Is it Time to Start Horsing Around?
- Love Racing?
- Love Punting?
- Love Winning?
- Not Getting Enough Time to Study the Form Properly?
- Not Winning Enough?
It is Time to Start Horsing Around.
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STOP! If you are looking for a Get Rich Quick Scheme then please GO AWAY.
Horsing Around is not and will never make that claim.
However if you are want to become a better punter and win more often than please read on.
Horsing Around is designed to help those punters who like to do their own form.
Most punters like to study their own form and bet on their own selections. We study the form of each horse in a race and consider the ability of the jockey and the ability of the trainer. We look at the horse's record at the track, the horse's record at the distance and the horse's record on the surface. We take into consideration the horse's class (best ever performance) and then analyse the most recent runs in terms of race grade, winning or beaten margin and any change in weight or track conditions. Next we look at the barriers and the speed maps and maybe their first up record or whatever else we decide could be relative to that horse's winning chances. And eventually we either decide that this horse has a genuine winning chance or we put the pen through it. We do all this because it is challenging and it is fun and we all get a great sense of pride and achievement when we cheer home a winner we have selected ourselves.
This initial run through the form guide can be very time consuming and all we have really acheived is to narrow the field down to a few main chances. We should then be looking at race replays and barrier trials, sectional times and stewards reports, listening to the jockey and trainer interviews and taking in the expert opinions before eventually deciding how and where to invest our money.
However to do this properly takes time, time we do not always have and this is where Horsing Around comes in. Horsing Around uses a computer program to study the form as described in the first paragraph above and displays the findings in such a way that the results of that (previously) time consuming form study jump right off the page at you. The horses are listed in winning chance order and a quick glance at the Ratings Breakdown shows you where one horse has an advantage over another by displaying which horses have the best jockeys, the best trainers, the best records at the track, the best records at the distance, the best records at the surface, the most class and the best recent form in an easy to read table. They say a picture says a thousands words and in the case of Horsing Around a picture summarises a thousand form lines.
Below is an image of the Horsing Around Page for the 2016 Perth Cup.
The total rating is shown at the top (simply the sum of all the parts) while the number beside each horse's name in the Ratings Breakdown is the individual points awarded for that category.
Horsing Around calculates the total rating by giving each horse points along the way. The jockey and trainer are given points based on their strike rate over the last 300 races. The points for the record at the track, the record at the distance and the record on the surface are based on the number of wins and places each horse has acheived and range from 1 (for a horse that is unplaced 4 or more times) to 10 (for a horse that has won 3 or more times) with a horse that is relatively untried in any category being awarded 3 points. The points for class are awarded based on a horse's best ever performance with a horse that has never ever been placed getting zero points while a horse that has won at Group 1 level gets 14 points. The points for recent form are a little more complicated but are based on the race grade, the race prizemoney, the track location, the official race margins and any change in weight. Each horse is also given points for the barrier and their likely position in running and Bonus and Penalty points are awarded for certain aspects of their recent form. All of these individual points can be found by clicking on the rating pie link for any particular race. The final rating for any horse is then just the total of all the points given for each category just described.
The Top Half of the Perth Cup Page Showing the Ratings Pie.
Users can switch between the basic page, the ratings pie page or a full form page by using the links at the top.