There is more than one way to skin a cat so the story goes, and being a professional gambler can be achieved in many different ways. Paul Cooper had his own unique way of gambling for profit, and he used his knowledge of draw bias at British racecourses coupled with an unusual bet called the Tricast to win over £400,000 on a number of bets at Thirsk racecourse.
Cooper noticed before virtually any one else that horses drawn high over the straight sprint course at Thirsk appeared to have a distinct advantage. There are a number of racecourses with distinct draw biases around the country. Chester and Beverley probably being the most prevelant but the difference at Thirsk was that the bias was just as marked on fast ground as it was on soft ground. The reason for this was that the watering system at Thirsk left a lot to be desired, and it left a strip of ground next to the stands rail which was unwatered and therefore significantly faster than the rest of the track.
Cooper would perm those 5 or 6 horses drawn highest in tricasts, and therefore the ones who would be running on the favoured fast ground these 5 or 6 often included several complete outsiders and when his bet came in which it did more often than not the return was massive.
Cooper is certainly not a £10,000 win single guy, and is fascinated by the returns which you can get from multiple bets. He believes that the Lucky 15 is a value bet. A Lucky 15 is a Yankee (6 doubles, 4 trebles and an accumulator) plus 4 win singles. The major bookmakers normally often some form of concession with the bet. For instance if you only have one winner they will double the odds. So one 7/1 winner means that you will just about get your money back.
Here are Paul Coopers tips for successful betting on the horses:
- Always stay cool, calm and collected when making a selection. Don't let your emotions affect your selection.
- Only bet when you believe that you are getting good value.
- Look to back horses with winning form, be very wary of maidens.
- Concentrate on Sprint races the form is often more reliable than longer distance flat races.
- Try and find a small competent yard to follow. You will get much better prices on their horses than those of the larger stables.
- Don't back odds on favourites.