Derek Sheppard

Derek Sheppard

Left school at 16 and went into my first employment as a mechanical technical engineer. Those first five years of employment were perhaps my most enjoyable and I finished my apprenticeship having gained a degree, as well as the usual ONC, OND, HNC and HND. The company I worked for moved away from England, across the Atlantic to America whilst I was in my fourth year. I never did join up with them and head my own team as I had not long before hand got engaged, and my roots were in England and I'm one of those patriotic people. I went from one job to another, never really settling and being under paid as Company's were feeling the pinch under a Tory government led by Mrs T. Some thirty years later I decided it was the time I started out betting for my living. My interest in racing and betting first started out when I wrote a piece about 'probability' for Maths during my second year of my apprenticeship. This was later than my first bets, and as with most people, this started out as a child with a bet on the National. My interest grew and I read as many books as I could on betting, no internet back in those days. What was written then and still holds true today is that you can't win every day, you will by the very nature have more losing days than winning days. If anyone wants to be a winner, then they will have to accept this. I have seen so many people go 'on tilt' because they can't accept they are going to have a losing day. I started to get interested in racing systems after reading Clive Holt's Fineform publication 'Profitable Betting Strategies'. I still have this and a number of his other publications today and I still re-read them. I have now become a successful bettor of horses (and sports) in as much as I make a comfortable living. I'm restricted by many bookmakers and most of my betting is now done through the exchanges.
  • Sep- 2015 -
    30 September
    Strategies
    Late Season Head Quarters Trio 1

    Late Season Head Quarters Trio

    Newmarket have a number of meetings over the remaining months of the turf flat season. The following three trainers have shown a propensity to take a number of prizes from September onward’s at flat racing’s HQ. First up is Charlie Appleby who has Goldolphin ammunition to fire. Having taken over from disgraced Mahmood al Zarooni, Appleby has targeted the juvenile…

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  • 5 September
    Strategies
    Portfolio Corner 2

    Portfolio Corner

    It’s been a few months since my last post, mainly due to annual holiday and also an operation in hospital. With my batteries recharged, I’m looking forward to continuing the battle to earn a living from the sport of kings. Having not had much time to look in any great depth at profitable angles/systems for September, now would be a…

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  • Jul- 2015 -
    3 July
    Advice
    Portfolio Corner - July Trainers To Follow 3

    Portfolio Corner – July Trainers To Follow

    July brings the start of the two year-old nursery season and there are a number of trainers that have had decent success with their juveniles in this sphere. But before I get on to a couple of those trainers I would like to pass on a massive warning. BEWARE OF ANY MARK JOHNSON TRAINED NURSERY RUNNER The best season wins…

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  • Jun- 2015 -
    16 June
    Advice
    Profiting From The Shorties 4

    Profiting From The Shorties

    Family commitments have restricted me in putting together an in depth stats and trends overview for Royal Ascot. But you won’t have missed anything because with a little bit of searching the main racing sites that produce micro sites for the festivals will have most of the information. One has to be careful when publishing stats and trends etc as…

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  • 4 June
    Strategies
    Portfolio Corner 5

    Portfolio Corner

    As we enter June, the flat turf season kicks in to overdrive with a host of big meetings and festivals following one after the other. When I first started to plan this article I was intent on providing stats and trends for the Epsom Derby and Oaks meeting but looking through my portfolio I have very little to offer that…

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  • May- 2015 -
    12 May
    Strategies
    Portfolio Corner - A Trainer To Follow Right Now 6

    Portfolio Corner – A Trainer To Follow Right Now

    Welcome to ‘Portfolio Corner’ I have been betting horses and sports for a living for a good few years now and my bets are based around systems, profiles, trends and stats. I have over 250 systems. I know that may appear a lot to some, but many are based around individual trainers and operate for perhaps one or two months…

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  • 7 May
    Advice
    The Football League Divisional Play-Offs 7

    The Football League Divisional Play-Offs

    The football season has ended for most teams from the Championship, League 1 and League 2, but for twelve teams there will be three victorious as they seek to grab the final promotion place available from their division. The divisional playoffs have been around for quarter of a century, well this is the 27th year to be exact, and although…

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