Weight Information & help
The weight each participating horse in todays race is carrying and the weight carried in previous races is a major element to consider in your research. The weight carried by a horse is designated by the rules of the race and in handicaps by the official rating allocated to the horse. The allocated weight is made up of the jockeys weight and any remainder by weights placed in the saddle bag.
Horse racing weight conversion table
The weight carried by a horse in any particular race will normally be displayed in a stone and pounds format, this is shortened to an easily readable display such as 11-12 (11 stone 12 pounds). The below table shows the total pounds for each of these values.
A handicap is a race where each horse is allocated a weight dependent on their official rating and the conditions of the race. With the Handicaps(+non) setting, you can specify whether the race was a handicap or a non-handicap.
With the Weight setting, you can specify a weight range in relation to the total weight the horse carried. Your selection will limit the query to horses with a weight within the specified range. The weight includes any reduction for a jockeys claim.
With the Official Rating setting, you can specify an official rating range as required. Your selection will limit the query to horses who had an official rating within the specified range.
With the Top Rating Comparison, you can compare the horse's official rating against the top rated horse in the race.
With the Average Rating Comparison, you can compare the horse's offical rating against the average rating of the race. This is calculated by the following basic formula (Add all official ratings in race and divide by Number of Runners)
With the Bottom Rating Comparison, you can compare the horse's rating against the bottom rated in the race.
With this category you can limit the races included in your query by specifying a weight range that was carried by the top weighted horse in the race. For example if you specifed between 10-1 and 10-2 you would be narrowing your system to only horses running in races where the topweight in the race was carrying that weight. NOTE THIS CATEGORY DOES NOT LIMIT HORSES IT ONLY LIMITS RACES. Hope that got your attention! I mention this because people think this limits the runners in a race, when in fact it only limits a characteristic of a race. In other words if you set your criteria as only the above example - you would be backing every horse in every race where the topweighted horse carried between 10-1 and 10-2.
With this category you can limit the races included in your query by specifying a official rating range that was the average in the race. NOTE THIS CATEGORY DOES NOT LIMIT HORSES IT ONLY LIMITS RACES.
This system builder category focuses on the average official rating in the horses last race. This is calculated by adding all the official ratings allocated to each horse who competed in that race (obviously including the horse in question) and then dividing this total by the number of runners in the race. This rating is then rounded to a whole number
Using this setting, you can analyse and control what the highest official rating in the race was. In each race every horse has an allocated official rating and it is the highest of those that this test relates to.
With the Top Weight Comparison, you can compare the horse's weight against the top weight carried in the race.
With the Average Weight Comparison (& Exc Claim) categories, you can compare the horse's weight against the average weight of the race. This is calculated by the following basic formula (Add all weights in race and divide by Number of Runners). The category that excludes the jockeys claim calculates the average when ignoring claims made by jockeys.
With the Bottom Weight Comparison, you can compare the horse's weight against the bottom weight in the race.
This test is identical to the Top Weight Comparison with the exception that any claim made by jockeys is excluded from the test.
The OR comparison tests allow you to compare the official rating allocation of the horse in the tested race versus the official rating allocated to it in last race or win.
These categories in the system builder are for the purpose of eliminating/including only horses who fall into a certain weight placement position in terms of the overall race. It may be you only want to include horses who were in the top 3 weights. Alternatively it may be the case you are looking for those who had a weight between 3rd and 8th heaviest. The excluding claim option, does the exact same thing except ordering when ignoring any claim made by the jockey.
Official Rating Analysis
The official rating designated to each horse within a race is a good indicator of the quality of races the horse has been running in. In the Official Rating Analysis pages as part of todays racing tools we can easily summarise data based on the presentation table. Getting on top of this data and understanding its use can really be effective in identifying potentially well handicapped horses or those who are running beyond their capabilities.
First you are displayed with the official rating of the horse in todays race, then in each of the four larger columns the official rating of the horse as well as the top, average and bottom in its last 4 races. It is not uncommon when analysing this data to spot opportunities in the market with horses seemingly running above/below their class.
You can use the form-type icons (Flat, All Weather, Hurdle and Chase) to immediately switch between official ratings for the various codes of racing. There are also options to sort the data as you please, by clicking on the relevant heading.
OR, weight and handicap statistics
We have a section within our horse racing statistics feature dedicated to official rating, weight and handicaps.
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