Melrose & Ebor Trends Selections

This Saturday 24th August, sees a couple of cracking handicaps in the Melrose and Ebor. Trends analysis is an excellent way to narrow down the field and can give additional strength behind selections used via a ratings, or alternative, method.

Thankfully, GeeGeez publishes trends for all the big-races and using GeeGeez Gold, you can really narrow down qualifiers, or rather rule out non-qualifiers, much easier and quicker. These two races took me 10 minutes.

MELROSE HANDICAP

One of the strongest trends is that 14 of the 16 winners had not raced at York before and 14 of 16 also had 4 or more runs that season. 

The next strongest trends are 12/16 which are “Won carrying 9-0 or less”, “Had won over 12f or further” and “Had a Top-5 finish last time out”. 

The only real strong'ish trend that remains is 10/16 were drawn in stall 8 or lower. 

Those trends get us down to just 2 qualifiers, JUST HUBERT 16/1 and LAND OF OZ 10/1 so take your pick from that pair. I'll probably go with the one that is highest on my ratings for the race, which are already available to subscribers – you can join today here, and get access to all Saturday's rated races.

EBOR HANDICAP

I've backed some great winners of this race over the years, some from trends analysis, most from ratings and this year I'm pretty confident with the FTS ratings and trends combination to have a couple of chances of finding the winner.

We start with the 2 strongest trends 16/17 “Carried 9-4 or less” and were “Aged 6 or younger”. Amazingly, that leaves us with 6 from the potential 24-strong field. 

We then look at the next strongest trends, 14/17 “Won from a double-figure stall” and “Had won at least over 12f before).

That gets us to 3 contenders DRAMATIC QUEEN 25/1, and both the 2 reserves, CYPRESS CREEK 20/1 and PROSCHEMA 20/1

The ideal scenario is that none of the reserves take part and leaves us with a solo trends bet in DRAMATIC QUEEN at 25/1. However, if both the trends picks get in then we can look to the next strongest trend which is 12/17 “Carried 9-1 or less” – that would give us a sole qualifier in PROSCHEMA, so keep an eye on non-runners would be my advice, back DRAMATIC QUEEN and look to follow up with PROSCHEMA if it takes part. 

Sunday Pontefract Ratings

Sunday Pontefract Ratings

The new FTS Ratings have been on fire since being implemented just over a month ago. First we showed a +54pts profit during Galway and Glorious Goodwood, including a +28pts profit and a 215% on the Saturday where Stewards Cup winner Khaadem was advised at 10/1. Then today we showed a huge +41pts profit and 219% Yield thanks to wins for Growl at 9/1 and Dakota Gold at 8/1, amongst others. The Top-Rated runners are performing with amazing consistently.

You can join now and receive all the ratings through the week, including Best Bets advice, all provided instantly, via WhatsApp, usually the day before racing, direct to your phone. I only rate Class 3 contests or better, occassionally a decent Class 4 contest, but never lower than that as then you have issues with consistency.

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Next week sees the start of the York Ebor meeting where I am expecting more substantial profits and am sure the Ebor winner will be high-rated on the ratings, the ratings model improves and learns with each race rated, no need to look at sectional figures or stride patterns, which many see as the next great thing, but actually just add more confusion and muddy the waters.

I've been rating races for the best part of 20+ years and these new FTS ratings are by far and away the most consistent I've produced at finding regular strong favourites, mixed with value-priced winners.

*UPDATE – New Value Odds and Value % Figures now available on ratings*

I've got an example of a couple of races at Pontefract tomorrow, sadly there are no strong selections as there were today or during Goodwood but they give you an idea of where the value may lie, and what favourites may be worth opposing.

PONTEFRACT 2:30

JABBAAR 7/1 and FINAL 8/1 only have 1pt separating them and it's hard to choose between them so I'd probably favour a split stakes approach, with slightly more on the top-rated. Busy Street is next best on the ratings and could surprise them both but I've learned to trust the ratings and not stray too far, unless the odds warrant it. Ultimately, it looks like the favourite Hereby is worth opposing as it's quite far behind the others on the raw figures.

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PONTEFRACT 3:30

Almost a carbon copy of the previous race, although this time, the market seems to have things right with SHADES OF BLUE 7/2 and TAPISSERIE 9/2 only separated by 1pt, this time though there is enough of a gap to suggest that they will have this between them. There are three schools of thought here, first, we could go with the slightly better value on Tapisserie. Secondly, we could just trust in SHADES OF BLUE. The other option is to use one of the selections as a cover bet for the other. So you could stake 1pt on TAPISSERIE and 4pts on SHADES OF BLUE. Ultimately, the ratings are there for subscribers to use as they please. For subscribers tomorrow I would advise no bet in this race and the split stakes on the Top-2 in the 2:30.

We can also see that TAPISSERIE is marginally the better value call on the new V% figures.

I hope you can see the benefit of these ratings, they will transform your betting and below are the type of advise you will receive via WhatsApp. Get on board in time for the York Ebor meeting and you will not be disappointed.

 

Shergar Cup Ratings & Bets

Shergar Cup Ratings & Bets

The Shergar Cup is often treated with disdain by racing ‘purists' but it's a fun day out for many, we even had a FormBet raceday there a few years back, made some money and had a good time.

I've decided to post the main FTS Rating for each race of the Shergar Cup, including which team/jockey would end up with the most points on the day. The ratings can be used to determine decent win selections in each race, and I've given a few points, although the final selections are for the sole viewing of FTS Private Subscribers, but you can of course use the ratings how you please. The POWer rating is a backup rating to use for additional confirmation or high POW-Rated, value bets.

You can join for £30 per month here and get ratings and Best Bet selections each day via WhatsApp, there are an additional 8 races rated away from Ascot today. We showed a +54pts profit and over 100% Yield for all Goodwood and Galway bets last week including winners at 33/1, 10/1, 8/1, 11/2, 9/2 and many more at shorter odds.

Onto the Shergar Cup races at Ascot on Saturday, you can skip to the summary at the bottom if you just want the bets.

Ascot 1:05 With Jamie Kah (Final Venture 7/1) and Hayley Turner's (Lancelot Du Lac 14/1) rides in the Top-4 of the ratings, they should grab some points here. However, both Gerald Moss (Danzeno 3/1) and Adrie De Vries (Corinthia Knight 13/2) could also get some points and sneak the win. I just favour the girls here.

Ascot 1:40 This looks good for Europe with Filip Minarik (What A Welcome 7/1) and Gerald Moss (Time To Study 10/1) in the Top-2 of the FTS. Next best is probably Great Britain and Ireland rider Jamie Spencer (Alfredo 16/1) who has some each-way appeal and Nanako Fujita (Blue Laureate 7/1) able to get some points for the girls. I'd expect Europe to increase their advantage after this race with some more points for the girls as well to hold onto 2nd.

Ascot 2.15 You don't often get this many horses tied for 2nd so this could be trappy but no arguing that Hayley Turner (Melting Dew 8/1) could again figure and get some girl points. However, the Rest of the World have all 3 of their riders in those tied on 2nd and could get off the mark. It's worth noting Filip Minarik's name appearing again (Mandarin 5/1) who is 2nd on FTS and POW as well as Adrie De Vries POW1 runner (Restorer 14/1). The girls may close the gap slightly on Europe but that could be cancelled out by Europe's strongly rated contenders. Trappy race.

Ascot 2:50 This may be booked for the Rest of The World, in particular Vincent Chak-Yiu Ho (Power of Darkness 4/1). Adrie De Vries (Original Choice) name appears again for Europe with ROW's Mark Zahra (Breden 12/1). ROW's Yugo Kawada (Zwayyan 8/1) could also get some points as could Jamie Kah (Another Batt 7/1). This could go to the Rest of the World with some points for Europe and the girls.

Ascot 3:25 Tadhg O'Shea (Vivid Diamond 4/1) could get some much needed, although likely too late, points for GB & Ireland and Danny Tudhope (Boerhan 9/1) may also sneak some points. However, it's Hayley Turner (Sapa Inca 11/2) again that could win this as there is litle to separate them on FTS and she tops the POW ratings. Mark Zahra (Never Do Nothing 5/1) can also sneak some points for ROW.  I'd just favour GB & IRE here for points although a win for Hayley could swing it the girls way.

Ascot 4:00 A Jamie Spencer (Victory Day 5/2) and Hayley Turner (Pass The Vino 5/1) matchup here backed up by ROW's Mr Ho (Magical Wish 12/1) and Jamie Kah (Junius Brutus 12/1) for the girls. I think it's hard to get away from Spencer's mount but a strong showing from the girls and Turner could surprise.

SUMMARY

I see this as a 2-horse race for the outright title. I expect Europe to get off to a strong start in the first few races with the girls following closely behind, then both GB & Ireland and Rest of the World splitting points in the next few races. The key will be the final 2 races, where I don't expect Europe to get too many points and my idea of the winning team, THE GIRLS 3/1 could get decent points in both the final 2 races and head Europe, with GB & IRE finishing strongly up the rail.

1 THE GIRLS

2 EUROPE

3 GB & IRELAND

4 REST OF THE WORLD

 

In terms of individual riders, it's hard to get away from HAYLEY TURNER 6/1, from a pure ratings perspective and perfect timing during a week there has been a lot of talk about female riders, allowances and competing on equal terms. I expect them to ram certain sexist pundits comments down their throats. Another worth looking at, from an each-way perspective, is ADRIE DE VRIES 12/1 who has a number of decent, high-rated bookings for Europe.

Finding More Winners Using GeeGeez Gold

Finding More Winners Using GeeGeez Gold

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You can build systems and customise your own ratings as you please, GeeGeez also included Racing Post RPR and Topspeed figures alongside Peter May's Speed figures. Matt at GeeGeez is constantly adding new functionality and records detailed and informative videos detailing how to get the best out of the software.

Yesterday at York, you could have found 2 well-backed winners with FIRST ELEVEN (available at 11/2 early on) and SPACE BLUES (available at 7/1 the previous evening) simply by looking at the breeding (they both had the best sire stats in their respective races) and the trainer/jockey form recently, at the course and the Trainer/Jockey Combo figures (screenshots below). As well as a few other pointers like First Eleven dropping in class (down arrow) and Charlie Appleby's record with first-time handicappers, evidenced by the HC pointer.

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MLB Pitchers & Batters – Mon 6th May

MLB Pitchers & Batters – Mon 6th May

Choosing between the 5 elite pitchers, JACOB DE GROM, BLAKE SNELL, MAX SCHERZER, GERRIT COLE and COLE HAMELS is no easy task tonight. They are all priced at 10k+ on Draftkings – Cole and Hamels look to be in potentially the best spots tonight. Hamels is in a great spot against a Miami offense that struggled for power and strikes out 23% of the time. Snell is ab elite leftie and has an excellent record pitching at home but has the low average innings pitched from the 5.  Scherzer is in a tricky spot against a Milwaukee team with a lot of power while DeGrom may struggle to get run support. Gerrit Cole is the one I favour against Kansas City and they have a +2.9 Run advantage tonight. CC SABATHIA is of interest of those a little further down the pricing and I'll probably mix and match these 3. For Batters I really like MOOKIE BETTS who can take advantage of John Means in a good spot. MICHAEL CHAVIS, J.D. MARTINEZ and XANDER BOGAERTS appeal to complete a 4-man Boston stack. I also like the Chicago Cubs batters in a good matchup against Sandy Alcantara, in particular JAVIER BAEZ, KRIS BRYANT and ANTHONY RIZZO. Cleveland Lefties are worth noting against Ivan Nova who struggles against them. FRANCISCO LINDOR and JOSE RAMIREZ are interesting. Finally, 3 from St Louis Cardinals, PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, PAUK DEJONG and MATT CARPENTER are worth going with against Vince Velasquez. So, I'll mix up those 3 pitchers with the above 4 ‘stacks' and then throw in some value players in the other positions using my ratings, which you can receive by signing up on the homepage.