It was a tense day last Sunday as jump racing fans were reminded once again of the dangers that our jockeys put themselves in each and every race they ride. Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania looked to be in serious trouble after his mount Stagecoach Jasper stumbled and fell and the jockey got a kick or two whilst on the floor. The rider was airlifted to hospital and thankfully he did not sustain any serious injuries from the scuffle, being less than a month since the J T McNamara incident it was a sharp reminder that these warriors of the sport really do put life and limb on the line.
I wanted to talk to you this week about a product review of sorts, as I was quite taken by a something I purchased a few months ago and thought that it deserves a mention.
The product I want to discuss is Race Ratings Pro, and it’s creator is a man you should already know from his Race Advisor newsletter every Monday (Michael Wilding). Michael released this product at the start of the year and I purchased it straight away, but due to personal commitments it’s only been this week that I have actually managed to take a day away from things and really give the product a thorough once over. I have devised my own race ratings in the past and currently produce a set that I am trialling so I was a tad sceptical at how much I could learn from this course. However I was very pleasantly surprised at the level of detail each section of the course provided, and managed to take on board more than a few pointers which I will be considering for current and future ventures. It’s a step by step introduction to rating your own races which is absolutely ideal for people who are new to the concept. Michael included a very handy spreadsheet for users which has all the relevant formulas to calculate the final rating of the horses using the method provided by the course. It’s not often that I will shout out about a service or product, but I really do feel that this has something for everyone and will at the very least give you a different set of angles to cover when race reading. Michael is one of the most respected racing figures on the net and really does know what he’s talking about so you can rest assured you are getting a value for money product if you do decide to purchase.
You can view a recent webinar regarding Race Ratings Pro at the link below…
This week’s eye catcher is one that I think will progress into a very decent type and is worth keeping in the notebook for a while.
Western Warhorse (Trainer – David Pipe)
After falling first time out this fella ran out a ready winner on Friday at Chepstow. He understandably ran a bit green at times and his jumping was a tad ropey, but he did show a decent battling quality and also a decent engine when he pulled away up the run in. It was an ordinary race but I get the feeling that this horse could be a typical Pipe improver, and there was something about him that suggested to me he could be something special in time. He’s booked in at Exeter this week over three miles which I think will bring about further improvement, so keep your eyes peeled for the early prices if he runs as he could well be worth a bet.
Until next week,