I bought this as I had heard a few of these tales and decided I would take a punt (pun intended) on this book. I don't fully understand racing or how the betting works but I have to say this makes no difference to you as a reader.
It's the stories Nott tells and the way he does so, some are hilarious, others are revealing. This is what makes the book such a great read. It's not all racing either, the stories of his time in the Army will raise a smile.
It does help a little that I live in the same area as the author, but the mental pictures painted made the book an absolute delight, and I very much look forward to his next publication.