I bought this book as a gift for my dad because he's always had moderate success as a punter (i.e. lost a little regularly). I ended up reading the book because I felt sure that he wasn't interpreting it correctly (as per usual). In order to make a point I began running one of the systems defined by the book, namely the 'instant handicapper'. I was a complete rookie. Some 5 months and 300 bets later I still consider myself a newbie to racing but I think I can comment on this book through one of it's key systems. Firstly, have I made lots of money? Absolutely not. Secondly, am I getting hammered? Nope; I'm betting with their money, it's just that there's never much of it to really build on. This is frustrating. I feel close to getting it right and would appreciate something to develop the system. The book does not do this... I've scanned the pages, combined information from different sections and tried to clarify the vague bits but I haven't pieced together a solution. And this gets to my main gripe: the book's authority is lightly, confidently claimed but often what it assumes to know proves to be problematic. In short, the book isn't completely flawed, it just isn't comprehensive enough. And I would guess if you've given systems a proper test then much in here will occur to you as obvious. It is readable. It is concise. It makes no BIG promises (of course) and so overall, it offers sound and simple starts but I'm not (yet) convinced there's much on refining systems towards sure finishers.