Mordin seems to me to be in the sort of trap I imagine a lot of these guys get into, you have a pretty successful book and a run of decent luck, but you don't quite get to that peak we all imagine is out there where magically the winners just start to roll in because we suddenly know exactly how to pick them. There is, however, money to be made by putting together some of your more recent ideas.... next thing you know you're considered an expert horse backer and in reality you're probably not doing much (if any) better than half the people on an internet bulletin board.... I don't blame him for writing each one, and I read them and see if he's produced any ideas I might like to look into, but that's as far as it goes. I can honestly say that I have read quite a lot of racing books over the decades, a fair proportion of them being 'How to Win' style efforts, and I never get anything from them worth having except, on occasion, an idea that will lead me to investigate something - usually, in fact probably 99.5% of the time, it ends up as a dead end. The horse/trainer/jockey bios and histories of racing, on the other hand, are at least more entertaining. Dave ps Of course it's seldom a good sign that the focus of each book is on something totally different each time - if you had a really good basic idea then books 2,3 and 4 would, you would think, be increasingly polished versions of book 1.