Would-be Professional Gambler: What is Life if not a Gamble?

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There are plenty of punters who have ambitions about becoming a professional gambler. 

Why not?

If you are interested in horse racing, know your niche and make regular money then it is a brave but not impossible career path. As a starting point, you need to find the latest offers and promotions from bookies. Latest Betting Sites is a great website. Take a look at this latest uk promotion for sports betting, offers and promotions.

I've made good money betting on horse racing at a professional level. It has been a learning curve. 

''You never stop learning''. 

It's the keystone to stay at a level which keeps bookmakers and layers at bay. 

Nothing is easy, hey? 

Then again, working 9-5 is a slog few enjoy. 

Training to be a carpenter, bricklayer or mechanic is no easy deal. It takes time, discipline - bloody hard work. Psychologists say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. In truth, that is probably a rather novice-expert. I always remember listening to an antique dealer. He bought and sold Clarice Cliff Art Deco ceramics. This bloke made a living from buying and selling. He was very down-to-earth and seemingly without ego. He was content in his knowledge to make a profit from something he loved. One of the lucky few whose hobby turned into a profession. From the outside looking in, I thought he must have had an exceptional knowledge (which he may have done). However, when asked why he made money while other would-be dealers failed he said:

 ''I know a little bit more than most!''

It's intriguing the perception we have of others. The successful put on a pedestal, while those who fail sometimes viewed as fools. I would suggest there isn't always a great deal of difference between those who battle with success and failure. 

I knew someone who took the challenge to become a professional gambler. With a little bit of luck, he could have made it big. That may sound a ridiculous statement but sometimes you need a little bit of luck in those photo-finishes. 

He worked as a plasterer but a keen gambler and very knowledgeable man when it came to two-year-old horse racing. He decided to take a break from the building trade for 6 months and see what he could achieve.

When you have to make a living from gambling to pay the bills, especially when getting started, it is a pressured existence. He borrowed some money to tide him over. It was of paramount importance to focus on the horse racing. Things didn't go well at the start. Finding his feet was an expensive lesson. But he gradually worked his magic. Toward the end of the season, he made £4-5K in one week, from betting basic money. Time was running out. The pressures of gambling increasing. Lady luck most certainly needed to show her pretty face. 

So close. So, so close... 

The winner that would have, probably changed his life. A bet to win £14,000 foiled by a nose defeat. His horse leading all the way to be beaten by a ''beast'' that literally weaved its way through the eye of a needle. 


The Flat turf season was coming to a close. Time to make a decision: continue or get back to the daily grind of guaranteed work and wage. 

In truth, the experience was not lost on him. But it did take him a long time to find the money to pay back what he owed. He didn't actually lose gambling but the costs of living ate through his money like a ravenous horse. 

Gambling is something that many will try and few will succeed.  

As F.E Higgins once said: What is life if not a gamble?

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Welcome To Horse Trainer Directory

Welcome, to Gemma Anderson for her recent correspondence thanking us for adding her website and social media links to our platform. 

Gemma Anderson Racing & Bloodstock Consultant. 

Based in Shawston, Penton, Carlisle, Cumbria, she has been involved with horses from pony club to showjumping, where she competed at national level. 

Her horse racing career started with Nicky Richards & Len Lungo. Readers may remember her riding as an apprentice to David Barron. 

However, Gemma's ambition come true when achieving a full trainer's licence for both codes of racing, ideally suited to her knowledge of bloodstock, buying and selling horses.  

Whether you are looking for a skilled trainer or interested in purchasing or selling a horse, her business affords an opportunity for clients to fulfil their dream of racehorse ownership.  

As Gemma says: ''We always have a supply of quality horses for sale and also available for syndication.''    


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The Unlikely History of Japanese Horse Racing

Japan Cup
The Japan Cup is one of the highlights of the racing calendar, but that still doesn’t change the average race fan’s impression that the Japanese are relative newcomers to the sport of horse racing. However, contrary to popular belief, the sport has a long and storied history in the “Land of the Rising Sun.” In fact, it’s a history as old as many of the more traditional horse racing nations.

Although the first inaugural Japan Cup took place in 1981, you’ll have to go back a lot further to learn more about how the “sport of kings” gained a foothold and became something of a national pastime in Japan. It all started way back in the 8th century when races held at the Imperial Court were the most heralded forms of entertainment in the country. Watching these races between the legendary Samurai was the most popular way for common folk and the gentry alike to spend their free time for over 900 years.

However, it wasn’t until 1862 that a group of foreign residents living in Yokohama introduced western-style racing. What began as entertainment for the local expats soon became a passion for the locals as they embraced this newer form of their national sport. Racecourses started to spring up everywhere all over the country, and by 1906, the government decided to regulate the races by legalizing (and taxing) betting.

The government intervention led to a massive boom in horse racing with business owners and entrepreneurs alike keen to take advantage of this increasingly popular way to make money. However, their taste of fortune only lasted two years when the government reversed their decision and cracked down on betting. And horse racing became all about the government approved purses.

Those who had invested heavily in the sport were losing out and thus tried to set about introducing horse racing laws. It took 11 years of concerted efforts, but by 1923, horse racing had its first legislation and there were 11 racing clubs. The industry enjoyed a time of growth and profit but understandably lulled during the 1940s.

In 1954, a new legislation was passed to establish the Japan Racing Association, which took over all horse racing administration from the government. Since then, we have also seen the introduction of the National Association of Racing, and between the two bodies, they manage some 21,000 horse races each year. Yes, that’s right, 21,000, and the Japan Cup is just one of them.

A look at BetStars sees that last year’s winner Kitasan Black is once again the favorite at odds of 11/8. He’s a popular horse, and there’s no doubt that the public will place massive bets on him to romp home. Interestingly, though, it’s not just the local races that the Japanese racing community bets on. As one of only four sports that you can legally bet on in Japan, horse racing is a huge draw for punters. In fact, Japanese punters placed more bets on last year’s Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe than local French racegoers did. If that doesn’t show a love of the sport, then we’re not sure what does.  

Japanese horses and jockeys now race all over the world and welcome horses to their homeland to compete in the most prestigious races. Although this is a relatively new development, for many years, there were limits on foreign horses joining the most important local races. There are no such limits on Japanese horses or jockeys abroad though, and with their industry booming and producing some of the finest racehorses in the world, perhaps it’s just a matter of time before we see the first Japanese winner at the Aintree. Now that would be some bet to make.

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The Grand National 2018: Betting Like A Lion

Betting Like A LionIt's the big one. 

A race like no other. In a thousand year's time, people will read about a legendary horse called Red Rum, the winner of three Grand Nationals (1973, 1974 & 1977), who jumped 30 fences as high as a double-decker bus. He hurtled four and a half miles in ten seconds flat without taking a breath, won a cup and the heart of a nation. 

Isn't it funny how time changes the memories of old? Is it simply nostalgia? To be embellished, emboldened, to shine in honour of what we so rightfully respect, love and never want to forget. 

How righteous are those words? Horses taking part in the greatest steeplechase in the world.  

The 2018 Grand National, Saturday 14th April.  

Even today, Red Rum would Murder the opposition. 

If only every horse could run with a lion's heart. Instead of betting like a timid little mouse you would run toward the nearest bookmakers wearing one of those lion's manes you can buy from Ebay and literally roar your bet at the turf accountant who would be hiding behind their counter, fingertips showing, nails digging deep. Basically, the bookie would give you some cash the moment they saw your bushy mane coming through the door.

I love to bet. 

If there was a spectrum of betting personalities, which animal would tick your box? 

Do you bet like a lion? Are you that gambler with a lion's mane who has their bookmaker jumping like a gazelle whenever you place a bet?

Blimey, I want to be that man!

I guess one in a thousand people bet like a lion

Let's put that mane to one side, make a cup of camomile tea, relax for a moment. However, which animal manifests itself in the way you BET?

I bet like a...

Bet Like a Lion: 

You're the king of the betting jungle. Nothing frightens you. Whether it's a favourite, outsider or two flies wearing lion's manes crawling up a wall. You bet like a man or woman possessed, nostrils flared, fists clenched.The story goes, you backed Red Rum in 1974 and never been the same. 

Betting style: Definitely a straight win bet. 

How much: Bet big. The smallest note in your pocket is £50 and you bet like it's a five-pound note. 

Chance of winning: High

Bet Like an Owl:

With a head that turns almost 360 degrees, you don't miss much. You wear your superzoom glasses to read the form books and you know every piece of info before making your bet. You view bookmakers as prey.  

Betting style: Likes an each-way wager on a big priced poke. 

How much: A small bet. No one can ruffle your feathers with your studious approach. Betting is a hoot. 

Bet Like a Butterfly:

You're difficult to pin down: here, there, everywhere. One moment the favourite is sure to win but you like the name of the outsider at 500/1. You're attracted to the racing silks, lucky numbers, superstition and if you see a black cat on the day of the big race you simply do not bet. 

Betting style: A win bet on five or six horses in hope that one strikes gold. 

How much: You've never bet more than a pound and that's never going to change. 

How Do Your Favourite Racing Pundits  Bet?

We asked our betting psychologist to find the trait for a number of racing pundits:

Dave Nevison: Shark (he smells the blood of  bookmaker...then bets)

Nick Luck: Anteater (hoovers up the value with a charming swagger)  

Lydia Hislop: Moth (doesn't bet until late evening. Nothing like the butterfly approach)

Angus McNae: Roadrunner (he bets with a beep beep) 

Stuart Machin: Robot (the machin machine. He cranks out stats and timely quips for fun)

Happy Betting. 

Desert Orchid Gold Cup Winner 1989

Desert Orchid, Gold Cup Winner 1989
The Cheltenham Festival. What does it mean to you? Which race do you love to anticipate, bet & watch? If you are going to bet, then I found this long list of offers available for this year.   

In truth, there are so many horses who have made this iconic race meeting the pinnacle of their career. Name a National Hunt favourite - I bet it won at Prestbury Park. 

As the saying goes: ''Time flies.'' But let's face it, for most readers who placed a winning bet on this special day it's as fresh as yesterday. 

Even after so many years, I wonder what odds you would give when asking this question.

Name a grey horse? 

Desert Orchid. 

Time may fly but nostalgia lives long in the heart and mind. Think back to the days of Desert Orchid. In 1989 ''Dessie'' achieved the ultimate goal when winning the Gold Cup to the voice of a legend in his own right, Sir Peter O'Sullivan. 

His most famous words:

''Desert Orchid is beginning to get up...''

To the cheers of a jubilant crowd, 'Dessie' done it!

One quote from a happy punter exemplified the feeling of a national: 

''It sent shivers down my spine. It was like watching England win the World Cup. I wanted to streak up the road I was so delirious''

What a day.

Do you remember these 3 quotes?

1) After winning the 1989 Gold Cup, jockey, Simon Sherwood said: 

"I've never known a horse so brave. He hated every step of the way in the ground and dug as deep as he could possibly go".  

2) Racing Post:

''The race has been voted the best horse race ever by readers.''

3) Carrying Weight:

''No horse since Desert Orchid has repeatedly and successfully conceded weight to his rivals at the highest level.''

Desert Orchid was born 11th April 1979 in Goadby, Leicestershire. This grey was sired by Grey Desire out of a dam called Flower Child. He was bred by James Burridge who was a part owner with Midge Burridge, Richard Burridge & Simon Bullimore. He was trained by David Elsworth racing seventy times, winning thirty-four, eleven seconds and placed third on eight occasions. His most noted victories included the King George VI Chase four times (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990), Cheltenham Gold Cup (1989) & Irish Grand National (1990). He achieved total prize money of £654,066.

He retired in December 1991. Desert Orchid had his own fan club raising over £40,000 for charities selling ''Dessie'' merchandise and racing calendars.     

Desert Orchid died on 13th November 2006. He was aged 27. His ashes were buried at his beloved Kempton Park Racecourse near his statue.