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June 2002

The wisdom of Uncle Freddy.

This statement may come as a surprise to some of you, but there are still a few smart gamblers out there who have learned something from the wisdom of others. I was reminded of this recently by an endearing posting on our Pro-Punter forum, from a person using the handle OneBet.

"Hi Everyone.

I'd like to share with you a little insight into punting's big picture - or how to view betting performances. When I was a young teenager, my Uncle Freddy would take me to Caulfield races at a time when Scotch And Dry (the horse, not the drink) was exciting the crowd with its front-running tearaway style and Sobar was impressing with its class. Uncle Freddy was a hard-nosed punter but a generous philosopher who would give free advice to anyone who'd care to listen (or anyone he could corner!)

His "proverbs" were many but the ones I can remember include: "A bet is not a bet, kiddo. A hundred bets is a bet!"

That was his way of saying you should look at the much longer term to gain a useful idea of how you're tipping or progressing in the racing game.

He would also say: "It's only half a sentence. It's not the whole flamin' book!"

I think that meant the same thing.

One of his most memorable sayings, that has always held me in good stead - whether in punting or in business or in life - was this one:

"Never get discouraged and never get misled over anything that's instant. There's a heck of a lot of instants in anything worthwhile."

Uncle Freddy also had a great understanding of human conflict and how futile it is. He often said to folk:

"Horses win races. Nobody wins arguments!"

My Uncle Freddy is no longer with us, but his legacy is a wealth of understanding. He was a punter with passion. And he was a punter with perspective. I reckon that's what it's all about really.

I write this little message in his honour, as I'm sure he would have loved to contribute those thoughts to his fellow punters here.

Thanks for reading this and cheers to all.

OneBet."

Not at all, our thanks go to you OneBet, for sharing the common sense of an old timer whose wisdom and personality certainly shines through in the warmth of your retelling. It's a shame that obviously in this country that loses around $11 billion dollars a year to gambling, there just aren't enough Uncle Freddy's to go around.

 

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