A pretty boring few days if im honest as it feels like all i was doing was transferring files, waiting, testing, reloading, testing again and so on.
But its now done and we have successfully added 19 new categories to the builder as well as improving the options on another couple.
The placings categories now allow you to specify 'No Prev Run' which was a common member request and can be useful in queries. We also extened the distance beaten and distance won ranges for more flexibility.
The new categories include 1 year form stats for jockeys and trainers, statistics on horse performance in National Hunt Handicap sphere and some nice new criteria ranges such as the position in Prize Money won, Decimal Points ahead of next runner and position of age in the race for each horse (ie youngest, oldest etc).
All in all, were delighted to have this done as it means we can begin to move along many other issues which have been on hold.
Of course Cheltenham is on the way and this causes great excitement to all of us involved with horse racing. The focus in all the papers is on Denman v Kauto and its great for horse racing as even my family members with no interest in horse racing are all of a sudden asking questions.
As ive always said, racing needs these types of characters and stories to really highlight the good side of the sport. That said, im still a little disappointed more hasnt been done to really maximise the potential of getting horse racing on the front pages, although i see Harry Findlay and Clive Smith were out and about doing there bit which is a nice touch.
From a horseracebase perspective, there is much we need to do and it really is onwards and upwards from now. I will keep you all up to date in this blog with developments etc, im going to try and write at least a couple of times a week.