Thursday, 28 January 2010


It shouldn't, but it still amazes me how our brains distort information when put in certain circumstances. I had an opportunity to review my IR footage mentioned in my last post, and am almost gobsmacked when seeing the risks I was taking. At the time I was not fully aware and felt slightly uncomfortable but couldn't quite put my finger on why until seeing the footage later. I was quite fortunate on a few occasions and it could of easily been a losing day, it was almost like watching a horror movie at times!

I'd like to think that some of the work I did over the past 6 months has improved my awareness and attitude towards risk somewhat, and it just goes to show that reviewing all trading, profitable or not is vitally important in giving it a fair assessment. What I have found most interesting is how the markets move IR, it's a whole different beast that's for sure, and that I knew already, but actually trading the runners and pushing money around really opened my eyes to how the book fluctuates and where the money is actually being matched.

What have I conluded from all of this?
I will be returning to prerace trading for the timebeing. Although I have no doubt that there are plenty of opportunites to profit IR, I am simply not experienced or skilled enough to have an edge longterm at the moment. I think my knowledge of racing has undoubtably grown in the past few months however it is far off what it needs to be to read these races effectively. I'm expecting it to continue growing as I watch more and more races, and hopefully one day I will give it another crack when I feel the time is right. Another reason for not persuing is that the fast pictures I was fortunate to have are a rarity, and even on the specific days they are available I could potentially be unavailable to trade, further reducing the opportunities. I was thining about the possibility of visiting one of the these trading rooms fitted with SIS pictures, although SIS is still not as fast as the picturs I was getting, perhaps something else to look at in the future. For now though I want to focus all of my efforts on prerace and see how far I can push it.

One thing I would like to point out for anyone having trouble closing trades prerace, try and trade some markets IR. After only a few it should become clearer why taking a prerace position IR is a complete gamble, it just doesn't make any sense once you see how these markets move! You would be far better off closing and using your stake on a planned IR strategy, at least that way it's not a complete gamble and has some tact to it. This experience has perhaps delivered the final blow to any IR closure notions I may still of had prerace, and in that respect I'm pleased to have gained another positive result from it.


RobbieFowler said...


nice blog, would you do a link exchange?? i also run the Lump ON sports betting diary blog as well.


JS said...

Of course mate, would appreciate if you could reciprocate. Good luck with the blog.

Mind Games said...

Great couple of posts! I've not read my blog list for over a week so when I saw you'd whacked up your stake size substantially AND decided to trade IR I was quite shocked!!!!

Why not use your normal stake size or less if you're trading IR? As you say, the volatility is massive compared to pre-race, so I don't see why you also need to increase your stake?

Full respect for not letting your much larger profit go to your head though.

All the best with whatever strategy you pursue, your blog is a good read. MG

JS said...

Thanks for stopping by mate. The main issues with the IR stuff are lack of opportunities, as having pics fast enough would be rare, and my actual ability to read the races not being quite up to scratch! I think there is a good chance I'll do some IR stuff again though at some point. I really enjoyed it. I need to iron out some of these emotional reactions I'm having for the prerace stuff, once I'm happier with that I can see the stakes increasing much sharper, not a moment before though! Hope it's going well for you to mate.

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