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Latest Post - March 23, 2017 - Morning News

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

Whilst yesterday was a reasonably good day…

It wasn’t quite as impressive as Monday (or the Monday before.)

However, had you blindly backed the top rated horse in every race you would have made a slight profit and, had you stuck to the non-handicap races you would have made a profit on your stakes of 35.1%

I know that I promised you an update on our various strategies today (and, hopefully, every Thursday) but…

The dog ate the cat and the cat had already eaten my homework!

Seriously, I sort of got a bit distracted with some figures that I was looking at and, before I knew it, the day was lost.

The figures that I was looking at were those concerning the performance of the top rated horse at Kempton in the All Weather races.

Did you know that if you blindly back the top rated horse in every race at Kempton when the going is Standard to Slow you make a level stakes profit of 13%

If you look closely at the results it becomes obvious that all the profit comes from those races where the Race Type 2 is Handicap.

Just concentrate on those races (there are about 100 a year) where RC0 is 3 (in other words, I can rate pretty much every horse in the race) and you end up with a strike rate of 26% and a profit on your stakes of 41%.

I only looked at the last 2 years data as I feel that this is more accurate, in many cases, than looking at vast amounts of old data – some of which may not be relevant any more.

I will try to do the strategies update over the weekend.

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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March Strike Rate

Top rated horse... Top three rated horses...
Races Wins Win % Places Place % Races Wins Win %
683 194 28.4% 425 62.23% 798 420 52.63%

2017 Strike Rate - All Races

Top rated horse... Top three rated horses...
Races Wins Win % Places Place % Races Wins Win %
2040 591 28.97% 1293 63.38% 2356 1271 53.95%

2017 Strike Rate - Non Handicap Races

Top rated horse... Top three rated horses...
Races Wins Win % Places Place % Races Wins Win %
775 278 35.87% 581 74.97% 882 566 64.17%

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
2017-03-26 Naas 17:10 Orderofthegarter 1 3.75 0.00
2017-03-26 Downpatrick 16:50 Clondaw Frisby 1 6.00 0.00
2017-03-26 Wincanton 16:45 Winningtry 1 1.80 0.00
2017-03-26 Wincanton 16:15 Hows Vienna 1 2.25 0.00
2017-03-26 Hereford 16:00 Have A Go Hero 1 34.00 0.00
2017-03-26 Wincanton 15:45 Antartica De Thaix 1 1.44 0.00
2017-03-26 Hereford 15:30 Act Now 1 3.75 0.00
2017-03-26 Downpatrick 14:50 Derulo 1 3.75 0.00
2017-03-26 Naas 14:40 Alphabet 1 8.00 0.00
2017-03-26 Hereford 14:30 Seymour Star 1 3.50 0.00
2017-03-26 Wincanton 14:15 Copain De Classe 1 2.20 0.00
2017-03-26 Hereford 14:00 Gris De Pron 1 8.00 0.00
2017-03-24 Dundalk (AW) 21:00 Tennesse Waltz 1 4.50 0.00
2017-03-24 Dundalk (AW) 20:30 Elbereth 1 6.50 0.00
2017-03-24 Dundalk (AW) 20:00 Six Silver Lane 1 15.00 0.00
2017-03-24 Dundalk (AW) 19:30 Sign Of The Kodiac 1 5.50 0.00
2017-03-24 Dundalk (AW) 19:00 Lilys Prince 1 5.00 0.00
2017-03-24 Newcastle (AW) 18:45 Aprovado 1 5.50 0.00
2017-03-24 Newcastle (AW) 18:15 Signe 1 1.33 0.00
2017-03-24 Newcastle (AW) 17:45 Medicine Hat 1 2.50 0.00
2017-03-24 Musselburgh 17:25 Kelpies Myth 1 9.50 0.00
2017-03-24 Musselburgh 16:55 The Wise One 1 11.00 0.00
2017-03-24 Newbury 16:45 Triangular 1 4.33 0.00
2017-03-24 Musselburgh 16:25 Mr Kite 1 4.50 0.00
2017-03-24 Newbury 16:10 Maestro Royal 1 4.50 0.00
2017-03-24 Lingfield (AW) 16:00 Abareeq 1 6.00 0.00
2017-03-24 Musselburgh 15:50 Civil Unrest 1 8.00 0.00
2017-03-24 Musselburgh 15:20 Ash Park 1 6.00 0.00
2017-03-24 Newbury 14:00 Reigning Supreme 1 2.75 0.00
2017-03-23 Chelmsford (AW) 20:50 Malaysian Boleh 1 6.00 0.00
2017-03-23 Chelmsford (AW) 20:20 Atalante 1 2.50 0.00
2017-03-23 Chelmsford (AW) 19:50 Athletic 1 4.50 0.00
2017-03-23 Chelmsford (AW) 19:20 Hammer Gun 1 9.00 0.00
2017-03-23 Chelmsford (AW) 17:50 Midnightly 1 5.50 0.00
2017-03-23 Ludlow 17:45 Whatswrongwithyou 1 3.75 0.00
2017-03-23 Cork 17:35 Westerner Point 1 2.50 0.00
2017-03-23 Ludlow 17:15 Secret Door 1 1.67 0.00
2017-03-23 Cork 17:05 Time And Times 1 7.00 0.00
2017-03-23 Chepstow 16:50 Vasco Du Mee 1 6.00 0.00
2017-03-23 Ludlow 16:40 Pearlysteps 1 4.50 0.00



Latest Posts...

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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