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Against the Odds: A Comprehensive Guide to Betting on Horseracing Paperback – 3 Oct 2008


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Raceform Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (3 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905153945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905153947
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David-Lee Priest is a 28-year-old author and gambler living in Norwich and West London. He studied at Brunel University in West London, gaining a first-class honours degree in the Sport Sciences and a PhD in Psychology. In his spare time, David sings with a rock band and plays the guitar, piano, and saxophone. Having been involved in sport all his life, he competes in indoor athletics at the sprint distances of 60m and 200m. Aside from this he is an avid weight lifter, golfer, traveller, and reader who enjoys attending various sporting events around Europe. He is actively raising money for various charities by running the London marathon and undertaking a world record attempt that involves travelling the entire London Underground in the fastest possible time. Presently, he is writing a work of fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Mcauley on 10 Jan. 2009
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This book has everything. It delves into full blown statistical analysis of every element of form you could think of revealing profitable back and lay systems. The writer analyses profitable systems from handicaps, speed ratings, weight, sex(!), headgear, finishing positions, fitness, time of year, class, draw etc etc and presents a number of easily workable 'rules' for each type of race to enable you to make profitable selections and trim down the field significantly for each type of race. Essential reading and highly recommend for the serious horse racing player wanting to make a profit betting on horses.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. A. Mcgregor on 2 Jun. 2009
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This book was definetely an eyeopener and this man has certainly put years of statistical analysis behind many of his findings. As such some of this book is a little difficult to understand, but even so i could not put it down. It is full of handy information, and makes it clear that systems are no way a foregone conclusion, as what makes money one year loses you money the next, i bought this book along with Patrick Vietch's Enemy Number One, and i must say both books compliment each other well, and i have learnt an awful lot, and fully intend to change my outlook on Horse Racing in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Davies on 4 Feb. 2010
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This book goes into almost everything there is to know about betting, right from the basics to very invlolved statistics. The first three quarters of the book will confirm what the average punter already knows, but does give some good information regarding trends. The last quarter goes more into spread betting and alternative markets. A lot of the statistics are just too 'in depth' and a bit superfluous.
Its a good grounding for someone new to the game, but somehow there is too much information to be a comfortable read - there are a lot of topics covered in a superficial way.
It is a good reference, a bit encyclopaedic, and may have been presented better in a larger hardback format.
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Anyone with serious plans about gambling on horse racing should get this book before they begin to develop their strategy. It contains a huge amount of wisdom on virtually every aspect of the subject, some of which the author admits has been bought by himself at considerable expense.

Most of the variables that you're likely to consider including in a betting system are covered, and the evidence that they produce a profit is analysed using several years of race statistics. The author has thus done a colossal amount of the hard work, and weeded out those strategies that may work from those that probably won't.

He also covers techniques for betting systems, and staking systems (the coverage of the Kelly system is, however, rather idiosyncratic and one should look elsewhere for a good treatment).

Perhaps most valuable of all, however, is Priest's advice on the basic aim of a betting strategy, and it's NOT necessarily picking the most likely winner. If this isn't immediately obvious to you, you should definitely buy this book to understand this most common misconception about effective betting strategies.
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Format: Paperback
A very useful book that considers on a chapter by chapter basis, all the variable nuances when selecting a horse to bet on. The author has paid particular care to impart knowledge in a logical and structured way that benefits alike those placing a wager on the occasional race, as well as those serious followers seeking to make a handsome profit. Well researched and thorough in its approach; it will reward all who are diligent and apply the information over a full race season.

The only downside is that even readers with very good eyesight that frequently read weighty technical tomes; will find the size and type of font used throughout, does not lend itself to the "readability" of the text and detracts from what is an otherwise excellent book.
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