I am not much of a Gambler but Mark Howards books for the Flat and his Winter Jumps horses are an invalueable help to get an insight into the current sesaon. He will not pick your Camelot's and Dancing Braves, but will try to unveil the darker horses and some that might have slipped under the Radar, and Newcomers and or likely improvers, or both. His thorough Research and the available updates make the book as accurate as it can be, and while there is of course no guarantee for success, this book will clearly help you backing your winners, or simply might give you a dark horse to follow fotr the fun of it. Trainers now openly share their good horses with Mark, so the result is a thoroughly informative read!
This is a must for any racing fan, it's thorough, well written and offers the chance of further updates throughout the season. The interviews with the trainers are very good and they give ideas on a horses particular ideal trip etc.
The Ahead On The Flat and One Jump Ahead Books are helpful and builds up the excitement of the coming season.