If you have been involved in sports speculation, particularly betting on horse racing, for any length of time I am sure that you will have contracted either a mild or severe case of Seconditus (also known as Seconditis).
The condition can strike at any time, it is far more widespread than people think and can in extreme cases last for a very long time.
What exactly is secondit(is/us)? Well it is a condition where by most if not all of your long priced selections finish second when you have backed the selections to win only.
The symptoms can range from mild annoyance all the way up to complete mental breakdown for the unfortunate sufferer.
What is the cure for Secondit(us/is) ? There is no cure but the best pain killer to take is to alleviate the symptoms is good sized portion of staking control. If your staking is within manageable limits you may suffer mild symptoms but you will be in control of them. Alternatively you could back eachway however there are only certain bets that offer value by backing eachway (my free eachway tips included in their number), also you then become susceptible to contracting a rarer but nearly as irritating case of the 'Fourths'.
Digging around the blogsphere I have found a couple of high profile albeit mild cases that have been reported:
If you are thinking that the condition cannot get to severe take a look at this set of real results for an anonymous forum poster:
“19 Selections - 7 runners-up (at 20/1, 20/1, 15/2, 10/1, 16/1, 16/1 & 7/1), and two fallers.
At least 4 of those have traded at odds on IR (tho only 1 at 1.01 !).”
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