The Shortlist 26th October 2013

shortlistTwo good winners on Friday, courtesy of 9/1 Tariq Too (returned 8/1) and 6/1 Hefner (returned 11/2). And another monster gamble foiled as 8/1 Zain Eagle was sent off 7/2 but finished nowhere...

Today's racecards are here.

3.45 Leo - Stuccodor - 7/2 BetVictor
4.05 Newb - Dutch Romance - 11/2 PP
4.35 Wex - Dick Dundee - 6/1 PP
5.10 Newb - Highway Code e/w - 11/2 BetVictor
5.45 Wol - Solar Deity - 9/1 bet365

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My 'also considered' list comprises:

3.15 Don - Jamaican Bolt e/w - 15/2 Betfred
3.30 Newb - Soviet Rock e/w - 7/1 Seanie Mac
4.40 Newb - Maid A Million e/w - 17/2 BetVictor
5.30 Don - Dance With Dragons e/w - 16/1 bet365

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The Shortlist is a simple concept: I go through the Race Analysis Reports each day to find horses which I consider to be of interest. I then publish that list of horses here. Some will win, many will lose. It is hoped that the winners will cover the losers and leave a bit of gravy on the punting platter. Now, before I go on, I need to make (labour!) a really important point. And it is this: the Race Analysis Reports are deliberately interpretive.

That is, different people will highlight different horses depending on whether they're using the win or place statistics, and which columns they sort on (based on which elements they consider most important in a given race). So, these will be the horses on MY shortlist. Feel free to do with them what you will. You may have a different shortlist, and you are most certainly encouraged to go and play with the numbers to find what works best for you.

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3 replies
  1. Chris Worrall says:

    Great work yesterday, Matt.
    Typically the first day I didn’t get round to backing them myself, though!
    Perhaps I should leave them well alone and the winners will flow? 😀

  2. john purnell says:

    HI Matt, bit confused with the irish horse today Stuccoder in the 3.45 at leopardstown. He is indicated as having won 5 times in this class before in the race analysis section. The race is valued at 22,000 and the highest value race he has won is 8,000. Please correct me but I thought the irish race class was worked out on value of race prize in which case his 8,000 winning race would have won at say a class 4 race in english races and this is the equivalent of a listed class race. My apologies if this has been covered before but i have only just started using the cards and your shortlist. Congratulations by the way on both of these excellent services. JP

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Hi JP

      Apologies for the delay in replying. Class doesn’t work for Irish, mainly because most races are ‘classless’. It’s a ‘feature’ of the system at the moment that it displays some numbers rather than none for Irish racing. We need to address that.

      Thanks for the kind words about the setup in general.

      Best,
      Matt

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