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Enemy Number One: The Secrets of the UK's Most Feared Professional Punter [Hardcover]

Patrick Veitch
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16 April 2009
Enemy Number One is the sensational inside story of Patrick Veitch, the UK's most feared professional punter, and how he overcame adversity to take the bookmakers for more than £10 million over an eight-year period.

Enemy Number One offers an often controversial but utterly fascinating insight into Veitch's life of punting. For anyone who likes the occasional bet or who takes gambling seriously and has both the 'brain surgeon' and 'mad axeman' capabilities to do it there is more to be gleaned from this book than probably any other betting book.

Veitch is no ordinary punter. Enemy Number One documents an eight-year period of profits in excess of £10 million. It also chronicles the tactical headaches of placing bets with the bookmakers using Veitch's vast network of agents and sub-agents.

Veitch has had no comfortable ride, though. Just a short while after becoming a full-time punter he was the victim of an extortion attempt by a dangerous criminal who was subsequently tried twice for murder and later convicted of attempted murder. Veitch was forced to flee and go into hiding, returning to Cambridge to testify in a bulletproof jacket with police protection.

With the criminal behind bars, Veitch, in dire financial straits, resolved to take on the bookmakers in his comeback year on a greater scale than ever before. Enemy Number One details his role as the man behind the famous Exponential coup, winning the Scoop6 and his success as an owner/punter. He describes his Fundamental Principle of Betting Theory to explain why the approach of most punters is fatally flawed and details the approach that is needed in order to succeed. He also provides in-depth coverage of a full day in his work as a professional punter.

Told in Veitch's own candid ice-cool style, with an intelligent wit throughout, this is quite simply a compelling read.



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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: 16.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,536 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets Revealed! 24 May 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 26 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book really takes you inside the life of a professional gambler. There is a huge amount of detail about Patrick Veitch's betting and the major operation needed to get his bets on. He also takes the reader through one full day, from the selection process in the morning to precise details of the betting in the afternoon and evening. Finally he covers betting theory, explaining what is needed to be successful, both in terms of the method and also the mental side, coping with the pressure and periods of losses.

A must read for anyone who likes a bet.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick veitch-Enemy number one. 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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much to be gained from this book 21 Sep 2009
By Old P
Format:Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review 10 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
extremely interesting book thats lets you into the mind of a genius of form reading and a master at betting, this book makes for a riveting read and how you need lots of different attributes to be successful at betting, wouldn't put anyone off buying it, just don't expect to become an instant millionaire after reading it!!!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enemy Number One 20 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
good read of professional gambler, not to long, informative and
entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't stay 9 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars book
well this one was ok I suppose but I must ad mit I have read better books for a lot cheaper cost
Published 2 months ago by happy oap
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to a point... but egotistical and self-indulgent
Comes across as a massive gloat of all his success. Not particularly well written and you will probably hate this guy by the time you finish it.
Published 4 months ago by Paul Gabb
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really my thing
When I came across this book I was hoping for an interesting tale far away from conventionalism. What I found was one long chain of races, like on a Sunday afternoon sports... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Thomas.S.Karat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
A great read, clear, easy to follow style. Will keep you entertained and "shocked" about the hidden sides of the "royal sport."
Published 7 months ago by Moxie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great feedback from the reader
I bought this book for my Dad as he is interested in all things related to horseracing. He has really enjoyed the book and would recommend it as a great read.
Published 11 months ago by H. Aitken
1.0 out of 5 stars The most disappointing betting book you are likely to read
Probably the worst book on betting you will ever read. Consists mainly of an account of a complete stranger trying to extort 70k upon which he feels the need to go into hiding. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MarkL
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book. Bought this to enhance my horse investment ideas and although Mr. Veitch doesn't give anything away (well, perhaps one thing at the end of the book) that tells you how... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Colin morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars enemy number one
This was a book my partner had been looking to buy for a while so I thought I would suprise him for christmas. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by jinny
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting stuff!
A very interesting insight into the betting world, the author has obviously been very successful over the years but at some cost to himself.
Published on 7 Oct 2011 by Boomer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing as i expected much more
As a successful horse punter (fractional size of Mr Veitch) I was disappointed in most of the book as it was just a weekly list, week after week. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2011 by Sanj
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