Portfolio Corner

As we enter June, the flat turf season kicks in to overdrive with a host of big meetings and festivals following one after the other.

When I first started to plan this article I was intent on providing stats and trends for the Epsom Derby and Oaks meeting but looking through my portfolio I have very little to offer that isn’t already in the public domain.

Epsom is one of those quirky tracks and apart from several top trainers, no one has really mastered the Tattenham Rollercoaster.

I will be posting another article looking at Royal Ascot in a couple of weeks that will cover angles that have been profitable in recent past’s in the hope that they will provide readers with invaluable insight and hopefully profits at this years Royal festival.

But for now I’m going to look at trainers that have used June as a kick start to their season.

Here are the rules for system one –

Roger Varian

Flat turf

Handicaps class 3 or below

Horses age: 3 Y-Old

Priced at 10/1 or shorter

Since 2011 the results have been –

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System Two –

National Hunt Handicaps

Priced at 6/1 or shorter


Peter Bowen

David Bridgwater

Susan Gardner

Diane Hamer

Dr R D P Newland

Since 2010 the results have been –

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So till later in the month, be lucky and remember ….Bet with your head, Not over it.

Derek Sheppard

Left school at 16 and went into my first employment as a mechanical technical engineer. Those first five years of employment were perhaps my most enjoyable and I finished my apprenticeship having gained a degree, as well as the usual ONC, OND, HNC and HND. The company I worked for moved away from England, across the Atlantic to America whilst I was in my fourth year. I never did join up with them and head my own team as I had not long before hand got engaged, and my roots were in England and I'm one of those patriotic people. I went from one job to another, never really settling and being under paid as Company's were feeling the pinch under a Tory government led by Mrs T. Some thirty years later I decided it was the time I started out betting for my living. My interest in racing and betting first started out when I wrote a piece about 'probability' for Maths during my second year of my apprenticeship. This was later than my first bets, and as with most people, this started out as a child with a bet on the National. My interest grew and I read as many books as I could on betting, no internet back in those days. What was written then and still holds true today is that you can't win every day, you will by the very nature have more losing days than winning days. If anyone wants to be a winner, then they will have to accept this. I have seen so many people go 'on tilt' because they can't accept they are going to have a losing day. I started to get interested in racing systems after reading Clive Holt's Fineform publication 'Profitable Betting Strategies'. I still have this and a number of his other publications today and I still re-read them. I have now become a successful bettor of horses (and sports) in as much as I make a comfortable living. I'm restricted by many bookmakers and most of my betting is now done through the exchanges.
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