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Morning News

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning...

I had a bit of a glitch on the early morning ratings today so I shall be running the normal ratings manually today.

This means that they may be a little bit later than normal.

I'd like to thank Chris P. for his help yesterday with the new potential strategy that I outlined yesterday.

You'll have to scroll down to see how we did yesterday.

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

Yesterday's Results

Yesterday's Results, show a strike rate (for our top rated horse) of 27.27%.

Yesterday's Live Ratings, show a strike rate (for our top rated horse) of 26.09%.

Yesterday's - Link to Follow - results for All Races (including previously unrated races), show a strike rate (for our top rated horse) of 26.09% from all 23 Races (including previously unrated races.)

The Overall Profit Index. If you had blindly backed every top three rated horse in all of the races you would have had 50.56 units returned to 67 units staked. The Overall Profit Index was, thus, -24.54%

Top Rated Horse - There were 6 winners from the top rated horses from 22 Races. If you had blindly backed the top rated horse in all of the races you would have had 28.31 units returned to 22 units staked. The Top Rated Profit Index was, thus, 28.68%

2nd Rated Horse - There were 4 winners from the second rated horses from 24 Races. If you had blindly backed the 2nd rated horse in all of the races you would have had 12.25 units returned to 24 units staked. The 2nd Rated Profit Index was, thus, -48.96%

3rd Rated Horse - There were 2 winners from the third rated horses from 21 Races. If you had blindly backed the 3rd rated horse in all of the races you would have had 10 units returned to 21 units staked. The 3rd Rated Profit Index was, thus, -52.38%


There were 2 forecasts yesterday.

Sedgefield 14:10:00 - The CSF paid £2.60

Sedgefield 15:40:00 - The CSF paid £11.40

Reverse Forecasts

There were 0 reverse forecasts yesterday.


There were 0 tricasts/trifectas yesterday.

Combination Tricasts/Trifectas

There was 1 combination tricast/trifecta yesterday.

Windsor 15:30:00 - The Trifecta paid £19.90


From the 23 rated races there were 12 winners (from the top 3 rated horses.) 4 of those were at nice prices.

Course Time Horse ISP BSP
Sedgefield 14:40 Amuse Me (8) 5.50 6.00
Windsor 16:00 Deeds Not Words (16) 9.00 11.82
Windsor 16:30 Ghinia (2) 6.00 6.57
Salisbury 17:20 Faithful Mount (10) 7.00 7.71

The Portfolio

There was neither a Banker's Bet nor a Chancer's Bet yesterday.

On the Portfolio Page there is now a link to the Banker's Bet Proofing Page and, also to the Chancer's Bet proofing page.

You may subscribe to my Portfolio. To do so, you need to go to your Members Page and change option 4 on the Your Profile bit.

If you haven't subscribed, the button will say Yes - just click on it and you'll be signed up.

Place Betting Strategy

Salisbury 13:50:00 - Links Bar Marbella - Unplaced
Windsor 14:00:00 - Funny Oyster - Unplaced
Sedgefield 14:10:00 - Centre Haafhd - Unplaced
Salisbury 14:20:00 - Desert Tango - Unplaced
Salisbury 14:50:00 - Blue Moon Rising - Unplaced
Windsor 15:00:00 - The Salmon Man - 3rd - Betfair paid 3.82 for the place.
Salisbury 15:20:00 - Carpe Diem Lady - Unplaced
Salisbury 16:20:00 - Magic City - Unplaced

We made a loss of 4.321 points on the day and have made a profit of 24.879 points for October.

For the new strategy we made a loss of 2.929638 points on the day and have made a profit of 24.581538 points for October.

I have added a new section to the spreadsheet to indicate the results should we ignore the odds on selections.

For the refined strategy (the one that you should be using) we made a loss of 2.929638 points on the day. We have made a profit of 20.602725 points for October.

The spreadsheet of all of the results is available at…

Low Yield First Page Non-Handicaps

Isn't it always the way...

You come up with a new strategy and it all goes pear shaped!

So, yesterday I mentioned that there might be profit to be had from backing the lowest yield horse in non-handicap races on the first page of the races.

Yesterday there were 5 qualifying selections; only 2 of those won - thus a Strike Rate of only 40%.

Way lower than I expected.

Those two winners did return 6.8 (there was a Rule 4 deduction) points to 5 points staked; so a profit on investment of 36% - not so shabby.

It's interesting that every selection either won or came second - perhaps there's an each way or place betting strategy to be found here.

What is also interesting is that the next three potential selections (on the 2nd page of the ratings) also won. There needs to be a cut off point - the question is where that should be.

I'm a bit confused about how to do the maths on this; there's clearly a strategy to be eploited but...

I do need to know how to best exploit it.

Do we need to look at a place betting strategy (after all, all 5 selections either won or came 2nd yesterday.)

Should we only look at a win strategy (after all, we made a profit yesterday.)

Should we have an exotic bet (like a lucky 15) and, if so, how do we pick the best three or four opportunities?

It seems to me that we do better in those races where the lowest on yield is the lowest on yield by a country mile; is that significant?

Who knows?

And, believe me, I've got loads more questions!

More than you'd ever think were possible.

However, it does seem that there is some value in looking at the Focus Ratings lowest on yield horses in non-handicap races for the first page of the ratings.

We just need to work out how to best profit from that.

Something to make you chuckle

Now, I've got to thank Derek M. for this....

Jill and I did spend most of the afternoon arguing about what summed me up best.

We sort of agreed that numbers 3, 7 and 9 sort of sum me up the best!


1. I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.

2. Sometimes I roll my eyes out loud.

3. I don't need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off.

4. My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance of idiots that needs work.

5. The biggest lie I tell myself is "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."

6. When I was a child I thought nap time was punishment. Now it's like a mini vacation.

7. The day the world runs out of wine is just too terrible to think about.

8. Even duct tape can't fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound!

9. Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller.

10. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would've put them on my knees.

11. When the kids text me "plz" which is shorter than please. I text back "no" which is shorter than "yes".

12. At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there

I also thought that this was funny...

Dumb Blonde

A young blonde woman is distraught because she fears her husband is having an affair, so she goes to a gun shop and buys a handgun.

The next day she comes home to find her husband in bed with a beautiful redhead.

She grabs the gun and holds it to her own head.

The husband jumps out of bed, begging and pleading with her not to shoot herself.

Hysterically the blonde responds to the husband....

”Shut up… you’re next!”


Today's early test ratings show 35 rated races from six meetings.

Have a great day's racing!

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The income that we make from sign ups from that site keeps me in Red Wine and Smelly Cheese!

As always...

My kindest regards


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