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 cardMar 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 cardMar 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 cardMar 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 AureliaFeb 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 millionFeb 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 KolkataFeb 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 tomorrowFeb 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 uncertaintiesFeb 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 cardFeb 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 prizeFeb 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 responseFeb 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 paddockFeb 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 2Feb 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 racetrackFeb 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 racetrackFeb 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 SundayFeb 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 StakesFeb 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 ridersFeb 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 readerJan 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.
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