focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning...

One of the things that I've just realised is that, because the Advance Ratings/Compass Ratings/Spotlight Ratings magic formula only looks at past form (and number of runners and prize money in a race), it makes it very easy for me to produce Ante Post ratings.

Now, I am going to take a look at the schedule for the bigger races (GB, Irish and International) but, if you were interested in Ante Post ratings for the bigger races, how soon (how many days/weeks) prior to the race would you want them?

Please let me know.

Also, if someone could explain to me (as though I was a 3 year old or, their favourite labradour - yes, I really am that thick) what the advantage is to Ante Post ratings, I would better be able to schedule and prioritise them.

If you think that you could explain the benefits of Ante Post ratings to a real thicky, once again...

Please let me know.

Compass Ratings

Today's Hong Kong racing is happening at Sha Tin rather than Happy Valley.


The link to today's ratings (top 3 rated) for Sha Tin is here...

The link to today's ratings (all horses) for Sha Tin is here...

Spotlight Ratings

spotlight-ratingsWell, we did quite well with Tuesdays/Wednesdays American ratings; they were difficult to place in terms of time because of the difference in time zones (and the way that the Racing Post reports those times.)

In our first race at Santa Anita, Raging Bull (our top rated horse) won at 3.90.

In the next race, our top rated horse (Ollies Candy) was a non-runner.

We seem to be on a bit of a roll with Spotlight Ratings recently, with our 2 top rated selections on Sunday (Tokyo and Deauville) both winning.

I can't find any Group/Graded or Listed races for today but I can see a Group 3 race at Clairefontaine (FRA) tomorrow (the 12:10 - UK time) and the Spotlight Ratings for that race are here...

Please note, these are ratings for Thursday; if I can find any other races for tomorrow I'll add them to the ratings PDF.

I am also looking forward to rating the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) which happens on Sunday the 31st of May; the prize money for the winner of this Grade 1 race is £1,500,000

I'll try to get those ratings out really well in advance so that you can have time to study them.

I guess that I should mention that we've only ever rated 1 Japanese race but...

Our top rated horse did win that race.

So, that's not so bad, after all, is it?

I'd like to think that I'm right to only attempt to rate the really decent International Group/Graded and Listed races for Spotlight Ratings.

I'm sure that it's better to do better on fewer races than to do less well on those races that I can do less well on.

I hope that you agree.

Something to make you smile...

Some Irish Jokes - no offence meant...

1. The next flat up

A Garda’s driving down O’Connell Street in Dublin when he sees two fellas pissing up against the window of a shop. He parks the car and runs over to them.

He asks the first fella for his name and address. The man replies, ‘I’m Paddy O’Toole of no fixed abode.’ The Garda turns to the second fella and asks the same question.

He replies, ‘I’m Ben Riordain, and I live in the flat above Paddy!’

2. Delirrrrrah

Anto’s missus was in the Rotunda Hospital, ready to give birth to their first child. When they arrived, the nurse asked, ‘How dilated is she, sir?’.

Anto replied, ‘Delighted? She’s over the fu*king moon!’

3. Ordering a pint

‘Sorry, love, can I have a pint of Guinness and a packet of crisps where you’re ready there’.

‘Oh. You must be Irish’, she replied. The man was evidently offended and responded, ‘The cheek, just because I order a pint of Guinness you assume I’m Irish. If I ordered a bowl of pasta would you that make me Italian?!’

‘No’ she replied. ‘But this is a newsagents…’

4. Feeling himself

Sheamus drops into the local pub on the way back home from visiting the doctor. ‘What’s the story?’ Paddy asks when he sees the look on Sheamus’s face.

‘I haven’t been feeling myself lately’, Sheamus replied. ‘That’s good’ says Paddy. ‘Sure you’d be arrested for less!’

5. Flies in a pint

An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman wander into a little old pub in Kildare. They each ask the barman for a pint of Guinness. After the pints are placed onto the bar, three bluebottles drop into each man’s freshly poured pint.

The Englishman pushes his pint away in disgust and orders up another. The Scot reaches in and plucks the fly out.

The Irishman reaches in, picks the fly out, holds it up close to his face and shouts, “Spit it out you little bastard.”

6. Legal advice

An English lawyer was sat with his Irish client. ‘Marty’ he sighed, ‘Why is it that whenever you ask an Irishman a question, he replies with another question?’

‘Bollocks. Who told you that?’ asked Marty.

7. Death by Guinness

It was a cold Friday evening when the doorbell rang is Mrs Molloy’s house. When she answered the door, Pat Glynn, her husband’s manager at the brewery, was stood on the doorstep.

‘Pat. Hello. Where’s my husband? He should have been home from work 3 hours ago?’ The man sighed. ‘I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, Mrs Molloy, but there was an accident over in the brewery. Your husband fell into a vat of Guinness and drowned’.

‘Oh my God’ she replied. ‘Please tell me it was quick?!’ ‘Well… no. It wasn’t. He climbed out 4 times to take a piss’.

8. Ten shots, please

Ben walked into the local bar all a fluster and ordered seven shots of whiskey and a pint of Smwithicks. When the barman arrived back with the pint, all of the shots of whiskey had been drunk.

‘Ah here, you drank those very quickly’ said the barman. ‘Well’ says Ben, ‘If you had what I had you’d drink them quickly, too’.

‘Shite’ replied the barman ‘What do you have?’ ‘A tenner’ replied Ben.

9. Digging holes

Two Irish lads were working for the local county council. One lad would dig a hole and the other lad would follow him and fill the hole in.

They worked up along one street and then down the other. They then moved to the next street and did the same, working flat out all day without stopping.

One lad digging the holes. The other lad filling them in.

A passerby saw what they were doing and was amazed at the hard work, but couldn’t understand what they were at.

So, he shouted over to the lad digging the holes, ‘I don’t get it – why do you dig a hole, only for the other lad to fill it in?’

The lad wiped his brow and sighed deeply, ‘Well, I suppose it probably does looks a bit odd. You see, we’re normally a three-man team. But today the lad who plants the trees phoned in sick.’






Whatever you are up to today...

Stay safe and healthy.

As always...

My kindest regards



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