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Warned-Off UK Punter Starts Tipping Service

Thursday, 13th April 2006

Easter Odd Spot: Warned-off UK punter John McCracken "has stuck up 2 fingers to British authorities by launching a tipping service that promises subscribers profits of up to £1 million (A$2.4m)" reported racingpost.co.uk. "Far from attempting to convince potential clients he is a reformed character, advertising material promoting the disgraced Brighton-based punter's venture glorifies in his notoriety." UK Horseracing Regulatory Authority head of security Paul Scotney "urged people receiving the brochure to rip it up" & warned "any licensed individuals found associating with McCracken will face disciplinary action". Billing himself as "The Man They Couldn't Stop", McCracken (warned-off in 2004 for refusing to co-operate with an investigation into race-fixing) reproduces newspaper articles "highlighting why he topped the UK Jockey Club's Most Wanted list in its battle against corruption"; his brochure also claims he won £500,000 (A$1.2m) when Exponential "landed one of the biggest gambles in recent years after being backed from 100-1 to 8-1 at Nottingham in August 2004". McCracken is offering a "full money back guarantee" on 4 of his service's 6 options, including a 10-year platinum membership which will cost £2,297 (A$5,500) but is now available for £697 (A$1,600); as part of this package, subscribers are "guaranteed profits of £1 million (A$2.4m) " & can also receive his "information on horses to lay". Telephone respondents to the brochure hear a taped message in which McCracken says he is looking for 70 members before May & brazenly declares racecourse & betting shop bans have not inconvenienced him, claiming: "I am more active than ever. I am without doubt the most successful, the most informed man in racing. They say I had 20 contacts in the weighing room, believe me it's a lot more."

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