Prakash Gosavi Analysis Essay

  • Themis bags C N Wadia Gold Cup

    Themis, trained by M K Jadhav and ridden by A Sandesh, won the grade 2, C N Wadia Gold Cup, the feature event of Sunday's seven-race card

    Mar 12, 2018, 09:24 IST
  • Horse racing: Themis favourite for CN Wadia Gold Cup

    The running of the grade 2, C N Wadia Gold Cup, which once used to be one of the glitziest races, is now relegated as a feature event of a drab, glamour-less seven-race Sunday card

    Mar 11, 2018, 10:18 IST
  • Horse Racing: Triangular fight for DPC Kapadia Trophy

    Being the only trophy event, the DPC Kapadia Trophy chooses itself as the feature event of Thursday's eight-race evening card

    Mar 08, 2018, 10:14 IST
  • Horse racing: Kramer favourite for today's A Campbell Trophy

    The A Campbell Trophy is slated as the feature event of Wednesday's small, seven-race evening card. The class II handicap race to be run over seven furlongs nine runners in the fray, prominent among them are Timeless, Carbonara, Kramer and Aurelia

    Feb 28, 2018, 09:35 IST
  • Corfe Castle decimates rivals to win PBMM race

    Three-year-old bay colt Corfe Castle, piloted by Trevor Patel, decimated his ten rivals in the grade 1, Poonawalla Breeders' Multi-Million (PBMM) to bag the richest purse, Rs 8.94 million

    Feb 26, 2018, 10:00 IST
  • An exciting, but tricky contest

    The Poonawalla Breeders' Multi-Million (PBMM), the richest race for juveniles, has attracted 11 three-year-old horses from every racing center in the country except Kolkata

    Feb 25, 2018, 09:51 IST
  • Jackpot likely to swell to Rs 1 crore

    After the Derby day record of Rs 1.41 crore jackpot, there is a strong likelihood that the jackpot figure will cross the magic Rs 1 crore mark again tomorrow

    Feb 24, 2018, 08:41 IST
  • Steppenwolf for Bobby Talyarkhan Trophy

    Six three-year-old juveniles will face the starter in the AFS Talyarkhan Trophy, named after the famous commentator of a bygone era, also fondly known as "Bobby", a lover of cricket and horse racing, both games of glorious uncertainties

    Feb 23, 2018, 09:08 IST
  • Trophy treble for Pesi Shroff

    Champion trainer Pesi Shorff saddled three winners on the trot to make a clean sweep of the trophy races instituted in memory of some famous racing personalities.

    Feb 19, 2018, 06:47 IST
  • Vulcan may surprise Palatial

    Palatial, trained by S Waheed, will most likely command favouritism in the Velvet Rope Trophy, the only class I event on Sunday's eight-race card

    Feb 18, 2018, 08:23 IST
  • Excellent Gold for feature event

    Among the five runners in the Sir Charles Forbes Trophy, the feature event of Thursday's eight-race evening card, Excellent Gold has the best credentials to land the winner's prize

    Feb 15, 2018, 07:05 IST
  • Mumbai: Only 31 out of 115 horses sold in big auction at Mahalaxmi Racecourse

    RWITC's auction that returned to town after 20 years, ends with tepid response

    Feb 14, 2018, 08:50 IST
  • Mumbai: Slow going under the hammer in first half of auction at Mahalaxmi Racecourse

    The Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) auction of two-year-old horses that was expected to make waves, returning to Mumbai after a gap of 20 years saw a fairly muted start at the Mahalaxmi racecourse paddock

    Feb 13, 2018, 17:35 IST
  • Ruffina mocks rivals to win feature

    The Dallas Todywalla-trained Ruffina, ridden by David Allan, ridiculed her nine rivals as she displayed electrifying acceleration to sweep past a field of classy sprinters to win the grade 2

    Feb 11, 2018, 09:00 IST
  • Horse racing: Favourite Ruffina faces stern test

    The four-year-filly Ruffina, winner of six races from seven starts so far, will be facing the sternest test of her career in today's eight-race card at the Mahalaxmi racetrack

    Feb 10, 2018, 07:26 IST
  • Trainer Sunderji: Rochester fulfilled a long-awaited dream

    In a stunning homestretch, jockey CS Jodha rides Rochester to clinch maiden Derby victory at Mahalaxmi racetrack

    Feb 05, 2018, 08:30 IST
  • Indian Derby: All eyes on Prevalent Force

    The stage is all set for the 76th running of the greatest annual race of the Indian racing calendar - the Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby (Grade 1) on Sunday

    Feb 04, 2018, 08:45 IST
  • Horse racing: Filly Adjudicate poses threat to local juveniles

    A seven-race card has been framed by the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) on the eve of the Derby, the feature event being the grade 3, the EBCO Worksmart Breeders' Produce Stakes

    Feb 03, 2018, 10:51 IST
  • Indian derby build-up: Big focus on jockeys

    Sunday's Derby will witness a tug-of-war between Indian and foreign riders

    Feb 02, 2018, 08:11 IST
  • India derby build up: Aggregated rated!

    Aggregated, by Dean's Kitten out of Wonder Smile, is trainer Malesh Narredu's sole entry in Sunday's (Feb 4) Indian Derby field. The trainer, who has won the big race three years ago with Be Safe, profiles his horse exclusively for mid-day reader

    Jan 31, 2018, 08:23 IST
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    It has been one hectic week of looking back.

    I looked back on the genesis of FINOO (Follow-In-Next-Outing-Only), its development and application, and its phase of the public trial. It was a hard look. It HAD to be.

    I had to lose myself so much in a jungle of data accumulated over the last 14 months, from 3 centers, which filled nearly 110,000 rows with 22 columns.

    Trying to again sift from it some coherent method that would logically choose itself without compromising with FINOO’s greatest asset and strength–the high strike rate–reminded me of one of the earliest phrases our English teachers taught us in school–looking for a needle in the haystack!

    I would have welcomed some help, espcially from Curious No End who has been ‘at it’ for the last couple of months, but unfortunately he said he was ‘busy as hell’ this week. The other ever-willing soul, CP, who’s so enamoured by FINOO that he always keeps on saying he would take premature retirement if FINOO lives up to its promise (and I suspect and fear he means it!), is abroad. So I had to go all the way alone.

    Not that I am complaining. Only, I feel sorry for not putting up any articles this week on the blog. A lot of things were happening, especially at Bangalore. And no man whose concern is racing can pass up those events without a comment. First there was news about D’Artagnan’s primary sample testing positive. Then yesterday, came in the news that the BTC cannot (even if it wishes to) organise a new year party at its premises. I mean, technically they can, but packing off at the stroke of midnight when everyone else in the world will be lustily cheering the first minute of the new year 2010, does not look like a bright idea, does it?

    Whatever the picture and reasons projected on the surface, the underlying reality is that the fallout (of BTC being forced to shift from the present premises) is the result of a fight between greedy politicians cloaked in altruistic garb on one side and a confused and short-sighted BTC committee on the other. The sad part is, whenver a wolf knocks at a lamb’s door, it is always the wolf that wins–unless the Lion steps in and offers protection to the lamb. The only two agencies that can act as Lion in this case are the Bangalore ‘junta’ and the ‘Bangalore High Court’.

    From Sharan Kumar’s article on his blog, I gather that the junta doesn’t care about racing one way or the other, so maybe only the judiciary can help. But the question is, does BTC have the kind of guts to drag the state government to the court?

    Unlikely, if you ask me. So finally it may be left for some spirited PIL (Public Interest Litigation) to rein in a chief minister who is acting more like a King with Divine sanction than as an elected representative whose term comes with an expiry date.

    Coming back to revisiting the FINOO system, including a re-think of the qualifier rules, I have come to these decisions:

    1) The present profitable run of FINOO so far (with old qualifier rules) will be “frozen” here and now, and only preserved for record-keeping’s sake as it will not be right to mix up new results (based on different qualifier rules) with them.

    2) The new qualifier rules, unfortunately, are too complicated and will have a lot of nuances (too much more work for us). So, at present, they will NOT be discussed on this blog. Because there could be too much useless discussion on them and the main theme, profitability or loss of FINOO, might take a back seat in all that ‘galaata‘ (galaata’ is a Kannada word I learnt from Sharan Kumar’s daughter Appu, and I believe it means ‘a lot of unproductive and useless noise‘–I just love this word!).

    3) So there will only be TIPS, posted as early as possible after the declarations, WITHOUT ANY ACCESS TO HINT OF ODDS (so that I hope there is no galaata either about tipping 20 paise win or place odds horses).

    4) For the first time, FINOO will try to be extra bold and take up an experiment of a unique nature by tipping horses for FOUR separate categories:

    i) Win only,

    ii) Place only,

    iii) Win & Place,

    and iv) SHP & Place.

    5) Results will be monitored (based on BTC tote odds) for ALL the FOUR categories so that along with our readers, even we will discover if there turns out to be any particular type of bet that is more successful than the other types.

    I hope this clears all confusion as to how FINOO is going to look in Phase II starting from tomorrow, Saturday, June 20.

    We seek your best wishes for this project.

    Prakash Gosavi

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