy, you'll only win if all the others fall down!'' He must have tempted fate, as 41 of the 42 of the starters fell. Eventually, only two horses completed the course. 

Interesting fact: Tipperary Tim is one of 5 horses to have won at odds of 100/1.

Aldaniti  - Trained by Josh Gifford 

The ultimate story of man and horse.

Bio: Aldaniti a chestnut gelding recovering from a career-threatening injury and his jockey, Bob Champion, battling cancer. Their emotive story illustrated the bravery of man and horse. They won the 1981 Grand National touching the hearts of a nation. 

Interesting fact: Their story was made into a film. Champions was released in 1983 starring John Hurt.