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Welcome to Horsetorque

This new site is the culmination of 30 years of punting knowledge, 10 of those as a full time analyst.

For those who don't know me, my name is Gavin Haynes I am Ex Best bets NSW analyst, worked on radio 4TAB and wrote for Practical Punting and a racing tragic.

My partner is technology expert Nathan Powell, a developer and web designer of the highest order and I would be nowhere without him.

When the site started it was all about speed ratings, over many years I collated the average race times for each grade and track around Australia, using mathematical principals I turn those times into a number and used those numbers to create markets.

For the first 9 years we tried to create a computer program to do the form but as you are well aware there are so many nuances that we discovered this is an almost impossible task. I was always overriding the system. Four years ago I expanded into Hong Kong racing, which in my opinion is the supreme model and there pools are just awesome. Hong Kong taught me so much about grades and weight with their simple 5 class system (unlike here where no one seems to have a clue). We learnt from there the effect of weight on speed ratings and over the last few years have incorporated that into Australian racing with great success.

Despite our success last Spring and during the Autumn I knew there was something missing, something needed to create a total performance rating, and that was the traditional weight rating and that rating needed to be in true parity with the Speed ratings and the sectional rating. I created that system earlier this year and the launch of the site last week was the first time we had seen it in action.

We saw the advantage of that on saturday with Alaskan Rose, she went to town on debut in a RB64 was sent out odds on and won x 4 lengths, her speed rating however was only a 78, but her weight rating for that effort was 96, thats what we used on saturday, we end up with her at $2.4 and a nice overlay winner.

The whole operating system has changed and it is now a tool/database for me as a handicapper, placing me firmly in the drivers seat again.

The system instead of calculating a new best Form and Recent Form rating each time a horse races, now goes into a horses last start and tells me what I rated it and what it did last start, from there I reassess the horses and move on, but each time I know exactly what my assessment was without having to do it again.

The proof is in the pudding.

With all that said the proof they say is in the pudding and Saturday 29th of August was our first Saturday with the system and I couldn't have been more pleased with the data I received and how the markets shaped up.

We found the aforementioned Alaskan Rose on top in race 2, I suggested top pick Kayjays Joy was a great 1x3 bet at $8 in the 3rd, it ran 3rd. We had Gold Symphony at $7.18 who won at $8 in the 4th, Bounding was 2nd pick but unders in winning R5. My best of the day was Charmed Harmony whom I rated $2.33, he led all the way at $3.50. We followed that with Madame Gangster rated $8.51 winning the 7th at $12, then top pick Boban saluted and we finished day 1 with top pick Magnapal winning the last at $12 after being crunched in from $17. Our top pick, 3rd pick, top pick, top pick quaddie paid a handsome $4100! Not a bad first day.

As an analyst the program was a joy to use and its been something as a punter I have been waiting for 30 years ago, and as time goes by and weight rating data thickens up it can only improve further.

The site has introduced many new features.

  • Weight ratings for all the tracks we do, plus tracks we don't have race time averages for, including NZ which will be fantastic come the Spring.
  • Hong Kong and Australian databases have been merged.
  • Individual comment for each horse.
  • A control panel for full members which brings up a really detailed profile of each horses form history.
  • We have streamlined the whole site for simple use and ease of operation on all devices.

Many of the changes are at the back end allowing for faster more accurate creation of ratings and the automatic data collection system means that with every passing meeting we accumulate more race time data for tracks we dont have.

At present we cover 15 meetings across Australia and Hong Kong every week including all mainland metropolitan meetings.

Full membership starts at $28 a week but down to as little as $22 when you purchase an annual subscription and is for the serious form student, with access to horse search feature to check the ratings of any runner plus the full detailed form and control panel, you also get the Lite membership features.

A Lite membership simply supplies my markets and comment, you can view it on screen or print it out in race meeting order or in a chronological race day order and will set you back only $17 when purchased on an annual basis.

The new shopping cart is online, it is 100% safe and secure with your purchase details being entered on the secure Westpac server, once your order is done, simply log out and log back in and your account will be updated straight away.

There are still a few aesthetics to be tidied up plus articles and my blog to go online and that will trickle in over the next week or so but the most important stuff is there.

The FREE trial over the weekend was a treat and well received and the Spring is going to be our best yet.

As we have said many times before 'it pays to know the fast ones'

Welcome to the future.

Gavin and Nathan.