I began gambling as many do, by betting on horse-races, studying the factors that many punters look at. I learnt about speed factors for sprints, 400-to-finish times, the use of blinkers and aluminites, the advantage of studying previous betting, and knowing when a horse's betting was shorter than its form-line would warrant. I studied the effect of resting, draw and pace, front-runners who could hold on with a tail-wind in the straight, or would 'hit the wall' with a head-wind. I learnt who the betting stables were, who the really dedicated ones were, savvy trainers and trainers who prepared their horses properly, or relied on races to 'ripen' their horses. I noticed and followed the implications of 'horses for courses'. I came to understand the meaning of 'false favourites' and the reasons why a betting stable would hold a horse back for several meetings.
The best tip: Find any possible reason to bet against the public!
Anyone can spot a horse with form! It really does not benefit you to bank a horse with a good form line unless you absolutely have to. These favorites don't come in 25 percent of the time, and that is where the big money lies. I studied the discarded tickets of thousands of other punters, noticing the 'pipes', legs in which up to 99 percent of punters went 'thin' on a favorite, and the large payouts that occurred when these 'pipes' burst. Many factors can cause this to happen. Jockeys can ride a horse incorrectly, choose the wrong lines, read the pace incorrectly, front-run a non front-running horse, get 'boxed in' or purposefully lean on the horse's neck at the 200 to slow it up. Lots of things can go wrong.
At the age of 28, I was introduced to a punter known in several cities as the 'Master'. He showed me how to take 'consolation bets' (betting against yourself in case your own 'pipe' bursts: a small 'consolation' ticket can sometimes pay huge dividends). He taught me how to follow breeding (of the horses' parents and grandparents) versus distance, and focus on betting, which was similar to receiving the best tips from the best stables simultaneously, since nobody likes to lose money. If a horse was previously punted heavily for no apparent reason, and came nowhere, then it is almost a sure-fire thing for the next meeting or two, and the odds will be better. Horses, like humans, also have bad days.
The 'Master' has made hundreds of thousands of rands from horse-racing, all with reasonably small bets. I keep records of my small wagers, and am also well ahead. (By the way, I only know a handful of successful punters, and they all bet against favorites whenever possible). Racing is truly a challenging game of skill, allowing players to excercise far more control than with other more sterile odds-based methods of gambling.
The best advice I can give is: You can save yourself a lot of time by avoiding the time-consuming study-path mentioned above. The rules always boil down to the same basic paradigm: YOU WILL ONLY WIN MONEY WHEN YOUR PROGRESSIONS AND TRANSITS ALLOW. I cannot stress this point enough. At the times permitted for you to win money, whatever method you employ to make your bets will work. Therefore, why choose a more difficult path of calculation? After studying factors influencing horse-races for many years, I can report that a method that offers equally good results is based on the concept of synchronicity.
You wonder how that lady down the road picked the winner 'In Full Flight' of this year's big race? It's because her daughter caught a plane that morning! They are all over the place, a huge, unrepresented number of mainly women who consistently pick winners based on events happening to themselves or the world at the time. Believe it or not, synchronicity really works. Women are intrinsically more intuitive than men. They have had to evolve that way to safeguard the homes and emotional centres of our communities. When it comes to intuition, they beat men hands-down. That is the reason why so many more women follow Astrology, they are able to see the truth that lies beyond the scientific reasons as to why it should not work.
It is hard for me to teach you to spot synchronicity in your own lives. Perhaps a few examples that happened to me will help.
A while back, I was lying in hospital in pain with a stuck kidney-stone and read that a horse, 'Flaming Rock', was running in the Rothman's July Handicap, our biggest race. During that same week, comet Shoemaker-Levy crashed into Jupiter. I banked the horse and it won the July.
A while later, a horse called 'Lethal Attack' was running in the same week that there had been a nerve-gas attack in a Tokyo subway. It won.
These are examples of what I call 'Global' synchronicity. There is also another form that works very well, and let's just call that 'Personal' synchronicity for now. It occurs when an external concept ties up with something that is only relevant to you or your close circle at that time. For instance, suppose yesterday you read an article about, say, Eagles. Today there is a horse running called 'Eagle Rising'. The chances of that horse of being in the money today, placing or even winning, are excellent. You have to learn how to spot a synchronous tie-up, and to know when it is too vague to be of relevance.
A final form of synchronicity (that I am aware of) is synchronicity that occurs within the names of the horses in each race. I have had hundreds of examples of this, and it seems to work about three-quarters of the time. It needs you to be relaxed, alert and requires some delicate handling of your intuition. For example, if there are horses running called 'Royal King' and 'Royal Ruler' in the same race, it is very likely that at least one of these horses will win or place. Often both come in. Study of this has convinced me that it occurs more than the average amount of times, had it been caused by 'chance'. Note, I say 'place', they do not necessarily win, they are just in the money. You will have to experiment with this concept to find whether it works for you.
One last point regarding synchronicity with the names of the horses: I have noticed that the more 'musical' the similarity is, the more this rule seems to apply. For example, if there are two horses running, called 'Royal Rife' and 'Royal Life', this is usually more synchronistic than if 'Royal Rife' and 'Royal Prerogative' are running. This is just something I noticed after watching this concept for many years.
The good part about choosing horses based on synchronicity is that it quite often gives you a good outsider, with a poor form line. Normally, I will just go for the horse that has the better form line of the two synchronistic horses, but if you can afford it, it often pays (well) to include both in exotic bets. When the unformed horse comes in, it not only blows your mind, but rewards you with a much larger dividend as well.
One thing that I have noticed is, when your transits are good, the accuracy of your synchronistic observations increases. So, again, the accuracy of your perceptive ability and the level of luck (or reward) due to you on a particular day is inextricably linked to your own fortunate planetary aspects at that time, your Lucky Days.
After studying transits and progressions to the birthcharts of several prominent jockeys my conclusion is that these are not applicable to their routine "bread and butter" races. On good days they do tend to ride well and have a slightly better average but I did not find this much of an advantage. Their big or memorable wins of feature races do show but be careful of placing too much emphasis on this. Our top jockey, Pierre Strydom, won a big feature race with Neptune opposing his Mars, which is not traditionally an aspect associated with performing well at any type of sport. Note that bad aspects can sometimes help "energize" a day.
The birthdates of horses in our country are readily obtainable, so it was easy to put up a noon birthchart for a few dozen horses and watch how they performed according to their transits. My conclusion is, forget it. I watched horses winning under good, bad and even no major transits. This might seem a little illogical since good horses tend to "like" winning, but I couldn't find any helpful correlation in this at all. Rather follow your own transits.
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