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  https://simonnottracing.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/value-seeking-on-course-punters-ask-for-fractions/ )

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.

http://www.pointtopoint.co.uk/

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

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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 

http://www.simonnott.co.uk/?page_id=315

It’s also available on Amazon and on Kindle.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Skint-Mob-Tales-Betting-Ring/dp/0992755409/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A21IPGCYKI6061

Available on Nook

http://www.nook.com/gb/ebooks/skint-mob-tales-from-the-betting-ring-by-simon-nott/2940149802029

Available on Kobo

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/Skint-Mob/577sO7waFEmz9tXv9posiQ

And one from the Racing Post just before Christmas.

SkintMobRacingPostXmas

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