Focus Ratings is a Uk and Irish Horse Racing ratings service designed to aid you and help you narrow the field so that you can concentrate on the real contenders. Our completely computerised analysis system selects the top three rated horses from each race and sends out the ratings every day at 10:00 a.m.  Wonderful results and an excellent strike rate.  Use Focus Ratings to win more money and make more profits from British and Irish Horse Racing.  The only horse racing system you'll ever need.

Welcome to Focus Ratings

Focus Ratings is a ratings service designed to aid you and help you narrow the field so that you can concentrate on the real contenders. Our completely computerised analysis system selects the top three rated horses from each race and sends out the ratings every day at 10:00 a.m. (Check our Sample Ratings)

Focus Ratings covers all UK & Irish races and only costs £27 a month (+VAT) or £67 a quarter (+VAT)!

Check out our Incredible Results! - Read the Independant Reviews! - It's easy to use - especially with our Focus Ratings Handbook and our useful Cheat Sheet - We've even got our own System Builder to help you use the ratings to their fullest extent!

Latest Post - October 18, 2017 - Morning News

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

O.K. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but…

I’m hoping that I can get back on track as I kind of enjoy doing them.

Obviously, yesterday was a pretty good day for us.

Out top rated horse had a strike rate of 40% (for some reason Mondays are usually good for us) and…

Had you blindly backed the top rated horse in every race you would have made a profit of 81.64% on your stakes.

Had you restricted yourself to the non handicap races you would have had a 50% strike rate (for the top rated horse) and would have had a 116.67% profit on your stakes.

I’ve been doing some work on some improvements to Focus Ratings and hope to have some really good news for you sometime soon.

For more detail, here are the results in the Traffic Light Results PDF format… Yesterday’s Traffic Light Results

Anyway, I’ll get to that, firstly let’s get on and take a quick look at yesterday’s results in more detail….

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On our ratings, we show Unique Jockey/Trainer combinations (where it is the Jockey's only race in a meeting or a Trainer's only horse in a meeting; or both) and Going Wins, Going Places, Course-Distance-Going Wins (very important!), Change in Trainer and Change in Class (since last race) and so much more!

For our recent winners from the morning ratings, click on Recent Winners...

For our latest posts, click on Latest Posts...

In addition to the normal morning ratings, we also automatically supply a preview of the ratings at 5pm the day before the race.

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October Strike Rate

Top rated horse... Top three rated horses...
Races Wins Win % Places Place % Races Wins Win %
654 141 21.56% 340 51.99% 748 324 43.32%

2017 Strike Rate - All Races

Top rated horse... Top three rated horses...
Races Wins Win % Places Place % Races Wins Win %
8816 2310 26.2% 5295 60.06% 10512 5147 48.96%

2017 Strike Rate - Non Handicap Races

Top rated horse... Top three rated horses...
Races Wins Win % Places Place % Races Wins Win %
3266 1058 32.39% 2313 70.82% 3792 2185 57.62%

2016 Strike Rate

Top rated horse... Top three rated horses...
Races Wins Win % Places Place % Races Wins Win %
11426 2906 25.43% 6714 58.76% 12207 6396 52.4%

2015 Strike Rate

Top rated horse… Top three rated horses…
Races Wins Win % Places Place % Races Wins Win %
11391 2940 25.81% 6823 59.9% 12031 6510 54.11%

2014 Strike Rate

Top rated horse… Top three rated horses…
Races Wins Win % Places Place % Races Wins Win %
11359 2945 25.93% 6845 60.26% 11971 6610 55.22%

2013 Strike Rate

Top rated horse… Top three rated horses…
Races Wins Win % Places Place % Races Wins Win %
10701 2703 25.26% 6310 58.97% 11662 6076 52.1%



Recent Winners (from the morning ratings)...

Date Course Time Horse Res ISP BSP
2017-10-21 Wolverhampton (AW) 18:45 Master Singer 1 3.00 0.00
2017-10-21 Stratford 17:45 Global Thrill 1 5.00 0.00
2017-10-21 Catterick 17:10 Tontos Spirit 1 3.75 0.00
2017-10-21 Ascot 16:30 Lord Glitters 1 4.00 0.00
2017-10-21 Ffos Las 16:25 The New One 1 3.00 0.00
2017-10-21 Market Rasen 16:00 Capitaine 1 0.00 0.00
2017-10-21 Ffos Las 15:55 Grey Gold 1 1.80 0.00
2017-10-21 Ascot 15:50 Cracksman 1 2.62 0.00
2017-10-21 Stratford 15:35 El Terremoto 1 3.50 0.00
2017-10-21 Catterick 15:30 Storm Over 1 10.00 0.00
2017-10-21 Market Rasen 15:25 Blue Comet 1 2.10 0.00
2017-10-21 Stratford 15:00 Romain De Senam 1 1.80 0.00
2017-10-21 Catterick 14:55 Apricot Sky 1 3.50 0.00
2017-10-21 Market Rasen 14:50 Shrubland 1 3.25 0.00
2017-10-21 Ffos Las 14:45 Eragon De Chanay 1 1.40 0.00
2017-10-21 Stratford 14:30 Miss Night Owl 1 4.50 0.00
2017-10-21 Catterick 14:25 Lady Anjorica 1 9.50 0.00
2017-10-21 Ffos Las 14:10 Woolstone One 1 4.00 0.00
2017-10-21 Stratford 13:55 Iniesta 1 0.00 0.00
2017-10-21 Catterick 13:50 Biddy Brady 1 2.75 0.00
2017-10-21 Market Rasen 13:40 Zen Master 1 3.50 0.00
2017-10-21 Ascot 13:25 Order Of St George 1 1.80 0.00
2017-10-20 Dundalk (AW) 20:30 Massif Central 1 1.50 1.64
2017-10-20 Dundalk (AW) 20:00 Take Cover 1 1.73 1.73
2017-10-20 Newcastle (AW) 19:15 Newmarket Warrior 1 8.00 9.49
2017-10-20 Dundalk (AW) 19:00 Boxer Dunford 1 4.00 3.57
2017-10-20 Newcastle (AW) 18:45 Line House 1 3.00 3.35
2017-10-20 Dundalk (AW) 18:30 Katiymann 1 3.50 3.70
2017-10-20 Newcastle (AW) 18:15 Emerald Rocket 1 2.20 2.30
2017-10-20 Fakenham 17:00 Momella 1 2.25 2.32
2017-10-20 Redcar 16:55 Restive 1 4.33 4.62
2017-10-20 Fakenham 16:25 Actinpieces 1 3.25 3.56
2017-10-20 Redcar 15:45 Hitman 1 12.00 15.50
2017-10-20 Fakenham 15:15 Sam Red 1 2.62 2.92
2017-10-20 Redcar 15:10 Stephensons Rocket 1 1.40 1.45
2017-10-20 Fakenham 14:05 Cliffside Park 1 2.10 2.21
2017-10-20 Redcar 14:00 One For June 1 3.75 3.95
2017-10-19 Newcastle (AW) 20:15 Lord Commander 1 2.88 3.06
2017-10-19 Newcastle (AW) 18:45 Crown Of Cortez 1 3.75 4.38
2017-10-19 Newcastle (AW) 18:15 Mountain Breath 1 5.00 5.98



Latest Posts...

August 17, 2017 - Morning News

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

Another good day, yesterday…

Where, had you blindly backed every top rated horse in every race,

You would have made a profit of 32.97% on your stakes (to ISP.)

This was helped by the top rated horse in the 8pm at Gowran Park (Birds Of Prey) who did slightly well to win at 12/1 (19.65 BSP.)

It was the trainer’s only horse at that meeting.

For more detail, here are the results in the Traffic Light Results PDF format… Yesterday’s Traffic Light Results

Anyway, I’ll get to that, firstly let’s get on and take a quick look at yesterday’s results in more detail….

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April 28, 2017 - An Update

updateGood afternoon…

I just wanted to update you on the updates to the system to fix the bugs that are affecting parts of the system.

I hope to be posting (at least) one of these updates each day until all the problems are resolved.

1). Handicap Weight :

These are now being shown on the ratings.

2). Live Ratings :

The Live Ratings are now working again

3). Member’s Proofing Pages :

I have written a fix to sort out the problem with your systems proofing page. This has run and the system proofing pages should now be working.

Conclusion :

I shall carry on today to resolve some of the formatting issues on the daily ratings..

As always…

My kindest regards

keith-eckstein1

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April 26, 2017 - An Update…

updateGood afternoon…

I just wanted to update you on the updates to the system to fix the bugs that are affecting parts of the system.

I hope to be posting (at least) one of these updates each day until all the problems are resolved.

1). Forecast Prices :

I have fixed the problem with missing forecast prices. This morning’s ratings had forecast prices for 99% of all the runners. I do have to add another chunk of code tomorrow to make the forecast prices more accurate but that’s almost an add on rather than a bug fix.

2). Betfair Prices :

I have updated all the missing Betfair Win prices. I still need to do the Place prices but that’s another job for tomorrow.

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April 26, 2017 - System Updates…

updateGood morning…

Just a quick note to let you all know that I am working on updates to the system to fix the bugs that are affecting parts of the system.

I hope to be posting one of these updates each day until all the problems are resolved.

Today I am working on the forecast prices to ensure that every horse has an accurate forecast price.

If I get that finished in time, then I shall move on to resolve the Betfair prices problem.

I’ll let you know how I get on and what I am moving on to next tomorrow morning.

As always…

My kindest regards

keith-eckstein1

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March 21, 2017 - I Do Like Mondays

Day of the week photographed with vintage letterpress characters.This morning I mentioned that we seem to do very well on Mondays.

Now I know that the horse doesn’t know which day of the week it is…

Or do they? Is the atmosphere in the yard different on a Sunday? Do the horses pick up on that?

However, one could always ask the question: is it the horse that wins the race or is it the Trainer and Jockey?

Anyway, I have done some basic analysis to see how Mondays have treated us.

I have used data from the 8th of July 2013 up until yesterday (20th of March 2017) – that gives us a good 44 months of data which is a decent point for analysis.

I have only used the top rated horse in each race.

The prices used are BSP with a 5% commission deducted.

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February 13, 2017 - Recent Results Strategy – 2017-02-13

focus-ratings-speed-ratingsThere are no selections for the Recent Race Strategy today.

The link on the morning ratings email didn’t work but I shall fix it for tomorrow.

The PDF may be found here… http://focusratings.com/data/focusratings-recent-results-strategy-2017-02-13-752178.pdf

Taking commission into account, we are running at…

Races = 2
Wins = 2
SR = 100%
POI = 13.88%
As always…

My kindest regards

keith-eckstein1

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February 12, 2017 - Recent Race Results – 2017-02-12

focus-ratings-speed-ratingsThere is one selection for the Recent Race Strategy today.

The PDF may be found here… http://focusratings.com/data/focusratings-recent-results-strategy-2017-02-12-669138.pdf

Exeter 15:50 – National Hunt – Chase Graduation Chase – Non-handicap
Tea For Two
LTO = 48
Confidence = 150.00%
RpRank = 2
rpp = 66.67%

So far (since the 10th Feb 2017) we have had one selection which won at a massive 1.13 BSP.

Taking commission into account, we are running at…

Races = 1
Wins = 1
SR = 100%
POI = 7.35%

As always…

My kindest regards

keith-eckstein1

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February 11, 2017 - Recent Race Results – 2017-02-11

focus-ratings-speed-ratingsThere are no selections for the Recent Race Strategy today.

The link didn’t work but it should be there for tomorrow.

So far (since the 10th Feb 2017) we have had one selection which won at a massive 1.13 BSP.

Taking commission into account, we are running at…

Races = 1
Wins = 1
SR = 100%
POI = 7.35%

As always…

My kindest regards

keith-eckstein1

Read More about Recent Race Results – 2017-02-11


February 10, 2017 - Recent Race Results – 2017-02-10

focus-ratings-speed-ratingsThe script to produce the Recent Race Results PDF seems to have worked and…

I have spent the last half hour auditing it.

All looks OK.

From the top three ranked race types there are only three qualifying races.

Two of those fail on either the confidence level (needs to be 120% or greater) or the RC1 value (needs to be 80% or greater.)

This just leaves one race.

Rather than send you the PDF I have done a screenshot of it…

2017-02-10--1486721287_863x130_scrot

If you can’t see the image properly, the selection is…

Kempton 16:15 – Politologue – National Hunt Chase – Graduation Chase – LTO = 20 days and over the last 28 days we have had a 50% strike rate with non-handicap Graduation Chases. The rprank is 1 – this means that, of all races types today, over the last 28 days Graduation Chases (non-handicap) have been the best performing.

From tomorrow, there will be a link to the PDF on the morning ratings email.

There should also be a report on the Morning News to show how the selection(s) got on.

As always…

My kindest regards

keith-eckstein1

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February 9, 2017 - Recent Results Strategy

focus-ratings-speed-ratingsI am now ready to start moving forward and define a new strategy based upon the performance of the different race types over the last 28 days.

I have created a spreadsheet and would like to walk you through the process that I shall use to identify a profitable strategy.

The spreadsheet is available at Recent Results Strategy and…

Just to tantalise you (or convince you to read this boring post),

Here are some interesting numbers…

Bet Type Races Wins Strike Rate Profit POI
ISP 299 149 49.83% 46.11 15.42%
BSP 299 149 49.83% 66.942 22.39%

I’ll start off by explaining the concept.

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February 6, 2017 - Whoops!

whoopsWell…

I’m not sure what went wrong this morning (as everything worked fine at 2am) but I have managed to get the ratings out.

The only error that I can see is that the 3rd race of the day has invalid confidence figures.

If you want to work out the confidence yourself for that one race, here is the way to do it.

The 2nd rated horse always has a confidence of 100%

The top rated horse has a confidence of its R4 divided by the R4 of the 2nd rated horse.

The 3rd rated horse has a confidence of its R4 divided by the R4 of the 2nd rated horse.

System Selections

Unfortunately, there is one important file that is empty and that file is vital to producing the System Selections.

I am sorry about this but this means that there will be no System selections or Portfolio selections today.

I could try to manually populate the empty file but it would take me hours and there is too high a risk of me creating an error which would mess up the system selections anyway.

Tomorrow I will be manually walking the ratings through and, thus, they may be 10 minutes or so later than normal.

As always…

My kindest regards

keith-eckstein1

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February 4, 2017 - Recent Races by Race Type

focus-ratings-speed-ratingsHello again…

I have been doing some more work on the idea that I had about looking at the recent performance (over the last 28 days) of different race types. The original post may be seen here.

I did a basic chart based on the recent results by race type ranking.

I have only used data for 2016.

Now, I’ll try to explain this…

Recent Results by Race Type.

For every race type in today’s races (and, by race type I mean a combination of Race Type 1, Race Type Two and Handicap – thus a NH Hurdle Novice non Handicap is a different race type to a NH Hurdle Novice Handicap) I check the results of that race type ( for the top rated horse) over the last 28 days.

This gives me a strike rate.

I then list the race types and strike rates in descending order of strike rate.

The race type with the highest strike rate (over the last 28 days) gets rank 1. The race type with the next highest strike rate gets rank 2 and so on.

Now, bear in mind that we had an average strike rate for all race types (over the entire year 2016) of 25.42%

If we restrict ourselves to those races which are ranked 1 to 3 in terms of their performance over the last 28 days (only taking into account those race types that are running today) we increase our strike rate to 35.28%

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February 3, 2017 - Recent Races by Race Type

focus-ratings-speed-ratingsHello again…

I am continuing with the idea that I had about looking at the recent performance (over the last 28 days) of different race types. The original post may be seen here.

I am still trying to get a feel for this and, until I manage to get the historical data ready for analysis I’ll just muddle on this way.

I suppose that my intention is to reduce the number of races that we need to focus on every day. This seems to be a logical way of doing so.

Today’s selections are…

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February 2, 2017 - Recent Races by Race Type

focus-ratings-speed-ratingsHello again…

Yesterday I mentioned a silly idea that I had about looking at the recent performance (over the last 28 days) of different race types. The post may be seen here.

These are yesterday’s results…

Betfair win bets…

1). Kempton (AW) 2:50pm – Trade Route – Unplaced
2). Kempton (AW) 3:20pm – Bois de Boulogne – 1st = 2.25 BSP = 2.1375 points
3). Hereford 4pm – Pacha du Polder = NR
4). Leicester4:10pm – Laser Light – 3rd
5). Newcastle 5pm – Blooming Lovely – 2nd
6). Newcastle 7pm – Palenvilee – 2nd

Overall, 2.1375 points returned on 5 points staked.

Betfair place bets…

1). Kempton (AW) 2:50pm – Trade Route – Unplaced
2). Kempton (AW) 3:20pm – Bois de Boulogne – 1st = 1.22 BFPP = 1.159
3). Hereford 4pm – Pacha du Polder = NR
4). Leicester 4:10pm – Laser Light – 3rd = 1.33 BFPP = 1.2635
5). Newcastle 5pm – Blooming Lovely – 2nd = 1.38 BFPP = 1.311
6). Newcastle 7pm – Palenvilee – 2nd = 1.72 BFPP = 1.634

Overall, 5.3675 points returned on 5 points staked.

Today’s selections are…

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February 1, 2017 - Recent Results by Race Type

focus-ratings-speed-ratingsNow, there is something that I’ve been thinking about for quite a while now and…

I have been playing with for the last few days.

I haven’t come up with any firm conclusions yet and so, I thought that I’d hand it over to you to see if it makes any sense to you.

It’s a bit hard to explain but I’ll do my best.

Results by race type…

As you know, on the sidebar of the site there is a link to a spreadsheet showing Results by Race Type. This is updated every night. The information is also shown on the normal ratings (and most other formats as well.)

However, this data comes from a three and a half year period and, although accurate I am starting to get the feeling that they might not be entirely appropriate.

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January 26, 2017 - The Mystery of the Missing Races

sherlock-holmesEvery now and again…

The ratings miss off a few races.

In fact, there are two races missing today.

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to work out why and have been faffing around with timings and trying to slow down the code but to no avail.

However, I’ve just taken a look at the 1:25 at Warwick (one of the missing races) and the answer is obvious.

Betfair show the race title as… 188bet.co.uk EBF MARES’ ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HURDLE

My code uses quote marks to separate fields in creating the data file to be uploaded into the database table.

Thus, if a race’s title has quote marks in it, it will not be loaded as the data will be confused.

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March 8, 2016 - Focus Ratings Members Only Cheltenham Special Offer…

betalchemist-logoSomething to ponder for Cheltenham?

As you know, unlike many racing services, I very rarely send out “Sales” emails…

In fact I have only sent out 1 in the 3 years that Focus Ratings has been going.

However, my friend Nicky Doyle has come up with a special offer that’s only available to you guys.

Nicky is a form study expert (who knows the Irish form especially well) and he runs Bet Alchemist.

He’s an all round good guy who is a proper horse racing fan and expert with over 30 years of horse racing knowledge banked.

He’s also a family man (in fact, when I spoke on Skype to him at the weekend, he was very busy looking after his kids whilst his wife was out) and he works in IT, as I used to do.

He did me a big favour and promoted Focus Ratings about 18 months ago and he made me chuckle when he told me that he was going to use his commission to buy a point to pointer.

Now, that shows how dedicated to racing he is.

In fact, he owns shares in a few horses trained by none other than Willie Mullins.

So, what’s the offer that he’s prepared to only share with us?

Read More about Focus Ratings Members Only Cheltenham Special Offer…


March 3, 2016 - Morning News

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

So, not such a great day yesterday but…

Our 2016 strike rate is still over 30% so all is not too bad.

Well,, if you’re a Spurs supporter things are pretty bad but I’m not going to talk about that!

I’ve just published a post about some of the work that I did yesterday.

You can see this at… http://focusratings.com/news/the-results-page/

I also ought to warn you that there should (and should is the important word here) be a new link on the Morning Ratings email.

This will point to my working copy of the new Expert Ratings which will show R5.

Currently it still shows R4 but, if the link works, I’ll start updating the code to implement my workings on R5.

Anyway, I’ll get to that, firstly let’s get on and take a quick look at yesterday’s results in more detail….

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March 3, 2016 - The Results Page

results1Hello…

As we’ve been having such good results recently, I though that it might be an idea to revamp the Results Page.

What I’ve done is created new results pages for previous years and put links to them on the main Results Page.

This makes the Results Page load about ten million times faster than it used to (perhaps I’m exaggerating there, slightly?) and also has the effect that…

It makes it so much easier for me to update every month end.

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