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Bet Selector and PPFA
horse ratings system for generating horse ratings for past races
underwent a major change in 2009 leading to massive improvements in the
program's ability to pick value priced winners. Until then Bet Selector could
only rate past runs at just 50 of the
major tracks (and even for some of them it was just a close approximation). Now
thanks to Steven Angelides work on par times at PPFA, Bet Selector can now
accurately rate past runs at all track conditions and distances from over 700+ tracks including New
Zealand and Hong Kong!
Feedback on the new Horse Ratings
Here is some client feedback on the new horse ratings system.
Dinodog (25/4/09): Testing over the past 5 or 6 days,
new against old on 2 computers, with Steve, over the phone, I can say
we found many horses that improved there rated position and as a result many of
those won. I can also say we haven't as yet found any instance of a horse that
had been over valued, ie to be given a higher rating than it deserved, that
actually won. In other words the new horse rating not only improves
the position of the past poorly rated runner, it kicks out the
overrated runner. The bottom line is, we wanted better ratings.
Neale and Steve got together and low and behold we have better
Michal (26/4/09): One thing must be remembered BS was
ahead of its time with the time database it has, realistically only in the
last few years it has become possible to compile a bulletproof database that
BS needs to be able to calculate the horse ratings, previously the
information was not easily obtained and maintained which prevents programs
like this using them. Even at this stage, Steve is the time keeper, working
on his database most days to ensure that it is in top, up to date shape,
this is the commitment needed to maintain such vast pool of data, a
commitment most others cannot make or you pay through the nose for.
Professional Punters Form Analysis (PPFA)
As Steven Angelides has contributed greatly to Bet Selector's ratings
ability, it is only fair we mention his Bet Selector add-on for
handicapping enthusiasts called PPFA. Following are a selection of
eBooks from Steven that will help both PPFA users and non-users alike
with their punting.
The Stavros Factor: A Professional Punter’s
Guide to Winning at the Races in the 21st Century. A massive 12
chapter book covering pretty well everything you need to know about
punting. Available as
Hong Kong Racing: Describes the most important
factors for picking winners in Hong Kong and explains the
differences between the Sha Tin and Happy Valley courses. Available
New Zealand Tracks: Tells you which are the
better quality New Zealand tracks and explains the differences
between north and south island racing. Available as
Value Betting: Explains the concept of value
betting and describes which type of races and horses should be
excluded to improve your chances of winning. Available as
Base Ratings: Documents how to use the latest
version of PPFA that gives you full control over picking a base
rating for each horse. Available as
The above are just a selection of Steven's eBooks and a full set of
more than 20 books are available if you purchase the PPFA add-on. If you
don't have PPFA and are interested then please visit
www.ppfa.com.au and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for special upgrade pricing.