As we enter another New Year it’s time to regroup, to take stock of where we are and where we want to go. Another thing you should also consider from time to time, if you’re looking to become successful in any walk of life, is who you associate with, and who you listen to.
If you’ve been reading this here blog for any length of time you’ll have heard me talk about aligning yourself with a ‘mastermind group’. This could be a personal mentor, or a select group of people. These will be people who have achieved already what you seek to achieve, and can help guide your thoughts, ideas and actions.
You will not grow as a person if you simply follow someone blindly, but it’s nearly always beneficial to have some kind of support system in place, or at least a sounding board for ideas.
Whilst putting this post together it made me remember what a unique network of smart, accomplished, “walk the talk” individuals I get to connect with. So I’d like to share with you a list of 10 people I shall be following during 2012. You may not always agree with what they have to say, and indeed they will not be right all of the time. But you can take it from me, they will always have your best interests at heart.
This is by no means a definitive list, and it comes in no particular order of merit. Please feel free to suggest other names you think readers should be aware of, and why, and leave your comments below.
From Kirkaldy, Fife, in Scotland Ben is a published author, and best known for his horse racing trends book ‘Narrowing The Field – Using The Dosage Method To Win At National Hunt Racing’. Using lesser-known angles is one way to gain an edge in the betting market, and the dosage method is an alternative approach which examines the correlation between pedigree and National Hunt racing. Get to know Ben by visiting his excellent blog at Narrowing-The-Field.co.uk or following him on Twitter
Dave Renham is a leading UK horse racing researcher. He currently writes for the Racing and Football Outlook, where his focus is statistical horse racing research. He’s also produced website content for the At The Races website, and he worked for a time as Spotlight in the Racing Post. Quite some CV. Online Dave can be found contributing at RacingTrends.co.uk so go pay him a visit.
One of the original and best-known betting system review web sites is the CashMaster Blog set up by Graham Laurie. Today it is one of the most popular review sites around, receiving several thousand unique hits every day, and employing a team of independent volunteer reviewers. With more betting systems and services hitting the market than ever, Graham provides a valuable resource.
I’ve been a big fan of Guy Ward’s Mathematician Betting web site for several years now. Unlike most wannabe tipsters, Guy has a track record of providing profitable betting advice to clients spanning ten or eleven seasons, and that’s further underlined by personal success betting for profit over several decades. In all fairness, it would be an insult to Guy to refer to him as a ‘tipster’, because the service he provides goes way beyond sending out a couple of tips every day.
Jonathan is probably best known for his excellent guide ‘False Favourites’ which teaches how to successfully lay horses to lose on Betfair. Indeed, that very same guide has been reviewed here on this very blog. Jonathan is a Betfair Accredited Trainer and has contributed a valuable series of betting tutorials under the Betfair Education section of the official Betfair web site. He publishes the outstanding False Favourites blog and regularly posts useful betting tutorials and articles.
Matt Bisogno writes the superb GeeGeez horse racing and betting blog. He is a genuine punters champion, writes many truly engaging articles, as well as keeping his readers amused throughout the year. Visit his blog at GeeGeez.co.uk and sign up to receive his helpful newsltter.
Michael Wilding is the Professor Brian Cox of the horse racing and betting world. He can take what are often quite complex topics from betting theory, and explain them in a way that’s easy to digest, even for those like me who find maths daunting. Michael is the creator of the best-selling Puntology betting course and also the RaceAdvisor web site where you’ll find expert tips, betting systems, analysis and betting advice.
Back in 2005 Paul Ruffy decided he’d had enough of working to someone else’s rules. He handed in his notice and focused solely on his web site Betting Profits Bulletin whilst continuing to hone his betting skills. Seven years on and he is still going strong, sharing the best of what he knows in his popular newsletter. If you have ambitions to generate an extra income from betting, or even to follow Paul into the realms of full-time punter, then jump on board and learn from someone who’s done it already.
Richard Van Orden
Richard Van Orden is the figurehead of what I consider to be one of the most comprehensive betting system review web sites around. However, and I know Richard won’t mind me saying this at all, but it’s fair to say BettingSystemTruths would not provide one tenth the value it does, were it not for the indefatiguable team of independent reviewers behind the scenes. Richard may be the driver, but the reviewers are the engine underneath the hood. This site will save you money, and steer you in the right direction (was that one too many automotive puns?)
I’ve known Scott Daniels for many years. We worked together at the same company, we originally started a business together on eBay, and we started SkyBlueKangaroo together. Scott is engaged in a whole host of internet marketing consultancy stuff nowadays, but he still keeps his finger on the pulse of horse racing and betting. He describes his eclectic blog Living On The Edge as a ’stream of consciousness’ but I prefer to call it a mish-mash. Whichever way you want to view it, you’ll often find insighful betting information there.
Who else should be on this list?
And that’s it. There are several more names I could add to this list, but I’ve deliberately kept it to a round number of ten. If you could propose one more name to make this eleven, who would it be?