Thursday, 27 August 2020

Handy Tips To Start With Your Online Bingo Experience

Playing online games has grown to become a reasonably recognized part of our daily lives. With so many people staying at home most of the time, trying out online games makes all the sense when you can make some money alongside. 

This article walks you through the steps to becoming a professional Bingo player so that you can beat your opponents while being at it. You can find numerous forms of video Bingo, which you can play whenever you get any free time during the day. 

Let’s head to some effective ways through which you can take your Bingo playing experience to the next level. 

Do the research 

Before planning to step into the world of online Bingo, you must be aware of every nitty-gritty of this routine. This means learning about different ways in which you can enjoy this game, along with figuring out the meaning of a myriad of terms. 

There are a ton of research hours needed before you proceed with making money online on these sites. Avoid starting your Bingo journey without any idea of what you’re stepping into.

This early research will keep you from being worried at the later stages of your gaming career. Make sure you head to renowned sources when it comes to acquiring knowledge about the understanding of the game. 

Find a reliable platform 

Luckily, there is a new gaming site popping on the internet every once in a while. This suggests that you can never run out of options when it comes to enjoying the game of crossing out some circles and winning money on the side. 

Nonetheless, you must conduct a thorough research about the site you’re planning to move ahead with. This will keep you assured about the reliability of the platform you’ve selected.

After all, everyone wants to have a smooth online gaming experience, which is why the mere selection of the gaming platforms accounts for so much importance. 

One can’t get away with playing random games on any site that your browser shows up — Video Bingo, like any other online game, requires a ton of strategic moves that a trusted platform can teach you. 

Ensure practicing in the demo mode beforehand

If you’re serious about generating cash out of your online Bingo journey, it’s time to keep yourself prepped up for the demo mode. 

This is something you must check beforehand so that you never end up with a website that keeps you from practicing without losing any money. 

That’s the whole point of having a full-fledged demo mode in place — users can practice and effectively improve their gaming skills. 

Be sober while playing games 

Online gaming and partying never go hand in hand. 

This must be clear to you as a newbie when you might be lured to placing your money online without even being in a state to ponder consciously on your decisions. 

With that being said, all the best for your online Bingo journey!

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Hard Times Gambling Tips to Make Money

As the economy worsens and many people find themselves in a downward financial spiral, many will consider trying to win money to solve their economic problems. I've owned and raced horses, handicapped horse races for profit, and counted cards at the blackjack tables in casinos. I've made money at those things, but never got rich and found it to be more work than a regular job. It isn't glamorous or sexy to sit at a blackjack table for hours with drunks trying to tell you how to play your cards and the pit boss eyeing you suspiciously.

There is also nothing fun about walking out of a race track with empty pockets. The truth of the matter is that if you are one of the consumers of gambling, that is, not the casino owner or owner of the race track, then the game is against you from the get-go. Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to quit playing, but I hate to see people risking what little they have trying to get lucky.

If you really want to get lucky, work for the casino or at the race track. I've never worked for a casino but have worked at a race track and I got paid every day no matter who won the race. If none of this has discouraged you or convinced you to quit, here is a little advice that might help.

First and foremost, set limits and know when to quit, especially when you're ahead. At some time in their visit to the casino, almost every gambler has a time when he or she is ahead and yet, most leave a loser. How do you know when to quit? Gambling, like most things in life, is streaky, or cyclical. You will have times when you win a few bets at the horses or hit a jackpot at the slots or a big pot at the poker table.

Nine out of ten gamblers proceed to keep betting and playing and give it all back. The longer you play the more likely you are to lose due to something called churn. Casinos and race tracks love churn. It simply means that each time you bet, the house or track gets a piece of your bet. It may only be a few percentage points in the casino or 20% at the track, but it adds up.

One of the few successful gamblers that I know is a lady who plays trifectas at the horse races. She is one of the cheapest people I know, but she still takes $60 per week and plays the ponies. If she loses it, she goes home and waits until the next week. When she wins, and she does, she usually hits trifectas that pay well. She will take the money and put it in the bank and use it to pay her bills or buy things she couldn't usually afford.

The next week, no matter how much is in the bank account, she only takes $60 and goes back to the track. She loves to handicap and doesn't look at it as the only source of her income. She knows that if she loses, she hasn't lost everything. In other words, there is no big pressure on her to win. She simply does her best to pick good trifecta combinations and then she plays them.

Over the years she has spent quite a bit of money on good books about handicapping and money management, which brings up another important point. Invest in yourself first. An investment in good information that you can use or a good education is the best investment most of us can make. She doesn't gamble with scared money and can stay within her limits.

So when you get hot and find yourself ahead, be realistic and quit. Take whatever you have and call it a day. The race track or casino will be there next week. Use most of the money to pay down that credit card or mortgage and just save enough for your next trip to the track or casino. You will be amazed if you follow this simple gambling advice at how you cut your losses and maximize your profits.

Author: Bill Peterson

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Friday, 12 June 2020

Hitting the Proverbial Gambling Wall

When you think about gambling, what comes to mind?

We know the betting part. That's important to our success or failure but there's much more to it than that. 

I always use to think the only person who kept a journal was some old bloke who lived on the moors, wore a hand-knitted jumper, and had a bird book in the side pocket of his anorak. The thought of detailing your stream of consciousness has a touch of the hippie mindset if not new-age thinking, therapy, bordering on mumbo jumbo. 

However, we can learn something from everyone and, hopefully, more importantly, about ourselves. 

We think we know ourselves but do we really? 

It's a strange happening but we see those around us falling in the same hole time after time. 

It's as though their life is following a set pattern, cycle, or route which we can see perfectly well but they are strangely unconscious of their journey which says turn right. They simply never consider turning left or going straight ahead. 

We are in many respects a prisoner of our mind. All those things that have brought us to this point in time. We are a product of our nature and nurture and that may be a blessing or a curse. 

The unconscious mind is great at helping us through life - so we don't really need to think. You don't concentrate to get dressed each morning. You don't have to think I need to take a breath of fresh joyous air to keep alive. But think (oh no, you can't) of all those things you do without thinking. 

If everything you think is an exceptionally good idea then you are on to a winner but I can imagine most of us don't. The trouble is that we just don't observe, for the most part, aspects that may haunt our lives. 

Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis was all about making the unconscious conscious. And one way of doing that is with a journal or diary. 

Hitting the Proverbial Gambling Wall. 

What does that mean?
Well, I am sure you have noticed how you think about gambling hampers you. In truth, we are at the mercy of the human condition and how the brain works. 

So you may find it difficult to change even the most simple of thoughts or actions.

I considered this point the other day about two-year-old horse racing and odds-on. 

I don't know about you, but the idea of betting on an odds-on shot is zero. However, the very fact of seeing an odds-on horse in opposition is like seeing a wall. A skyscraper that touches the clouds. There is no way of looking over the top or around the sides so I don't think what might be beyond those confines or the advantage it may bring. 

For all I know, paradise is literally waiting to be found.

The building doesn't exist - it's all in the mind. 

But the thought of the odds-on horse, let's say, from Archie Watson may put off any thought of betting in the race. You may have a completely different mindset and that is your advantage.  

That reputed star performer concludes many gambler's thoughts.  

This is a problem of the mind. 

You have no interest in betting on the odds-on shot but that very fear of it being unstoppable may knock your thinking on the head. 

So every odds-on horse in opposition makes that race null and void. 

It's a crazy mindset. 


Because it gives no opportunity when there is every chance that the horse may lose.

How many times do you see a two-year-old at prohibitive odds beaten? Lots. In fact, debutantes are even more likely to fall on their sword because they are learning the ropes, the jockey is very unlikely to want to give the horse a hard race and anything can happen. I have researched each and every two-year-old horse trainer. And very few have over a 50% strike race with odds-on shots. 

So they are more than likely poor value even on a good day. 

However, win or lose this has nothing to do with the odds-on shot. It has everything to do with how we perceive it. 

The only way to consider an odds-on horse is to consider it can be beaten. 

Thinking it is akin to a towering wall means you have no options left. That is a disastrous way of thinking. 

The horse may win. It doesn't matter. Why? Because many times it will lose. With the old mindset, you wouldn't have bet on any horse in opposition. You were beaten before the race even started. 

However, thinking there may be a chance of some other horse winning will give you the opportunity to see that come to fruition. 

Don't let your mind be the biggest barrier to your success.

Think, write, and detail those patterns of thought and question them because they often make no sense at all. 

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Online Casino Vs Brick-And-Mortar

Choices choices.

If you go back twenty or thirty years, the only way you would be able to play roulette, blackjack, three-card poker, craps or slots would be going down the road, more likely city, and knocking on the door of the local establishment. 

I'm talking about brick-and-mortar casinos. Even our little town of March in Cambridgeshire had a casino back in the day. 

From the stories I had been told by my Dad and Uncle Keith, they had a great time losing all their money. My uncle said he would get paid on a Friday and lose his shirt over the weekend before putting in a good week of hard graft to return again and again and again...

I'm sure some of the regulars must have breathed a sigh of relief when stiffer gambling controls were brought in and it closed. 

I would have loved to have seen the place still open today. 

However, that doesn't mean we still can't enjoy the glitz and glamour of a traditional casino. The Grosvenor at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, is a beautiful gem of a place in what could be viewed as a cheap and tacky tourist haunt. I know those words sound a bit harsh, but I love this seaside resort and have many memories of childhood holidays at Caister-on-sea. In fact, it is the reason why we always make our merry pilgrimage every September to the Eastern Festival at Great Yarmouth's racecourse to say a loving hello and sad farewell to all those family and friends who are no longer with us. 

I look to the crowded stands and know, somewhere, you stand tall cheering your winner home. (I miss you, Dad).

There is a lot to be said for going to a brick-and-mortar casino. You can choose from many and varied locations across the country. Many are in listed buildings and even those that do not have a touch of class and opulence about the setting. There is something very James Bond about going to a casino especially taking your better half. I know a lot of times I have been to Yarmouth on a jolly boys outing with my brothers and cousins and had a great time. 

Brick-and-mortar casinos have a real atmosphere of anticipation and a crowd that for the most part is out for a good time. The buzz of people winning a few quid and the look of those who have lost too much and wish they hadn't bothered to go out at all. I would suggest to most to go to a casino if you bet small stakes because the food is cheap, customer service is excellent and you are likely to get plenty of free offers to entice you through the door. The difference is that you know you won't be spending a lot of cash (or losing it) while they are very interested in thinking you might just pay the bill for the staff. It works out nicely when you play the game by not playing the game.  

I've had many an enjoyable night at the casino and look forward to getting back soon.

The advantage of playing online is pretty straight forward. You don't need to go out of your home, travel a distance, or pay for a hotel for the night. You don't get the atmosphere of the casino but sometimes you don't want someone half laying on top of you as they place a bet on the roulette table. When travel, hotel, cost of food and drinks can easily set you back a couple of hundreds you feel you are on a winner by booting up your laptop and getting down to the instant casino play without any hassle or protocol. 

There are endless casinos online and the reason why it pays to check out the best deals, free bets and offers that are available. 

In truth, there is no right or wrong just a matter of how you feel on the night. Sometimes getting all dressed up for a night out in the city and playing in a brick-and-mortar casino until late into the evening is just perfect. While other times you just want to sit in bed, a big bacon butty by your side, a beer and fire up the laptop and play online until you fall to sleep winning or losing but safe and sound at home. 

Be lucky.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Oh My! The Race is on for Royal Ascot 2020

I'd normally be excited about Royal Ascot. 

With Coronavirus delaying the return to Flat turf racing (all racing) we are at the mercy of both an invisible killer and the Government who are trying to make the best of a very difficult situation. 

The BHA is literally chomping at the bit for thoroughbred racing to be given the green light. Hopes of a return this month have been dashed and it now seems the earliest opportunity to resume is 1st of June. 

The racing industry is ready for the off. Horse trainers are reliant on the goodwill of their owners to continue to pay the bills which isn't a given in this economic time as many will be struggling with financial uncertainties if not burden. 

It is a truly difficult time. 

I'm seriously worried about the racing industry because the last thing anyone wants is this leading to irreparable damage. 

To be fair, I think many trainers are frustrated by the situation because horse racing, along with all sport, is being tarred with the same brush. Richard Hughes detailed his disappointment that racing hasn't resumed. Clearly, most stables are working as per usual normal withing the realms of safety and social distancing. There are many who would consider the return to racing no more dangerous than stable work on a daily basis. 

In a world of no sport, horse racing would be a welcome return and some release for the populous who are appreciative of all those things taken for granted. 

I have serious concerns about this delay and the difference between the resumption in mid-May to the 1st of June (if it happens) is a long two weeks with serious implications. 

The Racing Post report that the return could be spectacular with pattern races galore. 

I know all these things are provisional but I'm getting more and more uneasy with everything I read. 

The Provisional Pattern Plan 

This details a fast and furious return which in many respects is a good thing. However, with each delay, the number of high-profile races are waiting like black cabs outside a central station. It's understandable why racing is clinging onto these big-money races because they are the hopes and dreams of all within racing. Without these, the carrot that's dangled in front of the horse, owner, and trainer's eyes are stolen by Roger Rabbit. 

What should be a good thing is turning, potentially, bad as all these pattern races could be coming thick and fast.

June 3-4th 

Classic Trial 

June 5th

Lingfield Oaks Trial 
Lingfield Derby Trial 
Coronation Cup 

June 6th 

2000 Guineas

June 7th 

1000 Guineas

It looks like a bonanza of pattern races. This may be ok for older horses but it is far from ideal for other age groups.

As my niche is two-year-old racing, it is even more concerning if not bordering on illogical. 

This is no one's fault and a truly difficult position for all. But if the resumption of races starts on the 1st of June, there's talk of Royal Ascot on the 16th - 20th June. 

Don't get me wrong, I love the pomp and ceremony as much as anyone else, even if racing behind closed doors. 

But how is this all going to happen?

No two-year-olds will have any racecourse experience but in two weeks, give or take a day, trainers are meant to have their best juveniles penciled in for the following races:

Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)
Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)
Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)
Albany Stakes (Group 3)
Chesham Stakes (Listed)

Just over two weeks to get two-year-olds ready for racing at the highest level. 

I'm sure trainers are pulling their hair out because the start date keeps bouncing around like a rubber ball. 

How can a horse be trained to the day when no one really knows which day we are talking about!

We all know horses aren't machines so the chance of there being any structure to the two-year-old racing, in particular, is about five-furlongs up in the air. 

So what should we expect? 

I would say all we can expect is the unexpected. The two-year-olds more than any age group need time to learn the ropes and for trainers to take care in how they are prepared for those big days. 

The BHA says they will be scheduling plenty of two-year-old races in preparation for Royal Ascot. 

However, before the latest postponement of racing, they detailed 12 two-year-old races for the first week of racing. With a limited field size of 11 or 12 horses that means less than 300 horses will have race experience before Royal Ascot. How many of those two-year-olds will have more than one races? 

Very few. 

How with those entered for debut races be selected? I can imagine a huge number of trainers entering their juveniles for these limited number of races. And if these are balloted then we are dealing with a selection process of pure luck. So the opportunity for trainers to make any judgment call will be haphazard at best. 

This is the nature of the beast but you can see the concerns. 

The general selection process which trainers work by has gone out of the window. 

We all look forward to the return of racing and protecting the racing industry is paramount and goes beyond a bet here and there. 

However, I am concerned that the hope and need for high-profile races and prize money will turn the two-year-old racing into an illogical stampede of hopes and dreams. 

I hope there can be a touch of sanity too in making the most of a difficult situation. 

Good luck to all. 

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Checking Your Email is Very Much like Gambling

I don't know about you, but I'd hate to think I was addicted to anything. 

In fact, I could write a list of all the things I'm not addicted: 


The list could go on forever. Well, at least, I hope it would else I may have a problem or two. I'm sure one addiction would be hard. Two it's getting complicated. Three or more and I'd be drinking scotch at the Betty Ford Clinic while flicking through porn on my phone.

I guess you could be addicted to something!

''Move on, Bozo, I'm not addicted to anything. Not even your amazing articles...''

The problem with addiction is that often we don't even realise we have a problem until it's too late. 

This ''addiction thingamabob'' doesn't even raise its ugly head until someone boxes us into a corner, steals our meds (Betty Ford) or we read an article, like this, and consider, for a moment, and say:

''What the hell, I'm dealing with a full-blown addiction. I'm struggling to stop doing A, B, or C (C doesn't stand for crack cocaine, well not for me, at least). 

I really don't know. What's your ''Pleasure?''

How many times do you check your email? 

I love reading, especially psychology because it is a tool for advantage. The publication Predictably Irrational is written by Dan Ariely (2009). 

Email addiction (as with all social media) does have a psychological principle behind it. In fact, behavioural psychologist B.F. Skinner called it ''schedules of reinforcement''. Unsurprisingly, this is all about the relationship between actions and associated rewards. You may have read about the Skinner Box which housed a hungry rat and lever the rodent pressed to get a pellet of food. 

Now here's the reason why you just love to keep checking your email like a hungry rat or a gambler playing the slots. 

Skinner's distinguished between fixed-ratio and variable-ratio schedules of reinforcement. 

Under the fixed-schedule, a rat would receive a pellet of food if pressing the lever a fixed number of times (say 20 lever presses and hey presto he gets some corn). It's like you playing the slots but guaranteed a win every 10 spins. 

The varied schedule sees the rat wondering which press of the lever will deliver his next meal. It could be the first press or the hundredth. It's random, so your guess is as good as mine (or the rats). 

I guess we can all associate with the unpredictable nature of variability. 

But here's the interesting question: ''Which of the two ''fixed-ratio'' or ''varied-ration'' is the most motivating? 

You might think the fixed ratio would be more motivating and rewarding because you can predict the outcome. 

However, the varied ratio is more motivating.  

The true details are appreciated when the motivation stops. With the fixed-ratio reinforcement, the rat stops pressing the lever pretty quickly when the reward isn't forthcoming. 

The problem with the varied-ratio reinforcement is that the rat kept pressing the lever in hope of a reward even if it was an unprecedented number of presses. The rat's thinking: ''I'd normally have some food by now after 100 presses but now I'm on 1000 I'd better continue.''

You may have guessed that rats aren't the only ones to struggle with the varied-ratio reinforcement - humans do too. It's a great way to motivate. 

From a gambling perspective, it's the dark magic that keeps you playing the slots (as it does with the lottery, roulette & even your premium bonds).

How much fun would it be to play a slot machine if it guaranteed a win every ten spins? At first, it seems a good idea but it would soon become boring. The joy of gambling is its unpredictable nature. You may wait for 101 spins but if you hit the jackpot who cares! Basically, it keeps you playing.

But what does this have to do with email?

Even though you may have never thought about it before, checking your email is very much like gambling. 

Most emails are junk. It's like pulling the lever of a one-armed bandit and losing. 

However, every so often you receive a message you really want. It may be a message from a friend, relate to a job, or some random casino offering 100 free spins. We are happy to receive an unexpected email. 

That's why we become addicted to checking, hoping for a surprise. 

We just keep pressing that lever, again and again, until we get our reward. 

So that is the reason you may well have an email addiction. 

Friday, 24 April 2020

In Search of the Outsider: The Significance of Trainers & Starting Price

From what we have learned so far, it becomes apparent that finding an outsider with a lively chance of winning on debut needs a certain caliber of a trainer. The problem with following the elite is that their juveniles are very much in the spotlight. As we have mentioned, their reputation precedes them to a point where many are underpriced.

Few trainers, however capable, feature a level stakes profit with their debutantes. In fact, most would make truly poor bets from a blanket approach. Even looking at the individual rather than the general? To a certain extent, this would be a pointless exercise. Why? Because it is a remote chance these two-year-old could win at speculative odds. It would simply dictate they have a slim chance of winning. For example, from just over 450 debutantes, how many two-year-old winners did Mick Channon train priced over 8/1? It was in single figures. Fair enough, a large number of his juveniles were fancied in the betting. But would that inspire you to wager? I wouldn’t be interested. It is surprising how difficult it is to win on debut – at any price. And don’t forget how many win against a field of debutantes. The statistics would no doubt plummet when racing against experienced horses primed to run for their lives.

What we are searching for is this: not the biggest stables and certainly not the smallest who rarely train a two-year-old let alone a juvenile winner. What we need is that trainer who has plenty of ammunition but somehow slips under the radar. There are a number of interesting candidates.

One of the best candidates is Michael Dods. In my opinion, he is a talented trainer of two-year-old, especially on debut. He has excellent statistics with his debutantes, which, strangely, seem to have more chance of winning at speculative odds than when strongly fancied. However, the icing on the cake for his debutantes is when running on the soft or heavy ground. I’m not sure if he goes for the type of horse with hooves the size of dinner plates but they often love testing conditions. If you see one of his juveniles priced 40/1, 50/1 or even 66/1 on debut, racing in the terrible ground they make outstanding each-way bets.

Now, I’m not saying all of them are going to win. Who would imagine they could! This article is simply to highlight which trainers can go well at speculative odds in the knowledge that you have a fighting chance.

My brother bets on many horses just because he likes their physical stature. In fact, he goes to the extreme of not really caring who trains them. He's had so many big priced winners it is quite astonishing. What I want to highlight from his success is that gigantic-priced horses fall into a niche area to prove victorious. It is all about looking in the right direction. That is the reason why some gamblers win and others lose. They have the skills to know that rich seam of gold is within reach while others are searching for unforgiving grounds. 

Make sure you read Part 3 (coming soon)

Thursday, 9 April 2020

The Highs & Lows Of Terry Ramsden

Terry Ramsden GamblerA story written by Jason Bennetto, originally published in The Independent on Thursday, 7th May 1998, charting the highs and lows of Terry Ramsden. He was the archetypal Thatcherite success story. The son of a postal worker from Romford, Essex, he rose to become one of the country's richest men and most powerful racehorse owners. His millionaire lifestyle, built in the early 1980s on trading in Japanese bonds, included the obligatory executive jet, Rolls-Royces, homes around the world, and the ownership of a football club. His gambling record was the envy of every trackside punter - a regular winner both on the racecourse and at the bookies.

He was a true Eighties self-made man with his cockney vowels and shoulder-length hair. Yet Terry Ramsden, 46, looked anything but a high-flying, city whizz- kid yesterday as he stood in the dock at the Old Bailey. A bankrupt with debts of more than 100m pounds, he was jailed for 21 months for trying to conceal about £300,000 from his creditors.

Ramsden's roller-coaster career began in the City at the age of 16 as an insurance clerk. He quickly realised he could make more money by working for himself and set up his own business, making £25,000 in the first month. 

But the vehicle for Ramsden's career was a company in Edinburgh called Glen International which he bought in 1984, when it had a turnover of £18,000. By 1987, the figure had risen to 3.5billion and Ramsden was said to be the nation's 57th richest man. The venture was based on his knowledge of the specialised and volatile market in Japanese warrants. These were options to buy shares in Japanese companies. He gambled on a rising market and got it right.

After hitting the jackpot, he was quick to adopt a suitably flamboyant and high-flying lifestyle to go with the new-found wealth. Along with his Porsche, Ferraris and Rolls-Royces, he was interested in racehorses - lots of them. At one stage he owned 75.

One of his biggest successes on the racecourse was when his horse Not So Silly won the Ayr Gold Cup in 1987. Small of stature, but invariably accompanied by minder, he was a regular visitor to the winner's enclosure.

"I'm a stockbroker from Enfield. I've got long hair and I like a bet," he once said. He also owned a Georgian mansion on a luxury estate in Blackheath, south- east London, where he could relax in a swimming pool with hologram shark fins beamed on to the water, before flying by helicopter to Walsall Football Club, of which he was both owner and chairman. He lived with his wife, Lisa, and their son, Jake. They also had homes in Scotland, Bermuda and Portugal. 

But in 1986 the market and Ramsden's luck changed. The 1987 crash knocked hundreds of millions of pounds off the value of his securities. He started to run out of cash to keep the huge and complex portfolio of securities afloat and his marriage was on the rocks. Added to this, he was estimated to have lost 58m at the racetrack - there were even stories of him parting with 2m in a single day. Within a year, Glen International crashed, owing 98m, and he moved to the United States.

In September 1991, a warrant for his arrest was issued on fraud charges and he was detained in a jail in Los Angeles until his return to Britain in February 1992. 

The next month, Ramsden was declared bankrupt - with the Inland Revenue demanding 21.5m and other creditors bringing the total debt to near 100m. Ramsden escaped with a two-year suspended sentence in November 1993 after he pleaded guilty to offences of recklessly inducing fresh investment in his empire. 

As a bankrupt, Ramsden was required to disclose all his assets and income but failed to reveal the existence of a hidden trust and concealed his ownership of three million shares in the Silversword Corporation, a Canadian company in which he had a controlling interest. Thousands of pounds was paid from the trust fund to Ramsden's mother, Florence, a former cleaner, which she passed on to her son. He also failed to mention winnings of £77,000 in 1992, from an accumulator bet involving five horses and a dog.

Last year, the Serious Fraud Office announced that Ramsden was to be prosecuted for failing to disclose assets.

At his trial, Ramsden admitted failing to disclose about £300,000. It was also revealed that the fund had also helped pay for a house worth £323,800 for his wife and son.

Jailing Ramsden for 21 months, Judge Peter Beaumont QC also ordered him to pay £10,000 towards prosecution costs. He told Ramsden: "You broke the law and must now be punished." The judge said he would serve at least half the sentence in prison.

Ramsden, of Fulham, south-west London, pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching the Insolvency Act by failing to disclose all his assets. Anthony Arlidge QC, for the defence, said: "He was motivated by a desire to win back his wife and restart his family life. He accepts now that is no longer possible." He added: "He is a man of considerable talent, who for a long time was extremely successful. Rightly or wrongly, he felt his failure was not his fault but due to the misguided views of others."

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

An early look at the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup contenders

An early look at the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup contenders

Al Boum Photo etched his place in the history of Cheltenham Festival by joining a select company of horses win the Gold Cup in back-to-back years. Willie Mullins’ charge produced a fine performance to surge down the stretch in the prestigious race, edging a duel with Santini to claim the victory by a neck ahead of his rival. 

The eight-year-old will now aim to become the first horse since the legendary Best Mate to win the crown three times on the bounce. Al Boum Photo is the leading contender at 5/1 in the early horse racing betting odds to triumph in the Gold Cup in 2021. Mullins’ charge seems to have the measure of the race and Cheltenham, although there will be competition once again from a talented field. 

We’ll now take a look at if he can pull off the feat once again next year and see who could end his reign at the top, in arguably the ultimate prize in jumps horse racing. 

Al Boum Photo

After his triumph of the 2019 Gold Cup where he beat out Anibale Fly for the crown, Mullins’ charge was beaten in his next appearance. His stable-mate Kemboy bested him at the Punchestown Gold Cup, ending his campaign on a low note. The French thoroughbred was rested for seven months before he returned to action for the Savills New Year's Day Chase at Tramore.

Al Boum Photo was the odds-on favourite for the race and delivered with an emphatic victory, finishing six lengths ahead of his nearest rival. The eight-year-old arrived for the Gold Cup in prime form and Paul Townend at the reins put forward another brilliant ride. He timed the surge to perfection, with the bay gelding possessing just enough speed to see out the win by a fine margin. Whether he can maintain that form for next season remains to be seen. 


Nicky Henderson’s charge almost beat out Al Boum Photo down the stretch, but just lacked the pace when it mattered the most. Had the race been a fraction longer Santini may have been able to snatch the victory away from the French thoroughbred. It was still a fine performance from the bay gelding and Nico de Boinville, who will be optimistic about another run in the event next year.

It was the second season in a row that Santini finished second in a meet at the Festival, having been beaten out by Topofthegame in the RSA Novices’ Chase in 2019. He bounced back this term, notching impressive victories in the Future Stars Intermediate Chase and the Cotswold Chase. The eight-year-old put in a fine effort at the Gold Cup, and may be richer for the experience next season to dethrone Al Boum Photo. 


The Irish thoroughbred put in one of the performances of the week to win the RSA Novices’ Chase. It looked as though Minella Indo and Allaho were destined for a tense duel on the line for the win, but Champ exploded out of nowhere to surge between the two horses to close out the victory by a length. Henderson’s charge will now have the challenge of taking the next step to compete for the Gold Cup against the elite horses of the National Hunt.

He recorded solid victories in the Berkshire Novices' Chase and the KKA-Highpoint Beginners' Chase at Newbury. However, the only proof of his Gold Cup credentials will come in the new season and perhaps the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. Champ is one to monitor as, like his victory in the RSA Novices’ Chase, he could burst on to the elite scene next term.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Weird and Amazing Facts about Horse Racing

Horse racing is a thrilling and fantastic game for many people. But as there is money involved, it becomes a great sport for betting enthusiasts. Getting to know the amazing facts about horse racing can make you peep into the all-new world of stallions. 

How it started and a few records?

For the successful horses, the owners would pledge their lives. Yes, they can earn more on stud than on the racecourse, and $100 million is involved in horse racing every year. It all started with the chariot races of Rome, and they are the organized form of horse races, from where today’s horse races are derived. These races trace back to 4500 BC in Central Asia. 

  • To date, there is no record that a horse more than 18 years of age has won the race. 
  • A racehorse on an average weighs 1000 pounds, and the recorded that is lowest for a jockey is 49 pounds. 
  • The highest aged jockey was Levi Barlingume, who raced till 80 years of age, which was until 1932. 
  • Humorist was the winner of the Epsom Derby in 1921 that ran with only one lung.

Big-hearted horses have more chance to win 

You will also be excited to know about the organs of the racing horses. Yes, only the horses with large hearts have a great chance to win, compared with the rest of those who have smaller or average-sized hearts. 

If you are one of the groups who thinks that horse racing is not very animal-friendly, and they have stopped putting money in it. You have options to participate in other sports or you can play casino games at Betfair to get the same thrilling experience. 

Slow or fast? 

If you are looking for something funny then here is some amusing fact for you. Time is significant when it comes to winning a race. In 1945, the recorded time for winning that is the slowest of all time was set. Never Mind II, the horse refused to move from a fence, and the jockey had no other go, but to abandon the horse. But, to his joy, all the runners of the race had either been disqualified or fallen. So, he rushed back to complete the 2-mile race in 11 minutes and 28 seconds. This means he would have been at leisure. 

Facts about different breeds

Most of the time, you will find that the thoroughbred horses are chosen for their speed, agility, and determination. They had Arabian ancestors and were produced in England. The Arabian racehorses that raced more than 1000 years ago are of just ½ the size of the thoroughbred horses. Compared with these, the quarter-bred horses that are specially bred for quarter-mile races are smaller and less muscular. For harness racing, the standardbred horses are used. They are best suited for trot than gallop racing. 

Dangers associated with horse racing

While it can be seen a great sport, no one can deny that many times horse racing involves the fatal end of the horses on the racecourse, with broken spines. Horses are also killed because of the use of drugs that are meant for improving speed but are illegal and restricted. Thousands of former racehorses end up at slaughter beds. Even younger horses say of ages 3 and 4 are made to risk their lives on tracks.