If ever there was a person who made acting look more effortless, while simultaneously making it all seem like a rollicking and profitable sideliner to fund a joyous punter’s lifestyle, there is no better than Sharif.
Despite a lack of skill, gambler extraordinaire Lewis Deyong cunningly outsmarts the local sharks. A few years ago I became interested in playing golf and took a couple of lessons from the pro of the tiny Biot Golf Club near Antibes. Unfortunately, my swing was atrocious. As a lifelong tennis player, I couldn’t prevent the...
There are some racehorses’ names which resonate with the public and racing community long after their careers are over. Hunters of Brora is one of them.
In 1986, a horse called Dancing Brave took antepost betting and the industry to a place no one ever thought possible. In all my years working in the betting industry, I have never witnessed or been on the end of a gamble quite like the one we saw in the lead-up to the Epsom Derby.
Punters, like mothers giving birth, tend to remember only the excitement and success of the event, consigning the ever-present pain and anguish to the back burner of their consciousness. For this reason I shan’t regale you with the many disasters of my punting career but, instead, shall concentrate on a few of the rare and unusual successes that came my way over the past 55 years.
One man could never have guessed how inspired a decision it would be to join forces with trainer Palm Sly and buy a little-known filly. A year later they were toasting 1,000 Guineas Glory.