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Winning money on horses this week?

There's a bloke who communicates with me from time to time called Kim. Never met him. Wouldn't know him if I fell over him in the street - which would be regrettable set of circumstances from his perspective as middle age has not been kind from an increasing girth angle. There was a time I could have made the weight to ride Crisp or Lots of Time but that time has passed.

Kim is pretty obsessed about research. He occasionally attaches spreadsheets to his infrequent emails to demonstrate the progress he is making with his projects and to say they are expansive is an understatement. I have no idea how many hours a day he spends on this but I imagine over a week they would be considerable.

He analyses every system, from a rough count of the number of headings, with data sub sets covering at least 90 to 100 angles. Things that encompass ideas like distance, field size and number of first up performers in every field through to race age restrictions and positions at the turn for the last three races they competed in. I kid you not, in the last work out he sent me there must be 60 pages of data and statistics. I don't think there's enough in the big black ink tank to print it all out.

So what's this guy about? Is he obsessed about stats or, heaven forbid, driven to win?

There's an old gag about the two drunks sitting in the park and one says to his mate "my wife drove to me to drink". His mate replies "Lucky bastard. I had to walk".

So what drives this bloke to win? The fear of losing? The compulsion to find an angle that is not in fashion at the moment that creates a winning percentage over and above the traditional? I plead guilty to both counts, Your Honour. What it does prove is the old adage: you only get out of (racing) something, whatever you are prepared to put in to it.

And it doesn't matter if you are talking about racing or athletics or politics or working at Bunnings or performing on American Idol. (Speaking of that - if you can get on a singer called Jacob Lusc(?) for this year's final, get on - he's as close to a certainty as it is possible to find in those competitions - brilliant singer - unbelievable voice and presence - a stone bonker if ever there was one........I digress. (May 2011 update: He lost!)

Back to racing - what you get out will only ever be in direct proportion to what you put in.

How often do you see people at the TAB or at the races (not that many go any more) running around like chooks with their heads cut off trying to get on the latest shortener at Warrnambool or the latest tip from the bloke in the corner and having very little idea about what the horse or dog has done in the past or, indeed. what it's likely to do today or CERTAINLY no idea about what a value price about it would be for today's contest.

If you can't be bothered putting in the time to analyse what you should be doing with horse racing, if your input is nil, I guarantee it will exactly match your take out.....NIL.

These pro golfers you see on Foxtel picking up a cool million for a tourney didn't just walk on to the tee and think "hey, this is a cool way to make a quid". They spent years and years and years - countless hours - practising, and practising and re-practising every shot they have in their buggy. They weren't born with it - they practised to achieve it.

Why would you think gambling is any different?

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