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Enemy Number One: The Secrets of the UK's Most Feared Professional Punter Hardcover – 16 Apr 2009

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Racing Post; First Edition edition (16 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190515660X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905156603
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fascinating insight into the mind of someone whose brain ticks a whole lot quicker and more precisely than most --John Francome

Patrick has one of the sharpest minds in racing. His book gives a fascinating insight into the discipline of punting --William Haggas, Derby-winning trainer

The mega gamble was orchestrated by Patrick Veitch, one of the shrewdest and most organised gamblers in the country ... Timing his strike with military precision, Veitch crept under the radar --Sunday Times

About the Author

Patrick Veitch did his A-levels at 16 and secured a place to read maths at Trinity College, Cambridge. Already punting (illegally) at 16, Veitch swiftly immersed himself in the world of betting and became a major-league punter running a highly successful racing advisory service. He left university without completing his degree to concentrate on his betting activities.

The world of professional punting requires many attributes, including intelligence, discipline and sheer bloody-mindedness. Veitch has all these characteristics and more. His personal winnings alone are in excess of £10 million. He now runs his racing operation from his country house, travels to the races in his own helicopter and is a successful racehorse owner, winning two races at Royal Ascot. He is single and lives a bachelor life that most people can only dream of.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Michelle P. Williams on 24 May 2009
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The 'Secrets' are the same 'secrets' that are behind anyone who excels in their chosen field: extreme focus, profound knowledge of the subject, total belief in your own ability and expertise, and plain hard work and determination! Mr Veitch's approach is similar to that exemplified by the legendary american 'gambler,' Pittsburg Phil. He too used a network of agents to put on his bets, and had such a profound knowledge of his horses that he could 'visualize' how a race was going to be run. It's easier now with videos available, but in order to have that absolute confidence in your selections, you need to have done the groundwork and investigated how races are run, how horses are trained, and how they are placed - and why they lose! Mr Veitch describes how he devoted hours studying the form book - and ruefully acknowledges that now - with so many data bases available - that work can be done in a fraction of the time. But it still needs to be done. Basically, anyone can accumulate the required knowledge - how you use it is paramount.
Mr Veitch's approach also reminds me of the one outlined in Stewart Simpsons's book 'Always Back Winners,' in that one notes horses which indicate they have greater ability than the bare form suggests.
If you take his many examples and access the data available at the Racing Post website, you can follow some of Mr Veitch's thinking and planning. He is undoubtedly a very astute and intelligent 'gambler,' but he has the characteristics that would have made him a success in whatever field he chose. For anyone who has a serious interest in backing horses, this book is a rattling good read - entertaining and informative. The only thing is - he reminds me of Jerry Seinfeld!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By krsquared on 9 Dec. 2009
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I have been fascinated by horse racing for many years and my punting has had mixed results. I know from experience that regular profits from betting are very hard to come by.
So the author is to be congratulated on becoming one of the most successful punters the UK has ever seen, with his results attributable to a combination of a sharp enquiring mind and limitless determination.
The question at stake here though is do his exploits make for a good read and again I'd say the results are mixed. The first few chapters were certainly interesting as Veitch reveals how at the local bookies he found the perfect opportunity to put his analytical teenage mind to profitable use. Having started a maths degree at Cambridge he soon concluded there was more fun, cash and satisfaction to be gained from betting (and running a highly successful tipping line) & hence his studies were left uncompleted. He then describes how he went into hiding, fearing for his life, to evade a violent gangster who had demanded `money with menaces'.
So far so good. In the second half of the book Veitch describes how he took the bookies for over ten million pounds through a series of meticulously planned coups.
However there are few anecdotes to season the tale and little from racing's inner sanctum to involve the reader. Nor is there much here to help or encourage punters looking to improve their own results. David Nevison's first book is better value and certainly a more entertaining read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Brown on 3 May 2009
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I have read the book three times & the reviews & have come to my own conclusions.
I bought the book not expecting a "Beyer" type book where he goes into every detail on how to beat the bookies in the USA dirt tracks.
Mr Veitch has perfected the art of taking money from the bookies, so much so they do everything in their power to stop him or anyone remotely related through friends & family & aquaintances getting money on.
There are more than enough clues in the book to get an understanding of his methods if you look close enough & know where to look.
The only times I have been profitable in racing is when I studied all the time & have had a few accounts shut down.
The book lets you see whats required to win as much money,
£12-£20 Million-
Every aspect of a horse has to be studied & correlated to factors relevant to the race in question, with 16-20 hours form/video study per day.
He makes great relevance to the tracks horses run on & this has improved my betting immediately.
The bottom line is if your looking for an easy system to beat the bookies avoid this-if you want a diary of a punter with selections to peruse & study and also to enjoy-Buy it.

I think the mans a genius 10/10

Mark Brown
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Old P on 21 Sept. 2009
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His winning technique comes down to total dedication. Other than that he sheds little light on the subject.

It would have been of some use telling us how he analysed a race and how he built a library of videos of races (not easy now let alone back in those days).

Also there would have ben a good story in the mechanics of getting the bets on, but yet again no details were given.

His reason for leaving out these items was to 'not give away his secrets' which was a bit rich as the book was supposedly about how he was No 1.

Ultimately the book is little more than a few private anecdotes and repetition of 'how he won a lot of money'.
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