Updated: May 23, 2020
Ok, here we go...
We have been faced with a time in our lives, that I thought I would never see in my lifetime. When the whole CV19 pandemic started in China and then when it broke in Italy, not at any point did I envisage that the World would come to pretty much a standstill?
Cheltenham went ahead, should it have gone ahead? Should the crowds have been reduced? Since then we have all been isolated away from friends, family, loved ones. Life for the foreseeable is totally different for all of us. Things that we are passionate about put on the back burner for a while, terms like Furlough, Lockdown & Social Distancing becoming normal language.
I know a lot of you will have handled lockdown differently, some finding it harder than others and how the majority of the planet works, will change forever, the mindset, the social awareness.
I thought I would let you all in what I have been doing for the last couple of months and what the next 18 months will look like from my own personal perspective and that of Horse Race Ratings.
When lockdown started, I was worried, think right I've worked hard for 8 years building this site and product up with solid membership, a brilliant core group of members and it just stops. I have done a little bit of consultancy work again to keep things ticking over and I'll be honest have really enjoyed the time away from racing.
I've built some new features into the ratings that will be released on the 1st of June.
My fiancee Lucy has set-up her business that I have been heavily involved in www.raisingcreatively.co.uk that has just launched.
I've learnt some new creative artistic skills I didn't know I had, whilst helping set that business up. Here are a couple of efforts of Frankel, Jake my little dude & Myself!
That brings us to now....
Ratings firstly will be free until 1st September while we get back to a little bit of normality!! The subscriptions will resume at the point.
Website mechanics have been updated and tidied, up new dashboard features will be added to the ratings.
So racing is on its way back, I feel revitalised, I now have invested partners in the website.
There will be lots of good additional racing content on the blog, with the odd podcast and videos, talking about what is going on in racing.
I will be covering the big meets and big races on the blog.
A long time member Ian will be adding some USA insights, he has been nailing it during the lockdown on the US racing. He has been utilising a good handicapping tool called Betmix.
The betting syndicate will start season 5, will be a couple of changes to that, this will be updated in due course for existing members, new members will be welcomed.
Finally, I will be launching a Fantasy Racing Stable Competition, website Launch in July, so something to keep your eye on.
Roll on the next couple of weeks so we can get stuck into racing!!!
It's good to be back!!