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Table Rating for race?Our market price estimates are now derived from one of two historical tables named 'A' or 'B". An 'A' or 'B" next to the race class heading indicates which table was used to determine the market prices. Table A holds specific information about the track and distance (we no longer check going, area and day-of-week) and Table B is specific to the distance only. A combination of Table 'A' and Table 'B' may be used, but only the most common one is indicated. Table 'A' should be slighter closer aligned to the real market.
The details within the [square brackets] indicate information about the average form we used to produce our ratings. We provide this information as a possible filter for you to use, because the less information we have, the less accurate we are. The first number indicates the average form per horse and the second number indicates the average form per horse at the distance, but only if the horse has form (ie debut horses are not in the average). This information is also included in the Quick Print tables. For example, "[9-1]" above means each horse has, on average, 9 starts and each horse, on average, has had 1 run at a similar distance (e.g. 1800m)
At the Barriers TipIt is provided within the last 60 seconds before the official race start time. A code |A| to |E| is added to the tip to provide a very basic insight into the quality of the horse. It should be used as a guideline only. "Value" and "Roughie" tips may also be provided representing good value in the market. Sometimes a race may be flagged as a "Poor betting Market", this means that there is little race confidence and the information used with care. We will indicate if a horse is a first starter. We only provide this service on races that are covered by both the QTAB and Betfair. If we cover the race, and there is no selection, we will advise of this.
Our SelectionsThese selections are the top 6 HRT ratings (refer below) in order. They are provided at the time of the initial posting and subject to charge (e.g. due to scratchings, jockey changes, going changes etc).
Confidence OrderThese selections are the top 6 Confidence Factor ratings (refer below) in order. Level 3 subscribers have access to early morning ratings (about 6:45 am EST). Other subscribers have access to the final ratings around 8:45am EST and subject to charge (e.g. due to scratchings, jockey changes, going changes etc).
TAB ResultsRace result details as posted on the Unibet website provided for your convenience as early as possible after the running of the race.
Horse Racing Tips
Premium Tip symbol.
Super Tip symbol.
Free Tip symbol.
Place Tip symbol.
Super Saturday Tip symbol.
Reviewer's Top Tip symbol.
Reviewer's 2nd Tip symbol.
Value Tip symbol. One of our oldest tips being provided since starting in January 2002.
Best Bet Tip symbol. One of our oldest tips being provided since starting in January 2002.
First Up Strength indicator - can be 1 to 3 symbols depending on strength of horse.
Ready to Win Tip symbol(s) - can be 1 to 3 symbols depending on strength of tip. One of our oldest tips being provided since starting in January 2002.
Code Flags"t" - likes this track, "T" - loves this track
"l" - Lightly weighted (usually with f or F, therefore light and fast!)
"f" - fast times, "F" - super fast times (should also have "d" code for strong indicator)
"d" - Top 3 distance ratings
"x" - Top 3 strike rate and strike rate over 20%, "X" - Top 3 strike rate and strike rate over 40%
"r" - low (good) risk value
"s" - good first and last sectional times
"c" - class rating > 10% lead, "C" - class rating > 20% lead
"k" - top 2 class rating > 10% lead, "K" - Top 2 class rating > 20% lead (k or K - always 2 in race).
"!" - Normally a "Heavy Weight Marker/s" - refer below for details
Heavy Weight Marker/sA "!" normally means the Horse is running with more than 57kg (after deducting the jockey's allowance weight) AND the horse has shown performance issues previously at such weights. It could be a useful indicator if you want to eliminate your BACK selection, however, since class is not being considered, it should not be used as a LAYING strategy. A second "!" means that the horse also runs mid field or worse (in this race) AND is a slow finisher, so the heavy weight may impact it more than normal down the straight (once again, no consideration to class). However, the jockey may ride this horse closer to the front to mitigate this. In general though, a flag code of both indicators (e.g. "!!") should be seriously considered as a disadvantage. Sometimes a "!" means the has performed poorly First Up. This may be confusing to differentiate, but the intention of the Exclamation Mark system is to show Horse's that are generally disadvantaged, not specifically why. If you need to differentiate, the HEAVY disadvantage Field (refer below in EasyForm section) only lists the Heavy Weight Marker/s.
Running Pos RposThis table details the horses estimated running position of today's race. It takes into consideration barrier position, its past running positions and its "out-of-the-gate" speed. The number next to the codes below indicates the " losses to wins" delta in the calculated running position. A horse that has run well in 6 races in this position and has run poorly in 2 races in this same position will have an advantage delta of + 4. A horse with (0) means that it shows no bias. A horse with "?" means that we are unsure of its running position and it has not shown past ability. We suggest that you avoid races where there are many unknowns (or question marks). A leader with a high positive delta is idea so that the race ends up running as determined. A horse with "CL" means that the horse has run poorly in this position in the past but is better off in this race due to a lower Class race or lower weight - also expect back runners to run closer mid field. Positioning codes;
(F:#) - Front Runner
(P:#) - Pace Runner (i.e. 2nd or 3rd)
(M:#) - Mid Field Runner
(B:#) - Back Runner
(X:#) - Large Field Back Runner
TrainerThis field details the Trainer that trains the horse. If this field has "UNKNOWN" as the trainer, this more than likely means that the trainer is not listed in our top rated trainer database rather than the literal meaning of the word.
Confidence Factor (Cfactor)This field represents our Confidence Factor for each horse's chance of winning and should be used to determine how much overlay (or underlay) is required. For example, a horse we rate at $2.00 and has a low confidence factor should demand a large overlay, conversely a $2.00 rated horse with a high confidence factor should be considered as a strong chance of winning without regard to overlay. If we rate a horse at say $10 and it has a high confidence factor, then this horse could represent value if you can get a good overlay on it. A horse we rate at $10 with a low Confidence Factor could be a good lay. HRT pricing and Confidence factors are different methods so you may see anomalies, this is because HRT prices consider the past 7 runs, whereas the Confidence Factor only considers recent runs (usually they both consider the same runs, but in some cases they may not especially when horses are not consistent in form). Use the Confidence Factor as a "second opinion" on our ratings! A suggestion is to consider horses with Confidence Factors of 80% or more for the win and include any Confidence Factor rated horse (40% or above) for your exotic multiples. You may be able to add additional value by considering the horse's distance ability, our overall risk factor under Easy Form and other factors like the number of past runs, first up etc. This field is less accurate for "Insufficient Form" races. Warning: A rating of 100% does not mean that the horse will definitely win (we wish) but means a horse has a strong chance of winning. We have found that, although the strike rates are high, the general public are aware of these horses and therefore are typically over-bet and eliminate any chance of long term profit - it may be a strategy to avoid them!
HRT PointsThis field details our raw rating used to calculate the HRT price (HRT WIN and HRT PLC - refer below). The rating is not based on individual levels but on how each horse ranks in each EasyForm category. For example, a horse rated first in Class/Wgt will get the same points allocated to another horse rated first in Class/Wgt in another race, regardless of their Class/Wgt rating. We would expect that the superior rated horse would be ranked higher in more categories and get a better rating overall. The important factor is not so much the rating itself (although a race with low ratings is a difficult race) but the gap between them. The larger the gap (ie 10%+) the more certain the selection is to perform well. For interest sake, the maximum rating to date is 290 held by two horses. Both won at $1.30 and $1.40.
HRT PLC and WINThese fields use the "HRT PNTS" as a rating. We then calculate the percentage chance of "HRT PNTS" winning or placing (when taking into consideration all other horses in the same race). For example, if a horse with a certain "HRT PNTS" has a 50% chance of winning, we would rate it $2. Likewise for the place. The "HRT WIN" and "HRT PLC" reflect these dollar values. The yellow background just indicates it is the Top Rater.
Good Debut Horse GDHGood Jockey, barrier and trainer. Usually the market picks up on this. We recommend that you only use this information to avoid the race, include in your exotic bets or bet on if it is at great odds (e.g. >10/1). If there are no SF/F & D runners in Best Speed/Wgt, then it has a good chance of winning.
Market TableThis table presents the current QTAB Tote and Fixed priced odds at time of display. It also presents the current Betfair Back and Lay Win and Place odds at time of display. A Dutch Calculator is also provided for Dutch betting between QTAB's fixed odds and Betfair Win and Place Back odds (although place Dutch betting is not normally focused on by most). The four links at the bottom of the page will direct you to the appropriate provider's page for the particular race. For example the Isabet.com link will take you directly to the betting page for this race.
Distance TableThis data is a little difficult to interpret. Each "." represents a distance from 800m to 3200m. A "<" symbol shows where the 1000m, 2000m and 3000m points are. The above example is for 1800m (rounded to the nearest 100m). To assist in identifying where today's race distance is, we put today's distance data in brackets e.g. "( )". The higher the number, the better the performance at today's distance. Numbers to the left mean the horse has performed at shorter distances. Numbers to the right mean the horse has performed at longer distances. The most important data is within 200m for short distance races, 400m for medium distance races (like the example) and 600m for long distance races.
Days Last RunDays since the horse's last run. This information is important for horses coming back from a spell or are backing up quickly after a recent race.
1st, 2nd UpPerformance of the horse for first up runs (after a spell) and second up runs (after a spell). The first number is the number of runs, the second, the number of wins.
Distance SeasonedThis data shows how well the horse is 'seasoned' to run at today's distance using official race data. If the data shows that a horse is 'seasoned' it should be a reasonable indicator to show that the horse will run out the distance. The rule is, the longer the distance, the more distance seasoning required. However horse training is not always official (e.g. at trackwork, barrier trials etc) so a horse can still be seasoned without any indicator here.
Jockey Trainer Table
RPOS/BP Bias (100% best)This data provides an alternative aspect to the typical barrier tables most punters check. Many punters may wrongly assume, as an example, that a wide barrier is a poor barrier, however, if the horse is a strong leading horse, it should quickly run to the front without much difficulty. A strong backmarker can drop to the back with no effort at all. Therefore the barrier position should be taken in consideration with the running style/strength of each horse. This data attempts to do this and represents it as a percentage. A percentage higher than 50% indicates a positive bias and less than 50% indicates a negative bias. A green background shows a strong positive bias, a red background a poor negative bias. Relying on this information alone many not pick winners, but this information should serve useful for people that need to find reasons to eliminate or consider their own selections.
TR LVL (100% best)This data uses our trainer rating. It lists all trainers (not just the top 5 as listed in the Easyform table) but as a percentage. It also shows the trainer rating for unraced horses (which is not listed in the Easyform table). To calculate our actual trainer rating, find the 100% rated horse trainer rating in the Easyform, then divide this number by each percentage listed i.e. If the 100% horse has a trainer rating of 26 in the easyform table, the horse rated at 86% would be 26/.86 = 30.
JOCK LVL (100% best)This data uses our jockey rating. It lists all jockeys (not just the top 5 as listed in the Easyform table) but as a percentage. It also shows the jockey rating for unraced horses (which is not listed in the Easyform table). To calculate our actual jockey rating, find the 100% rated horse jockey rating in the Easyform, then divide this number by each percentage listed i.e. If the 100% horse has a jockey rating of 10 in the easyform table, the horse rated at 75% would be 10/.75 = 13.
JOCK BONUS (100% best)This is a jockey, track, distance rating as a percentage. If the Jockey that performs best at a certain track and distance, will receive 100%. Poor jockeys or jockeys without data will be 0%. A green background shows a strong positive bias, a red background a poor negative bias. This data can be useful for identifying good performing jockeys with local or distance ability (other jockey tables do not take these parameters into consideration).
OVERALL SCORE (100% best)This is the total score for Running and Barrier bias, Trainer, Jockey, a jockey bonus, represented as a percentage. Any figure greater that 60% has a green background.
JOCK RidesThis is the Jockey's performance on the horse. (no. of rides on horse) : (wins on horse) - (places on horse) S: (samples in database) L3: (Rides in last 3 runs) (! = poor performance) (# = late jockey allocation or change). Look out for high strike rate jockeys (e.g. wins and places high for no. of rides) returning to the horse (e.g. L3: 0). Some interesting pointers are:- 1. When the jockey as ridden the horse last 3 starts (E is 3) but no wins or places recorded. 2. When the jockey has not ridden the horse for the last 3 starts (E is 0) but a lot of wins or places are recorded - e.g. a jockey is back on that performs well (this could work powerfully with the Jock Bonus above).
Best JockeysEach jockey's rating is calculated on the number of city and/or country wins, places and the number of runs in the race state (e.g. NSW, VIC etc) today. Therefore a good jockey from VIC may not be rated as highly if riding in NSW, mainly because its experience may be less in a different state (as indicated statistically). Ratings are calculated over 2 years and the tables are updated about twice a year.
This table may list less than 5 jockeys or no jockeys at all. We have a cut off point on quality. This ensures we don't list mediocre jockeys that are the "best of a bad bunch". You can find all the jockey ratings under table B.
Sometimes you may find a horse rated in the "Best Jockeys" category without a jockey declared for the day. The reason why this occurs, is that we make an assumption that the same quality jockey will ride this horse as previously. This usually ends up being the case (and our market estimates are calculated on what should eventuate). However, you should make sure that a good jockey does end up riding the horse. We will endeavour to update our tables with the known jockey (and correct rating) when the information comes to hand.
The number next to the horse name is our jockey positioning by state. A "(1)" indicates that the jockey riding the horse is, in our opinion, is the best jockey in the state.
The "+" next to the jockey name means that the jockey is having their ONLY ride today - a great indicator to check (especially if the Trainer is also a top 5 trainer). This is a late calculation.
Best TrainersSame principle as jockey ratings.
Best Class/Wgt IThis section is a variation of the "Winning More" class system created by the late and legendary DON SCOTT. This is a complex system in itself and many people just follow this type of information. The DON SCOTT class rating* is provided in brackets ie (65) meaning a class rating of 65. Look for 5-10kg gaps between runners indicating a truly classy horse when compared to the rest of the field. This category provides an in depth analysis of class and the affects of class and weight changes on a horse. We recommend that you review DON SCOTT's book to understand his principles. "Winning More" is published by Horwitz Grahame Pty Ltd ISBN 0 7255 2115 5 and is a brilliant class determination method. It does not consider other variations such as race times and running pattern, which we include in our other categories to provide a complete service.
This class system (Version I) relies on certain "Form Patterns" to determine a horse's "baserun". We do not always use the horse's last race, as the "baserun" used depends on the form pattern of its past recent races. Because horses can have reasons for poor runs, we can check as far back as 7 runs.
* We exclude jockey ratings in this category because we use the Best Jockey category instead.
Best Pace/WgtThis section works on the horse's overall race times at similar distances and average weights. We analyse its current preparation and a similar period last preparation. The data is then compared to today's weight. Additional codes include; fast-codes (sf=super fast, f=fast) which indicates faster than average runners, and a distance-code (d) which indicates if a horse has run at this distance. If there are a lot of debut horses in the race and there are no horses in this section that has a fast-code, it is best to avoid the race as a debut horse has a better chance of winning over average speed horses. A "sf" fast-code at the "d" distance code, indicates a powerful combination. However "sf" without "d" indicates a risky position - it may over-race and/or not run the distance. We also include a "^" code indicating when a horse has not been "seasoned" for the distance in the current preparation. This does not mean the horse is not a winning chance, just some additional risk so you may wish to avoid the race.
The value in brackets for each horse indicates the delta in times compared to the top rater. Of course the top rater will always be (.0). More credit should be given to horses that have the "d" flag as this indicates a more accurate time.
Look for the "light and fast" section to see how the horse fairs there also.
Speed is a difficult rating to use. It's rating can be very impressive or misleading. For example, horses that win by large margins more than likely canter over the line to preserve fitness. Others sometimes are not pace setters or leaders and so their times are set by others that lead in their races.
Forward RunnersIn a race with a lot of form, this category typically indicates the top leaders of the race to set the pace. The probability we post for the horse's chance of winning a race usually relies on these horses actually running these positions. So during the race, check the front markers and if we have these close to actuals, then the odds should fall true. A race may not run to our predictions because of varying racing conditions, a jockey's change of plan or even a horse fitness to name a few. In this case, luck will play its part.
The '~' code indicates horses with fast first sectional times. You can use this information to determine whether a horse will get across from a wide barrier or checking any leader conflict early in the race. For example, a front runner (f) on the outer barrier of a fast pace runner (p~) may both race too hard early. It is preferred that the front runner have the fast sectionals (f~) or at least a closer barrier to the rail over the p~ horse. If confused, skip the race.
This category is also useful for race-days when leaders win most races, for whatever reason they do, it is useful to know the next leaders of the next race!
Best at TrackA category on the track strike rate. A '+' indicates that the horse performs better at this track than any other track. The indicator is not dependent on the track strike rate, so a horse can have the '+' symbol without being a top track rater. Ideally a horse should have the best track strike rate and a '+' indicator. We provide a second '+' indicator for horses that are truly biased to the track - Watch for these.
The "?" indicator means that the runs on the track are 2 runs or less, so the sample may be a little low to make any judgement. The (###) value provides a 'point system' strike rate with one point for 1st and fractions for 2nd and 3rd. Since decimals are rounded, points may be slightly exaggerated for small samples. A ( 100) means 100% strike rate and can only be achieved if they were all wins.
There is a special value of (0) which indicates the horses with some (2 races) track experience, but with no points.
Best at DistanceA basic category on distance success. A range of 0-3 pluses ('+') are used to indicate how good the top distance raters are. We also include a "^" code indicating when a horse has not been "seasoned" for the distance in the current preparation. This does not mean the horse is not a winning chance, just some additional risk so you may wish to avoid the race.
The "?" indicator means that the runs at the distance are 2 runs or less, so the sample may be a little low to make any judgement. The (###) value provides a 'point system' strike rate with one point for 1st and fractions for 2nd and 3rd. Since decimals are rounded, points may be slightly exaggerated for small samples. A ( 100) means 100% strike rate and can only be achieved if they were all wins.
Good Margin Last StartThis section details the horses that won a race last start irrespective of the class or time of the race. Therefore this field should be analysed with the class and time categories provided, but in some cases, horses may be moving up in grade or cantering to the line, so class & speed are not always conclusive.
TenacityThe horse's tenacity or want to win, similar to win strike rate, but not related to winning 'per se' so also applies to maiden races. Not class specific so should be read in conjunction with our class field for a more meaningful result.
Lowest RiskThis section looks at almost 50 conditions to determine the risk of a horse in a race. Some examples include distance, jockey and track experience. This category indicates the lowest risk horse in the race, NOT a low risk horse. The number next to the horse name is our risk rating. A (1) indicates that the risk is very low. This field is a great indicator and should be checked in your studies. Carefully scrutinize horses that have a risk factor greater than 20. Horses lower than 30 points are listed.
Best Win StrikeA basic category on WIN success. Maiden races will have this section empty. WE DO NOT USE THIS CATEGORY IN OUR CALCULATIONS. Win Strike Rate is a common parameter used by the public and our system is designed to follow value around public opinion. If a horse is a good overlay and also has a high rating here, you are getting great value.
The number next to the horse name is the strike rate in percent.
Best Place StrikeA basic category on PLACE success. WE DO NOT USE THIS CATEGORY IN OUR CALCULATIONS. Place Strike Rate is a common parameter used by the public and our system is designed to follow value around public opinion. If a horse is a good overlay and also has a high rating here, you are getting great value.
The number next to the horse name is the strike rate in percent.