focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning...

Well, a pretty good day at Happy Valley yesterday...

If you just concentrate on the top rated horses, there were 9 races but in the first one the top rated horse was a non-runner.

That leaves 8 races.

In the second race the top rated horse won at 3.85 and in the sixth race the top rated horse won at 5.30

Thus, 2 wins from the remaining 8 races and 9.15 points returned to the 8 points staked.

In the second race of the day we got the Quinella; it paid 12.45 - the Quinella Place paid 4.35

French Racing...

Horse racing returns to France (behind closed doors) next Monday.

Now, I sometimes use the formula from Advance Ratings to manually create ratings for French racing for my own purposes. I don't normally do this on a Monday as my local PMU is closed on Mondays and I do like the atmosphere of placing the bets manually.

However, I shall attempt to create the French ratings for some races for next Monday and, if successful, will share them with you on Monday morning.

I do have to say that I only do the ratings for those races shown by the Racing Post. There are two reasons for this...

1). The Racing Post only shows France races which are Graded or Listed - the ratings work better for these types of races.

2). In order to manually produce the ratings (and it takes me about half an hour per 10 horse race) I need to check each horse's performance over its last 7 races and I also need the number of runners and the value of the race (in terms of prize money paid to the winning horse.)

I never thought that I'd say this but, the Racing Post is the best site for me to gather this information.

I'll start off by concentrating on the Graded and Listed races at Parislongchamp but may find time to cover the graded and listed races at Compiegne and Toulouse.

There is French racing on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week so, if Monday goes well, I may be able to cover some of that as well.

Ongoing, even when GB and Irish racing returns, I may occasionally publish French ratings whenever I do them for myself. I will only concentrate on the Gallops as I really don't understand the Trotting (Harness and Mounted) races at all - they make me laugh; they're the sort of Benny Hill races of French racing.

bennyhillBy the way, Benny Hill is hugely popular in France - I'm guessing that The Benny Hill show is probably illegal in the UK by now.

From Wikipedia...

Benny Hill was a huge Francophile and enjoyed his visits to France, notably to Marseille, where until the 1980s, he could go to outdoor cafes anonymously, travelling on public transport and socialising with local women.

He spoke French fluently and also knew basic German, Spanish, Dutch, and Italian. Foreign travel was the only luxury that he permitted himself, and even then, he would stay in modest accommodations rather than five-star hotels.

Something to make you smile...

First Date

A boy was feeling very nervous about his first date, and so went to his father for advice.

"My son, there are three subjects that always work with women: food, family, and philosophy."

The boy picks up his date and they stare at each other for a long time. The boy's nervousness builds, but he then remembers his father's advice and asks the girl,

"Do you like potato pancakes?"

"No," comes the answer, and the silence returns like a suffocating blanket.

"Do you have a brother?"


After giving it some thought, the boy plays his last card: "If you had a brother, would he like potato pancakes?"

Male Mentality...

As an airplane is about to crash, a female passenger jumps up frantically and announces, "If I'm going to die, I want to die feeling like a woman."

She removes all her clothing and asks, "Is there someone on this plane who is man enough to make me feel like a woman?"

A man stands up, removes his shirt and says, "Here, iron this!".

Words of Wisdom

People who live in glass houses should make love in the basement.

Never read the fine print. There ain't no way you're going to like it.

The only two things we do with greater frequency in middle age are urinate and attend funerals.

The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

To err is human, to forgive - highly unlikely.

Do you realize that in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos?

Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than in a Hyundai.

Drinking makes some husbands see double and feel single.

Living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.

And my favourite...

After a certain age, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead.

Even Lockdown can be fun...






Whatever you are up to today...

Stay safe and healthy.

As always...

My kindest regards



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