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The ratings are normally posted before 6pm the night before racing. If you have had your pc on for a while you may need to refresh the meetings page to see the newly added race cards and ratings.
Once the ratings have been added I then input the pop up boxes which takes about five minutes, so if you have logged on and the pop up boxes are not showing, then please wait a short while for the pop up code to run and then refresh the page again if need be.
If you are new to using the speed ratings then I suggest that you watch a day or two of racing to see how the ratings perform and to get an idea of how it all works.
Accessing the cards and information.
To access all the cards and members information, click members login at the top right hand corner of the home page and input your passwords into the correct fields. If you forget your passwords then use the Forgot Password link and follow the instructions on how to reset your password.
Once logged on you can choose from the links for the day, the day before or tomorrow, when these have been posted. You can also download the ratings into excel.
Viewing and printing the cards.
If you find that you need to change the screen resolution to view the cards better, you can do this in your pc’s Control Panel, clicking Display, then Settings, or in your Appearance settings. To print all the cards from one meeting, ‘right click’ on the card itself and a menu should appear. Click ‘Print’ from this menu and you will be able to print all of the cards together on 3 or 4 sheets of A4 paper, depending on the number of races and runners.
Using the cards.
All the columns can be sorted to bring the highest ratings to the top by clicking the headers at the top of each column and all cards are sorted at once. Personally, I always sort each card by the Master column as this brings the best overall form to the top.
No ratings for any horse that ran the day before will be shown as I do not always have time to calculate the ratings this quickly. All ratings that score nothing in the event of either not finishing, (Fell, Pulled Up etc.) or because the time was so slow will be shown as ‘1’, the lowest rating for a horse that finishes is ‘5’.
For the flat racing cards, all form for both all weather and turf form is mixed. The recent introduction of the Polytrack surface at Lingfield and Kempton, Wolverhampton (Tapeta) and soon to be at Chelmsford is seen by experts as to be very close to good ground on the turf and for the ratings it makes little or no difference to how they perform. Only Southwell’s all weather fibresand surface is different and is considered deeper and more like good to soft ground. You will find many horses that are top rated for a turf race win, despite their top rating being from an all weather race. If you wish to look deeper into the ratings or form, the simple form guides will allow you to do this very easily.
For the jump races, a chase race card will only show chase racing form and a hurdle or national hunt flat race will show both hurdle and national hunt flat racing form. No Hunter Chase races are shown for all the jump racing as much of the form is from Point to Point races and are often contested by very old horses who’s best days are behind them. They are also usually run at no pace at all.
The Form Guide
This can be accessed by clicking the link under each card. All winning form is shown with a yellow background to each line. The columns are self explanatory apart from maybe ‘OR’ which is the official rating for the horse given by the official handicapper and ‘Days’ which is the number of days between each race.
Advanced Search Feature
This is also accessed via the link below each card and is useful for checking on detailed form.
Average Class Ratings
This link which opens in a pop up in the centre of the screen, shows the average winners speed ratings for each class of race and type to allow you to see what the average winner of the race in question has achieved in the past.
In Depth Form Tables
These four tables, explained previously, also open in a pop up in the centre of the screen, allow you to look closer at the form of each race regarding the conditions, the run styles, the official ratings and the race class.
What to look out for
All major columns, Master, Lto, Avg and M+A have a consistent 55% plus strike rate for the top 3 rated. In my experience the Master and the M+A column give the better return regards prices as the Lto and Avg columns are normally concerned with recent form which is more known to other punters.
My main suggestion is that you look for horses that have standout figures in any of the main columns (Master, Lto, Avg, M+A) compared to the other horses in the race. For example one horse may have rated 76 last time out and the next best horse last time out rated 69. For a horse to be 7 clear of the next best suggests a very previous run and would be put on my short list. I would check if the horse won last out and is not now too high in the handicap or that the horse often runs well but has a poor strike rate for example but all things being equal, a horse like this is worth looking at.
You will see many races where all the runners have recently scored around the same figures and all columns ratings are within one or two of each other. For me I will ignore this sort of race as there is nothing that stands out on the ratings.
Horses that have much better Lto figures than other runners and are dropping in class are worth a look as well as those that ran down the field last time out but scored a good rating, suggesting the race they ran in was very good on the clock and hopefully will allow the horse to start at a decent price if it’s form figure is five, six or seven rather than one or two.
If you look at most horses that start odds on or are at very short prices, you will see they are usually well clear on the ratings and for me this shows that the ratings do actually work and are highlighting the horses most likely to win. If you take this point into other races, you can look for horses that are maybe not so clear but because of this will be running at bigger prices than odds on.
If you can find a horse that’s last three ratings are better than all the other runners last three, you will have a horse in with a great chance of winning. There are not too many of these come up each week but they do win at very good prices most of the time.
So horses that standout at the ratings at a decent price plus horses that qualify on more than one of the systems and methods given later are what I suggest that you look out for and I have never worried about backing two or three horses in one race if the prices are good. There are plenty of decent priced winners found from the top three rated horses, especially from the Master and M+A columns.
Races that are more reliable
In my view, all age races, (3yo+, 4yo+), have proven to be more reliable as there is more previous form to go on. Maiden races for 2 year olds are more reliable than maiden races for older horses and 3 year old handicaps are the races I would avoid. These 3 year old handicaps have many horses that have had just three runs and are are running in their first handicap often being raised in distance and can be called unexposed.