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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 (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,361 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
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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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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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24 of 27 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
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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 26 April 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review 10 July 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruffled A Few Feathers! 22 Jun 2009
What the writer has done to the UK's bookmakers is awe inspiring. Those wanting to improve their betting can only stand to gain from reading how he did it.

Given how the bookmakers's have most things their won way, it's also pleasing that Veitch has ruffled a few feathers along the way. This is even evident from a blatant campaign of multiple negative reviews on this site. For example, the three most recent reviews all slate the book totally, were written in close succession, two under pseudonyms, with the third one calling the book an 'appallingly written' 'diary' by a 'self-xxxx' 'name dropper', all of which sentiments are expressed in the first of the three. (I have the book here and the diary part takes up less than 20% of the book, so I think we can see what is happening!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A most enjoyable read, could not put it down.
Published 20 days ago by ALAN GRIFFITHS
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Great read, info and insight to real horse racing and what goes on that nobody else sees. Recommend this book to all who enjoy horse racing or a gamble or both.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enemy number one
Quite a good book but don't think that this is the run of the mill punter good read thank you
Published 2 months ago by Ben
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 7 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 10 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 11 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 13 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 17 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 19 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 22 months ago by Colin morgan
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