Jack Houghton

My Dad assures me I was present to see Nijinsky win the triple-crown, but I don't remember it.

And as I wasn't yet born in 1970, I'm guessing his memory is a little off. Nonetheless it's true to say that he took me racing at an early, if not quite pre-birth age, and that racing has dominated most of my waking thought since then.

On that basis it was an easy decision to accept a job at Betfair, where I worked for four years, before heading off to work with racehorses in the flesh. I've written about racing and betting for a few years now, winning the Martin Wills Award for racing journalism in 2002 and writing Winning On Betfair For Dummies, first published in 2006.

Grand National In-Play Tips: Oppose short prices in the run

13 April 2012 / Leave a comment

A look back over the in-play stories of previous Grand Nationals tells us to focus our attentions on laying the short ones, writes Jack Houghton....Read more »

Grand National In-Play Tips: Oppose short prices in the run

12 April 2012 / Leave a comment

A look back over the in-play stories of previous Grand Nationals tells us to focus our attentions on laying the short ones, writes Jack Houghton....Read more »

Grand National: Synchronised best bet where stats fail us

11 April 2012 / Leave a comment

The race has fundamentally changed in recent years, meaning the stats can provide little guidance, writes Jack Houghton....Read more »

Boat Race 2012: Des points way to Cambridge super-heavyweights

04 April 2012 / 2 Comments

Even after a morning spent with Google Scholar and his trusted spreadsheet, Jack Houghton is still more inclined to rely on the wisdom of Des Lynam when selecting his Boat Race bets....Read more »

Cheltenham Festival 2012: A working person's guide

10 March 2012 / Leave a comment

When it comes to the Cheltenham Festival, not everyone has the time for hours of form study, but that doesn't mean you can't have a profitable few days. Just follow these simple rules, writes Jack Houghton....Read more »

World Indoor Athletics Champs: Ennis and Farah both vulnerable

07 March 2012 / Leave a comment

Although the broadcasters will be focusing on the fortunes of Farah and Ennis this weekend, Istanbul will tell us little about London 2012. And a good job too, as both Brits are vulnerable, writes Jack Houghton....Read more »

Oscars 2012 Betting: The Artist will be hard to beat

22 February 2012 / Leave a comment

The Artist has been wowing critical and public audiences alike, and it might even provide some value Oscar punting opportunities, provided you're prepared to look in the side markets, writes Jack Houghton....Read more »

Mayor of London: Sorry Boris, Ken is on a mission

17 February 2012 / Leave a comment

Despite what the market might be saying, Livingstone should now be favourite for mayoral race, writes Jack Houghton....Read more »

Six Nations: France's World Cup run no indicator of success

02 February 2012 / Leave a comment

When it comes to predicting future tournament success, neither the World Cup, nor the Six Nations, is much cop, according to Jack Houghton....Read more »

Six Nations Betting: France's World Cup performance no indicator of RBS success

01 February 2012 / Leave a comment

When it comes to predicting future tournament success, neither the World Cup, nor the Six Nations, is much cop, according to Jack Houghton....Read more »

Australian Open Final: Djokovic to dominate the side markets

27 January 2012 / Leave a comment

Most aces, set betting and tie breaks - there's plenty of value to be found in the side markets. Jack Houghton has rifled through the stats to bring you a few of the best wagers to be had from the...Read more »

African Nations Cup: Burkina and Tunisia rate as value calls

19 January 2012 / Leave a comment

The market has the African Cup of Nations about right, but the ratings point to a couple of bigger-priced back-to-lay options, says Jack Houghton....Read more »

Australian Open Betting: Ferrer can go far in Melbourne

14 January 2012 / Leave a comment

With significant doubts about the world's top-four, it might be worth looking to the early-season Heineken Open for back-to-lay opportunities, says Jack Houghton....Read more »

US Politics: Romney no sure thing for Republican nomination

06 January 2012 / Leave a comment

Despite what the markets are saying, Jack Houghton believes Mitt Romney is a weak favourite for the Republican nomination. And whether he becomes his party's candidate or not, the Republicans will struggle to beat Obama in November....Read more »

Betfair: A bettor barometer of opinion

05 January 2012 / Leave a comment

The following article was originally published in the Press Gazette in July 2006. It has been republished here as it is referenced in this article....Read more »

X Factor 2011: Prophet says profit with Collins

10 December 2011 / 1 Comments

During The X Factor last year, betting.betfair tipster Jack Houghton turned a starting bank of £1,000 into a whopping £1,900. Two years previously he returned a 17-point profit to anyone following his recommended bets. A brace of profitable years in...Read more »

X Factor 2011: Little Mix no Germaine Greer

03 December 2011 / Leave a comment

During The X Factor last year, betting.betfair tipster Jack Houghton turned a starting bank of £1,000 into a whopping £1,900. Two years previously he returned a 17-point profit to anyone following his recommended bets. A brace of profitable years in...Read more »

X Factor 2011: F-Ofcom shoos Tulisa's tattoo

25 November 2011 / Leave a comment

During The X Factor last year, betting.betfair tipster Jack Houghton turned a starting bank of £1,000 into a whopping £1,900. Two years previously he returned a 17-point profit to anyone following his recommended bets. A brace of profitable years in...Read more »

X Factor 2011: Rihanna only girl to re-ignite show

18 November 2011 / Leave a comment

During The X Factor last year, betting.betfair tipster Jack Houghton turned a starting bank of £1,000 into a whopping £1,900. Two years previously he returned a 17-point profit to anyone following his recommended bets. A brace of profitable years in...Read more »

X Factor 2011: Returning act can only hurt Kitty

12 November 2011 / Leave a comment

During The X Factor last year, betting.betfair tipster Jack Houghton turned a starting bank of £1,000 into a whopping £1,900. Two years previously he returned a 17-point profit to anyone following his recommended bets. A brace of profitable years in...Read more »

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