As we become increasingly cynical and resistant to the ever-growing threat of scam artists, dear reader, I have great delight (and no little wryness of smile) as I present to you today a means of truly generating (a bit of) free money. Not only that, but I've also got a guest article from a young jockey who has a 100% win strike rate this year, and is a Racing Post Writer of the Month!
First, let's start with some free sterling.
Now as you might imagine, I receive a LOT of requests to promote products, review products and generally mention other people's products. As such, it takes quite a lot of my time to sift through them and try to bring you items of interest that I'm (as) confident (as I can be) are top quality and con-free.
One of many who have perpetually pestered me is a mob called ucantlose.co.uk. In fact, these guys first contacted me way back in Summer last year, and I kept promising to take a closer look and failing to do that (sorry chaps).
Well, I finally got to their site this weekend and read a freebie report they had called 'Matched Betting Guide'. In it, there were step-by-step tutorials on how to make free money (I know, I know), and I thought that might be of interest. But first, I wanted to test out what they were saying to make sure it wasn't the usual 'here's the catch' BS.
So... I recorded a video of me doing it last night. No, not 'doing it' (honestly, that really might be scraping the barrel). Rather, going through the process of generating a totally risk-free return on my investment. And here it is. [Usual warnings about production values apply, but look how simple it was - took me about ten minutes all done, and that was whilst talking to camera... and please ignore the Horse Racing Experts image bottom left, which relates to the account I used to put this online.]
There are another two examples in the report, which I've yet to try, but I might give one a whirl tonight if I get time. To get your copy of 'how to make free money', just click the link below, and the report should open up in a new window. It's a PDF file so you'll need Adobe Reader to open it. This is free, and you can download it here.
To access the brilliantly simple calculator that works out what to stake where to cover the bet and lock in your profit, click the link below and register on the ucantlose page (left hand side). They'll give you bags of goodies, but - most importantly - you'll get to the calculator.
What ucantlose actually offer as a service (and this is not free, though there is a trial) is arbitrage opportunities. Arbitrage, or arbing as it's known, is the identification and exploitation of overlapping bookmaker prices.
In the simplest example, a coin toss has the following odds: evens it's heads, and evens it's tails. If you bet both for the same amount, whilst not winning, you wouldn't lose either.
But what if, by shopping around, you found one book that thought tails was unlikely to win and went 5/4, and another book that took the same view on heads. If you put, say, twenty pounds on each at 5/4, you'd return Â£45 for a Â£40 stake, irrespective of the result.
Very often, bookies don't agree with each other, especially on tennis and golf, as well as snooker, football and so on. So there are lots of opportunities to 'nick' some risk-free cash. I'll let the guys at ucantlose go into more detail, as it's their thing.
If you want to know more, sign up at their website here:
(Like I say, they're giving loads of goodness away - including that calculator, plus six monthly editions of a gambling magazine posted to your door - just for registering).
Moving on and, as promised, I've got an article from a young man who is starting to make a name for himself, both on the track and in the press room, as a rider of winners and a writer of growing stature. Step forward Ross Birkett. As I said, Ross has a 100% win strike rate this season, with one winner from one ride, on the amazing Bavarica - who obliged last Friday at a tasty 10/1. [OK, so it's not a bankable stat, but one from one is great going!]
He entered the Racing Post young writer of the month competition in its first month, and won it. Since then, he's entered each month, and Steve Dennis - one of the senior RP writers and judge of the competition - has acknowledged that Ross would win it most months, if he was allowed to award the prize to a previous winner.
Ross is coming to the end of his final year at journalism college down in Brighton, and is keen to get experience. To that end, he'll be working at the Racing Post for a week next week (I think), so I've bagged him for a short editorial piece before he heads off there. It's my hope that Ross will continue to write the occasional piece for Geegeez on the goings on down Newmarket way, even after he's found fame and fortune at the end of a rein or a keyboard!
So after that meandering intro, here's Ross' article on the 'joys' of race horse ownership (as Geegeez Racing Club members know!):
Itâ€™s not that easy to win a race.
Thereâ€™s say, on average, 14 races every day of the year. Therefore, 14 winners are produced each day. But how many losers? There could be as many as 200 horses leaving the races empty handed.
Just think, the connections of 200 equines are leaving any given racecourse in Great Britain disappointed. With syndicates now in vogue, weâ€™re talking about up to 1000 people not tasting the sweet nectar that is victory. And donâ€™t even mention the millions whoâ€™ve backed the horses.
But why is it so hard to win with a horse?
The questions that arise from the simple idea of owning a thoroughbred are endless. From the start, which horse do you buy? Do you go for breeding, the best looker, or maybe one that has caught your eye down the field and is going to the sales?
Whatever your method, whoâ€™s to say youâ€™re right or wrong?
Group winners have been bought for pennies after no-one wanted them at public auction, whilst millions have been paid for regally bred individuals who canâ€™t even catch a cold on the gallops.
Then thereâ€™s the trainer - the best come at a price, the worst are cheap for a reason. The ones in the middle ground are who you want. Theyâ€™re the men and women who pump in the winners regularly, each largely as good as the next. Take your pick, most any will do. At the end of the day, training racehorses is just about getting them fit.
Or is it?
Which race to run in? What distance? Which jockey? Jeez, thereâ€™s a lot of questions involved in this ownership malarky, not forgetting the finer details like choosing the colours of your silks.
Thatâ€™s if you even get to the racecourse in the first place.
Horses are not robots - they break.
Some just arenâ€™t up to racing and their bodies canâ€™t stand the training. These are elite athletes, honed to the minute but, just like us, some are frustratingly liable to the sickbed (ref. Kieron Dyer, or any number of Spurs centre-backs).
Finally, if all has gone to plan, your horse is entered to run, youâ€™ve finally made it. But wait! The horsebox has broken down on the way to the races, thereâ€™s no way itâ€™s cargo will reach the course in time. Many a gamble has gone astray at this late stage in proceedings.
So actually, having your very own racehorse grace a track is an achievement in itself, itâ€™s almost like youâ€™ve had a winner already.
But remember, thereâ€™s only 14 winners a day, chances are yours will be one of the 200 left down the field.
You would think a winner might bring to a halt the infinite list of unsolvable mysteries bouncing around your head. Youâ€™ve cracked the game now, havenâ€™t you? No, even the victors have more questions. What rating is the handicapper going to give us now?
That's all for today.
p.s. Do take a look at ucantlose's offer, which I think is a very good one if making risk-free money - as opposed to betting - appeals. You'll find them here.