Distances Information & Help
The distance horses race over is an essential element when studying horse racing. The race distance is simply the total length over which the race will be run (for example 1 mile means the horses will compete to see who wins when travelling over a distance of 1 mile in the race).
Horse Racing Distance Conversion Table
To fully understand horse racing distances you will need to be aware of the different measurement types used and appropriate conversion. The below table shows each race distance travelled over in horse races throughout the UK and Ireland, in the adjoining columns you can view the number of furlongs and yards making up the distance.
Choice of race distance
Initially when a horse first goes racing it is likely the optimum distance will be decided on several factors including how the horse has performed at home in different scenarios and the preferred distance of the horses parents and other relatives. For more experienced horses, past performance over the distance travelled (and other comparable distances) can be an excellent indication of their anticipated handling of future trips. A simple example of this could be that the horse has raced 25 times yet all of its 4 wins have came on the same distance. Alternatively a trainer may have decided the horse needs to compete over a longer or shorter distance based on how it has raced.
Distances in the horse racing system builder
With the Distance setting, you can specify a distance range as required. Your selection will limit the query to races that fall within the distance range chosen. The same theory applies to the race distance categories relating to previous runs of the horse. Comments -
With the Previous Distance Beaten setting, you can specify a range of distance that the horse was beaten by in its previous race.
Description of the distance won/ahead category
This particular system builder category looks at the horses previous race and to the distance it finished ahead of the next finishing horse. It is vital you are aware it does not just include winning horses, to set this paramater you will need to set the previous placing category at 1. If you do not specify a previous placing you will receive mixed results. Comments -
Horse Racing Distance Analysis Help
When studying the horses listed to compete in any of todays horse racing, more often than not a factor you should consider is how each horse has performed over the same distance in the past. It may also be of interest over what race distance the horse has had most success. This data can hopefully lead to some assumptions as to whether the horse is suited by todays trip, whether the horse is likely to stay (last the trip) or if perhaps its too short (certain horses excel when having to travel further). The purpose of the Distance Analysis Tool is to answer these questions fast and efficiently.
Distance Analysis Display
This display shows how each horse competing in the race has fared previously in five separate tests. Each of these tests is highlighted as a heading in the 5 main columns within the table. These are (from left to right) -
Each of the main columns in the table has three sub columns displaying the number of Runs, Wins and Places in the test.
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