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Yes, we’re aware of the duplicate names annoyance, and sorry for that. It’s a legacy thing in our system and one of a number of little irritations which will be eradicated in the near future when we complete the piece of work we’re currently undertaking. (Moving from xml file system to API).
Just to follow up on this. We’ve identified the issue, and will be addressing. But it’s a lower priority than the current big piece we’re working on.
I really don’t like to display incorrect data, so I may just ‘pull’ proximity form for now – likely until end January.
Basically, we’re moving from an xml file based entry into our database to an API-driven system. It affects nothing – and everything – on the front end (i.e. the website you look at). Essentially, when it’s right, you’ll see no difference .But it does enable us to do a huge amount of additional things, and to retrieve information in a more timely manner. It’s necessary and our current top priority.
Hope that all makes sense, and thank you very much for bringing this to our attention. It WILL be fixed but not imminently, I’m afraid.
This would have been a cache-related issue. Clearing cache often resolves problems immediately after we make ‘display’ changes to the content, as in this case.
Hoping all is well with this now.
We were aware of this issue, and have taken steps to address it. I believe things are now as they should be, but do please let me know if you notice any further anomalies.
Thanks, and sorry for the (very) slow reply.
No reported problems on this.
It’s worth clearing your cache and making sure you’re running the most recent version of your browser.
I can see the logic in your point about publicizing systems and their subsequent performance level; that’s certainly true up to a point. But so many people are interested in mechanical approaches that it is hard to ignore that demand for content.
Moreover, I often think that the real value in a system article is the highlighting of an angle or area in which to go and rummage individually.
Well done with the SR/QT approach – looks very promising.
Keep in mind that a 3yo in January was a 2yo in December, and a 3yo in December will be a 4yo in January; so you may not be comparing one set of runners here…
There are some variables for which we have incomplete data prior to 2014, gender being one of them. If you did a search from 1st December 2014, you’d have a complete view.
We are currently undertaking a (big) piece of work to plug in to our supplier’s database directly, which will enable us to fill the gaps in our older data provision. That should be online by late February. For now, though, the most complete Query Tool data is from mid-2014 onwards.
- This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by Matt Bisogno.
Hi sunchu, I suspect you’ve not clicked the little plus next to the jockey name to add to your angle.
Thanks a lot for these, Tom. They’ll enable us to better troubleshoot the issue. Should have it resolved this week.
I echo Paul K’s comment. Massive effort over two years, which is very much appreciated. It’s been a torrid season and, personally, I think it’s one of the most moderate flat seasons I can recall.
As you say, roll on the jumps!
Thanks a million, Paul.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 27/28 JULY
Identically staked Place 6 syndicates at York. Both copped, both paid significantly less than placepot, both topped up to placepot dividend.
That effectively means that we had the following:
Friday afternoon Stakes £568 (2 pools) Returns £524.50
Friday York Stakes £345.60 Returns £2846.40
Saturday York Stakes £345.60 Returns £2070.72
Profit to date: £4291.78
ROI to date: 75.93%
Unsustainable results, but very good to break out of the treading water zone. It can go the other way as well!!
Catching up on Wednesday and Thursday, and it was a mixed bag all right…
WEDNESDAY 25th JULY 2018
Lingfield Place Pick 6: Just one bet on Wednesday, mainly due to pressures of work. And it was a ballsy one, banking on the first two favourites before spreading out later on. As it turned out, the jolly in race two encountered all sorts of trouble in running, eventually staying on into fifth, beaten two necks and a head for second. Game over.
Stakes £160 Returns £0
THURSDAY 26th JULY 2018
Sandown Place Pick 6: A broad perm for smaller unit stakes and, after a result if leg 2, I was hopeful. But the dreaded curse of the placed favourite struck in the next three legs to generate a loss on stakes. Again. Sigh.
Stakes £288 Returns £91.10
Worcester Place Pick 6: This looked difficult in the first half and straightforward in the second, and that’s the way I played it. Sadly, it turned out to be easy in both halves, with five favourites placed. The one unplaced jolly race saw the horse with comfortably the most tickets apart from the fav get up for second. More of the same for investors.
Stakes £126 Returns £77.80
Yarmouth Place Pick 6: At last, a bit of a result. And it was an unlikely one, though not a surprise, if you see what I mean. The first five favourites again made the frame, including to heavily odds on – wtf? – but I started my look at this ‘pot in the last race, where I smelt a pace burn up involving the top of the market. That’s how 16/1 outsider Grandfather Tom made our slip; and he was never there until the last strides. It made a handsome difference.
Stakes £259.20 Returns £1126.80
DAILY STAKE: £673.20 RETURN: £1295.70
OVERALL SYNDICATE STAKES £4393.10
OVERALL SYNDICATE RETURNS £4502.46
To tread water in such a chalky (favourite-biased) period is actually not bad. I’ve no plans to track things ongoing – not really got the time – but I will continue to check in with good beats and bad beats, and the occasional stinker to add balance (!)
In the meantime, do keep playing yourselves. I caught a £500 return from a £30 bet yesterday on the Win Pick 4, a lovely little bet if you have a view on at least two of the races in the quartet.
Monday ended up being a write off as well, with my health – which rarely fails me – deciding to go ‘all in’ for a few days. In fairness, that’s a daft comment given what some folks are nursing but I’m not in great shape and should have probably left it alone today, too. Today being…
TUESDAY 24th JULY 2018
Three afternoon strikes as follows…
Newcastle Place Pick 6: Big fields and a couple of what I felt might be pace collapses, especially in the last where I’d backed on hold up performer and 2-from-2 course placer, Top Offer. The jockey change probably didn’t help and, long and short, we’d have turned a reasonable profit on the bet if he’d hit the board. He didn’t. Losing bet. Staked £180 Returned £0
Ffos Las Place Pick 6: Small fields and trappy looking stuff; but, as so often recently on this rattling fast ground, surprises were few and far between. Even with five placed favourites we only recorded a negligible loss. Staked £240 Returned £228
Ffos Las Win Pick 4: I fancied this, with a seemingly bombproof pair atop the market in leg 1. I went narrow early, taking the top two in the betting in leg 1, and the favourite as a banker in leg 2, and then covering almost every permutation thereafter. So what happens? There was a 20/1 shock in the opener and the other three jollies all won. We did get a consolation which was a surprisingly generous half our stakes back. Staked £162 Returned £81.80
The evening was a tale of woe. Sometimes you go left when you should have gone right, and you go right when you should have gone left. Let’s break it down:
Nottingham Place Pick 6: We were going well enough here, until the three horse race. I was comfortable taking two of the three, as I pretty much always do. Eliminating one cuts the cost by 50%, but of course it runs the risk of deep frustration. The source of frustration was habitual front-runner and odds-on favourite, who gifted a soft lead to the absentee from our ticket. The absentee accepted the invitation was gusto, relish and no little aplomb and prevailed by a predictably diminishing margin. It was a fine ride in a race where there was only one such. Sigh. Staked £216 Returns £0
Chelmsford Place Pick 6: This was rubbish, too. In truth, I’d be perfectly happy with both the Notts and Chelmo plays if it was solely my ticket, and so I supposed I have to be happy with them as syndicate tickets as well. Having got through a tricky-looking opener (8/1 8/1 12/1 the prices of the placed horses), and banked on the easy winner of leg 2, we were in good shape. I took my view in leg 3, and it was that Cenotaph was a serial disappointment and a shortie to very much oppose. While that may have been true during his tenure at Aidan O’Brien’s, he seems rejuvenated since moving to Jeremy Noseda, for whom he is now two from two after what can only be described as a romp, five lengths the winning margin.
The three bullets I fired against him ran no better than third which, in a seven horse race, is not very good and not good enough. I also failed to find a placer from three darts in the next race; and the fact that after that tricky first leg the next five races all saw the favourite place kind of sums things up just now. Stakes £162 Returns £0
A bad day, and less fun that it has been. The average stake of syndicate members seems to be about £7 according to a little rough maths I did today. I’ll be looking to hit a decent pot soon but, for that to happen, these jollies need to foxtrot oscar somewhat…!
Loads of big jackpots to aim at on Saturday, but most of them filed under ‘way too hard’.
SATURDAY 21st JULY 2018
Newmarket Place Pick 6: Chasing a placepot at Newmarket that, ultimately, looked trickier than it was.
This was highlighted when the fav (Mr Wagyu) beat the 2nd fav in the race I had marked for a shock; and insult was added to injury with Rip Orff sneaking into the frame in the 5th leg and our second string failing to make the frame in the last.
In spite of all that, it was only a small loss in the end.
Stakes: £288 Returns: £207
Nothing on SUNDAY 22nd JULY, but a couple of decent rollovers slowly gathering pace, which might tease a prayer mat play on Monday…