We at Formgrids salute you, you have made your mark on SA racing and your name goes into the record book alongside South African greatest Jockeys which include Michael Roberts and Gerald Turner.WINNER NO 5000
ITS NOT WHAT YOU KNOW IN THIS GAME THAT COUNTS BUT WHO YOU KNOW
Last night saw the opening of the revamped Betting World bookmaker and tote facility at Bedford Center in Bedfordview and the experience blew my mind, but not the way it should have, there was plenty of eye candy hired for the boys and I couldn't help but think of Robyn Louws recent Sporting Post article, soon I wished I had brought my jacket because of the temperature drop and felt sorry for the girls wearing the short skirts.
However even with the pretty girls present there was a poor turnout and the bizarre events that followed served to highlight for me how things have changed in racing, better for some and not so good for racing
My group of five that headed to the tote to see Nico Kritsiotis and the newly built VIP lounge consisted of Patrick Kalil a well known high roller and racehorse Owner, Jaque Hugo a racehorse owner and avid punter, Frank Aglotti qualified Farrier and one time assistant trainer to his father who trained the unlucky runner up in the Durban July Anytime Baby, Buckly Pretorius an ex boxer who fought the great sporting legend Brian Mitchell twice as an amateur and is now a sport betting fanatic and then myself who founded the South African Racegoers Association in the eighties then became South Africa's biggest horse player in the nineties and as well as the innovator and founder of Formgrids.com, so collectively we are the type of players racing needs, hardened gamblers, we and others like us are exactly who the VIP lounge managers and racing administrators in general should be targeting and trying to keep in racing.
When we arrived at the tote there was a small handful of invited guests sitting around in the general area waiting for the VIP lounge to open officially, seated amongst them was the RA's Larry Wainstein, and champion punter Mike Rafel.
I lead my group into the VIP lounge to have a quick look, it was nicely done out, Nico was the proud host and looked happy wearing a Betting World shirt, he greeted us warmly and kindly allowed us two minutes to look around before letting us know that the the VIP lounge has entry restrictions and is only for Betting world account holders or players with a turnover of 60k per month, as I am not a Betting World account holder and had no way of showing my monthly turnover we promptly retreated and sat in the general area at a already half filled table where a few seats appeared open, we were soon chased away by a very upset tote frequenter who pointed out his half finished packet of peanuts left on the table which he said was his marker, we then tried our luck in the smoking section but had to leave as it was too much smoke for us non smokers, lucky for us the VIP area opened and the groups vacated tables in the unrestricted area so we quickly sat down and remained there for the duration of the night, this is the longest time I have spent in a tote in the last 20 years, normally 15 minutes is what I do at a time.
Not once did the racing ambassadors present think it might be a good marketing move for racing to invite us inside the VIP lounge to help fill the space, yes I know it does not make a difference one way or the other to them but it does to racing.
The problem with salaried men has always been complacency and unfortunately the main focus falls on the jobs perks rather than the games objectives.
At one stage during the night Buckly asked the security guard to go inside the VIP lounge and call Larry Wainstein because he wanted to ask Larry for a betting voucher, shortly thereafter Larry's brother Ricky arrived at our table and said "Sorry boys i cant help you guys, its not what you know in this game that counts but who you know" and he disappeared back into the VIP area quicker than he appeared.
Buckly commented at various times about us moving inside the VIP lounge based on the fact that there were plenty of VIP badges laying unclaimed at the reception area and that someone clearly had made a miscalculation as to how many people would attend, however the rest of us were not prepared to Gatecrash.
Buckly was soon proved correct when at about race six Nico wandered out of the VIP area to our table and asked if we would like something to eat as there was plenty food left. Soon lots of hot food was brought out to the unrestricted area and it was very well appreciated by the general tote population, Patrick and Frank had counted one very hungry tote visitor having eight helpings.
Well done boys long may the gravy train continue, but don't you think since you live off the game that you should still keep racing's needs somewhere in the back of your minds. you missed out on the perfect opportunity to fulfill one of racing's main objectives and by you not having the common courtesy to invite us into "YOUR" VIP lounge you also missed a great chance to get some good racing press coverage on Formgrids.com which by the way has a database of five thousand ardent racing fans, you must have forgotten that Formgrids accompanied Racing South Africa to the world racing conference in Hong Kong earlier this year and shared the stand with Racing SA representing our countries racing, also you must have forgotten that we have over a thousand race players on Formgrids every day from all over the world, egg on your face not ours, we do our bit and more for the game, but your oversight and delight has not done the positions you hold in the game proud, you are right there is no one we can complain to except perhaps our five thousand strong database. Robyn Louws recent Sporting Post article
interesting sportingpost Article by Leon Smuts from Scoreline Wagering Enterprises (Pty) LtdAre Operators Missing The Point?
SUMMER CUP FIELD
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1:29 Friday afternoon 14/11/14 and we have visitors on Formgrids from:
1. South Africa
4. United Kingdom
12. United States
1. South Africa
3. United Kingdom
5. United States
and so it goes on all day, this is from Google stats, Formgrids showcasing SA horseracing around the world
1. South Africa
2. United Kingdom
6. United States
and so it goes on all day
2:24pm: South Africas busiest cities
3. Cape Town
9. Durban North
11. Port Elizabeth
1. South Africa
4. United Kingdom
11. United States
1. South Africa
3. United Kingdom
1. South Africa
3. United Kingdom
4. United States
7. United Arab Emirates
4. Cape Town
6. (not set)
7. Durban North
10. Kempton Park
14. Port Elizabeth
EMAIL SENT TO SUBSCRIBERS
Wolfgang has worked day and night for many months on version 3 and the good news for Formgrids subscribers is that we are almost ready to launch, Wolf has given me a sneak preview and I am very happy with what I saw.
Unfortunately we may have to implement a monthly charge to help cover costs as it seems I have lost the ongoing battle to keep this fine tool free for racing fans. We have crawled on for the last 10 years without much help from those in positions that could/should help, it has now got to the stage where we are about to lose trained staff due to the fact that they can no longer make ends meet on the salaries we can afford to pay.
For several months Gold Circle has been contributing considerably toward our running costs and a big thank you goes to Graeme Hawkins, Neil Butcher and the GC board, please be sure to support their new bookmaking venture Track and Ball, we are also grateful to the support we receive from the TBA and CTS as well as other advertisers including Phumelela who run a small "stay quiet" monthly ad with us.
SEE ABC COMMENTS
I will be giving one last shot to try raise funds from within the industry and will keep you our loyal users updated on my endeavors.
One month stats....
Oct 8, 2014-Nov 7, 2014
Pages / Session
Then one years stats....
Nov 1, 2013-Nov 7, 2014
Pages / Session
1.4 millon pages a month and 16 million a year and still growing...
FORMGRIDS.... never showed on Telly Track,
FORMGRIDS.... not promoted by the industry
just word of mouth
Racings biggest secret.
FORMGRIDS... It's A Hush
FORMGRIDS THANKS ADVERTISERS
The Formgrids team wishes to express a big thank you to those loyal racing men and women, who have supported us over the years by advertising on our website, without your support who knows what would have happened to this invaluable asset to the game.
We extend a special thank you to GOLD CIRCLE, TBA and CTS
How's this for a good formline
KINGVOLDT 2cSEE FORMLINE
La Grange Racing Syndicate (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert)
Lammerskraal Stud (Nom: Mr M L P Rattray)
Trainer: J Ramsden
Western Winter (USA) - Red Parade by Parade Leader (USA)
FORMGRIDS promotes SA horseracing abroad
It's Friday 24-10-2014 @ 6:05pm and Formgrids has users from:
QUESTIONS THAT WON'T GO AWAY
Why on earth would the Racing Association, a body structured to do good for the industry, send a representative to make an offer to buy Formgrids.com ?, ...because they saw the value it contributes to the industry.
The buyout was rejected.
So because the RA can't own Formgrids does this lessen the value and good Formgrids brings to the game.
Is it about ownership of Formgrids ?
The RA was NOT established as a profit seeking business enterprise, rather it was structured as a body to do good for the horseracing industry, it's role is to to look after the owners AS WELL AS TO SUPPORT and HELP DEVELOP all sectors of the game, this is stated in it's own MISSION STATEMENT, so why does it not assist and support Formgrids.com.
Formgrids is the exact project type that the RA has a mandate to assist and promote.
Why the non assistance and silence, is it personal ?
The RA is not a profit making business, it was not set up for making of money for individuals or shareholders, it was established to do good in racing.
Formgrids showcases and supports the sport of horseracing in South Africa
ARE YOU DOING YOUR BIT FOR RACING
Jan 18, 2009-Oct 18, 2014 Google Analytics
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For 10 long years a small team has sacrificed much to keep Formgrids going for the benefit of the South African racing sport/ industry, its driven by myself the founder and funder of Formgrids, we have kept it going without charging the user and without much help from within the industry.
Formgrids is extensively used by many different sectors of role players, Professionals which include Jockeys, Trainers, Owners, Breeders, and Punters for various reasons, this cannot be disputed, why then is there no back up, support or development aid coming from within the industry.
The industry role players are more than well paid and have an obligation to the rest of the industry and to racing itself, which is to build and develop the industry, there is instruction and provision allocated in certain structures for the development of racing, That Formgrids qualifies for assistance cannot be disputed, although unbelievably this is disputed by role players who have failed to help in anyway a work in progress that so well promotes and showcases South African horseracing.
Formgrids does more promoting of racing around the globe than thousands of overpaid executives could ever do, it is and has for many years been achieving objectives important to the South African horseracing industry so why don’t we get support. A quick glance at the Formgrids stats from Google can show even the most stubborn antagonist just how important this tool has become to the sport/industry since its conception in South Africa about 10 years ago. If the stats do not convince you of Formgrids importance to the game then a quick glance at the names and comments on the testimonial page will slam the point home.
Why do racings trustees refuse to help Formgrids, the funds don’t come out of their own pockets, its funds belonging to the racing industry generated from some of the very people that use Formgrids daily, this money should be used to assist projects like Formgrids which has proved itself beyond question, is it because I formed the South African Racegoers Association many years ago and publicly criticised the Jockey Club regarding slack control of the industry, or is it because of the conjecture and speculation and misunderstanding of how I managed to pull off so many betting coups which upset certain people, or is it because I was the spokesperson on track at Gosforth Park when punters invaded the track and stopped racing after the Flaming Gun incident that embarrassed the industry, I ask this because clearly this lack of assisting a real racing tool is aimed at me personally and not at Formgrids, because you cannot dispute the good Formgrids does for the industry.
The industry has many theme race-days and a fortune is spent on the marketing and promotion of such events, "if we get ONE new racegoer/owner it is all worth it" is what is said almost desperately by the organizers of these events, and they are applauded, bravo, someone is doing something to help rebuild the flagging industry. the term "The game needs young blood" is on every ones lips, much money and effort is rightfully spent on finding and keeping new owners/racegoers, both are important and play a part in keeping the game alive, the two go hand in hand, so why overlook a proper racing tool which caters for your direct market. It makes no sense
A while ago the Racing Association offered to buy Formgrids outright for a tidy sum of money, the offer was refused, the offer alone is an admittance of the recognition of Formgrids worth to the industry, yet still we get no assistance or even pointed in the right direction where help can be gained, is this attitude good for racing, surely if you recognize its worth to the game but you cant own it you should still assist it for the good of the game, this does not make much sense especially when the mission statement of the RA is:
"To protect and support the interests of the sport of horseracing in general and, in particular, the interests of the owners by working through the racing association board of directors and management to ensure that every aspect of the racing industry realises its greatest potential".
The welfare and well being of racing falls on EVERYBODY, all participants, yes that means YOU, even if all the cream goes to shareholders pockets via the corporate Phumelela, we all know how they have benefited by selling off racing's irreplaceable assets, we accept there will always be takeout merchants in any industry, but racing has to be kept alive and healthy for the sake of future generations and for the hundreds of thousands of everyday South Africans that earn a living out of the sport. It doesn't suit racing to be fed just enough to be keep it alive in order for it to be bled for shareholders profits, racing MUST be nursed back to health, it is the responsibility of every one that has a love for the game to pitch in and help the sport until one day when maybe a new structure can be put in place where Phumelela will become just a gaming company and a new company is formed to market and develop racing .
Formgrids was always meant to be a free service for all users, the thought process being if you give the player the best possible racing information to asses a race he will spent his gambling rand on horseracing rather than on other forms of gaming, more turnover means more takeout which funds the industry and the stakes pot, we have turned down many good offers from bookmakers who have wanted and still want to advertise on our site, we have supported the tote and therefore the stakes pot, we do this to our own detriment, we will continue to keep some aspects of Formgrids free but may have to charge if no help is forthcoming from the industry.
We thank Gold Circle for its contribution to helping towards covering some of the running costs also Tba, Cts and all our other advertisers who have supported us.
No one is saying that Formgrids can cure all the ills of racing but neither can one can deny its positive role in uplifting the sport/industry.
FORMGRIDS STATS from Jan 2013
Pages / Session
Avg. Session Duration
Formgrids has had over 26 million pages viewed since January 2013 by racing fans from various places around the globe
1. South Africa,
3. (not set),
4. United Kingdom,
5. United States
up to country no
With these Google stats it is clear that Formgrids supports the sport of horseracing
STRIKER WORLD CLASS
South Africa currently has a lot of good jockeys plying their trade, we also have a dozen or so master jockeys, but above all we have Striker.
South Africa has had more than its fair share of great jockeys, I mention a few from the past that come to mind, Martin, Gerald and Roy have passed on, Raymond and Robbie changed professions, Muis retired, Rhys and Bartie both never recovered from injuries, Australia got Jeff, Hong Kong landed Dougie and South Africa by default retains Piere, Andrew, Kevin, Karl and and a few others.
The European art of race riding has for decades been perfected in South Africa, evidence of this was demonstrated when one of South Africa greatest jockeys ever the Mighty Micheal Roberts won the English Jockeys title in the early nineties, unfortunately the multitude of that feat is not fully recognized or understood by the current SA racing hierarchy.
In my opinion the only place where South African riders will battle to compete at first is in the Americas where sectional timing is fully understood and practiced daily on the tight circuits but after some short time our top boys would make the adjustment and compete at the top level.
Piere is one of the worlds best race riders and luckily for SA racing he has not been snapped up by one of the big international racing outfits.
GARTH PULLER JOINS MYSTABLE.INFO
www.mystable.info has added Trainer Garth Puller to its team of experts giving punters daily infomation on South Africa racing.
"i am more than willing to join the team of experts that has been put together by George, anything that helps improve turnovers is the way forward for the game, i will do my part just like Piere, Gavin and Andy are doing, punters are the lifeblood of the industry and i will give my opinions and try to guide racing fans".
George Croucher has developed a website that hosts videos of Piere Strydom, Gavin Venter and Andrew Fortune going through race by race interviews on racing in JHB, PE and CT
"We are very happy that Garth has accepted to join us, his racing achievements speak for themselves" said founder George Croucher, "where on earth can you get a better service than this in horse racing, Champion jockeys and Trainers giving punters valuable insights race by race on a daily basis for very affordable prices, but please keep it quiet or someone will wake up the racing press, strange that we been going for over two months and not a word on Telly Track or anywhere in the racing pressclick through to mystable.info
Sundance Kid wins champion punter competition
Mike Rofail picked R70400 1st prize plus his closing balance of R32000 which he got to keep.
The players kicked off with R6000 bank and had to spend a minimum of R400 per race with R1000 for exotics and the balance of R1400 to be used any way they wanted.
Mike caught some Quartets late in the day to hit the front and secure the pot.
The last competition was won by Frankie Zackey
Formgrids founder David Safi said he was happy with the results of the competitions as Frank and Mike are both good savvy players and ardent supporters of the game. "Frank worked with me for a while back in the 90's when Bruma tattersals still housed 13 or so strong bookmakers, an unprecedented era in SA racing and Mike grew up in front of me and has matured into a successful businessman from humble beginnings, i will follow the last competition of the season with great interest"
Phumelela’s operations manager Alfie Little says “there are exciting ideas for the last tournament of the season"
Mystable.info was started and moved forward by George Croucher.
Mystable.info brings to the man in the street expert form analysis, on video, from four annalists three of which are former Champion jockeys.
George, in my opinion, has made excellent choices in using extremely well versed form students in ANDREW FORTUNE, GAVIN VENTER,MUZI YENI and PIERRE STRIKER STRYDOM.
Formgrids have now done a partnership agreement with mystable.info and will promote the service on our platform. We do this as a paid service for the benefit of the more serious race player, who, when gambling, risks his hard earned money in order to try turn a profit. Punters that win regularly are favoured by the Tote - as the more the punter wins the more he plays. Gamblers gamble and the reinvestment of winning money, race by race, generates increased earnings for the Tote. Some of this money gets used toward the running costs of racing. This, then, benefits Phumelela, Phumela shareholders, Gold Circle, the RA, the Owners and others that make a living out of racing. It can also suits the bookmaker if he runs a book and works to percentages.
We want race fans to understand that the selections expressed by the race annalysts are the opinions of the annalysts. The race fan can, if he so chooses, use the selections as a base to begin his/her own study and assessment of the form of a race in order to make a prediction as to the possible outcome of the race. Finding winners is a lifetime apprenticeship and very few qualify. We bring you tools and assistance in the hope that you will progress and learn the skill needed to enjoy the Game of Kings.
We understand - and hope that you understand - that a horse race, in itself, houses many variant physical elements. Luck in running becomes a major factor in the outcome.
Always follow your own mind. This way, if you lose, you will have less to complain about. And when you win, you will feel good at getting it right.
Formgrids would like to thank the bookmakers that have sponsored the pages as well as George and the team of ANDY, GAVIN ,MUZI and PIERRE for the time and effort they put in by going the extra mile to assist the punter and the Racing Game. Click here to go to the site
LOOKS A GOOD ONE
LONDON CALL 3gSEE
Kahal (GB) - Fancy Fantasy by Rainbow Dream (FR)
Owner: Messrs C N Larsson, G N Cumming & R D Samuelson
Breeder: Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux
Trainer: Mark Dixon
It has been 1 week since the launch of www.mystable.info here are some of our analyst's thought's on the meetings they covered...This is a MUST watch ~
Why Gavin Venter is so highly regarded by the South African racing public
On Friday 2nd May Gavin Venter once again showed just why he is so highly regarded by the South African racing public when his suggested Fairview Bipot and Place Accumulator permutations where both spot on, his page members caught 16 Bipots and 32 PA's, The total outlay for both bets was R768.00 and returned a dividend of R2692.80. His race by race summary was also superb with exactas , Trifectas and Quartets being caught in 7 of the 8 races...The Venter experience continues to yield dividends....Gavin Venter Interview
My Stable Sample
We have been making several site changes both for future new features as well as performance improvements and to ease our site admin functions.
We have received various feedback on the changes - some positive and some complaints of missing or incomplete data.
We are reviewing all the feed back and are working on these issues.
Some issues are due to the new data formats (some of which caught us by surprise) and some are simply teething problems.
Certain issues like jockey allowances are getting urgent attention. Other issues like the jockey and trainer names require some background rework to standardise them.
But all of these issues will be sorted out during this next week. However, considering the magnitude of the changes things went remarkably well.
STRIKER and FORTUNE preview Champions day
The two Champion jockeys have teamed up in an online preview available on the website mystable.info to help guide punters through the tough Champions day race card for the meeting to be held at Turffontein on Sat 26thClick here for more
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