You know I'm a fan of systems.
Mainly that's because I can follow some strict rules and the system can make betting decisions for me.
Most of the systems I create can be automated by a racing database and once I've created them then the selections are just sent to me each day.
But I'm aware that I could probably be making more money if I used systems that were not created from data that is available to everybody.
In the old days I would spend hours, days even weeks back checking a system idea with my old copies of the Racing Post or Sporting Life.
And in some ways winning was easier then, because by putting in the hours with old papers I was doing something that was too much effort for many punters.
And that is always the way. If you put in more work, or if you use data that is not available to the betting public then you are more likely to win because you can exploit an angle that is not being used by the majority of bettors.
Another way to create winning systems is from years of experience and record keeping of winning bets.
Analysing past records can show you where your profit comes from and allow you to simplify the selection method and boil it down into a winning system.
There will always be more profit in a system like this because it is bloody hard and relies on the initial skill to select winners and on the patience to analyse years of real bets.
I've been reminded of all of this recently by Carl Nicholson of Value Backing who has put together a selection of what he is calling Pro Grade Betting Systems (including a Glorious Goodwood system)
You can read all about them here www.valuebacking.com/99-of-betting-systems-are-doomed/
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