its is with great sadness that we have just been informed that one of our members Winston has died of Covid-19. This really brings home how serious this situation is. Our condolences have been sent to the family, especially Victoria his daughter who has been dealing with his emails and membership.
To be honest, having to delete Winston from the system as per the family's request was one of the hardest things I have had to do in a long time and I hovered over the delete button for quite some time as it felt so final.
Winstons daughter Victoria has been in touch and said "please accept my deep thanks to all of those who have expressed condolences and taken an interest. It makes all the difference in the world believe me this has reduced me to tears, and I know that Dad would have been so moved"
One member contacted us and suggested we run a monthly competition in Winston's memory.
Victoria thinks it would be a great tribute and would be very happy indeed if some such a tribute were made to her dad. She said he would have loved it.
We are not sure what form this will take and what it will be called so get your thinking caps on and post any suggestions below.
We hope that you and your families are all safe and well and coping with the lockdown. Personally I have not been out of the house for nearly two weeks now apart from essential visits to the shop for food.
The way the situation is unfolding we can't see racing returning for some time yet, although the BHA seems a little optimistic in their view that we may restart behind closed doors as early as May 1st.
So we have time to reflect and plan for the future. As a company, we have cut costs to the bone so we can weather this for as long as it takes and we are utilising the time in order to come out the other side better and stronger.
Many of you will either be working from home or not working at all and we wanted to give you an update on what we are doing behind the scenes and how you can get involved if you want to help fellow members. You can only watch so many box sets let's face it, and I have switched off the news apart from a once a day update.
We have purposely not got involved with other offerings that some sites are peddling such as promoting Bingo sites, South African Racing or other cockamamie products to make a quick buck. We believe that it smacks of desperation and would be both disingenuous and insulting to our loyal members.
We are all in this together as the government keeps telling us, but we thought as we all have a common interest it would be good if we can get all the members interacting and share some thoughts and help each other.
So what have we been up to and how can you get involved?
New Bet Tracker
We are currently developing a Bet Tracker that will be free to everyone when completed. Version 1.0 will be one of the most comprehensive trackers around and you will be able to record your bets on all types of sport.
Why have a Bet Tracker?
One of the most import aspects of being on top of your betting is to record your bets so you can easily analyse where you are most profitable and see what works or doesn't work for you.
The Cleeve Bet Tracker will have comprehensive filtering and graphical tools that are easy to use with just the click of a button. It has a comprehensive set up system so you can tailor it to your specific needs.
Some examples of what you will be able to analyse will be:-
- Profitability by sport including turnover and ROI%
- Profitability by bet type - do you make more profits by betting win only or each way or maybe under/over 2.5 goals on football?
- The average price of all your bets with ROI% - are you more profitable at shorter or longer prices?
- Plus a whole host of other metrics you will be able to analyse and report on.
- Plus all data will be available as graphs so you can track everything visually
Punters Academy (working title)
we are in the process of mapping out a comprehensive manual/course and tools for all levels of experience of punters. Again this will be free but this is where we really need your help.
We can provide what we think people will want but we would rather ask you guys. We already have a list of topics and tools that we think will be useful, but before we go gangbusters and create something that nobody really wants... let's hear from you exactly what your pain points are, no matter how simple or complicated you think they are.
So how can you get involved?
We have over 11,000 of you in our database and you're all horse racing fans so we all share that common interest. But more importantly, that's a large pool of people who can help each other. We would like you all to take a little time and post in the comments below, this can be on anything such as:-
- What are you doing to utilise the time some of us now have?
- Can you offer help to any one of our members who are local to you?
- Is there a local business that needs support?
- Are you involved with a local charity that needs support?
- Do you have any hints and tips for fellow members regarding your betting strategies - this can be anything
- Give us some feedback on the proposed Punters Academy below and any thoughts on the Bet Tracker
- Get your thinking caps on and give us some suggestions on the monthly competition in honour of Winston
Let's get you guys interacting and hooked up and we can support one another.