• Hi Guest, The forum will be moving hosts on 26 July and as such will be closed from Midday until the move has completed.
    As we will be with new hosts it may take a while before DNS get updated so it could take while before you can get back on the forum.
    I think it will take at least 4 hours but could easily be 48!
    Ark Royal
  • There seems to be a problem with some alerts not being emailed to members. I have told the hosts and they are investigating.
  • Hi Guest Just in case you were not aware I wanted to highlight that you can now get a 20% discount on Inform Racing.
    Simply enter the coupon code ukbettingform when subscribing here.
    We have a lot of members who are existing users of Inform Racing so help is always available if needed.
    Best Wishes
    AR
  • Sorry for the ongoing issues that you may have been experiencing whilst using the forum lately

    It really is frustrating when the forum slows down or Server Error 500 pops up.

    Apparently the hosts acknowledge there is a problem.
    Thank you for using our services and sorry for the experienced delay!
    Unfortunately, these errors are due to a higher server load. Our senior department knows about the issue and they are working towards a permanent resolution of the issue, however, I'd advise you to consider using our new cPanel cloud solutions: https://www.tsohost.com/web-hosting


    I will have to investigate what the differences are with what We have know compared to the alternative service they want us to migrate to.
    Keep safe.
    AR
  • Hi Guest Just in case you were not aware I wanted to highlight that you can now get a free 7 day trial of Horseracebase here.
    We have a lot of members who are existing users of Horseracebase so help is always available if needed, as well as dedicated section of the fourm here.
    Best Wishes
    AR

A Comprehensive RP Card Scrape

sinbad

Yearling
Horse racing web pages are often very dynamic and contain data that changes very frequently. Many of these websites use client-side dynamic scripting such as JavaScript, and AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML). The RP website is no exception and uses a great deal of this type of scripting. What does this mean? In a nutshell, it means the RP website is a pain to scrape!! However, it can certainly be done. The multi-sheet xls file attached is an example of a scrape of todays cards. The file is intended for importing into a database. It contains raw data and is not really suitable for viewing as is. More later on how I do this....coming soon.
 

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Patem2

Newbie
Hi sinbad sinbad I’m trying to learn Python and have been playing around with Scrapy to give me something exactly like this on a daily basis, in all honesty I’m not getting very far as I’m a total novice but I’m trying.

I’d love to see how you’ve got on with this to be fair as I’m sure a number of others would too 😃
 
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