Saturday, 2 April 2022

Professional Tipsters: Are They Flogging a Dead Horse?

Back in the good, old days I used to give free tips for two-year-old horse racing. 

It was on this blog. 

I kind of enjoyed the experience at the time and had a few good people take an interest. 

It might sound big headed, but I have an exceptional knowledge of two-year-old horse racing. In fact, I consider myself the best in the country. 

I don't say those words lightly, it's just a fact.

Although I don't have anything to prove and really couldn't give a thought if you think differently. 

It matters not.

I've never been someone who is interested in other gamblers talents. There are plenty of good judges, unsung heroes, out there who just get on with doing their thing. They don't need the spotlight to shine down on them. These so-called horse racing ''influencers''. 

That's a joke term if I ever heard one. Most are better at marketing than betting with knowledge or success. 

I've seen a number of ''big shots'' on YouTube who I can guarantee make the majority of their money via advertising, affiliates or selling courses or training. 

Good luck to them. It may sound like I'm being critical but that's far from the truth. All work hard to make their success. 

I just wonder if they really know what they are lining themselves up for. 

All that glitters isn't gold. 

It really doesn't matter to me whether someone else is successful, amazing or hopeless because my focus is on myself. I don't mean that in a selfish way as I am always here to be supportive, encouraging and do my best for others. But for each of us to succeed we need to focus on how we can improve our game. 

It's a personal battle rather than looking at those around you as competition or being fearful. 

Like the person who supports someone on Twitter and they can't even return a follow. I'm not being funny, but to me that's a definition of someone with a problem. 

Psychiatric.   

Many professional tipsters supplement their income by related work. In fact, a number of well-known professional gamblers have seemingly ditched the slog against the turf accountant to join forces or be a pundit. 

Each to their own, although I do, slightly, consider they have sold their soul for a bundle of cash. 

It's easily done.  

We all need to make a living and I would probably jump at the chance of spouting a lot of cliches on Racing TV. 

No one can know everything, hey. And if you dilute the orange squash that little too much it doesn't leave the best taste in your mouth. 

It makes me smile as my brother said he wants to show everyone how good a gambler he is and smash those bookies along the way. He is a very good gambler and has smashed the bookies along the way. 

He isn't famous. 

The last thing I want or need is recognition of any type. In fact, I don't want it or need it. 

Listening to a recent video about one of the Twitter horse racing tipsters (I won't say his name, although I'm not saying anything negative about him) he said something about recognition...

I thought: ''Who gives a toss!''

The only person who needs someone to approve them or give them a slap on the back is someone who isn't at their journey's end. If they were, they would realise the last thing they need is any form of credit, applause, appreciation or a medal pinned on their arse. 

It's an illusion that it matters. It will make no difference to your life and perhaps make it worse. 

My Dad said: ''If I knew something worth knowing I wouldn't tell a soul and keep it to himself and have a smile on his face.''

At the time I was probably in my late teens or early twenties and I thought it was a silly comment. I needed recognition from others. It's only later in life I realised he was correct. There is very little anyone can say which really makes much difference when it comes to tipping horses. 

It is a futile endeavour. 

My online friend, Eric Arnold, who sadly passed away far too young said the same thing. 

The idea of someone giving a tip for a horse the evening before the race is, in truth, a ridiculous idea. It's like a laboratory experiment trying to control variables when there is no control. To be a successful gambler it's about knowledge, circumstance and timing. That's what makes a good bet.

If you don't understand what that means then I'm not going to explain it. 

Giving tips is bordering on pointless. 

If that's your way of making money I would have to question how it makes much sense. Surely if you are a successful tipster you should be making money without selling tips.

It's like a definition of an unsuccessful gambler. 

I guess it's a state of transition, which is a fair excuse if you need one. 

It's a strange one. I may give an odd tip or two because I am generous. Usually if someone is going to the races and they know sod all. 

If someone says they are a professional tipster and it's not a costly service, I would say: ''What's that all about!''

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