Choose one or more days of the week. Some feel Saturday's are difficult days as the racing is so competitive so you could choose all days apart from Saturdays as an example.
Select one or more months of the year. Perhaps you could see how things fared over the Winter months or some Trainers have better records in certain months of the year so you could combine a Trainer with a selection of months.
This will bring up a date picker on a Calendar so you can choose an exact date or a range of dates. If using this for Declarations, select this option and then Today's Date.
Select the Course or Courses you want in your system test. When choosing more than one Course, you need to Add Group, not Add Rule.
See here for more on this >>
Flat or Jumps
Select either Handicap or Non Handicap races, or leave to select all races.
This allows you to choose race courses that are either configured Left Handed or Right Handed.
Number Of Runners Declared **
This is the number of horses that were declared to run in the race. Choose a set number of runners, a range of runners in a race or less than/greater than a set number of runners.
Number Of Runners
This is the actual number of horses that ran in the race, not including any non runners. Choose a set number of runners, a range of runners in a race or less than/greater than a set number of runners.
Select Group and Listed races only for flat racing, or Grade races for jumps, or select None to ignore all of these race types in your results.
Race Age **
This will filter the age group of any races you want to look for. Below you can see a race title and in this it tells you that the race is for horses aged 5 years old or more (5YO+). There are a number of age ranges to select from, starting with 2 year olds only and up through the race ages.
MANSIONBET BET 10 GET 20 HANDICAP CHASE (0-120) (4) 5YO+
Pick a certain race distance, a range of race distances or less than/greater than a certain race distance.
Here you can choose 'contains' and type Maiden or Claimer or any other individual race type or words that would be in any past race title to just see results for these. All Maiden races for example will contain the words 'Maiden'. You could also type in Grand National or Derby for example to see results from some of the major races over the past 10 years.
This is where to be more selective than just Flat or Jumps. Here you can select either All Weather (AWF), Flat Turf (FLT), Chase races (CHS), Hurdle races (HDL) or National Hunt Flat races (NHF).
Todays Class Par Average **
The Class Par Average is the average rating for all winners of this race type/age group and class. It is shown above each race card as: Class Par
To find horses that have a better Master Rating or Lto1 rating than the par. Select this category and input a number, for example 80. Then also select Master Rating or Lto1 Rating and select either Greater than or equal to 80. This will then select any horses running today that have a Master Rating or Lto1 rating that is equal to or greater than the class par average of 80.
You may want to start your search with a higher rating of say 90 and work down to lower ratings for both the Class par average and Master or Lto1, until you have enough horses selected or to whatever point you feel is sufficient.
The two Blog Post links below will help understand this and what you are trying achive with this Class Par Average category.
Todays Class Par High **
The Class Par High is the highest ever rating achieved for all winners of this race type/age group and class. It is shown above each race card as: Class Par H
To find horses that have a better Master Rating or Lto1 rating than the previous highest. Select this category and input a number, for example 80. Then also select Master Rating or Lto1 Rating and select either Greater than or equal to 80. This will then select any horses running today that have a Master Rating or Lto1 rating that is equal to or greater than the highest ever class rating of 80.
You may want to start your search with a higher rating of say 90 and work down to lower ratings for both the Class par high and Master or Lto1, until you have enough horses selected or to whatever point you feel is sufficient.
The two Blog Post links below will help understand this and what you are trying achive with this Class Par Average category.
Track Style **
This allows you to select courses that have different track styles. When selected you will be given a drop down list of all combinations of track styles such as; Galloping, Stiff Finish, Undulating or Flat, sharp.
The Bha rating is the official handicap mark for a horse so here you can choose a range of options for horses that have above or below a certain Bha rating to see if results prefer any range in particular.
Bha Rating Diff
This shows the difference in Bha rating, or official handicap mark, between today's ratings and the one from the last race. This way you can see if a horse has dropped in the weights or gone up in the weights. Just read below for how to use the values correctly for this one. You need to think of a horizontal line where moving to the left is 'less than' and moving to the right is 'greater than'
-10, -9, -8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1, =, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
To find horses that were dropped 3lbs or more from their last run; Select less or equal and use a minus number, so -3. This will show horses that have been dropped 3lbs, 4lbs, 5lbs, etc..
Greater or equal a minus number, say -3, will find all horses that have been dropped -3, -2, -1, or nothing (=) as well as those that have gone up 1, 2, 3 and so on.
To find horses that have gone up 3lbs or more since their last run; Select greater or equal 3. This will show all those that have gone up 3, 4, 5 etc.
If you select just equal a minus or a plus number, -3 or 3, it will show just those that have gone up or down exactly your chosen value.
Bha Rating Rank **
This category ranks the BHA Ratings, (Official Ratings/Handicap Marks), in order from the highest to the lowest and numbers them as the highest = 1, second highest = 2, etc..
This means you can select the top weight (s) by selecting this category and = 1, or you could choose the horses that carried the top 3 weights in the race by selecting less or equal 3. If you also select a set number of runners, you could also choose the bottom weight or two horses with the lowest weights in the race. This category will probably be most useful with Handicap races.
This shows the difference in the class of race between today's race and the previous race. Just read below for how to use the values correctly for this one. You need to think of a horizontal line where moving to the left is 'less than' or 'down in class' and moving to the right is 'greater than' and 'raised in class'.
-5, -4, -3, -2, -1, =, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
To find horses that were dropped 2 classes or more from their last run; Select less or equal and use a minus number, so -2. This will show horses that have been dropped 2, 3, 4 classes or more.
Greater or equal a minus number, say -2, will find all horses that have been dropped 2 classes, 1 class, or nothing (=) as well as those that have gone up 1, 2, 3 and so on.
To find horses that have gone up 2 classes or more from their last run; Select greater or equal 2. This will show all those that have gone up 2, 3, 4 etc.
If you select just equal a minus or a plus number, -2 or 2, it will show just those that have gone up or down exactly your chosen value.
Cumulative Lengths Beaten **
If you have a system or set of rules and then add this category, with for example; Cumulative Lengths Beaten >> less or equal >> 1 it will filter the list of results you have or had, to just horses that were beaten 1 length or less. This will increase the win and place wins and profits but only because you are showing all horses not beaten far. If you select >> beaten greater or equal >> 1 length you would have no winners.
It is just a filter the same as the category Finishing Position and Won By Lengths are, so you can see just certain horses from your initial set of system results if you want to.
The Damsire is the father of the dam, so use the option 'contains' to select a Damsire name.
Days Since Run
Some horses run better after a short lay off, others prefer a bit of a break between runs. Trainers can also be found to do well with horses that run quickly again after a run or giving their horses a lay off. So for example you could select 'equal/less than' 14 days to find only horses that have run within the last fortnight.
Days Since Win **
To select horses that have won within any number of days, say the last 14 days, select this category and then less or equals 14. You could look for horses that haven't won for a while by selecting greater or equal, then the number. So for horses that haven't won in the last 12 months for example you would select greater or equal 365.
Here you can pick horses that have won over the days Distance before. You can choose horses that have won twice or more over the distance for example, by choosing; Greater or equal, 2.
This category is for flat racing and is the for the stall number a horse has been drawn in. Some courses have an advantage if you are drawn in a low stall, others a high stall, so here you can find out which draw is preferred at any course of your choice.
Draw % Original **
This category is for flat racing and shows the % of winners found from each stall number. This 'Original' category shows the actual number that was shown on the race card on the day and will be shown on the Historical Meetings pages that shows all past cards as they were when first posted.
Draw % Runners **
This is the same as the category above 'Draw % Original' but calculates the winning percentages after the race, after any non runners have been removed.
Here you can see how Favourites fared in different circumstances, so select either the Favourite, Joint favourites if there were two, Co favourites if there were three or more favourites, the 2nd favourite or the 3rd favourite.
I suggest that the best category to use if you want to find either the 1st, 2nd or 3rd favourite details, or any other ranking position in the betting market, is to use the SP Rank category in the Odds section.
This category is used to just show results for horses that finished in a particular position once you have your set of results so it it is just a filter, the same as 'Cumulative Lengths Beaten' and 'Won By Lengths'.
Mostly it will probably be used to just show all of the winners in a race. So if you have a query with a number of rules and get the results as normal, you can then filter that list of results to just show those horses that won.
For this you would just select Finishing Position equals 1
Note: If you want to run a query for horses that finished first or another poition last time out you do not use this category. For that query you will need Lto 1 Position Numerical
Select if horses were wearing certain headgear or equipment to help them run better. The choices are; B = Blinkers, C = Eye Cover , E = Eye Hood, E/S = Eye Shield, H = Hood, P = Cheekpieces, T = Tongue Tie, V = Visor.
All Horse in Race Class, at Course, at Distance, on Different Goings - Runs, Wins, Win% **
Choose 'contains' on the drop down list for this one and type in the name of the horse. It needs to be typed exactly as the official name of the horse is to make sure you get results for just that horse.
Horse Prize Money Last 12 Months/Overall
The amount of WINNING PRIZE MONEY in pounds that a horse has won in the last 12 months to date and overall in its career. This does not include placed prizemoney.
For example, looking for horses that have winning prize money of £15,000 or more, input: Greater or equal 15000.
Horse Winners Last 12 Months/Overall (% overall)
The number of times a horse has won in the last 12 months and overall in its career and the percentage of wins overall in its career.
Lto 1, 2 and 3 BHA Rating **
To see or search for what the BHA Rating or Handicap mark, was on any of the last three runs.
Lto 1, 2 and 3 Run Style **
This category will show you what the Run Style number was for any of the last three runs. Here you could look for runners that like to lead or have been leading in recent races, so for this you would choose all Run Styles for Lto1, 2 and 3 >> Run Style >> Equal >> 1
The Run Styles are, 1 = Led, 2 = Prominent or just behind leaders, 3 = Midfield, 4 = Slow to start of held up.
Lto 1, 2 and 3 SP Decimal **
To see or search for what the SP was in any of the last three runs, in decimal format. So for example, if you want less or equals 3/1, choose Less or Equal >> 4
Lto 1, 2 and 3 In Running Comment **
Select this category and then 'Contains' and then your chosen comment. So you may want horses that Led, so choose Contains and Led. For horses that Finished Well, select Contains and Finished Well, or nearest at finish.
Lto 1, 2 and 3 Lengths Beaten
Select horses to show in results that were beaten less than or greater than a chosen amount in their last race (Lto 1). For example, only include horses beaten less than 2 lengths last time out, or those beaten equal to or greater than 5 lengths last time out.
Lto 1, 2 and 3 Position
This is for choosing an actual position or to not include an actual position, or to select or not select a letter such as F = Fell, P = Pulled Up etc.in either the last race, the second last race, or the third last race. If you want to select all horses that didn't finish 1st last time out, then select 'not equal' and 1.
Lto 1, 2 and 3 Position Numeric
This is for choosing an actual numeric position or a range of numeric positions in any of a horses last three races. So you could select 'less or equal' 3 and this would only show horses that came 3rd, 2nd or 1st last time out.
Master Days Since Run **
This can be used to find how many days it has been since the Master rating was achieved. It will be between 2 and 365 as horses that ran over 12 months ago do not have a Master Rating shown on the card.
You may feel it is beneficial if a horse has recently achieved it's best rating in the last 12 months showing that the horse is in good form, or perhaps the opposite and you feel it may have peaked if it was achieved recently?
Choose 'ends with' on the drop down list for this one and type in the surname of the Owner. Some owners have better records with certain Trainers and here you could combine both to find if they are historically successful or not, or perhaps together at certain courses.
Horses can run with a penalty on many occasions, for example if a horse wins it may run soon after the win and be given a 6lb penalty as it cannot be assessed by the handicapper before its next run. Here you can select or choose not to select one or a range of penalty amounts between 1 and 21lbs.
Previous Runs Total
Select the number of previous runs you wish a horse to have had before showing in any results. You may want to select 'equal or greater' than 1 if you are using past records from the ratings columns as this then omit any horse winning on it's first race course appearance. You may also want to select 'equal or less' than 10 or 'between' 1 and 10 to only show results for horses that are unexposed and have not had many races so far.
Saddle Cloth Number
You could select horse number 1 and 2 in handicap races to show those at the top of the weights and therefore the highest rated horses in a handicap race.
Filter by the sex of the horse. There are many proven theories that Colts and Geldings run better after a short break, so here you can choose to only count or not include any of the following. Colt = generally a young male horse under the age of 4, Filly = a young female horse under the age of 4, Gelding = a horse that has been castrated, Horse = a mature horse that has not been castrated, Mare = an adult female horse.
The actual stalls are positioned in different places on many courses and this can make a difference to results. The choices can be Centre (of the course), Far (side of the course), High (side of the course) and Low (side of the course).
Here you can filter by any weight, equal to, less than, greater than or a range of weights. This allows to include only light weights, only heavy weights and/or anything in between. Some tight courses such as Fakenham can favour top rated horses carrying more weight as the runners cannot go full speed because the horses are constantly on the turn.
Won By Lengths **
This is another category to use to 'filter' the results that you have from any system rules. Select this and then for example Won By Lengths >> Greater Or Equal >> 5 and it will then only show all horses that won by 5 lengths or more. Finishing Position and Cumulative Lengths Beaten are also filter categories.
Trainer and Jockey Section
Jockey Allowance lbs
The different amount of allowance in pounds a less experienced jockey can claim off the weight of the horse, ranging from 1 -10.
Choose 'ends with' on the drop down list for this one and type in the surname of the specific Jockey. Otherwise type in the absolute correct name of the jockey you require as it is officially listed, such as Sean Bowen or Adam Kirby
All Jockey Categories for Runs, Winners, Win% over all periods **
Choose 'ends with' on the drop down list for this one and type in the surname of the specific Trainer. There will be a list provided in the future of all Trainers so that you can ensure you have the correct spelling and name of the Trainer you are interested in.
All Trainer Categories for Runs, Winners, Win% over all periods **
The number of wins a trainer has had in the last 14 days and the win% over the last 14 days.
So you could run a query that only counts trainers that have had 5 winners or more or had a 20% strike rate over the last 14 days. For these you would query this category, then either equal or greater than 5, or for the win%, equal or greater than 20.
Odds and Ratings Sections
Betting Forecast / Betting Forecast Decimal**
This filter allows you to choose what the starting price of a horse was, so you may want to only include horses that were forecast at 6/1 or less. As this is a decimal price you need to add 1 on to what is a normal fractional odds. So 3/1 would be 4, 10/1 would be 11 etc..
You can also do the same using decimal odds to the SP, so 3/1 will be 4, 9/1 will be 10.
BSP (Betfair Starting Price)
Choose a range or choose above/below any Betfair Starting Prices to be included in your results. You may have a query that looks okay, but by discounting all horses that had a BSP of below 4.0 and above 20.0 for example, may increase the success of the system you are testing.
BSP Rank / BSP Place Rank **
This allows you to choose the position of the horse in either the win or place markets on Betfair. If you want to seklect horses that were the BSP favourite, select = 1 If you want to select all of the first five in the Betfair market, then select less or equals 5
SP (Starting Price)
A full list of Starting Prices are given here for you to select from.
SP Rank **
This allows you to choose the position of the horse by rank by starting price, or bookmaker SP. If you want to seklect horses that were the BSP favourite, select = 1 If you want to select all of the first five in the Betfair market, then select less or equals 5.
This is the best category to use if you want to search for favourites, second favourites, or any ranking position in the betting market. For example, to look for all horses that were not one of the first 3 favourites, choose SP Rank >> Greater or Equal >> 4
As above for the SP's but like the Forecast prices, these need to be in decimal format so you must add a 1 to the price or prices you require. So 3/1 would need to be typed in as 4, 10/1 needs to be typed in as 11.
This category will you horses that have shortened or lengthened from the early morning forecast prices to the Starting Price.
This means you can see if horses have been backed in from their original forecast price or moved the other way. Sometimes this can give a signal to how the horse is likely to run.
A horse that has a forecast price of 8/1 and goes off with an SP 4/1 will have halved in price and this would be seen by selecting 'Less' 50 (%). A horse with a forecast price of 3/1 that goes off at 6/1, would have doubled in price, so this would be found if you select 'Greater' 200 (%)
Ability Rating and Rank
The Ability rating is worked out by the total amount of winning prize money a horse has had divided by the number of wins. So if a horse has winning prize money of 50,000 from two winning races, the ability rating would be £25,000, although we divide this by 1000 to give a more usable number of 25.
A horse with an ability rating of 4, means it has won an average of £4,000 per win and is thought to be of less 'class' than the horse above who has won more on average per win. So you can search for greater/less or equals a particular rating or you can look for the rankings too, where the horse with the highest Ability rating would be rank 1.
Avg, Crs, Dis, Lto, Master and M+A Rating
Here you can choose a specific range of actual rating numbers from the Inform Racing race card. So you could select all horses with a rating in your chosen column of 80 or greater for example. This category is the same for all others shown on the System Builder in this section and they are:
Avg Rating: The average of the last 3 three runs (ratings)
Crs Rating: The best rating at the Course in the last 12 months
Dis Rating: The best rating at the distance in the last 12 months
Lto 1 Rating: The last time out rating
Lto 2 Rating: The second to last rating
Lto 3 Rating: The third to last rating
Master: The best rating overall in the last 12 months
M+A Rating: The total of the Master and the Average rating added together
There is an example card at the bottom of this page.
Avg, Crs, Dis, Lto, Master and M+A Rank
Here you can select the position by ranking in all of the columns shown above. If you want to select only horses that were in the top 3 of a particular column, then you would select 'less or equal' 3. If you want to see just top rated horses (rank 1), then select 'equal' 1. This category is the same for all other columns shown on the System Builder and on the list above.
Betting Forecast Rank
Here you can select the position by ranking of the Forecast Odds, so the horse that was forecast favourite would be rank 1. You could look for 'Less or equal' '3', to get the forecast favourite, second favourite and third favourite.
If you have a betting forecast that is 7/2, 7/2, 9/2, 11/2, 11/2 and 8/1, then searching for the 4th ranked horse would show the two at 11/2. The two at 7/2 would both show if you wanted the 1st ranked but these two together are also ranks 1 and 2. The horse at 9/2 is then rank 3 and the two at 11/2 are both ranked 4.
Form Rating and Rank
The Form rating is worked out by adding the last three form figures together with anything over 10th place, as well as any letters such as F or P, counting as 10. Therefore a horse that came 3rd, 5th and 1st in it's last three races, would have a Form rating of 9.
So you can search for greater/less or equals a particular rating number or you can look for the rankings too, where the horse with the 'lowest' Form rating on this occasion, would be rank 1. If you search for horses with Less than 10, you will usually find horses that have been running well as their form figures do not add up to very much. A horse that won it's last 3 races would score a 3.
You may want to add the Category, 'Previous Runs Total' with a value of 3, to make sure you are looking at horses that have at least run three times so you can equate the form figures together.
Top Rated Clear By
Avg, Crs, Dis, Lto, Master and M+A Clear By
This filter concerns only the top rated horses in all of the columns shown above, where you can determine by how far you want the top rated horse to be clear of the second rated horse. So if you want to show all top rated horses that were clear of the second top rated horse by 5 or more, then select 'equal or greater than' 5.
Betting Forecast Top Rated Clear By
This takes the betting forecast price as a decimal and counts the difference between the favourite, (classed here as the top rated) and the second favourite
So if you have a favourite that is 6/4, as a decimal this is 2.5 and a second favourite that is 7/2 or 4.5, then the difference is 2 as 4.5 - 2.5 = 2
This category can be used to look for races where there is a big gap between the first and second favourites.