The Shortlist 9th October 2013


Back in the groove with a 12/1 second (small rule 4) and a 9/2 winner, returning 11/4 having been available as big as 7/1 on course (bizarre plunge), and a non-runner from our three main picks.

Today's racecards are here.

Here is today's Shortlist, along with the best odds (all best odds guaranteed prices) at the time of writing.

3.10 Lud - Buck Mulligan e/w - 6/1 bet365
4.40 Lud - Emily's Flyer - 9/2 BetVictor
4.50 Tow - Halucha e/w - 9/2 PP
7.40 Kem - Saoi e/w - 14/1 Ladbrokes


My 'also considered' list comprises:

3.00 Not - Sleepy Sioux e/w - 4/1 BetVictor
5.40 Kem - Limegrove - 10/1 bet365
8.10 Kem - Claim The Roses - 5/2 Hills

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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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2 replies
  1. David says:

    Matt, the one area I have a problem in the Sortlist is with class. If a horse is running in a Class 4 today with no wins in that class but has won two Class 2’s it would be shown as 0 wins. But if you add all higher class runs it could dilute a good performer in today’s class. is it possible maybe to use a different colour if the horse has won in a higher class, whilst only reporting today’s class figures?

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Hi David

      As before, I’m afraid the answer is no. The RAR was never designed to be the alpha and omega of one’s form study. Rather, it is a (surprisingly effective) blunt instrument from which to derive a shortlist. If you have a horse which looks good on all bar one element, I urge you to use the Full Horse Form filters to drill down on such as class. That’s what it’s there for. 🙂


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