What are speed ratings?
Why are speed ratings better
than normal ratings?
What makes the
Inform Racing speed ratings so good?
Can I make money
using your speed ratings?
What are speed ratings?
Speed ratings are the most accurate
method of rating a horses performance, as the rating itself
is achieved using a set calculation based on the time in
which the race was run compared with the standard time set
for each course and distance. We use our own
standard times for every course and distance and adjust them
throughout the year to help make the ratings as accurate as
All the races at a meeting are rated,
after which a 'going allowance' is calculated. This going
allowance simply allows the races to be adjusted depending
on the condition of the ground on the day. For example, if
the ground was riding very soft, all race times would be slower than standard, so another set calculation is made to
determine by just how much each race was slowed down (or
quickened up if the ground is riding fast).
Unlike other speed ratings compilers
also work a class allowance variable into the figures before
the ratings are finally adjusted to allow for the differing
standards of each race on the card, again giving you the
most exact speed rating possible. Once these allowances have
been made the ratings can be compiled.
Inform Racing speed ratings give
you a precise, calculated rating for each and every runner
that can be confidently used as a measure of a horses
ability in a race.
Why are speed
ratings better than normal ratings?
Normal horse racing ratings are not as
reliable as speed ratings because they are based entirely on
the opinions of the compiler, who in most cases simply uses
his 'judgement' to rate a race often based on the finishing
positions of the higher rated horses in the race.
This method is open to misinterpretation
and is in the main an inaccurate method of rating
performance as although the rating is based on the runners
performance in the race, nothing can be deemed as definite unlike the
precise calculations of speed ratings.
the Inform Racing speed ratings so good?
There are a two main reasons why the
Inform Racing ratings are more reliable than other ratings
and they are the method
in which the ratings are calculated and the way in which the
information is displayed on the
Firstly I use my own standard course
and distance times and update them regularly throughout the
season, making them and therefore the ratings as accurate and
up to date as possible. As well as this I take into account
every race on the card when making allowances for the going
(the condition of the ground), which allows me to
really 'see' how the ground was riding on all parts of the
course and not just where most of the races were run.
Sandown for example, has a round
course for races of 7 furlongs or more and a straight course
just for 5 furlong races. By taking these different parts of
the course into account we can get a far more accurate
rating for every race instead of just a 'general' feel and
can make our going allowances more accurate.
I also add a class
allowance variable into the ratings before they are finally
adjusted to allow for the different class of race on the
day. Without this factored into the ratings, a high grade of
race, a Group or Pattern race for example, run on a card of
mainly handicaps and maidens would bring the average of the
days race times up too high meaning that the ratings would
also be incorrect. This class allowance means that each race
can be rated at its correct level. (You will be able to see
this clearly in the ratings themselves when comparing race
cards from different classes of race).
The second reason our ratings are so
popular is the simple way in which our
race cards are displayed.
Many ratings operations seem to have so much information
available that it can be a little daunting to people
who just want the facts about a race and to see clearly what
is likely to win.
I have purposely
not gone over the top with the information that is provided
so as not to cloud the issue too much. You see many other
racing web sites that appear incredibly over complicated,
with far too much detail that it would seem impossible to be
able to come up with a selection.
The Inform Racing race
cards are the main focal point of the service giving you
all the information you need at a glance. All top three
rated horses under each heading are highlighted in bold
so that you can easily pick these out and all eight
columns of information serve a very useful purpose indeed.
You can now also see what
conditions the Master rating and all last three runs were
achieved under. Just hover you mouse pointer over any of the
Master or Lto ratings and a small box will appear showing
the course, distance and going of the rating in question. I
have also added a second pop up box which appears when you
hover over the horse name and this contains all of the quick
and vital race stats about each runner. This includes
Trainer and Jockey form, career stats for the horse at
course, distance all goings and class of race as well as
are happy to use this
first 'race card' table to select their bets without going too deep into
the 'form'. With a good view of recent and overall form
available here it is possible to get a good snapshot of the
race and to see what is most likely to win.
For those that do
want more information however, it is there. The form
tables are extremely simple to use and as readable as
any other form guide available. All required form
factors are included and as each column is fully sort table
it allows you to group any factors together very easily to look
at a horses form when ridden by a certain jockey for example, when running over a certain distance
I now also provide the Advanced Search Facilty too which
will let you search the database of over 250,000+ pieces of
form to cross check a horses performance over one or a
combination of form factors. This feature alone will prove
invaluable for any punter that wishes to succeed at betting
and will be of great use to punters who like to 'lay' horses
too as the search results will often bring up poor form
statistics that will be of use when laying any fancied runners.
Can I make money
using your speed ratings?
Undoubtedly, yes. There are many
subscribers that have been with me since I started online
in March 2003 and this has to be the greatest
compliment that can be paid as no one hangs around if they can't continuously make
Inform Racing will provide you
with a method of gaining a winning edge over every other
punter because most other gamblers just don't seem to want
about speed ratings. It is falsely thought that because of
the difference in UK race track configurations it must be
impossible to rate a race based solely on time. However this
is definitely not the case.
By calculating each rating
against our own standard times for every course and distance
separately and adding in a going allowance which then allows
a proper reading for all races on the day no matter what the condition of the
ground, it is possible to put a definite figure against
When you have information that
others don't have, it puts you in the box seat and far more aware of
horses that are likely to win or run well at big odds.
I see winners every week that
have poor form figures by their names that have been highly
rated on recent, overall, course or distance form and
by concentrating on these four factors alone, which can all be
found on the
race cards, your betting
will start to pay dividends right away.
If you have any questions about
speed ratings then please
contact me and I will try and answer
you as quickly as possible.
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