Today I would like to discuss the topic of form study, and more so the tools available to aid us with this task.
There are a fair few aids at our disposal these days, and punters are in a far better position than that of years gone by. There are plenty of websites that offer a wealth of info, also there are plenty of databases on the market that for a fee help us take our study to the next level. So with that in mind I am going to touch on those that I feel give us the best chance of staying ahead of the bookie.
At The Races:
This is probably the best info site available on the market, as it caters for all levels of knowledge and offers its readers/members some great tools without charging you a penny. Inside the race cards you are presented with a very user friendly interface, which has handy little tools including Timeform comments and analysis info. You can research trainer/jockey form, previous horse form, and also one of the handiest little tools in my opinion ‘Future Form’ which allows you to delve deeper into the value of a horses previous runs based on how well other horses in the race have performed thereafter. Add to this the ability to view any past race videos that have aired on the channel, plus a wealth of info to read with blogs from top jockeys and trainers, this site is a must for all horse racing enthusiasts.
Another fantastic site which again does not charge a penny. It does not have some of the handier features that ATR have, but the one thing it does have that ATR does not is the ability to let us view Racing UK videos for free. The only catch with this is you must be a member of Skybet, but for the minute or so it takes to register this is a small price to pay. The reading material on the site for all sports is superb, and again is a must have in my opinion.
The leaders in the field so to speak, and that view does warrant plenty of respect. However this has lost much of its appeal these days since introducing a charge for most of the info available. You can still go in and do basic study, and admittedly it does post some great info with regards to breeding stats, sales info etc etc. However you can still find that info elsewhere for free on the net, and although the basic charge of £3 – £5.50 per week hardly breaks the bank, the prices will only go up and for the average punter the above two sites can do the same job even if you do have to flick between the two from time to time. If you are looking for a one stop shop though, and are willing to pay the membership fees, you will find this site invaluable.
They are the main three sites, and most of you will have heard of them, so I will now touch on a couple of databases that can help you take your game to the next level.
Horse Race Base:
This is a great little tool and is certainly a value for money option when it comes to subscription fees. The owner is constantly improving the features, it has the ability to let you delve much deeper into trends analysis, trainer/jockey form, and lets you create your own systems plus much more. There is a free trial available to all new members, so is worth a look at the very least.
The Racing Post’s computerised form book, and although on the pricey side of affairs it does pay for itself over time. There are many handy features included, and you can get lost in the array of info and stats available. The software can prove tricky when you attempt to run a tailor made system though, and I have found in the past it has the tendancy to freeze for long periods of time. All in all though ignoring some little quirks it is up there with the best.
This is the one I currently use, and to be honest having tried most of the ones available on the market this one supersedes the lot. The interface itself is a little daunting at first glance, but there are plenty of handy video tutorials allowing you to learn how to use all of the features the software has to offer. You can simply get lost for hours discovering it’s capabilities, and the daily extra’s on offer in the members area are alone worth the subscription fees. It is on the pricey side and I would only recommend it for those who are seriously interested in taking their study to a new high, but if you do fall into that category then I guarantee this piece of kit will give you what you need.
There are plenty of other options available out there, but the above three in my opinion are the best, I’m sure others will disagree.
There is some great racing over at Punchestown today, including the face-off between Flemenstar and Sir Des Champs. With just four runners in the field it really should be between those two, and I would not put you off a bet on the latter who should be the market leader in my opinion, and even at the low price of 7/4 still offers a bit of value. Neither horses are likely to go for broke though, especially with richer prizes on offer later in the season, but this is a great starting block for the Willie Mullins runner who is a very live contender for the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March.
Back next Sunday.