Run a System
The selection of the following range of options does not need to occur in
the order noted below.
(a) Select the system
Please note that when using this ‘selected dates’ option, to protect the integrity of the results, it would be necessary to have imported historical meetings from:
(a) A TRB-supplied CD containing historical data, which was supplied to you following your purchase of the System Developer.
Or you have imported, via daily downloads, all the meetings that you need to analyse. These will have been updated with all post-race data, including results and dividends, by the twice-weekly results file. Bear in mind that if you have not ‘connected’ for some time, such as being away from the computer when on holidays, you may have missed some results files with the result that your data may not be as complete as you would like.
(c) Include or exclude other options
Check this track only
If you enter the three-letter code for a particular
track in this text box, for example 'FLE' for Flemington, then only
Flemington meetings within the specified date range will be analysed by
the Current System or Group. Leave the box blank if you want all tracks to
The RPD (Race Profile Database)
is a feature of the System Developer that allows faster operation of a
System Analysis where a system contains rules that define the types of
races to be analysed; that is, there are rules in the Race parameters
section of the system. The more defining, or limiting, the Race parameters
are, the quicker the analysis will be, as only those races described in
the Race parameters section of the system will be analysed, rather than
the whole database of races.
This option allows you to specify which TAB dividends that you would like factored into the calculations of the financial analysis.
As a punter backing a horse for the win, you can bet with a bookie, you can bet on a tote, you can even compare various totes as you will obviously want to get the best price that's available.
The System Developer then uses the ‘best of’ the dividends on offer from the selected totes and/or Starting Prices for calculation.
Please be aware that Austote no longer operates - leave that option unchecked.
For example, if the final dividends for a winner were:
The System Developer would use the NSW dividend in the calculations.
This will indicate to you that comparing prices from as many sources as you can make available to yourself, will lead to greater profits.
In contrast to the following option, if one of the selected totes was not operating on a particular meeting, the best dividend from the remaining totes would be used.
ALL selected totes/SP
Include place totes
This option specifies that the system results will display place totes, and the analysis pane will contain the financial analysis of those place totes, as well as the win totes. Leaving this option unchecked will result in only the win totes and analysis being displayed.
Notify me when finished
When a checkmark is placed beside this option, and
provided that you have a sound card and speakers installed on your
computer, GTX gives you an audible indication when a system or group has
finished its analysis. This can be quite handy when a large amount of data
is being analysed, as depending on the options you have selected, that
analysis could take many minutes, and you may have nodded off while
Save results & analysis
Use this option if you would like results and analysis that are currently displayed in the System Developer window to be displayed again after the System Developer has been shut down and reopened. If this option is not selected, the Results pane and the Analysis pane will contain no information each time the System Developer is opened.
It should be pointed out that this option should remain unticked unless it is absolutely necessary for you to see the results and analysis of the last system run when you next start the System Developer, as it is possible that having it switched on could cause a much slower analysis.
Proportional Staking is essentially betting to collect a certain amount of money if your chosen horse wins. Consequently the size your stake will vary depending on the price of the horse. For example, if you were aiming to collect $100 and the horse were $2.00, you would stake $50 on it. If the horse were $5.00, you would stake $20 on it.
The logic of Proportional Staking is that the size of your bet reflects the risk associated with your selection. Shorter priced horses win more often and have lower losing streaks, hence a larger bet can be contemplated. Longer priced horses on the other hand win less and have significantly larger losing streaks, therefore a smaller bet is needed to ensure your bank roll isn't wiped out.
Proportional Staking is an alternative to level stakes, where your bet size would be the same regardless of the horses price.
Set Up In The System Developer
Before running your analysis, it's essential to choose the settings you wish to apply. Click the ‘spanner’ button to open the Setup box…
Starting Bank: Enter the amount with which you wish to commence the analysis.
Fixed Target Return: Selecting this option will result in every bet being made to collect the same target amount, in this instance $500.
Variable Target %: Selecting this option will result in the collect target changing, depending on the size of the bank after the previous bet. In the example above the target is set at 5% of the bank. For the first bet the target will therefore be $500. However if the bank goes up to $11,000 the collect target for the next bet would be 5% of $11,000 or $550.
As the bank goes up, so will the size of your collect target and bet. Alternatively, as the bank reduces so will the collect target and therefore bet size.
Comparing Level Stakes and Proportional Staking
If the analysis edge is greater at the short end of the price scale, then proportional staking will provide a better profit on turnover and lower risk compared to level stakes.
If the analysis edge is greater at the longer end of the price scale (unlikely in the long-term) then proportional staking will provide a lower profit on turnover, but still a corresponding lesser risk.
This option allows you to choose a User Horse Flag number from one of the flags within the range that has been previously setup for the purpose under Setup>User Horse Flags and to have the System Developer set that flag to ON for all horses that pass the rules of the system to be run over historical data.
In other words, rather than set your User Horse Flags manually, the System Developer will turn the specified flag ON for every horse that passes the system rules, within the nominated date range.
Consideration should be given to the reason a flag is being set, and also as to whether this flag number has previously been used for flagging for a different trait or circumstance.
Order Selections by...
Following a system analysis, the results appear in the
centre panes of the System Developer window; the analysis at the bottom
and the list of selections in the centre-top pane. The selections can be
sorted in either of two ways using the 'order selections by...' option.
Date - Track.
The selections, or the financial analysis produced by a
system system can be printed (or saved to a file) at any time.
Right-clicking inside the System Developer window - anywhere over the
Selections pane, the Analysis pane or the system rules text box - will
invoke the following context menu. Clicking on 'Print Selections'
or 'Print Analysis' will send the corresponding data to Windows®
Notepad®, from where it can be printed or saved.