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Great reads from 'the olden days'

Back in the day, in the late '90s to be precise, the interwebz was still in its formation and there wasn't the unending array of racing content that there is now. Print publications were still the main medium, with Odds On magazine a particular favourite.

For those of a (generally) more analytical bent, SmartSIG was the mag to have. A monthly printed newsletter running to most of 100 pages, it was mainly comprised of members' articles. The likes of Peter May (geegeez ratings), Steve Tilley (ARCHIE calculation, and HBF colleague of mine), among many others spilled their brains into this consistently thought-provoking periodical.

Well, guess what? Now you can download a large number of SmartSIG issues in pdf format. Despite beginning as far back as 1994, the content continues to retain relevance for a thinking punting audience. Concepts never go out of fashion and, though processing power has increased millionfold in the interim, much of the SmartSig content remains bankable.

 

Here's a link from which you can download the SmartSig archive of insight

 

Brinigng Smart thinking right up to date

For those who want a fresher perspective, allow me to introduce the grandson of SmartSig - and son of Smartersig - SmartSigger. Now curated by my friend and colleague, Michael Wilding, SmartSigger is a shorter read than its predecessors, and still consistently interesting.

Right now - this week in fact - Michael has a very special offer on, whereby if you sign up to SmartSigger (for as little as £5.75), you can get access to the entire back catalogue of SmartSigger magazines. That's over fifty editions, at around 11p each.

There are some really good articles in the 2017 draft alone, including around subjects such as National Hunt Flat races, weight for age in handicaps, bank management when withdrawing funds, horses trying something different (a theme to which I will return next week), first time in a handicap, and many many more.

Ricky Taylor - one of the original SmartSig contributors - and John Burke are perhaps the two most readable contributors (for me at least), and there are notable 'assists' from our own Andy Newton in terms of big race trends.

There's nothing I like more than dipping into articles such as these for inspiration and ideas for my own punting, and indeed my own writing, and I'm happy to have inspired a few of the articles within SmartSigger as well.

Your first 30 days for just £1

If you think about your betting - I mean at a deep 'how can I improve?' sort of level - then this will be an investment you probably want to take on, both in time terms and financially.

If you decide to sign up for a year, it works out at less than four quid a month (the same price it was in 1995, incidentally). Alternatively, if you're mainly interested in the 'value bundle', you can sign up on monthly for £5.75 and get the entire back catalogue. That's entirely up to you.

 

Here's the link to check out SmartSigger

 

I read this every month, and I think you'll enjoy it too.

Good luck,

Matt

p.s. who else remembers SmartSig? Leave a comment, and tell me I'm not alone!!

Your first 30 days for just £1
6 replies
  1. derek winterbottom says:

    You are not alone I still have a few original Smart sig editions.and I also used to like a magazine called Postlib publications,as well as Euclid football system.Happy day.

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  2. chrisiwyg2 says:

    I signed up but have no access to any of the magazines using my supplied login details.

    I did for about fifteen minutes then it disappeared.

    Their support hasn’t replied. Can I get a refund?

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  3. trevor cook says:

    What a revelation to know some one who remembers the past publications,still have 10 copies of sporting investor from the 1950’s,several books by Postlib Systematic Professional Betting by R W Wood and Fifty famous Staking Plans,100 World Famous Racing Systems,25 Systems for long priced winners and 100 Famous Greyhound Systems many of the article’s can still be used today that’s why I became hooked on systems and still do today.
    My EUCLID is still in the cupboard but gave up the pools.Spend many a hour browsing through the books and testing ideas from the past .

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    • derek winterbottom says:

      Its like going down memory lane I to bought most of the items and systems you mention.
      As well as Handicap Book priced 6d, Timeform Black £1, Horace Batchelor pools method £1.
      Advertised on radio Luxemberg never made much money but great hobby.

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