There was a song
in the mid 1980's called Dream Weaver and the lyrics went something
like : "I've just closed my eyes again, Climbed aboard
the dream weaver train".
by a fellow named Gary Wright and may just well be where the html
editor programme DreamWeaver got its name. In fact this site is
made with an older version of DreamWeaver and I use it every day.
Mildly interesting you say, but what's this got to do with racing
and the quest for the holy grail of the perfect system?
Simply this - with
racing form guides now all computerised and freely available,
are you using them to their full potential to assist you in your
selection management? Now, DreamWeaver does cost quite a few dollars
to purchase. A quick search of Ebay this morning finds, in fact
- none - but they do come up from time to time. It is instructive
to note that there are a lot of Dream Weaver fitted sheet sets
on Ebay and a couple of records of Gary Wright singing Dream Weaver
- but I digress!
There are, on the
net many, many different free html editors which will do the basic
job just as well without all the bells and whistles. And what
a job they can do for you in relation to racehorse selection.
As you probably know,
the free form guide you can download from the RISA site is written
in html - the code of all web pages. Up until now, you have most
likely gone to the site and found the form guide for the meeting
you are interested in and pressed print - and out it pops on your
However, you can
download the form guide to your computer by using the "Save
As" function and downloading it to a directory of your choosing.
Many of you may do that already for viewing at a later time. But
here's where having a few basic html editing skills comes to the
Take the time to
learn some html editing skills and it will reward you enormously.
How? Well, say you are working on your holy grail system and one
of the rules is, for example, "eliminate any horse that has
not won at least 21% of its lifetime starts". Up until now,
you've probably sat there with a biro and small ruler and gone
through the printed guide and crossed them all out. Which is fine
but makes the form guide useless if you want to use it in another
way for eliminating horses in another system you may be trialling.
If you load the guide
in to an html editor, you simply highlight the horses you want
to get rid of by holding down the left mouse button and highlight
that horse's entry, press delete - hey, presto, they're no longer
in contention. Do the same again if another rule is "eliminate
any horse that has not won at least 4 times" - scan down
the guide looking at the right hand side for the number of wins
section in each horse's form - bang - they're all gone and what's
left in your downloaded form guide are your main contenders -
ready for further fining down.
This can save you
hours and hours of unnecessary pen work - and also allow you to
run many systems more than what you are probably doing now with
a lot less hassle.
html editors" - I did this morning and there were 7,510,000
results popped up so I'm sure you'll find one there to suit! Take
the time to learn some basic skills in handling html web pages
like the RISA form guide and you will be amazed at what a difference
it can make to your form guide editing - yes - editing. You already
do it but just not in an electronic form.
With the number of
different methods I test on a daily basis, there is simply no
other way it could be done - and I have tried just about all of
Yes - it will take a
few hours to get the hang of it, maybe many hours, but I recommend
it to you as a worthwhile exercise - you won't be disappointed
with the overall time benefits. Who knows, it may even launch
your new career as a web page designer!
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