Dam Sire

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Through numerous breeding studies, we can determine a horse’s preference for a particular going based on genetic traits past to it through various ancestries and blood lines.

Breeding not only influences a horse’s physical size and shape but also is a major factor on a horses distance, going preferences plus a whole host of other factors related to the conditions of the race.

With this in mind in the new release we have enhanced the software to include the ability to query Dam Sires. This new feature can be found in a number of areas in the new release

 

System Builder Changes

 A new has been added to the under a new tab we have added to the system builder called “Breeding”.

The Dam Sire is sire (father) of a dam (mother); equivalent to a maternal grandfather

In the previous release, the Sire and Dam search criteria were available under the “Horse” tab however in this release these fields have been consolidated under the “Breeding” tab and therefore new systems and angles are now open to you.

The Dam Sire field(s) function exactly the same as the Sire and Dam fields within the system builder and this feature is reflected in the following changes:

  • Presentation Tab.
  • List of country of breeding choices in Breeding Tab
  • Added country in brackets to next to Damsire name on the following screens
    • Racecards, Race Results, Horse Form, Prior Form and Post Form.
  • Damsire is now a field in the exporter.
  • Added Damsire to system builder preferences tab.

 

Form Book Changes

With the new release, you can now have the choice of selecting the horses Damsire in the following areas:

 

  • Horse Form Tab

 

  • Prior Form Tab

 

  • Post Form Tab.

 

  • Race Card and Results Views. 

 

If the Damsire column is not shown in any of the tabs above you can select it by positioning your mouse over any of the column headings, right click your mouse to display the “show fields” window per the image below:

Enhanced Help

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In this release, we have added new tips for beginners which you can find under the help menu at the top of the software along with additional help items.

Throughout this release we have added red help question mark icons like this: 

When clicked, you will be directed to the help section you are currently viewing on our web site. If you hover over icon with your mouse, a tool tip will be displayed to provide more information.

There is a new ‘Training Modules’ menu at the top of the software which contains links to 8 training modules to help you learn all aspects of Proform.

We have also added links to our webinar videos menu which provide addition advice, tricks and tips and the there is a new ratings help menu which contains to links to additional information about the various ratings in Proform.

Gelded First/Second Run

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A gelding is a castrated horse.

Castration, as well as the elimination of hormonally driven behaviour associated with a stallion, allows a male horse to be calmer and better-behaved, making the animal quieter, gentler and potentially more suitable for racing.

You often hear that a Gelding operation can improve a horses performance, especially on its first run after the operation therefore, to enable you to determine if this change can be considered positive or negative under different race conditions, we have included a feature in the system builder to enable you to filter your research by 1st and 2nd run since the horse has been gelded.

The feature can be found on the Horse 2 tab in the system builder:

Depending on your area of research, select the appropriate check mark and other fields in the system builder then execute to see the results. 

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.

How to determine which horses are running for a new stable for the first time

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The skill of a race horse trainer can be judged by their record of success from the resources they command.

When a horse switches to a new stable, dependent upon the trainer, this change can be considered to be a positive or negative move which can be factored into your race analyses.

In this video, we show you how you can determine which horses are running for a new stable for the first time in the Proform Professional software.  

How to get help for fields in the system builder

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In addition to providing various resources on the web site, there is helpful information integrated into Proform and in this video we will show you how to get help for the various fields within the System builder in the Proform Professional Software.