How To Analyze Past Performances In Horse Racing

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When it comes to studying the form for the biggest races on the calendar, bettors can often have sleepless nights. It is a time-consuming effort, and you’ll find yourself often tossing and turning between two rivals in the same race, as the form matches up perfectly.

However, bettors are able to narrow down the number of selections that they believe stand a chance in the race that they are watching through free past performances. This helpful tool is available to all racing fans once declarations have been made, and reading throughout the PPs can often be the best way to find a winner.

Reading PPs

All horse racing fans are able to get hold of PPs for the day of racing ahead, as they are available online at sites such as Equibase, while the course websites themselves will also offer the opportunity to download the document. Past Performances highlight all the key information that bettors must be aware of before making their wager, as you can read up on all the horses’ recent runs, as well the key stats for trainers and jockeys can also be found.

The PPs also highlight the speed figures recorded by each runner on all recent starts that they have made, as well as distinguishing the distance and terrain that was run over. Pedigree information can also be found for each horse in the top section of their PP section before you can look at each individual run.

Recent Success

The first vital piece of information that all bettors will be looking at is the recent form that the horse has in the book. This can be easily found in the top section for each individual horse, as the runs, wins and places can be found for each calendar year in a simple box.

Meanwhile, the runs over the different kinds of conditions and terrains can also be found in this section. This can pinpoint horses that are enjoying solid years on the track, as well as help to help find horses that have good records over the conditions that they will be tackling in a specific race.

Course/Distance Form

One of the most important factors to consider when reading through the PPs of each horse involved in a certain race is whether they have any form over the course or distance. Positive performances over the same distance or course will rank very highly when looking for bright spots, this is especially the case when looking at the distance form.

Horses that have progressed nicely over six furlongs will be a strong chance if they are returning back to that distance, especially if they have set competitive speed figures on starts over that distance. Course distance is also vitally important, as some horses can boast very impressive form at certain tracks, as the bias on the surface could suit their running style. However, that same style may be unfavoredon other tracks.

Speed Figures

One piece of information that bettors will be quick to look at when studying PPs is the speed figures that the runners have recorded. Low-speed figures would indicate that the runner will have an inferior chance, while those with speed figures in the region of 90+ will be considered to have a strong chance.

This is especially the case if the highest speed figures that a runner has recorded have come over the distance that they will be competing over in the race you’re studying for.

High-speed figures must match up with all tangible elements of the race, which includes the horse running over the same distance, course and terrain. But, it is a solid tool to use to ensure that you avoid betting on horses that could be outclassed.

 

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