As Members would be aware, I attended
the home of Racing in France, Longchamps a few weeks ago. That's me at the
gate with a copy of Paris Form, their equivalent of Sportsman. The form
guide is in French but that doesn't matter. Anybody who has read about how
we do form the Winform way can easily assess the chances.
Here I am below, one of about
200 or 300 punters who attended this listed race day (2 $100,000+ races
on the program) with my winning ticket. I couldn't believe the ridiculously
low crowd figure for this magnificent racecourse. I used Winform and picked
the Trifecta in Race 1 but found that unfortunately, you cannot place a
trifecta bet with an operator, it has to be done on an ATM like machine.
The three placegetters were all at odds of $10 or more so it would have
been a good pay, something I never found out. The dividends are flashed
at correct weight and then they disappear. At that stage only the people
with winning tickets find out.
In the next race, a five horse Listed Race,
there was a $1.40 favourite which I timed to run 15 lengths slower than the 2nd Favourite
at $3.00. The other contenders were simply hopeless. It was like taking candy
from a baby and the profit easily paid my expenses.
The race pools were very small (approx. $48,000 euro) and it is no wonder. Only
French residents are allowed to bet on the off course pool.
If you are ever in Paris on a raceday you can get instructions
on how to get there in the form guide, which is in all newsagencies the day
before. For Longchamps just take the Metro to Port Maillot and there is a dedicated
bus stop on the North West side of the circle, bus
244. Fares are cheap, the beer and sandwiches are cheap and France-Galop, which
conducts Racing in France will make complimentary
tickets available to Winform Members on all but the very best race days. Call
Martin Gaudron at France-Galop. The dividends are declared
for one Euro but the minimum bet is 2 Euros. My operator was surprised to see
the size of my bets (20 Euro or about $40 at the time) as
most of the punters were betting only a tenth of that.
By the way, if you go on your own you may be lonely as
it is the only place in Paris I couldn't find anyone who could speak English.
you they all knew one two three etc. they are horse numbers.