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Showing posts with label Interview. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Video Analysis Interview

A Video Analysis Interview

Today David Duffield of chats about video analysis with a professional punter and Champion Picks ratings guru.

DD: You spend a lot of your life watching videos. Talk us through the process you have?

RG: Watching replays is one of those necessities that has to be done. It can be tedious and time consuming but extremely rewarding and the more I do it the luckier I get so to speak. Prior to watching replays I need two things and they are critical. The first is a set of sectionals for the meeting and the second is knowledge of whether there was possible track bias on the day. Ultimately, having the sectionals will allow me to determine the latter. Once I've established that I'll then go through each race in detail.

I view each race as many times as there are horses. So if there are six runners I watch it six times, and if there are 16 runners I watch it 16 times, each time concentrating solely on one horse. The purpose is to re-rate each individual on today's run. All runners are given plus or minus lengths based on luck in running or lack thereof, jockey error etc. This ensures each individual is rated correctly, so when I am doing future price assessments there is no need to have to remember what happened in the run as it has already been adjusted.

These figures are recorded onto a race sheet and entered onto my data base every few days and an automated model adjusts the rating. Other pertinent race comments are also entered alongside each individual runner as well as an overview for the race itself.

I am also looking for horses that profile well for the future, particularly amongst the maidens.

And that profile is based on on-pace runners?

Yes, I make no secret of my preference for on-pace types. They generally control the tempo of the race and are therefore at a distinct advantage not to mention that they suffer less misfortune and don't need the luck in running that backmarkers do.

What do you mean by 'profile quite well'?

Those that fit the criteria of what I require from a horse to consider backing it. Apart from the obvious distance, class, stage of preparation, rating etc I am looking for types that have shown an ability to buck the trend so to speak. For example on-pace types who were competitive in events where the tempo was very fast and managed to hang on despite the pattern favouring runners off pace or further back in the field. Some horses can run closing sectionals off above-average tempo whilst others need to be given a soft lead. I am interested in the former.

You say that you never bet on backmarkers. Is this still the case even if there looks to be a lot of pace in the race and they're racing at a spacious track with a long straight?

Sure. Generally I avoid staying races, choosing to concentrate on sprints and races up to 1600m. It's a personal thing based on statistics and record keeping. Given that backmarkers in those events are at a distinct disadvantage from the beginning as they are relying on a number of factors over which they have absolutely no control. That is, they need a solid tempo and luck in running and ultimately they can often be in a position whereby it is mathematically impossible to win. On-pacers on the other hand get to control the race. For example, consider an open handicap 1200m where a race is run in 1.10.5. The tempo up front is moderate to slow and the first 600 is covered in 37.0. The final 600m sectional is 33.5. A backmarker who is 7 lengths from the lead at the 600m not only requires a clear run but a closing sectional in sub 32.5 and it just can't be done.

So how do you assess possible track bias on the day, versus just the fact that on-pace runners win more races than backmarkers?

Figures don't lie, provided of course that they are correct and sometimes they are not. But the use of sectional information is crucial in determining bias. If leaders are winning all races comfortably then it's possible there may be a bias toward them on the day. If they are defying logic and still winning off very solidly run races which should have seen off pacers and backmarkers get home over the top of them it is highly probable. On days where the rail is a fast lane it will be definite.

And when talking about bias it's often hindsight anyway isn't it? Punters need the information before the race not after.

Absolutely. That's where historical records are a great tool. Certain courses under certain weather conditions with the rail in or out have in the past shown particular bias. Of course that doesn't mean it will automatically be that way all the time but by watching the earlier events those who are aware of the historical data will be able to draw an early conclusion and make the appropriate adjustments to their form.

The second part of this interview will run in next week's newsletter.

David Duffield, author of Championpicks Horse Racing Tips Blogs, articles, and newsletters. A professional CEO of Championpicks Racing Tips that provides excellent and extensive information for his website customers and subscribers.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Help For Professional Cover Letters - How to Jump Off the Page (and Into an Interview)

Help For Professional Cover Letters - How to Jump Off the Page (and Into an Interview)

Here's a secret. You're not human. Not to a hiring manager. Not yet. At first you're just facts and data on a page. But don't feel bad, so is everyone else. Your first chance to come to life is in your cover letter. The good thing for you is that most of your competition doesn't get it. So they don't know how to write professional cover letters that make them stand out. So you have a chance to differentiate yourself.

In addition to outlining your skills and credentials, focus on making yourself memorable to the reader and you're more likely to wind up sitting in their office.

Here's two quick ways to jump off the page and into an interview:

1. Be an interesting story to tell

People tell stories to each other all day long. Brief snippets and anecdotes that make them seem more interesting or just give them a chance to engage with others. What story could a recruiter tell about you around the water cooler?

For example, imagine Nick the Recruiter sitting at a table full of co-workers just before a meeting. He decides to break the ice by saying, "So, I'm interviewing this guy today who base-jumped off the Space Needle." Instantly, Nick is more interesting. His status is raised because he's got the "fun" interview. More importantly, he's looking forward to interviewing you. And you can bet that story will come up giving you a chance to connect on a more personal level.

2. Make yourself the hero of a story

Use an anecdote to showcase your skills. Instead of creating professional cover letters that are a bare recounting of your job history, pick a specific event in your career and create a story around it. It should give concrete examples of how you were resourceful, hard working, how you overcame obstacles, or achieved results. Give the reader a reason to root for you and applaud your creativity or guts. Again, it's likely to come up in the interview allowing you to lock in a favorable and lasting impression.

I'm not saying that hobbies are more important than job skills. What I am saying, is that you're competing with big stack of paper. And hiring managers know, when all is said and done, they've got to hire a person. Help them get to know you as a well-rounded person up front, and you'll have an edge over all the 2-dimensional, 8 1/2 by 11 sheets on their desk.

You're facing a huge opportunity. Every job applicant you're competing against submits two docs - a resume and a cover sheet. And they completely waste one of them. Imagine your advantage when you consistently knock it out of the park. Here's two steps to take:
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Matt Damon Green Zone Interview

Matt Damon Green Zone Interview

Green Zone is a hell of a movie! Starring Matt Damon in his third collaboration with Director Paul Greengass (The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Supremecy) it's as potent an action thriller as you could expect. As public opinion is more and more against the invasion of Iraq and more questions are being asked around the reasons of going to war, whether we went to war under false premises and fabricated intelligence (which I personally believe) or not, it's good to see a film so current. Check out my interview with Matt Damon below.

Green Zone is a really thrilling experience, after the two Bourne Movies we expected no less from it, what persuaded you to make this the third collaboration between you and Paul Greengrass?

Matt Damon: Once we had the Rajiv's book รข€˜Imperial Life in the Emerald City', even though we didn't know what the movie was gonna be, there was so much there and there was so much that was interesting. Again the question was can we make a film with audience appeal and get a good chunk of the Bourne audience into a film that was about fictional character in the real world as opposed to a fictional character in a fictional world.

What was it like working with cinematographer Barry Ackroyd? His style is really in your face and documentary like.

Matt Damon: As an actor working with him it's great because he and Paul open up an environment where you have such freedom. There was never a mark laid down or someone saying you have to stand here or to deliver your line this way, on the contrary their interest lay totally in capturing something in real time. Normally your restricted by the camera load which is an 11 minute load, what they did is that they had a backup camera so they'd shoot for 11 minutes then when that ran out they'd pick up another camera immediately and keep going, that allowed the actors and extras, which their were many whether they were soldiers or children to stay in that heightened reality and stay in that world, thing's weren't breaking down, going to get some tea or something like that, these exercises would carry half an hour at a time, then everybody would say ok let's take a break. I think that helps the acting because it's so real, it's very real to buy into that reality when the camera is asking you technically nothing at all. To be totally liberated from the technical side of filming gives you something in your performance.

When are you gonna take a break!

Matt Damon: I just finished filming with Clint Eastwood a few days ago, that's like taking time off, no more than 10 hours a day and it's a very civilized schedule, much more civilized than Greengrass let me tell you (laughs). I want to direct one day so I can't pass up the chance of working with the people I'm getting a chance to work with, Paul Greengrass three times now, Clint Eastwood twice now, I'm gonna work with the Coen Brothers next month, as long as that keeps happening I can't see me taking time of, unless the work dried up.

Where do you see the US public's opinion on Iraq now, as you've been over here you've probably heard we've got a public inquiry, is there a stomach for that in America?

Matt Damon: There's a very different atmosphere in America right now, if you engage in a discussion with any American right now on war Afghanistan will come up first, the issues of the economy and certainly jobs are what most people are thinking of right now, Iraq isn't on the front page right now as it is here, where you've got the Chilcot inquiry, I'm interested in seeing how we do there and how we do here, but whether or not it's at the forefront of everyone's consciousness at home right now, certainly there will be an appetite at some time, whether that's now or later, basically we can never predict what the Zeitgeist will be two years down the road, we wanted to make the movie we wanted and we got to make that movie. Hopefully the studio will will be rewarded for their trust.

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