1:30 Wolverhampton 2YO Racing Tips (20th November)

With the turf concluded the 2yo racing can seem a little quiet at times but Saturday featured a few decent juveniles. I posted on Sky Equine

The 7:45 Wolverhampton was interesting. Three or four of the runners caught the eye and worthy of respect in future races. 

The winner, Two Weeks won in gutsy style. This daughter of Mayson was fancied in the betting when making her debut at Newbury back in August when finishing fifth. She had received a couple of significant entries which subscribers of the excellence Group Horse had noted. Well, such was the strength of this race, Clive Cox's charge opened at 11/1 and backed to 8/1. A front-running performance holding the late challenge of Rizzle Dizzle who was expected to go well by Karl Burke. 

Burke's good-looking daughter of Foxwedge will be winning soon. John Dance has a number of talented juveniles in training via numerous handlers but an owner who has his finger on the pulse. 

Another horse from this race who really deserves a sentence or two is Roger Varian's Sooda. Prince Fasal's home-bred, an Irish-bred daughter of Street Cry was well backed but struggled to be competitive after a slow start. However, we can detail that this March foal is one of the best juveniles in the stable and expect a big run second start. 

Finally, getting to the 1:30 Wolverhampton - 

I'm writing this post before any betting so not ideal. I'm not crazy on Handicaps and I won't be betting here but thought Sylvester Kirk's Sauchiehall Street. Rated just 59 on official rating we are talking about a poor horse in a poor race. However, this bay gelding has won a race and competitive at this grade. He was running on in style when beaten favourite at Kempton. He ran out of real estate and this step up in distance will benefit. 

Bet365 Chief Exec Pays Herself £199m

It's tough at the top. 

Founder of Bet365 Denise Coates became the highest paid boss after giving herself a wage of £199m last year. 

The co-founder of the bookmaking firm paid herself the record sum after the company posted profits of £525m for the 2016/2017 financial year. 

The 50-year-old billionaire came from humble beginnings working in her father's bookmakers as a cashier. She started Bet365 website after borrowing £15m against the family's betting shop. Established in a portakabin in 2000 based in Stoke-on-Trent car park. Buying the domain name Bet365.com she built one of the most profitable businesses in Britain. 

Forbes detailed that Coats personal fortune is $4bn (£3bn).

The company has a major stake in Stoke City Football club. 

Recent concerns regarding problem gambling prompted Coats to say:  "Bet365 recognises its responsibility to minimise gambling-related harm and to keep crime out of gambling".

Last year, Bet365 customers wagered $47bn up more than £10bn on the previous year. 

Punters Shocked as Jockey Punches Racehorse?

Jockey Punches Horse
It seems a strange situation. 

When does a jockey lose the plot and punch a horse in frustration? It doesn't make good viewing and sadly it happens more than you may think.  

We know the rules of racing permit a jockey to use the whip a given number of times to encourage or even reprimand a wayward horse. 

However, what happens when a jockey attacks a horse?

Take a look at this recent news story from South Africa. 

Jockey Explains Shocking Horse Punch

Apprentice jockey Dylan Caboche was suspended for two weeks when he was caught on camera punching his mount She's Reneldasgirl before the second race at Port Lincoln on Wednesday.  

The 22-year-old describes his action as ''brain fade''. He said: ''I'm disappointed and gutted in myself. Striking a horse is obviously not the right way to go about things. It shouldn't have happened.'' 

He was suspended for misconduct.

Furious punters and the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses said: ''You don't get to punch a horse and get away with it. If a jockey cannot control his temper they don't deserve to be on the racetrack. The penalty is grossly inadequate.'' 

Sadly, jockeys seemingly attack horses more often than you may think. Take a look at these videos and make your own opinion. 

This crazy racegoer tries to punch a horse mid-race

5:45 Newcastle 2YO Racing Tips (10th November)

James Fanshawe Horse Trainer
A Novice Auction Stakes over 7f 14y on Standard going. 

Nine two-year-olds take part, all with racecourse experience. This Class 6 race features a couple of winners including Harbour Vision & Bungee Jump. Both have to shoulder a win penalty and achieved an official rating of 75. That sets a fair level for this restricted race type. 

Blue Harmony, Swiss Marlin & Laharna are unlikely to figure.  

Maricruz is the sole Irish-raider from John C McConnell who trains at Stamullen, Co Meath. In the ownership of Rockview Racing Club, this daughter of Most Improved showed promise when running on to finish sixth at Dundalk at odds of 66/1. Worthy of respect. 

Yamuna River is another horse from a talented trainer in James Tate. Racing in the familiar silks of Saeed Manana, this daughter of Foxwedge hasn't been seen for over 100 days. Could hold each-way claims if priced 13/2 & less SP.  

James Fanshawe is concluding this juvenile season with some verve and Destinata is worthy of closer inspection. 

Ths bay  Irish-bred filly is a daughter of Canford Cliffs and a cheap yearling purchase at 11,000G. This February foal made her debut in early October at Kempton when a fifth of thirteen behind Lady oF Aran. Priced 33-1 that day, race comments read: 

''Held up in 8th from wide draw, pushed along 2f out, kept on encouraging from over 1f out''.  

It was a respectable debut. As with many of Fanshawe's juveniles, they are much more likely to win on their second start. From a statistical point of view, this horse has very good win claims. However, priced at 11/8, I would rather take a watching brief unless drifting markedly in the betting. 

The Perception of the Gamble

Life's a gamble. 

That's what they say.

When people say they don't gamble, what do you think? Wise, stupid, intelligent, absurd? 

I guess when people say they don't gamble they simply mean they don't gamble with a regular bet on the horses, dogs, the proverbial two flies crawling up a wall.

I wonder how many of those people bet on the lottery?  

January 6th, 1996 saw the very first double rollover in the United Kingdom, prompting a staggering 86% of the population of Britain to dash out to buy a ticket!

Strangely, the majority of those people don't gamble. Or they would tell you they don't gamble. 

Well, they certainly did that week. 

The everyday gambler is seen as a mug punter. But as with every aspect of life, we go from the novice to the expert. The main difference between the two is that the expert has worked hard to understand their subject matter. They are wise, efficient and studious. That still doesn't guarantee they will be a winner or make money on their investments. 

Consider how differently you may view these professions: stockbroker, a professional gambler.  

The old stereotypes hit your synapses like a lorry smashing into a wall. 

Well, one is kind of a posh professional, while the other wears a dodgy mac, has a roll up hanging from his mouth and shifty looking. Is that a bundle of notes in his pocket or a gun or a sudden attack of arousal?

I guess you get a few stockbrokers who look the same but both are rather peculiar perceptions. Walter Lippman coined the phrase stereotype a fascinating, intelligent and noted Pulitzer Prize winner 1958, 1962. 

Roll a dice - one or six. What odds would tempt you to bet?

You know there is a price at which only a fool would turn down a gamble. Surely you are not one of those fools?

An example of stereotypes: if I said I knew a French professional gambler you may see an imagine of him riding a cycle, wearing a beret and a string of onions hanging around his neck. 

But that is the thing about the mysterious, illicit, looked-down upon everyday gambler. Look at that idiot, he thinks he can beat the bookmakers. 

Well, I'm here to tell you that's exactly what many gamblers do on a regular basis. The perception is that a bookmaker will always triumph over a gambler. He's the vampire bat sucking the blood out of a nieve punter who doesn't even realise its latched on the back of his neck.

It is difficult to draw the line between where a gamble starts and finished. You are not probably conscious of the gambles you are taking on a daily basis. Perhaps you are. Lucky you...

When crossing the road, few people are stupid enough to walk across without taking a glance left and right. If you are super cautious you may even look in the air for falling pianos and the like.The odds of getting knocked down on the road are real. They don't simply disappear because you haven't given them the time of day. Insurance companies could tell you the odds and they would rob you blind if you asked for a bet on that poor old dear who isn't as nimble as she once was on her feet.

Wouldn't you rather be conscious of the gamble? You may be able to negate those odds, increase your chance of winning or even life a little longer than you thought.

Not by a Long Shot: A Season at a Hard-Luck Horse Track

It sounds too good to be true. 

American, Jesus Leonardo, walked into a betting shop without placing a bet and walked out with $9,500. 

The man from Midtown, Manhattan, makes a tidy profit from visiting bookmaker's and racetracks, sorting through betting slips thrown in the bins or scattered on the floor. He's known as a ''stooper'' and pockets cash by picking up tickets that others have thrown away as rubbish. 

In fact, over the years he estimates he has collected nearly half a million dollars. When you consider that uncashed winning tickets at bookmakers and racetracks in New York totalled more than $8.5 million over a two-year period there seems ample opportunity to take advantage of others misfortune. 

''It's difficult enough to find winners but these people have won and thrown their winning betting slip in the trash'' 

Jesus Leonardo has not even placed a bet.

He said: “It is literally found money,” he said on a recent night from his private winner’s circle. He spends more than 10 hours a day there, feeding thousands of discarded betting slips through a ticket scanner in a never-ending search for someone else’s lost treasure. 

“This has become my job, my life,” he said. “This is how I feed my family.”

“He’s a legend,” said Paul Pepad, 57, an out-of-work musician who lives in Manhattan. “Everyone knows that this is his turf, that all the tickets thrown out belong to him, period. It’s just been that way as long as I can remember.”

The fascinating endeavours of stoopers captured the interest of journalist T. D. Thornton who wrote a book in 2007: Not by a Long Shot: A Season at a Hard-Luck Horse Track.

He said: “Stoopers are the gleaners of the racetrack world. Stoopers have a relationship with horse tracks that goes back to the advent of parimutuel betting in the early 1930s. There is an unwritten code in racing that says stoopers are tolerated as long as they are not perceived as harassing or stalking customers.” “They are allowed to live on the fringes,” he added.

Leonardo says he makes a good living from stooping making from $100 - $300 a day and more than $45,000 ay year. 

He said: Last month, he cashed in a winning ticket from bets made on races at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., for $8,040. His largest purse came in 2006, when he received $9,500 from a Pick 4 wager (choosing the winners of four consecutive races) at Retama Park Race Track in Selma, Tex. It is all taxable income.

“I file my winnings with the I.R.S. every year,” Mr. Leonardo said in his thick Dominican accent.

Friend, Freddy Perguero, detailed:  

“Everybody in here loves Jesus,” he said. “When Jesus wins, we all eat, and we all drink. Jesus is a very generous man.” 

Once upon a wager on a race run at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, Mr. Leonardo, who lives in Wanaque, N.J., became a stooper by accident. In 1999, he walked into that same OTB parlor in Midtown and placed a bet. He watched the race, was sure he had lost and threw away his Pick 3 ticket. “But just as I was leaving, I looked up at the screen and realised an inquiry had been made,” he said, referring to a review of the race to check for possible rules infractions. “All of a sudden, the results changed and I actually won $900.”

He recalled the moment when trying to find his winning ticket almost in tears asking the manageress for help:   

“She said there was nothing she could do about it,” Mr. Leonardo said. “I was so upset, almost in tears. Finally, she said, ‘Look, if you want to take the garbage home with you and look for your ticket, go right ahead.’ ”

Amazingly, he couldn't find his winning $900 ticket but found two others worth almost $2000

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Mr. Leonardo, who had been supporting his family and his dream of writing songs by working odd jobs, including painting homes and cleaning windows. “I started thinking, there’s probably winning tickets thrown in the garbage every day.”

He decided it was a winning job and returned every day waiting for the betting shops to be placed at the curb and picking through hundreds of slips. 

“At first, my wife thought I was crazy, but then she realised I was finding a lot of money in winning tickets, sometimes $200 a day,” he said. “After a while, she didn’t think I was so crazy.”

He hasn't got any intention of stopping.

“Look here,” he said to Mr. Peguero after pulling a credit voucher from the machine for $6. “Another winner.”

Saturday's Racing Tips

Group Horse 2YO Racing
These tips have been forwarded by the excellent website www.grouphorse.co.uk who know a good two-year-old horse when they see one. All of the juveniles, below, have been detailed by their trainers at some point in the season. They range from potentially very good class to horses which may not have achieved the dizzy heights connections once hoped but in their grade have a fighting chance. 

12:05 Newmarket - 

An early start to proceedings at headquarters. Nawassi proved an expensive flop on debut over course and distance. John Gosden's daughter of Dubawi was sent off the second favourite but trailed home last. This homebred is held in some regard and featured in a betting on debut which is significant. Whether that disappointment was down to inexperience or more likely an issue, there should be much more to come after this significant layoff. It may be a negative if very weak in the betting. However, if starting 13/2 & less SP hold respectable each-way claims.   

5:00 Newcastle - 

A pretty moderate affair with this 0-65 rated handicap. A couple of these hold claims at this level. Seen The Lyte is a consistent little filly who has won and gone close on a few occasions. A speedster, she could try to make all. Skyva hasn't shown a great deal of ability although isn't devoid of something. Brian Ellison has been very quiet with his two-year-olds this season and Skyva hasn't done too much beyond a third place. This gelding, a son of Dick Turpin, has gone down in the weights and with an apprentice onboard races off a mark which could see him go well.