Monday News

4th June 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

A fairly well behaved day for me yesterday.

I did go to the bar once but that was at 8am to have a coffee and a gossip.

Now, I’m not really a gambler but occasionally I like to buy a scratch card.

I bought one and it must have been the right one as I won 50 euros for a 5 euro cost.

mot-croissesI just love it when the day starts well.

I don’t actually see this as gambling as the scratchcard that tends to be successful for me is a sort of crossword type thing.

Thus, I see it as more educational than gambling.

I spent most of the day doing some behind the scenes programming stuff to try to automate all the little jobs that I have to do every morning…

All of those little jobs that I used to do out of habit but, after 10 weeks with no racing, am now forgetting to do (or, even forgetting how to do them – can you believe that it took me 5 minutes yesterday morning to work out how I used to work out the Investment Betting selections.)

Today is market day in my village so…

I might be slightly distracted (in the morning, at least) but I have got lots of work lined up to do.

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Morning News

3rd June 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

I was a good boy yesterday…

I really was!

I made sure that the ratings went out on time, I calculated the Investment Betting selections (as it happens, there weren’t any) and sent out the email.

I have to admit that I forgot to send out my members an email to tell them that there were no selections but…

I used to have a really good morning routine; however, after 10 weeks of no GB (or IRE) racing, I seem to have forgotten that routine.

Still, I was a good boy yesterday; one of my members has a problem in that she’s not getting her system selections. I’ve not changed anything (during the no racing period) that could cause that problem so that’s a bit of a mystery to me.

I did some work on that.

Another member is getting his system selections (after about a year of not getting them) but, he’s getting details even though there aren’t any selections for his systems – that’s another problem for me.

I did some work on that.

Still, I was a good boy, yesterday.

I worked very hard until about 2pm.

I did some of the day to day stuff that I have to do (the Morning News, Spotlight Ratings, Compass Ratings and so forth) and I also put in quite a few hours on my new “Secret Squirrel Mystery Project X” that I hope to launch towards (in collaboration with a long term member of Focus Ratings) the end of next week.

I did all the BAU (Business as Usual) business that I have to do – like checking the backups, checking the log files and checking for security updates – the sort of stuff that anyone who runs a website has to do.

I even watered the plants!

So, all in all…

I was a good boy yesterday but…

Then it happened!

At about 2pm I heard this voice in the distance; it was whispering to me…

Those fateful words..

“It’s Beer O’Clock”

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Morning News

31st May 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

Well, yesterday was a busy day.

Not so much for me (although it was very busy for me) but…

More for my neighbours.

With the recent announcement that the local bars, cafes and restaurants could re-open on Tuesday…

They all spent most of yesterday morning putting up their summer terraces.

The normally quiet market square resounded to the sounds of power tools (and the occasional swear word.)

Unfortunately, at mid-day it got rather hot so they all stopped work, a few bottles of Muscadet came out and…

I guess that they’ll be finishing off today.

These are my two next door neighbours…

Two of the six bars/cafes/restaurants in the market square that decided to put up their terraces yesterday.

They are actually the reason that I have a belly the size of Belgium!

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Morning News

30th May 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

With no Spotlight Ratings selections yesterday…

There’s very little for me to talk about.

However, I did manage to do some analysis of our Sha Tin races (since I started publishing them.)

Now, because I’ve just had visibility of the 2 world class races at Tokyo tomorrow I need to concentrate on creating Spotlight Ratings for them.

So, the Sha Tin analysis will have to wait until Monday.

I’ll do the same thing for the Happy Valley races for next Wednesday.

Come to think about it, some of you will probably want the same data but with jockey and trainer names included. I’ll get that done for the top three rated horses once tomorrow’s Sha Tin results are in.

This is a bit of work for me (not that I’m complaining) in that I don’t record that data (Jockey and Trainer) on my database tables so…

I’ll have to manually add those details, race by race, for every race since I started doing the Compass Ratings.

I may just have to take my laptop to the terrace behind that PMU and sit there, in the shade, and do that work there.

Eating an ice cream and drinking a nice cold beer.

It’s a hard life, isn’t it?

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Morning News

29th May 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

Oh, Happy Days!

Oh, Happy days are here again.

From next Tuesday (the 2nd of June) our bars, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to open again.

There will be certain restrictions…

Cafes, bars and restaurants can reopen with restrictions from next week. Staff must wear masks and customers must also wear masks when moving around.

There must be a distance of a metre between tables and no more than 10 people can sit at any one table.

10835249_1564522840459776_1969351559241779228_oI can live with that!

That sort of means that, this time next week I can be sat on the terrace of my favourite bar…

Which also happens to be my betting shop…

Eating a Galette Andouille Breton (a sort of pig’s bottom pancake/crepe) and drinking a nice cool glass of wine without worrying about getting arrested!

Happy days are certainly here again.

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Morning News

28th May 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

Things are progressing with getting things ready for the resumption of GB racing.

Although having no internet for most of Tuesday hasn’t helped there.

As it’s market day here today I probably won’t get much work done this morning but, hey ho…

That’s just life.

As I mentioned yesterday…

I am working on a strategy for producing Ante Post Ratings.

I’ve also got a new project which I hope to be launching in just over a week’s time.

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Morning News

27th May 2020

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.

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Morning News

26th May 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

My local bank re-opens today…

I can go in and pay all my bills…

I never thought that I’d be so happy to be able to go to the bank and pay my bills!

How things have changed since lockdown.

Yesterday I saw 2 mothers (and their kids) meet in in the market square.

It must have been school chucking out time.

They did the normal thing and everyone kissed everyone else on the cheeks.

Then they must have remembered that they weren’t allowed to do that,

And they all looked round in a guilty fashion (even the kids), as though they’d just done a drugs deal.

To see if anyone had spotted them.

How things have changed since lockdown.

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Morning News

25th May 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

This week, I’ll be getting things ready for the restart of GB racing next Monday.

As a result I shall be sending out the ratings on Sunday morning.

Obviously, if you click on the link for the ratings (in whichever format that you use) the PDF will be empty.

This is just a test to ensure that things go well for Monday.

I have made some changes to the script that produces the ratings (mainly tidying up the process and removing stuff that we no longer use) and I’d really feel happier having a test run on Sunday.

Compass Ratings

Another great day for us with the Hong Kong races.

1. Our second rated horse won @ 4.40

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Morning News

24th May 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

This is going to be quick as I seem to have slightly overslept and have a full day ahead of me.

Compass Ratings

There are 11 races at Sha Tin today.

The link to the ratings for those races (top 3 rated) is here…

The link to the ratings for those races (all horses) is here…

Spotlight Ratings

Here are the links to today’s ratings…

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Spotlight Ratings

23rd May 2020

spotlight-ratingsGood afternoon…

I have compiled tomorrow’s Spotlight Ratings and we have one race in France and another in Japan.

I can’t say too much about Japanese racing but I will say that the prize money over there is huge.

It also seems interesting (to me, at least) that a lot of horses racing in Japan have a French provenance.

The link to tomorrow’s international Graded, Group and Listed ratings is here…

You’ve obviously already had the link to tomorrow’s Compass Ratings for the meeting at Sha Tin but I’m sending out these Spotlight ratings early as the Tokyo race starts very early.

As always…

My kindest regards


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Morning News

23rd May 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

During these difficult times I imagine that many bars and restaurants are having a difficult time.

Some of the restaurants have opened for takeaways and some bars are selling coffee to take away (but no beer.)

My local PMU is still selling cigarettes and ice creams (and, of course, they are taking bets) but I bet most of its normal profits come from their bar and restaurant.

So, in order to support my PMU I go there every morning for a takeaway coffee. I sit down on the wall that overlooks the lake and just watch the world go by and the village coming to life.

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So, not only am I supporting my PMU, it’s also a bit of fun for me.

In France we call it… un acte de solidarité.

I do have to admit that, over the last week, I have also been taking half an hour off and sneaking out in the afternoon to do the same thing but I get an ice cream instead of a coffee.

Yesterday I was sat having my morning coffee and my mate, Yannick, came over and sat a couple of meters from me.

Now, Yannick only bets on trotting races and really can’t understand why I burst out laughing when they are shown on the big TV in the PMU.

He feels that because there are no silly jumps to jump over and none of that silly cantering or galloping to get in the way of things…

Trotting races tend to run truer and, for him, are far more profitable.

He’s been suggesting for quite a while now (nagging is too harsh a word – he’s a mate, after all) to test my ratings on Trotting races.

Yesterday I gave in and have rated one race today at Laval; it’s included in today’s Spotlight Ratings PDF.

This is just a test so that I can analyse the results and I certainly won’t be betting on it. Weirdly enough, I shall be watching the replay after the race is run – I’ll try not to laugh too much.

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Morning News

22nd May 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

There are going to be some changes starting next week…

I”ve got a lot of things that I need to put into place before GB and Irish racing come back.

From early next week, any French, American or Australian ratings will come out on 1 PDF file and will be called SpotLight Ratings.

This doesn’t really affect you as, if you are a member of, a member of or – you will get SpotLightRatings (and CompassRatings) for free.

It just makes it easier for me to put the non Hong Kong foreign ratings all on one PDF.

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Morning News

21st May 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

I am sorry for the brevity of yesterday’s Morning News.

On Tuesday I had a blinder of a day, largely working on an exciting new project that I need to get finished before racing resumes in the UK.

As a result, (and because the weather was lovely) I decided to treat myself to a nice meal in the back yard and duly bought a dozen oysters, some whelks, a nice bottle of rosé wine and even made some mayonnaise.

I had a great evening but…

Yes, you guessed it…

At 1am I woke up with the knowledge that I had about 6.12 seconds to get to the toilet or there would be a bit of a mess.

And that reoccurred every 20 minutes or so, pretty much all day long.

I didn’t feel in the slightest bit ill but I was very glad that I’d just bought a new pack of toilet paper.

I never knew I was so full of sh*t!

Now, this might not be the ideal subject to talk about whilst you are having your cornflakes but I need to explain why I didn’t get any work done yesterday (although I did read a major chunk of World War Z – the book is far better than the film.)

Am feeling fine now and will try to catch up with emails and the Happy Valley draw bias today.

And I might steer clear of rosé wine for the next few weeks or so.

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Morning News

20th May 2020

focus-ratings-mornoing newsGood morning…

Compass Ratings

The link to today’s ratings (top 3 rated) for the Wednesday meeting at Happy Valley is…

The link to todays’s ratings (all horses) for the Wednesday meeting at Happy Valley is…

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