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False Favourites

OUR RATING: 5 out of 5

False Favourites is a guide to laying horses to lose, and written by Betfair Accredited Trainer Jonathan Burgess. Towards the end of last year Jon updated the guide and gave it a fresh face to bring it in line with recent changes to the Racing Post web site.

So what can you expect when you pay your money and see the email from Jon with your download?

The first thing I want to stress is that False Favourites is not a regimented 'rules' system. You will not be able to refer to this book, apply a set of strict rules to the day's racing cards, and come up with a defined list of selections. Place one hundred punters in a room with this guide and ask them to write down their selections to lay for that day, and you would not receive one hundred identical lists of horses.

False Favourites is a guide to laying horses, and I would be inclined to describe it much more a 'method' than a system. That is not to detract from the value of this book in any way, in fact I would go so far as to say it is a 'must read' for any aspiring punter. It will teach you how to systematically approach each day's racing and arrive at a short-list of candidates for laying.

The key word in that last paragraph is the word 'teach'. False Favourites will teach you as much about analysing a race as any other book I have come across.

But it will not allow you to simply feed in a few bits of form data from the Racing Post, and spit out a couple of selections ten minutes later for you to blindly lay on Betfair. The reader is required to apply some thought to the whole process.

Those of you with perhaps neither the time nor the inclination to put any thought into their selections to bet, should read no further, this book is not for you.

But if you are still on board, let me tell you more about the book.

When you open the False Favourites PDF document you will find you have some reading to do! In all the guide extends to well over 200 pages, but there is something to learn on every page. Jon takes great pain to explain every topic covered by the guide in comprehensive detail. Personally, what I did was to read the whole book from cover to cover, before going back and digesting each section.

Without giving too much away, the process Jon takes the reader through, is first to identify which particular races you are most likely to see a favourite beaten. There are separate sections covering both Flat and Jumps racing.

This first step will help you discard the majority of races on the card, and allow you to focus your attention on a much smaller number of races, saving you a lot of time. You will then learn how to uncover negative aspects to the historic form of the favourite. Being able to spot potential chinks in the armour of the favourite is important.

But a weak favourite can still win races, if the opposition is equally poor, and the next step is to identify race rivals capable of taking on the top horse.

Having explained the methodology, Jon then lists multiple examples with numerous screenshots and explanations. I found this examples section was particularly useful as it was here that a lot of the previous teaching and theory actually 'sank in'.

Jonathan Burgess has clearly put an extraordinary amount of time and effort in to compile this guide, and having read through it a few times now, he obviously wants to help the novice punter develop their form reading and race analysis skills.

As explained at the top of this review, because False Favourites is not a typical system with 'rigid' rules for selection, there was little value in proofing selections to Racing Index as is our normal practice. Instead, I spent a month applying the methods in the book, and coming up with my own selections. After the first few days practice I was able to arrive at my best bets in around an hour. So you should bear in mind that the results below are those that I personally judged as good lay bets. Anyone else will probably have come to the same conclusions, in the majority of cases, but not 100% of the time.

If you decide to purchase the guide, I would give my normal advice which is to paper-trade only for at least a couple of months. This will give you time to accustom yourself to the method, and gain confidence in your ability to make good selections. I guarantee that if you adopt the concepts taught by the book, you will find your strike rate getting better over time as your analysis skills improve.

These are the results I achieved through February:

1 Feb No bets
2 Feb No bets
3 Feb Lady Dunhill 15/8F LOST
4 Feb Quince 3/1 LOST
5 Feb Pistol Desbois 7/2 LOST
6 Feb Old Romney 7/2 LOST
7 Feb Tinagoodnight 4/1 LOST
8 Feb No bets
9 Feb One More Round 6/4F LOST
10 Feb No bets
11 Feb No bets
12 Feb Any Currency 13/8F LOST
12 Feb Double Dash 9/4F LOST
12 Feb Pretty Star 4/1 LOST
13 Feb Hohlethelonely 5/2F LOST
14 Feb No bets
15 Feb Parlesotho 5/2F LOST
16 Feb Carrick Boy 11/4F WON
17 Feb Traffic Control 5/1 LOST
18 Feb Threatening To Pay 9/4 LOST
18 Feb Harry Tricker 7/2 LOST
19 Feb No bets
20 Feb Noir Et Vert 2/1F LOST
21 Feb Thundering Star 5/2F LOST
22 Feb No bets
23 Feb Brouhaha 6/4F WON
24 Feb Majorca 3/1F LOST
24 Feb The Dreams Still Alive 7/2 LOST
25 Feb No bets
26 Feb No bets
27 Feb Mongorno 9/4F LOST
28 Feb The Package 11/4F LOST

Although positive, you should not take these results as conclusive. Twenty two bets is not a large enough sample from which to draw any concrete conclusions. That said, I certainly found, especially as the month progressed, that I found myself laying favourites with confidence. This was very much down to the fact that I was making the educated final decisions myself, rather than blindly following a 'rules based' system.

What I haven't mentioned so far, are the 'extras' you get when you buy False Favourites. As I write this review, customers also get four bonus items - two further betting guides, a free subscription to Jonathan's newsletter, and a free subscription for one month to The Betting School. 

In summary:

If you want a quick and simple system, False Favourites is not what you are looking for. But if you want a comprehensive approach to laying horses for profit, whilst developing your punting skills at the same time, this ticks all the boxes.

At the price of just £28 and offered with the fall-back of a Clickbank satisfaction guarantee, I consider the purchase of False Favourites a virtual no-brainer. You could spend twice this amount on another betting system and learn nothing about reading form and making informed decisions about your selections. Included within the low-price are two bonus eBooks, regular advice from a Betfair Trainer, and a taster of one of the best punters clubs around. Doesn't need much selling this one!


Posted by Paul on 6th March, 2009




False Favourites

False FavouritesThere seems to have been an explosion of laying systems over the last few months. They are appearing everywhere and new ones are being churned out on a daily basis. Unfortunately, most of them are useless rubbish, written by some half-wit with only one intention - to pull in money from the unsuspecting punter using nothing more than a snazzy website and wild claims of life changing wealth and riches in the space of a month. Some of them will have just three rules, some will have fifteen, but the majority of the ones we come across fall well short of the mark.

A lot of people believe that laying is an easy game, after all how difficult can it be to find a loser, right? Wrong! Laying is a very, very difficult game and there aren’t many systems that produce the goods consistently. It is a game fraught with dangers, that 12/1 outsider (that you’ve had to lay at nearer to 16/1) who doesn’t have a chance, but somehow gets up on the line and takes with it all of your previous profit and then some. And it will happen much more than you think!

It’s not all doom and gloom, however, because there is a way to make a decent living from laying horses - especially if you concentrate on low priced favourites. There is only one way to do this successfully and that is to do your homework! It is definitely possible to make a comfortable living from laying favourites, in fact that’s where the majority of my betting income comes from, but you must know what you are doing and, unfortunately, there are no real short-cuts.

So, the best way to learn how to do this successfully is to listen to someone who has been there, done that and worn the T-Shirt. In my opinion, one of the best laying courses available on the Internet today is (it is actually a PDF doc. but at 216 pages, it’s essentially a course). It’s written by a Betfar Accredited Trainer, Jonathan Burgess, and it’s clear from the start that this is someone who knows what he’s talking about.

Right from the word go, Jonathan makes sure you are aware this is no walk in the park, you won’t retire overnight, in fact the results on Jonathan’s website show he is making around 10-15 points profit per month, not an outrageous claim by any means. So with £50 stakes you’d be profiting by £500 - £750, £100 stakes you’d be banking £1000 - £1500 a month. I think this is one of the reasons I really admire Jonathan, he is totally upfront, he won’t insult your intelligence with ridiculous claims and hype. What he is offering you is the chance to learn how to make a consistent and relatively safe income by betting on horses to lose.

False Favourites is split into two books, the first deals with all the ins and outs of National Hunt racing, starting at the basics of opening your Betfair account, discussing why favourites lose and taking you step by step right the way through to the selection method. And this isn’t just a page of how to choose your selection, this is 30 pages of the most useful ‘how to’ I have read in a long, long time! The selection process is then followed up with 20 pages of examples to help you understand exactly how Jonathan makes his picks.

The second book deals with laying on the Flat and is just as detailed as book one, providing you with a wealth of information and numerous examples to ensure that you fully understand the methodology and theory behind it all.

Now, I know this isn’t going to make pleasant reading for those of you who are searching for a “get rich quick” solution, but here at OBE we aim to bring the best of products to your attention, not the ones that make unrealistic claims and fail to deliver, and I would defy anyone to pay the £19.99 for this fantastic product and not to be absolutely delighted with it.

It really is that good.

You know, we’ve said this before on here lately, but something that’s really surprised us since starting this website is the number of quality products we’ve had the opportunity to review. Sure, we’ve seen a few BAD ones too, but on the whole we’ve really been very impressed with most of the products we’ve written about. False Favourites is one of the best - you’ll love it!

Until next time,
Online Betting Exposed

Published on March 16, 2008










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Read what other satisfied customers had to say about False Favourites.

Dear Jonathan,
Thankyou for all your excellent E.mails - you along with The Secret Betting Club are THE ONLY TWO sources I will now bother with - spent countless ages reading through all the others, which are utter rubbish and hype !!!
I have now deleted them all - but not sure if along the way I have deleted yours too !!! That would be a bad mistake if I have !!!
Can you please check that I am still subscribed ? Jon???????????
Please reply ASAP.
Thanks Jonathan & my Kind Regards to you & Warm Wishes for A Very Happy Christmas !


John April 13th, 2008 7:46 am

Hi John,

All you would need for this is access to the online version of the Racing Post or one of the other UK form guides. This isn’t a system in the traditional sense - Jon is an accredited betfiar trainer and his guide teaches you how to find weak looking favourites, horses with weak profiles.

It’s the kind of information you can take away and use for life, rather than something that’s only likely to work in the short-term. It’s really very good.


James T. on April 14th, 2008 5:34 am

I purchased False-Favourites yesterday. It’s got some of the best info I’ve seen. It’s 5.30 in the morning and I haven’t been able to put it down :)


Jim Evans on April 20th, 2008 5:46 am

I’ve had some cracking results from this lately. What I’ve found is that it doesn’t only point you in the direction of runners to lose: it also helps you to find weaknesses in runners you might have been thinking about backing. That’s proved very useful for me.


Chloe on April 23rd, 2008 10:15 pm

I have never seen so much information for such a small payment. In fact I’m amazed at what Jonathan has put together.

My husband is normally a sceptical man but after reading it he got straight to work finding weak favourites. 12 bets later and he’s managed 10 successful bets with 2 winners both coming in at 6/4, I think he might be converted :)


Hi Jonathan,

I would just like to thank you for your system and tell you that I think it is very good, not like many I have bought over the years. I have only been paper trading up to now but haven't had a winning fav yet out of 9 highlighted fav all have lost these include, Sandown 2-40 Newton Bridge, Leicester 3-25 Et maintanet, 4-35 Muttley Magwire, Wincanton 3-25 Aberdeen Park and Carlisle 3-45 Carry Duff.

Thanks again for system you must have put a lot of time and effort into producing it and it is good too know that all system sellers aren't rip off merchants. I hope to start laying with money soon once I am a little more familiar with the selection method.

Regards Richard Borrowdale.


Hi Jonathan,

Still winning with 'false favourites' what an excellent guide..I have gone through some of my old lay systems with the similar criteria to false favourites..lets just say it becomes clear why a lot of them fail......basically no form study what’s so ever...ok enough rambling on to the testimonial..

I thought you deserved a testimonial for a very well written profitable lay course 'false favourites' my first week of use returned 6 out of 6 bets all short price favourites..I have learned more from this one guide than all the others put together..also very prompt replies to e-mails which is always a bonus for me...I would have no hesitation in recommending 'false favourites' to anyone looking for a second income or even a first income should ones bank permit....

Many Thanks Dave L Warwickshire


Hi Jonathan

This is an absolutely brilliant piece of work! I do know a bit about racing, (ex-workrider, ran a successful tipping service in the 70s), but I am new to laying. You cover everything so succinctly and so methodically. I think I would have kept it to myself or sold it for £1000 a time!

Many thanks for sharing your masterpiece!

John Kerr





Kind regards Jonathan Burgess



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