Photo Blog Of Grass Roots Bookmaking at Chipley Park Point to Point 25/01/15

Do you sometimes wish misty-eyed that the betting ring could go back to those good old days before computers, light-boards and hedging on the exchanges? The days when the bookies had to form their own market, tentatively put their prices up then braced themselves for a ‘knock-over’ on one they got wrong? The days when miserable yet eagle-eyed floormen kept their bosses out, didn’t let them roast and called in back-bets in fractions?

(Don’t understand fractions? You can still get them and the value on course, but if you don’t ask you don’t get )

Those days are not gone, they are hanging in there at regional point to points. The floorman still gets blamed for everything and the clerk gets the bets down with a sharp pencil. There are some computers in evidence but only for recording bets. Point to Points really are the last bastion of proper bookmaking? Check out grass-roots National Hunt racing in a field near you, and there will be a meeting somewhere close. Check here for fixtures.

So, here we go, pictures speak a 1000 words, a pictorial ‘Tales From The Betting Ring’ of the bookies in action at Photo Blog Of Grass Roots Bookmaking at Chipley Park Point to Point 25/01/15

p1 p2 p3 p4 p5 p6 p7 p9 p10 p11 p12 p14 p15 p16 p17 p18 p19 p20

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(c) Simon Nott

My  (Award Nominated but sadly unplaced) book ‘Skint Mob – Tales From The Betting Ring’ is a book about the bookies, punters and other wonderful characters I have met in my time on racecourses. There have been some nice reviews. Here’s one from the Independent On Sunday 21/12/14

Independent On Sunday 21 December 2014

If you’d like one you can buy a signed copy  direct  from me via paypal here

It’s also available on Amazon and on Kindle.

Available on Nook

Available on Kobo

And one from the Racing Post just before Christmas.



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