Before I come to my experiences so far, I have a concern with this system: in small fields – say 5-7 runners – there have already been several races with three selections; first, second and third favourite. On that basis I might just as well back the rest of the field instead – especially at Betfair’s prices. However I look at it, I am not comfortable laying 50% or more of the field, especially if that includes first-third favourites.  However, there is nothing in the system rules covering this and I will continue to follow the criteria as is.  Also, when I looked at the results for the first day of the test, it quickly became obvious that if I am not sufficiently vague I could give away a significant part of the selection process.  Consequently, I have modified the way I will show the results so that I give away as little as possible. 

On to the test itself: My weekend didn’t go quite as planned, I was unable to get online on Sunday and missed the first half hour’s racing on Saturday.  Given the results for the first two days of the test this was possibly no bad thing.  I had been hoping that the test would get off to a flying start, but the only flying start it achieved was the sort experienced by human cannonballs.

Friday was not a particularly good day, but Saturday was a bit of a disaster and the bank has already taken a hefty hit.  There is plenty of time for things to turn round and I hope they do, but in the meantime I will let the results speak (or should that be whimper?) for themselves.

RESULTS – Friday 21-11-08 and Saturday 23-11-08

Friday 21-11-08

Race one – Successful lay – £10 @ 6.60  £9.50  PROFIT

Race two – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 6.60 -£56.00 LOSS 

Race three – Successful lay – £10 @ 4.90  £9.50  PROFIT

Race four –  Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 1.42  -£4.20  LOSS

Race five – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 5.00  -£40.00  LOSS

Race five – Successful lay – £10 @ 4.40  £9.50  PROFIT

Race five – Successful lay – £10 @ 7.00  £9.50  PROFIT

Race six – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 6.80  -£58.00  LOSS

Race seven – Successful lay – £10 @ 2.30  £9.50  PROFIT

Race eight – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 2.54  -£15.40  LOSS

Race eight – Successful lay – £10 @ 2.53  £9.50  PROFIT

Race nine – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 2.08  -£10.80  LOSS

Race ten – Successful lay – £10 @ 5.90  £9.50  PROFIT

Race ten – Successful lay – £10 @ 3.85  £9.50  PROFIT

Race eleven – Successful lay – £10 @ 7.00  £9.50  PROFIT

Race twelve – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 5.60  -£46.00  LOSS

Race thirteen – Successful lay – £10 @ 4.50  £9.50  PROFIT

Saturday 22-11-08

Race one – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 2.20  -£12.00  LOSS

Race two – Successful lay – £10 @ 3.40  £9.50  PROFIT

Race two – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 3.45  -£24.50  LOSS

Race two – Successful lay – £10 @ 5.10  £9.50  PROFIT

Race three – Successful lay – £10 @ 3.00  £9.50  PROFIT

Race three – Successful lay – £10 @ 3.95  £9.50  PROFIT

Race three – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 4.60  -£36.00  LOSS

Race four – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 2.86  -£18.60  LOSS

Race five – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 6.60  -£56.00  LOSS

Race five – Successful lay – £10 @ 7.40  £9.50  PROFIT

Race six – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 7.60  -£66.00  LOSS

Race seven – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 1.13  -£1.30  LOSS

Race eight – Successful lay – £10 @ 1.44  £9.50  PROFIT

Race nine – Successful lay – £10 @ 2.84  £9.50  PROFIT

Race nine – Unsuccessful lay – £10 @ 2.80  -£18.00  LOSS

Race ten – Successful lay – £10 @ 7.40  £9.50  PROFIT

Race eleven – Successful lay – £10 @ 6.80  £9.50  PROFIT

Race twelve – Successful lay – £10 @ 7.20  £9.50  PROFIT

Race thirteen – Successful lay – £10 @ 5.60  PROFIT

Starting bank: £1000
Daily P/L:      -£263.30
Current bank:  £736.70