As you’ve no doubt heard, there will be no UK racing until at least Wednesday 13th. The BHA will make a decision on Monday as to whether that goes ahead. The BHA have taken swift action, as did Donald McCain, and the actions of both will hopefully ensure all is fine soon enough. I mean when Foot and Mouth was rife they didn’t decide to cancel Chelt until the week before, and this is nothing like that.
But, there will be NO section 1 stats selections until at least Wednesday. My Irish Bonus Stats in my TTP report (basis for section 1) do not cover the meetings which take place in the coming days. (Naas/Fairy/Punchy)
There could be the odd test zone angle, so i’ll keep an eye on that. I may well post a daily post anyway, but will keep this one here for now as per dates in the heading.
On Saturday I am off to Milan, to watch Snow Patrol on the Monday. That has been pre-planned and in truth, I don’t mind an enforced break from not ‘thinking horse’, and maybe i’ll return with my analysis head in a better space. If you have any travel tips for Milan, do fire away! 🙂
Cheltenham… well with any luck the meeting will go ahead but clearly this throws plenty of prep plans up in the air. It will make my race stats/trends even more of a guide than usual- esp such stats as days since run, or the profile of the horses- no. wins etc etc – so many may be going into this 1 or 2 runs shorter than normal. We will see. You would think this benefits the big boys and girls even more, and the Irish even more so – I mean the meeting has been dominated by those in recent years anyway, so no difference there. Those big yards that have access to Lambourn, or have their own superb set ups/gallops that are much better than many others, may benefit even more. (Henderson/Nicholls /Hobbs / Tizzard / Skelton / Twister /Elliot /Mullins/JOB etc). Anyway, that’s still a few weeks off.
I may glance to Naas on Saturday, and post some ‘pointers’ on Friday, a ‘through the card’ etc.
The tipping comp posts will be posted as normal as there is Irish racing and from Dubai etc if that’s your thing. Hopefully you can see those when logged in. The forum is still playing up, linked to the issue below, but that daily post may be a better way of doing it anyway, and only takes me 60 seconds to do.
A short video to follow, but I’ve had some issues this end. I’ve had to approve manually around 40 comments on Thursday, that I wouldn’t have done usually. It should be automated after your first ever comment has been approved. This will be due to some changes my back end with how wordpress interacts with my members software which is all integrated. I’ll post an update on this, but I need to fix it somehow as Thursday’s antics aren’t practical moving forward. I think some of you may be both logged in to wordpress, and to my members club – and it may be a case of logging out of everything and logging back into member’s club. If you’ve been posting comments and they have not been appearing straight away, that will be why – awaiting my approval. Apols for the faff.
On Friday I will try and post some articles of relevance , or various stats research to have a flick through. It’s a good opportunity for me to do some admin – adding horses to trackers etc etc, all those little things which i’m generally useless at!
If you do spend plenty of time ‘thinking horse’, the pause that refreshes can work wonders.
Mainly for anyone who posts a comment… but this 6 min video focuses on how best to use comments, following some recent issues – and how, when logged into members properly, you can change your ‘display name’ when posting comments, so it comes up as your name, rather than your username etc. Hopefully this makes sense to most of you. There have been some gremlins my end, and I’m still having to ‘approve comments’ , but this should fix it if followed. Cheers.