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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Aesculus Press Limited; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904328083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904328087
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 20.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not only in paperback for the first time (after nine reprints in hardback), this classic work has been exhaustively revised so that all examples are from the 2002 season.

All that remains of the old are the actual journal detailing Nick’s betting performance. There is a whole new generation to appreciate this title, plus all original buyers would have every reason to purchase and see how Nick’s thinking has developed and improved over the years. Lucid, well written and compulsively contrarian it will appeal to any horse racing enthusiast.

About the Author

Nick Mordin is Britain’s best-selling author of books on horse-race betting. His articles have appeared in British, American, Australian and South African racing publications. He has appeared on a variety of radio and TV shows and co-produced a documentary for Channel 4.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By G REYNOLDS on 15 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
I am currently a successful backer of horses and actually logged on to this site to put the book up for sale. Having done that I gave the book a quick scan as it is a very long time since I read it, having bought it 12 years ago. I decided to take it off the Amazon marketplacelisting because I am going to read it for a 3rd time. Also, I now realise that as I am writing my own book about horseracing, I should keep Mordin's book to ensure I don't reproduce anything he stated without giving due credit.
This book is a must buy for anyone who does not make a profit backing horses, but wants to. I bought many books on horseracing in the early nineties, but this is the book that made me look at horsracing/form study in a different light. It got me thinking about the game and the way I approached gambling both practically and psycollogically and sparked research of my own which benefits me to this day. This is the book's true value in my opinion.
None of the UK horseracing books I have read since comes close to it really. Scanning through it again, I see that much of the content still applies today.
The further reading suggested in the book should be considered. Most of it is American books, some of which you will find very useful.
I don't think one should take everything written as gospel, but rather give it serious consideration.
I didn't become a winning punter until 10 years after reading this book. I now know I had to realise the truth about myself first, before I could think about winning. Mordin's book even touches upon this aspect slightly.
Indeed, I think everything is there to varying degrees.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By T Uttley on 12 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
Nick Mordin tells no lies at the very opening of 'Betting for a living', clearly stating that after reading his book and studying horse-racing for years, you will be very lucky if you can break-even at betting on horse racing. It is not an easy task; risks are high and rewards are often low.
Mordin records his weekend bets in the rear of the book and congratulates himself on the feat of making a profit of around £1000 a month. It is correct that he made that amount, but it is incorrect that this was all profit. Mordin went to every race travelling by train and went to some of the most prestigious racing events. His expenses will have easily consumed half of any returns made. By my calculations, he would have been lucky to have made more than £500 profit a month and with studying approximately 8 hours before each race, you really would have to beg the question 'is it really worth the time and effort?
His major key to success in the gambling market is to actually attend the races, stressing the importance of a horse's appearance, suggesting that it is almost an important element as the ability. Another advantage is that you have the edge over off-track punters, as they do not always know what is going on at a particular event. For instance, how many times has an odds-on favourite under achieved because they bolted to the starting post? Etc..

Mordin hardly takes any consideration of a jockey's ability, even though 20% of the most successful jockeys win 80% of the time. For instance, Frankie Detorri has a 25% strike rate; therefore he wins 1 in every 4 races, NO MATTER HOW GOOD THE HORSE IS!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Creighton on 16 April 2006
Format: Paperback
Not a bad book at all found many of his charts and graphs were same Id been drawing up, saved me a bundle of time to !!
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