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Some gamblers like to rely on systems or tipsters to help them make money, either ones they've bought, subscribed to or developed themselves.

Below is a list of resources/sites for your own research purposes.


RelayRacing is a horseracing information club its aim is to keep the serious punter informed on all the racing information available on a daily basis by relaying the selections of the top forty subscription tipping services including, amongst others:-


The overall cost of these services, if you where to join them direct, would be well over £2500 per month. RelayRacing are looking for members to share the cost with them and we will relay all the services for just £30 subscription fee per month. So for around £1 per day you receive all the services mentioned and more. See the website for todays results and a full list of the tipsters they are covering.

Review has its roots back in 1992, when John Hooton, a photographer, electronics troubleshooter, and son of a racehorse trainer, John K Hooton, began programming betting utilities for Psion Organisers.

In 1993, he introduced the first ever suite of horse racing betting utilities for Windows, under the banner of Betting Manager. For the first time ever, punters could now easily calculate the returns on multiple bets, using the 'betting slips' in the program. The program also contained an integrated bank, automatically linked to the betting slips and a fairly simplistic rating tool that required a daily paper and manual input of data.

'I had left the ratings until last,' recalls Hooton. 'The problem of predicting the outcome of horse races was one I had tackled many years ago while working on the farm and riding out in the early mornings on the Sussex Downs.

'With the right information (the Racing Calendar and Ladbrokes Chaseform as it was) and hours of work, it was possible to pinpoint winners. However, I realised that the life of a successful gambler would require about a 14-hour day, every day, even if the action only involved, on average, one bet every two weeks. About 98% of the time was spent weeding out what you didn't want.'

This was before computers were as widespread as they are now, but those lessons learned in long, evening hours studying future entries, were about to be dragged into a new world, where science could analyse nature.

Hooton had written 'Betting Manager' for himself, but out of curiosity, decided to advertise it, to see if any other racing fans and computer users would be interested. The response was immediately positive and would set the seal on many thousands more hours, spent trying to make life easier for the dedicated punter.

In 1995, independent, course-conscious speed analysis had been added to the ratings, and Speedmaster was launched. This new program combined form ratings and speed ratings to give a better overall picture of past performances.

Two weeks after the launch, nine punters backed a 33/1, top-speed winner at Epsom, and a punter in Scotland scooped £35,625 using Speedmaster in a seven-horse super Heinz. The punter later became the part owner of three racehorses, stepping into the winner's enclosure no fewer than 16 times.

In 1995/96, the SMARTsig computer challenge was held. Horse race betting system software vendors were invited to prove the worth of their products. Speedmaster won. Aside from many good-priced single winners in John Hooton's entries, his selections also contained the Tricast of the 1996 Grand National and a Placepot at the Cheltenham festival! This provided a 73% return over six months, winning the competition outright and proving that Speedmaster could deliver impressive returns.

The parameters of the original form and speed ratings have remained unchanged and have been proven over many years by countless winners and predictions. However, the program ultimately still required a certain amount of selectivity on the part of the user, and discipline - two qualities that are sadly lacking in many of us.

Enter Speedmasteronline
In 2004, Glyn Timberlake, a dedicated Speedmaster enthusiast, introduced Hooton to master programmer Steve Milligan. Very soon, Milligan set to work, and, using the combined power of structured queries over a specially constructed Speedmaster database, the output was quite astonishing, creating a far more sophisticated analytical tool for punters.

By inserting filters that could specify certain conditions, including those unique to Speedmaster, it became possible to produce immediate profit/loss accounts based on the filters.

This meant that, with a little practice, punters could begin identifying likely patterns, future selections, and profitability, with illustrative graphs taken from results and historical data.

'With, the original concept of Betting Manager has been fulfilled after 11 years,' says Hooton.

'We have found that it can make very accurate predictions from financial modelling, resulting in confident, stress-free betting.'


Systems - Statistics - Information

Flatstats is a big website with millions of stats, and hundreds of systems for horse racing.

The Flatstats website contains a wealth of information for the novice punter. If you are looking to learn more about horse racing, or if you just want a list of horses to bet on each day then Flatstats can provide that information for you.

Flatstats was created by Stephen and Maria Mainwaring. Together they work for Mainwaring Systems Limited. This is a registered computer consultancy company which has been in existence for over 7 years.

Stephen is the technical wizard behind the site. He has acquired 20 years of experience from working within the IT industry. He has worked as a freelance contractor for many large companies such as:

  • IBM
  • Lloyds TSB
  • Orange
  • Royal & Sun Alliance

He has also worked on large contracts for various government agencies such as:

  • Defence
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Trade and Industry

Using his knowledge of IT systems has helped to make Flatstats one of the fastest, slickest horse racing database sites around. Whilst other sites have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds implementing their websites, Stephen has managed to keep the costs down and produce a site which is very fast, very informative and very reliable.

The Systems Guru

Stephen's interest in horse racing started in the early 80's. He used to keep simple databases on a Commodore 64 PC home computer and then later on IBM type PC's.

His fascination with horse racing and systems arose from his constant desire 'to beat the system'.