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MAKING NOTES HELPS PUNTING PROSPERITY Two weeks ago today I was at a wedding sat next to a horse-racing trainer with two fellow punting comrades, so we quickly turned the conversation to anything he had running that week to help us bash the bookmakers.

He told us two that he felt would run really well, promising nothing but he was hopeful, and we made mental notes before getting back to the serious action of knocking back as much wine as possible.

Both horses were doublefigure odds and they finished first and second later that day, which was fantastic apart from the fact the first I remembered of our conversation came after seeing the results.

Not backing a winner is much worse than backing a loser and I learned a valuable lesson that day: make notes.

You think you will remember everything, but you don't.

The centre-back who is a danger from free kicks; the opposing keeper who has a nightmare at set-pieces; the midfielder who is shooting more than he ever did before, and so on.

Maybe you will remember most of the time, but the one occasion you forget is about as painful as betting can get.

Make notes. Every little helps.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2014
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