The thrill of the chase… not for me it isn’t!
This entry was posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2008
In the heat of the summer, some dogs chase their tails. They rarely catch them. In summer and in winter, spring and autumn, some men chase women. They rarely catch them.
In all seasons, I chase my losses. I rarely staunch them.
There, I’ve said it. I’ve admitted it. It’s a problem I’ve had all my punting life and I am no nearer to a solution now than I was when placed my first bet all those years ago.
Maybe admitting the problem will be a step on the road to salvation, a bit like a therapy session, although I doubt it.
I can’t seem to be able to stop myself.
I bet quite conservatively, often betting on the place markets on the exchanges where I think you can find some terrific value.
I like to go for horses with good, progressive form in two-year-old or three-year-old and upwards maidens, usually picking my selections from those in the first two in the betting.
With such an approach you don’t back too many losers nor will you be paying a visit to the nearest Ferrari showroom to book a test drive.
In fact, it’s not unusual, as Tom Jones once sang, to have sequences running into double figures in terms of successful punting days.
However, when that loss does come, as it eventually does, I seem to lose all sense of logic, often punting away all those days’ profits in a single afternoon, which may often stretch into the evening action on At The Races, sometimes betting on American horses I have never heard of, ridden by jockeys I have never heard of, racing on tracks I have never heard of.
I don’t think there is any easy answer as to why I go from being one of the most careful punters on the planet to one of the stupidest often within the space of a few hours, but if there is a ‘cure’ out there I’d like to hear about it.
I’ve tried the Betfair forum without any success, now it’s time for Oggs.com bloggers to give me their views.
Guys, I need help and quickly!