My dear dad has a saying that he first heard, and has been fond of repeating ever since, in 1962.
It's about price and value, and really sums it up succinctly: "You get nothing for nothing, and very little for sixpence".
Generally speaking, that's as true today as it was then. But... the free line is moving. What? Free line? What line? Moving? What?!
As you'll know from the constant barrage of sales emails to your inbox, every man and his dog has something to sell. Those who are smart enough - and confident enough in their product - will give you something first to whet your appetite, and to allow you to try before you buy.
And, this week, I'm going to be sharing a few such opportunities with you. Starting today.
Now, straight off the bat let me tell you that I am NOT receiving any commissions or other kick backs for telling you about these things.
OK, so with that out of the way, let me tell you of the first freebie of the week.
My great friend Gavin, who never ceases to amaze me with his stats-packed guides, has gone and trumped himself this time!
You see, dear old Gavin's problem (if you can call it that), is that he doesn't really like 'selling' stuff. He loves racing, and that is evident both in his blog posts and his manuals, guides and other downloads. And the biggest proof of this - so far! - came a couple of weeks ago.
He's been feverishly working on this project where he wanted to bring together the best value horse racing package on t'internet. And in my opinion he's done it. It's truly a ridiculous 'swag bag' of racing betting goodness he's offering.
But there's one small problem... Gavin didn't write a sales page. Or record a video. Nor even write more than a couple of lines on his blog about this package. Now don't get me wrong: he's sold quite a few to his loyal blog readers (some of you will probably have the pack, and can vouch for it).
I just think that if there's justice in the world then he should do better. He should sell more. But enough of justice. What am I talking about? And what's it got to do with freebies?!
OK, here's the drill. Gavin is offering a full EIGHT guides for the price of one, and he's created a free sample to give you a flavour of what's contained.
You can download that free sample right here - no email, no credit card, just racing betting goodness. 🙂
If you like what you see, and I'm confident you will, then you ought to consider securing the full set of these manuals. I've been through them this morning, and my flabber has been well and truly gasted by the collection. Let me do a quick precis of what's inside:
1. TTS Summer Jumps
21 pages, 30 trainer and track combinations, profit angles galore. All presented in the usual TTS way, only this time for the Summer jumping season between July (i.e. now!) and September. The first horse romped home at 9/1. That was Gordon Elliot at Perth with his runners beyond 2m4f.
2. TTS 2yo's for the Flat
In the old days, I'd have called this TrainerFlatStats. But Gavin is all about TrainerTrackStats, so this flat guide is TTS. And it's excellent. It focuses on the juvenile brigade, and - like the Summer jumps manual - banged in its first runner as a winner, this time at 8/1. That was Richard Fahey at Haydock with his non-handicapping kiddies. But then you knew that already, right? 😉
It's got another 36 trainer and track combinations inside, including a few negative ones for all you layers out there.
Both of these guides are individually worth the total fee (and more) in my opinion, and you'll see why when you download the freebie.
3. Glorious Goodwood Festival Trends Guide
Glorious Goodwood - one of my personal favourite meetings of the year - starts on 27th July, and you get a head start on the rest, and start scouting your ante-post picks with this bumper Goodwood stats pack. This cracker has the lowdown on fifteen of the Goodwood meeting races.
4. Fifteen Horses to Follow from Royal Ascot
More! More! Taking us to half way is Gavin's 'horses to follow' list from the recent Royal Ascot meeting. He's cast his eye across winners, placers and losers as one, and pulled out ten and five to follow. Two of them have already notched since he released the guide, albeit at ungenerous odds. More will surely follow.
5. York Ebor Meeting Ante-Post Pointers
Mid-August may seem a long way off, but keep this guide handy. You'll be needing it nearer the time for your ante-post and day of race wagers. It's full of trainer and jockey positives and negatives, and you'd be wise to stay onside.
For instance, Sir Michael Stoute's older horses (specifically 4 and 5 year olds) have won six of their 23 starts since 2004, for a level stakes profit of 17.75 points. Easy!
6. St Leger Meeting Ante-Post Pointers
OK, so we shouldn't wish the Summer away. And we're not. But here are another ten trainer and jockey positives and negatives to be (more than) mindful of come Doncaster and early September.
For example, dodge Mark Johnston's handicappers at the meeting: in the last two years, he's had 24 aged five or under run at the meet. Two placed, 22 were unsighted. Download the freebie here to get more pointers.
7. Gary's Ante-Post Sprint Double
On, and on, and on we go. Gavin's brother Gary is a bit of a judge when it comes to sprint handicaps. And he's built himself something of a cult following on Gavin's blog, mainly due to his ability to pick big-priced winners throughout the Spring. Well, he's chipped in here with a couple of horses to follow in both the July Cup (this Friday) and the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood.
Should he land the double, it could pay 713/1!
8. July Cup Festival Trends
And finally, as they say, Gavin is throwing in his Festival Trends for the July Cup if you like what you see in the free sample, and want to avail yourself of the full montgomery.
When he offered this package to his blog readers last week, he gave them the Coral Eclipse trends, and was extremely bullish about the winner, Twice Over. It remains to be seen where the trends arrow will land for the July Cup.
And, er, that's it!
You can get the free sample (a bit from each guide, actually a bit more as I've given you a bit above - sorry Gavin!), by downloading from this link:
If you like what's in there, you'll find a link to purchase the full manuals, which should keep you entertained - and hopefully in front against your bookie - all Summer long.
Oh yes, the price... Quite why Gavin is selling all that for just Â£27 (plus a Â£7 rebate if you're already a Festival Trends subscriber, making it just Â£20) is beyond me. I think it's amazing value and, when you've checked out the taster, if you agree with me there will be details on what to do next.
That's all from me today. Enjoy the freebie, and I'll have details on more free action later in the week.
p.s. if you already have this collection of manuals, leave a comment and let us know what you think.