The Omega Plan
A true story. Nothing very dramatic or sensational, but it can still raise a smile with me. A number of years ago the 'Greatest Jockey', John Francome, was in town to open a new branch of Ladbrokes. Naturally, I was quite keen to meet a jockey I had greatly admired during his illustrious jumping career, and my excuse for approaching him was a book I had recently been given as a present. This was a pictorial record of his life in racing and contained a number of very interesting photographs of our jockey in lots of his greatest triumphs - and disasters.
The day of the visit arrived and I turned up at the Ladbrokes' opening armed with my book. Strangely enough, there were only a few people present for the event and I was able to walk straight up to the 'Greatest Jockey' with my book and have a chat. He was accompanied by a really attractive Ladbrokes promotional model wearing the Ladbrokes uniform and a silk sash over her shoulder. I showed John the book and he was very intrigued by some of the pictures as, he said, he could scarcely remember the events being portrayed; others he could recall very clearly and gave a most interesting added commentary to them. We eventually ended our chat and he signed the book with a message I still treasure.
At this point our lovely Ladbrokes model called on John to accompany her to their next engagement, and headed for the shop door two steps ahead of him. Just then, unknown to her, the silk sash slipped from the girl's shoulder and landed on the floor. The 'Greatest' called out to her - and I remember distinctly the exact words he used - "Look, dear. You've just dropped your drawers!"
I refrain from any speculation as to what might have happened to that same garment, later that day - or night!
Before we get on to this month's system, just time for a silly little thought – we all have them now and again! It concerns an expression we hear in racing parlance all the time these days - the hold-up horse. Of course we know what it means; the kind of horse that doesn't like to be out in front in a race, but instead prefers to make a late run from further back in the field. That, in simple terms, is the hold-up horse. I know all that, but why then does the expression 'hold-up horse' create a very different picture in my imagination?
Instead, I'm back in the age of the stagecoach and highwaymen, and I'm present with Dick Turpin and Black Bess on a dusty track over the heath. While Dick stands idly in the background, twiddling his thumbs, Black Bess is rearing up on her hind legs by the stage-coach door, pistols held menacingly in her front hooves, while she addresses the terrified occupants. "Your money or your life!" Now, that's what I call a hold-up horse!
We're going Greek with our system this time. A month or two ago I wrote about the names given to systems, and the name this month is Omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet. I can't quite see the sense in that - if it had been called Alpha, the first letter, then I could have understood it better, but not the idea of being last. Also, Omega means a big 'O', which is hardly the most inspiring suggestion of what you are hoping to win with the system.
Perhaps the inventor was a Roy Orbison fan! It's not a system I've used myself because basically it's designed for multiple bets which are not my particular favourite. However, I've included Omega in our collection because of its rather unusual approach to finding winners, and also for its interesting permutation ideas, where it covers six selections in doubles, trebles, and accumulators in only eleven bets. Who knows, maybe the last will be first.
The purpose in using the Omega Plan is to successfully select a high number of profitable race winners from any meeting, then, by using the Omega Plan staking permutation, put into operation the opportunity to achieve multiple payout dividends in the form of doubles, trebles, and accumulator bets. If previous trends are repeated - and there is no reason why this shouldn't be the case - selecting medium to high-priced winners and receiving very good payouts may well become a regular thing.
Any daily newspaper which includes the day's horse racing programme can be used to good effect. Information may vary slightly from paper to paper but whichever paper you use, there shouldn't be any major departure from the overall performance of the Omega Plan.
If only one race meeting is scheduled for the day, then you will obviously select from that particular meeting. Otherwise, focus your attention solely on the day's Principal Meeting. If this meeting is subsequently abandoned, or if your paper fails to designate the Principal Meeting, give preference to whichever meeting offers the highest prize money. Selections
Now that you have chosen your particular meeting, operate phase 1 of the Omega Plan in the following manner. Horses will have the following information listed against them.
b. Latest finishing positions (5 or 6 races).
c. Course and distance information, etc.
Taking each runner in turn, add up the total of finishing positions over this season's outings (usually 5 or 6): - e.g. 1 0 0 2 4 3 = 10. You now check the horse's weight and rounding up or down the odd pounds, e.g. 8st 9lbs becomes 9st. ADD this figure to the total of the season's finishing positions, and this will give you a rating number for each horse. If a horse has two or more zeros (unplaced) in its form, you will add five points to the rating.
Now in order to successfully rate the winners it is intended to choose the horse with the LOWEST number of points awarded. So we will deduct one point for each time the horse has won over today's distance. Also deduct one point if it has run over today's course. Where a horse has pulled up or fallen against its record, add four points to its rating. A beaten favourite will have three points deducted from the points already awarded.
As an optional extra, you may deduct points (from one to five) for jockey skill. Finally, having worked your way down the list of runners you'll have a points rating for each horse in the race. Check to see which horse has the LOWEST number of points. This is the race selection. If more than one horse has the same points rating, choose the horse with the highest quoted starting price. If you still have more than one horse with the same rating choose whichever has the best weight advantage along with the best 'last finish' position.
Apart from using rated selections in single bets, if this is your preference, the aim is to choose six horses from six races and, using a staking permutation achieve possible winning doubles, trebles, and accumulators for big winnings.
Having selected your horses you will set out your bet, in full, in the following manner.
Let's assume you have completed the ratings and, having selected six as probable winners, you are now ready to bet. Betting permutations are quite commonplace in football and fixed-odds betting
but are less common in horse racing. This is a pity really, because a good racing permutation can provide extremely good chances to make healthy profits for a comparatively small outlay. The closest bet to the permutation is that daily favourite - the Yankee - a four horse bet backed in six doubles and four trebles with an accumulator.
The permutation plan set out here is, I believe, far superior. It can be operated for the same cost as the Yankee, yet it gives the opportunity to land multiple doubles, trebles, and accumulators, from six selections, against the four
allowed by the Yankee, which is a 50% increase in the selection ratio against the Yankee, which can only mean more chances to win for no extra cost. For that reason bets should be made with 'No Limit' bookmakers.
The permutation plan can be operated from as little as 55p for win only stakes or £1.10p with each-way stakes. Stakes can be increased to whatever you wish.
Set out your bet as follows.
* First race Ascot 1.45
* Second race Ascot 2.15
* Third race Ascot 2.45
* Fourth race Ascot 3.15
* Fifth race Ascot 3.45
* Sixth race Ascot 4.15
5 x 5p win doubles (Races 1 & 2, 2 & 3, 3 & 4, 4 & 5, 5 & 6)
4 x 5p win trebles (Races 1 3 & 5, 1 3 & 6, 1 4 & 6, 2 4 & 6)
2 x 5p win accumulators (Races 1 2 5 & 6, 2 3 4 & 5)
11 x 5p win bets = 55p staked.
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