!Race Guides Version 2 Horse Form Fields

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Introduction

Version 2 of the Online Race Guides introduced Horse Form, containing a Horse Details section which shows over 30 columns of information with over 50 data points for each run.

Each of these form lines can be filtered using the 18 different: time, horse, and race filters to enable you to more quickly identify the race conditions that may bring about the best performances from any runner.

The following guide will explain the information you will find in this section.

 

The Header - Horse Details

Here you will find information relating to the horses: Name, Country, Age at the time of today’s race, foal date, colour, and sex and distance travelled to today’s race. In the example above you can see You Owe Me Money was 2 years old at the time of this race, having been foaled on 24 February 2018. She is a brown female that travelled 123 miles to race today.

The section below, which can be shown/hidden by clicking the blue header bar shows details about the owner, trainer, jockey, and breeding of the horse.

 

The Columns

The columns in the Horse Details section can be arranged however you like, with the ability to reorder, or hide any column as required. To do this, click Edit Columns in the Horse Details header section. There is a separate guide showing you how to arrange these columns. If that’s what you’re looking for you should search for it in the Learn More section of the website.

It is possible to sort the data in this section by any of the headers by clicking on the column header you want to sort by. A single click to sort Low to High, then a second click to sort High to Low. In columns with multiple data points, a click in that column’s header will reveal options for sorting by each of the different data points in that column.

Most of the columns follow the following colouring convention: if the horse won the race the data in that line is coloured in blue, if it placed it is coloured in teal, if it is unplaced it is coloured in black. The exceptions are the columns that compare the Class, Official Rating and Weight Carried of each form line to those same attributes in today’s race. There is more detail on those columns later in this guide.

 

Date

The date column shows the date of each prior run. If you hover your mouse over the date the tooltip will show you the Race Name and lettered Class (A – H). This column is ‘frozen’ to the left-hand side of the screen and won’t disappear as you scroll across the data.

 

Spd (par)

The Spd (par) column shows the speed rating that was achieved by the horse in this race and the amount it was above, below, or equal to the class par for that race. In the example above the horse won the race of the second form line with a Speed Rating of 58, which is 3 below the class par for that race. If you hover your mouse over the Speed figure the tooltip will show you the Class Par Speed Rating for that race.

 

P

The P column shows the running position (Pace), during the opening furlongs, of the horse in each race. L for Led, P for Prominent, and H for Held-up. Hovering your mouse over the value will show the full name of the running position in the tooltip.

 

DR

The DR column shows the stall the horse was drawn in.

 

Course/Class/Type/Prize/Travelled

This column shows five separate data points.

  • The short name for the Course at which the race was run
  • The Class of the race, from 7 to 1
  • The Type of Race, as in the example above:
    • the first line is a Novice race for 2 year olds
    • the second and third, a Novice Auction for 2 year olds
  • The prize money in thousands shown in the local currency (i.e. GBP for UK races and Euro for IRE races)
  • The distance the horse travelled to race at that course

Hovering your mouse over the short name for the course will reveal the courses full name, travelling direction and characteristic in the tooltip.

 

Dist

The Dist column shows the rounded distance of the race. To see the full distance hover your mouse over the value.

 

Gng

The Gng column shows the Official Going for each prior race. The possible values are:

  • Hvy – Heavy
  • Sft – Soft
  • Gs – Good to Soft
  • Gd – Good
  • Gf – Good to Firm
  • Fm – Firm
  • Hrd – Hard
  • Slw – Slow (for All Weather races only)
  • Std – Standard (for All Weather races only)
  • Fst – Fast (for All Weather races only)

Hovering the mouse over the Gng value will reveal the full description of the Going in the tooltip.

 

Wgt/HG

This column shows the weight carried by the horse in each run and also any headgear worn for that race. The weight is shown in stones-pounds and includes penalties carried and jockey claims, unlike the weight on the main race guide which includes penalties carried but disregards any jockey’s claim.

The possible Headgear values include:

  • b – where the horse wore blinkers
  • es – where the horse wore an eye shield
  • h – where the horse wore a hood
  • t – where the horse wore a tongue tie
  • v – where the horse wore a visor
  • p – where the horse wore cheek pieces
  • WS – where the horse had run following Wind Surgery

Where a Headgear entry is followed immediately by a number 1, this indicates that this Headgear was being worn for the first time. As in the above example, where the horse had worn blinkers for the first time whilst carrying eight stone and eight pounds.

 

OR

This column shows the Official Rating (OR) the horse had in each prior race. Depending on results from each horses’ first three runs the OR may be 0 for up to the first three runs, as in the example above.

 

Pos/Ran/Dist/Winner/Runner-up/Wgt

This column shows five separate data points.

  • Pos – shows the Finishing Position
  • Ran – shows the Number of Runners in the race
  • Dist – shows the distance in lengths the horse either won by (if the text is blue), or was beaten by (if the text is teal or black)
  • Winner/Runner-Up – shows the name of the horse that won the race, if today’s horse didn’t; or the name of the runner today’s  horse beat.
  • Wgt – shows the weight carried by the horse named in the Winner/Runner-Up column.
     

PRB

This column shows the Percent of Rivals Beaten (PRB) in each prior race. The colour shading is Green for Good, Amber for Moderate, and Red for Poor. The formula for PRB is

(Number of Runners – Finishing Position) / (Number of Runners – 1)

So in the above 3 examples:

  • 90% = (12 runners – finished 2nd) – (12 runners – 1) = (12-2)/(12-1) = 10/11 = 0.9
  • 100% = (3 runners – finished 1st) – (3 runners – 1) = (3-1)/(3-1) = 2/2 = 1
  • 11% = (10 runners – finished 9th) – (10 runners – 1) = (10-9)/(10-1) = 1/9 = 0.11

 

Jockey

This column shows the name of the Jockey and any claim they rode under in brackets after the name.

 

Trainer

This column contains the name of the Trainer that prepared the horse for each race followed by that trainer’s 5-year PRB (or up to 5 years depending how long the trainer has been training horses under their own name).

The three percentages underneath the trainer’s name are the 14 day, 28 day ,and 56 day PRBs for that trainer. Again, the colour shading is Green for Good, Amber for Moderate, and Red for Poor.

 

SP (Price Movements)

 

This column is the Industry SP which can be shown in either Fractional or Decimal format. In brackets underneath the SP are the Evening (8.30pm), Breakfast (7.30am), and Morning (10.30am) prices for each horse. Between each price is either: a dash, showing the price didn’t change; a green arrow, showing the price reduced; or a red arrow showing the price increased.

Setting your preferred odds format

To select your odds format preference, click on the settings cog in the Horse Details Header.

Then select your odds format (as above) and click Save. Close this window, return to the Race Guides and Refresh the page.

 

BSP (Place)

This column shows the Betfair Starting Price (BSP) of the horse in each prior race. In brackets underneath the BSP is the Betfair Place Starting Price (BPSP), which is the starting price in Betfair’s To Be Placed Market, where placing’s are determined by Betfair’s own rules (note: these do not always align with Industry Standard Place rules).

The colouring convention for these rows is:

  • Green if the horse Dobbed – where the in-running price was traded at half of the Betfair Starting Price (i.e. a horse whose BSP was 10, traded at an in-running low of at least 5),
  • Gold if the horse Trobbed – where the in-running price was traded at a third of the Betfair Starting Price (i.e. a horse whose BSP was 9, traded at an in-running low of at least 3), and
  • Red if the horse did neither.

 

High(Th)/Low(Tl) (%H / %L)

This column shows the in-running prices traded on the Betfair exchange in line with Betfair’s High/Low traded rules which govern how much volume needs to be traded at any price point for it to be included (see Betfair’s website for details on in-running traded value rules).

If the race was won, then the row will show the highest traded price and the ticks moved from the Betfair Starting Price in brackets after it. In brackets underneath will be the percentage movement between the Betfair Starting Price and the highest traded price.

If the race was not won, then the row will show the lowest traded price and the ticks moved from the Betfair Starting Price in brackets after it. In brackets underneath will be the percentage movement between the Betfair Starting Price and the lowest traded price.

The colouring convention for these rows is the same as the BSP (Place) column.

 

C / D / Cl / G / RT / R / O / W

These eight columns allow you to compare each form line with today’s race very quickly. Four of the columns show a green tick if the prior form line matches today, the other four use blue and red numbers to indicate the difference between the prior form line and today’s race. The colouring convention for these rows is the same as the BSP (Place) column.

  • C – shows if the prior form line was at the same course as today’s race
  • D – shows the difference in furlongs between the prior form line and today’s race. If the previous race was longer than today this will be indicated by a blue, positive number to show this prior form line was x furlongs longer than today’s race. If the previous race was shorter than today this will be indicated by a red negative number to show this prior form line was x furlongs shorter than today’s race.
  • Cl – shows the difference in class number between the prior form line and today’s race. If the previous race was at a higher class than today this will be indicated by a blue, positive number showing the number of classes difference. If the previous race was at a lower class than today this will be indicated by a red, negative number showing the number of classes difference.
  • G – shows a green tick if the Official Going of the previous race is the same as the Official Going of today’s race at the time the Race Guides were published. If the Going changes between the Race Guides being published and the start of the race this column should be ignored.
  • RT – shows a green tick if the Race Type of the previous race is the same as today’s Race Type.
  • R – shows a green tick if the field size of the previous race is within 25% of today’s declared full field.
  • O – shows the difference in Official Rating between the previous race and today’s race. A blue, positive number indicates the OR was higher in the previous race; s red, negative number shows that the OR was lower in the previous race.
  • W – shows the weight difference in pounds between the previous race and today’s race. A blue, positive number indicates that the horse ran with more weight than today’s race; a red negative number indicates that the horse ran with less weight than today’s race.

 

R / W / P / W SR / WP SR / AE / PRB

These seven columns provide an analysis of the races that have been run by runners in the prior form line, between the prior form line race and today’s race. This gives you an indication of the quality of race of the prior form line. The colouring convention of these columns is based on the PRB column where Green is good, Amber is moderate, and Red is poor.

  • R – shows the total number of runs by all runners from the prior form line
  • W – shows the number of wins by all runners from the prior form line
  • P – shows the number of places by all runners from the prior form line
  • W SR – shows the Winning Strike Rate of those runners (W/R = W SR)
  • WP SR – shows the Winning/Placing Strike Rate of those runners ((W+P)/R = WP SR)
  • AE – shows the number of Actual Winners divided by the number of Expected Winners (based on the Betfair Starting Price odds). Here a number greater than 1 shows there were more winners than expected, a number less than one shows there were fewer winners than expected.
  • PRB – this is the average PRB for all of the runs in column R. A higher PRB shows that the horses from this race went on to beat horses in subsequent races.

A/E

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The A/E index indicates if a statistic is good or bad and is calculated as follows:-

A = Actual Winners
and
E = Expected Winners.

A is easy to calculate as it is the number of winners.

E is the total of all the probability or odds of winning for each horse based on the Betfair SP (minus any commission) prices for each horses

e.g. If we have 100 horses who went off at 3/1 then we would expect 25 of them to win. The odds of a 3/1 shot is 0.25 so adding all 100 of those together = 25.

Once you have the expected number of winners then you just divide actual winners by expected winners to produce the A/E index.

An A/E index of 1.00 means the statistic is performing as expected, less than 1 and it is under performing and more than 1 and it is performing better than expected.

As a benchmark an A/E of 1.25 or greater would be very good and an A/E of 0.75 or lower would be bad. 

Actual Going

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The actual going differs from the official going in that it is calculated from the going allowance recorded for the meeting that the race you are viewing was part of. The actual going is a much better representation of the going on the day the meeting took place. This also means it can be a much better pointer to what type of going a horse acts upon. 

Back to Lay Reports

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The in-running (IR) module in Proform is a significant aid to anyone who has an interest in how a race develops IR or wants to see how a horse trades during their performances.

Using our horse racing software you research back to lays, lay to back scenarios and determine which horses will break slowly thus likely to trade higher in running at the beginning of a race.

The In Running Tab in System Builder contains various fields, which can be used to analyse In Running Prices.

Platinum members were able to take advantage of our automated in running reports on our web site however you can generate your own Back to Lay Reports (Flat/Jump) via the system builder.

To generate your own Back to Lay reports following these steps

 

1. Select todays date in the Date Tab and select “Use HORSE decs”

 

2. Choose a Course

 

3. Then in in running tab set % lower than Betfair SP to >=50 (or whatever percentage you require)

 

4. Then click on run Back 2 Lay Report (Flat) in this example you can add in a filter of number of runs using the box ( in this example 5)

 

5. The report will be generated similar to the one shown in the image below and you can see the equivalent report on the web site. The new report in the software adds the power rating rank if you have them imported into user rating 1 and also if you run it on a day where results are known you can see the actual percentage each horse went lower in running in the %DiffLOW column.

Enhanced Actual Going

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So what is enhanced actual going?

In the process of creating the Proform speed figures each morning from the previous days results we at the same time, create a going adjustment.

Basically this is a positive or negative figure, which is how much the going at each course was speeding up or slowing down the horses per mile.

If the going adjustment (GA for short) was 0 then the ground at that course on that day was neither speeding them up or slowing them down, which on grass would equate to an Enhanced Actual Going of GOOD ground and on the A/W would be STANDARD.

If the ground was very bad at a course then the GA would be a negative value and the bigger the negative the worse the ground and this is where our Enhanced Actual Going comes up trumps.

Currently the general list of Official Gong descriptions range from Heavy through to Firm, however at the boggy end of the scale there are many more variations that could be used and to this end using the GA values we have the following extra Enhanced Actual Going descriptions.

Soft
Very Soft
Heavy
Very Heavy
Extremely Heavy
Bottomless
Extremely Bottomless

We have added these into the form lines on the race guides when you hover over the official going, like this:-

 

So how can these GA's be used?

When the ground is very bad there are some horses who just can’t handle it and of course there are some that can, in fact, there are some horses that will only show any kind of form when the going is way beyond heavy!

You now have the tools to find the right horses in the worst ground.

 

Horse, Jockey and Trainer Filters

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The horse, jockey and trainer filters are explained in detail below this screenshot.

Horse Name

Use the horse name filter to restrict your system to specific named horses. Wildcards are allowed.

Examples of valid horse name filters are:-
Kauto Star
Kauto*
*Star*

Note

  • When entering a horses name with an apostrophe in it's name then enter a double apostrophe like this '' for instance to find Sarah's Art you would enter Sarah''s Art

Age

Use the horse age filter to restrict the age of horses, at the time of running.

Examples of valid horse age filters are:-
2
>= 2
>= 3 and < 5


Odds (SP)

Use the horse odds filter to restrict the system to horses whose starting price falls within the specified range.

Examples of valid horse odds filters are:-
3/1
>= 4/1
>= 7/2 and < 8/1

The Odds can not be used in a saved system that you wish to find qualifiers for.  This is because the Odds (SP) is not known until after the races are run.

Note

  • When entering odds of 100/30 do not enter 10/3 enter 100/30


Finishing Pos

Use the horse finishing position filter to restrict the system to horses finished 1st, 2nd 3rd etc

Examples of valid horse finishing position filters are:-
1                        this would return horses who finished 1st
>50                    would return non finishers
>= 4 and <= 8     this would return horses who finished 4th to 8th
< 9                     this would return horses who finished better than 9th


Draw

Use the horse draw filter to restrict the system to horses who were drawn within the given stalls.

Examples of valid horse draw filters are:-
between 1 and 7
>= 4 and <= 8
< 9 

DSLR (Days Since Last Run)

Use the DSLR filter to restrict the system to horses whose DSLR are within the given days.
The DSLR variable is for all codes of racing so it is the actual number of days since the horse last had a run.
DEBUT = only return horses who are having their first run

Examples of valid DSLR filters are:-
between 1 and 7
>= 4 and <= 8
< 9 

Note

  • Once you restrict the DSLR to anything then the DEBUT horses will not be included

Jockey Name

Use the jockey name filter to restrict your system to specific jockeys. Wildcards are allowed.

Examples of valid jockey name filters are:-
A P McCoy
A P*
*McCoy*

Note

  • When entering a jockeys name with an apostrophe in it's name then enter a double apostrophe like this '' for instance to find Dane O'Neill you would enter Dane O''Neill

Trainer Name

Use the trainer name filter to restrict your system to specific trainers. Wildcards are allowed.

Examples of valid trainer name filters are:-
N J Henderson
N J*
*Henderson*

Note

  • When entering a trainers  name with an apostrophe in it's name then enter a double apostrophe like this '' for instance to find Jonjo O'Neill you would enter Jonjo O''Neill

 

Sire Name

Use the horse sire name filter to restrict your system to specific named sires. Wildcards are allowed.

Examples of valid sire name filters are:
Saddler''s Wells
Sadd*
S*

Dam Name

Use the horse dam name filter to restrict your system to specific named dams. Wildcards are allowed.

Examples of valid dam name filters are:
Robellino
Rob*
R*

Weight Rank

Use the Weight Rank filter to analyse top weights etc

Examples of valid Weight Rank filters are:
1 = This would be the top weight or joint top weight
between 1 and 7
>= 4 and <= 8
< 9 '

SP Rank

Use the SP Rank filter to analyse favourites or 2nd favourites or 3rd favourites etc.

Examples of valid SP Rank filters are:
1 = This would be the fav or joint fav
3 = This would be the 3rd fav or joint 3rd fav
between 1 and 7
>= 4 and <= 8
< 9

Tissue Odds

Use the horse tissue odds filter to restrict the system to horses whose tissue odds falls within the specified range.

Examples of valid tissue odds filters are:
3/1
>= 4/1
>= 7/2 and < 8/1

Note 

  • When entering odds of 100/30 do not enter 10/3 enter 100/30

Hrs Penalty

'Use the horse penalty filter to restrict your system to horses that carried penalties to varying degrees.

Examples of valid penalty filters are:
0 = NO Penalty
6
>= 8
>= 6 and < 12

Headgear

Use the headgear filter to restrict the system to horses who wore the specified headgear.

Examples of valid headgear filters are:
NOHG = Returns horses with no headgear
b = blinkers
es = eye shield
h = Hood
t = Tongue Tie
v = Visor
p = cheek pieces

Also a 1 signifies the first time for the headgear so es1 is first time eye shields.

Mixed headgears also exist i.e. espt would be eye shields, cheek pieces and a tongue tie. You can use wildcards to search for combinations of headgear and also if you wanted to find a horse with blinkers then to be sure use the search *b* to find all horses that wore blinkers

Jockey Claim

Use the jockey claim filter to restrict your system to jockeys who had a claim.

Examples of valid jockey claim filters are:
0 = NO Jockey Claim
6
>= 8
>= 6 and < 12

Horse Sex

Use the horse sex filter to restrict your system to males or females.
Tick c for Colt and the male sex types will be automatically selected.
Tick f for Filly and the female sex types will be automatically selected. 
If all horse sexes are ticked, then all races will pass the horse sex filter.

You can quickly select or de-select all horse sexes by right clicking on the list of horse sexes and making your choice from the resulting pop-up menu.You can NOT select individual sex types because in proform we store the sex against the horse name not it''s career, so when horse sex types change we do not register the change, hence horse sex types can not be chose, just Male or Female can be chosen.

Here are the horse sex full descriptions:- 

m = Mare
f = Filly
c = Colt
r = Rig
g = Gelding
h = Entire

Horse Colour

Use the horse colour filter to restrict your system to different horse colours or a combination of any.

By unticking one or more horse colours, you can ignore runners that are not that colour. if all horse colours are ticked, then all races will pass the horse colour filter. You can quickly select or de-select all horse colours by right clicking on the list of horse colours and making your choice from the resulting pop-up menu.


Here are the horse colour full descriptions:- 
gr = Grey
br = Brown
ro = Roan
bl = Black
ch = Chestnut
b = Bay
b/br = Bay/Brown
gr/ro = Grey/Roan
br/gr = Brown/Grey
gr/b = Grey/Bay
sk = Coloured

Pace Abbrev

Use the horse pace abbreviation filter to restrict your system to horses who led, were prominent, held up or a combination of any.

By unticking one or more pace abbreviations, you can ignore runners that ran in that style. If all pace abbreviations are ticked, then all races will pass the pace abbreviations filter. ou can quickly select or de-select all pace abbreviations by right clicking on the list of pace abbreviations and making your choice from the resulting pop-up menu.

Here are the pace abbreviation full descriptions:- 
L = Led
P = Prominent
H = Held Up

Note

  • The pace abbreviation is after the event so can only be used for research not for building a system

Favourite or not

With the favourite or not filter you can choose to look at just favourites or include 2nd favourites etc, here is how it works:-

If you want to only analyse favourites then tick the FAV box. If you wanted favourites and 2nd favourites then tick both the FAV and 2ndFAV boxes. If you wanted to analyse races and ignore the favourite then tick the FAV box but also tick the NOT box above it.

The NOT box reverses your choice so for instance if you want to leave out favourites and 2nd favourites then you tick both the FAV and 2ndFAV box but also tick the NOT box.

The many combinations you can choose gives you the freedom to analyse favourites in the way you want.

The Favourite or Not can not be used in a saved system that you wish to find qualifiers for.  This is because the fav, 2nd fav etc is not known until after the races are run.

Horse Country 

Use the horse country filter to restrict your system to horses from one, two or more countries.

By unticking one or more horse countries, you can ignore runners that were bred in that country. If all horse countries are ticked, then all races will pass the horse country filter. You can quickly select or de-select all horse countries by right clicking on the list of horse countries and making your choice from the resulting pop-up menu.