Further help on horse racing systems is available here (v3 help page).
A system can be defined as a formulated, regular, or special method or plan of procedure. A horse racing system follows the same principle. People often believe horse racing systems are complex, but actually they can be extremely simple. If you consistently back every selection that meets a certain set of criteria, then this is a horse racing system. Of course, a profitable system is the aim! The HorseRaceBase System Builder V4 is designed to assist those wishing to find a longer term betting strategy and is an invaluable tool for anyone interested in horse racing systems. It allows you to perform extremely complex and indepth operations on a huge amount of data instantly!V4 Help Menu
Welcome to the System Builder V4
Version 4 includes some huge enhancements based on member feedback, including -
Please be aware of the following -
Select All Options
A common request in the v3 builder was a select all option. In other words tick all the boxes listing criteria for a category. This has now been replaced with the addition of the NOT option (you will never need to tick more than half the boxes).
Odds in the V4 Builder
Taking account of the introduction of Betfair SP and to avoid confusion, all odds in the v4 System Builder are presented as numerical including the stake - for example 4/1 would be displayed as 5.00. This format will be available throughout the site in due course.V4 Help Menu
Initially created for the v3 Builder, this feature has been adjusted to allow transfer to the v4 set up. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and then click V4 to load the data.V4 Help Menu
Fast Start Feature
Designed to be as simple as possible to use, the Fast Start Feature lists the most commonly used categories/criteria when system building. It can be used primarily for the two following purposes.
Initially the options are all set to include everything, in other words if you did not make any changes to the page then your system would involve backing every horse in every race!
To apply the criteria you require, simply change the set criteria in any of the areas as required, for example if you wanted to include Horses who had won at the track you would go to the Horse Form section and change the dropdown beside Form at Track to "Track Winners - horse has previously won at the Track".
When you have finished setting your criteria just press the Go button. You will be presented with the performance of your system in the V4 Builder. Should you wish you can use the tabs to analyse or refine the system further. Users of the Fast Start Feature should be aware of the following -
Records in the v4 Builder
All UK and Irish races since 2003 are in the Builder. Trends go back as far as 1997. Records for the previous days racing are loaded to the V4 Builder as early as possible the following day, after a rigorous checking procedure on all the various categories. The current last date in the Builder is 24th February 2017V4 Help Menu
Recalling a Saved System
You can recall a Saved System to the builder for further editing or to use as the start point of another system. To do so follow these steps.
Your system will only be updated if you save it. Failure to do so will mean no changes are recorded.V4 Help Menu
Automatic Load From Race Cards/Results/Data
Quite often you may be studying the form or analysing the result of a particular race/individual and decide it would be advantageous to investigate some particular aspect of similar races. The Automatic Load features available in all race cards and results make doing so a quick step. To get to the Automatic Load area click the V4 tab in any race card, result, jockey, horse, trainer, stallion or dam and you will be presented with a list of available options. Choose the criteria you wish to automatically load in and confirm, it will then be loaded as a start point in the v4 Builder.V4 Help Menu
The Big Race Trends section can be used to analyse hundreds of valuable races using the complete database back to 1997. To transfer click the Query tab in any Big Race and then choose the V4 option. As an exception to all other queries in the Builder, trends can be analysed for all years since 1997.V4 Help Menu
When you first access the V4 Builder you will be on the Overview tab. If you are starting a new system you will be presented with some available options for getting started. For help with these options please see the Getting Started submenu.
If you have criteria specified in your system then you will be shown how many categories are currently set and when appropriate shown some statistics of the performance of your system. You will also be displayed a list of each set category with the criteria displayed alongside. Each category has beside it a red x, which you can use to remove (delete) that specification. There is additionally a small pencil image, which allows you to edit the criteria for the category.V4 Help Menu
The Add area is for adding known data specifications to your system. Available system categories are grouped together and presented with a checkbox beside each - you can hover over any category for more details. Each of the categories are bracketed into a Data Type heading (such as Stallion Data), it is important to be aware of the category you are using and to be sure it does as you wish - for a brief help snippet hover over the category.
The two step process is as follows
This area is used to show detailed analysis of your system criteria by categories of your choosing. You can select up to ten categories by ticking the boxes. After you press Go you will be presented with the appropriate breakdowns.
The Breakdown tab is an extremely powerful tool, using it you can break down any set of criteria by any category.
To clarify this - it does not matter what criteria you have set in your system, it can literally be anything. Using Track as an
example, here are a couple of scenarios to further illustrate the point.
Obviously the purpose of the breakdown is to try and identify key statistics giving a potential advantage when future runners share the same characteristics. It is highly likely you may wish to break the data down several times, adding in information as you proceed (or in many cases realising there is nothing relevant so simply ignoring).
You choose the categories you wish to break the data down by following the same process as the Add/Edit area (ticking appropriate categories). If you choose only 1 category there are options to select criteria and add it in to your system. If you choose several (up to 10) there will be an option alongside each breakdown to 'Close In' (where criteria can then be set).
The breakdown presentation is in accordance with the calculations you have specified in the Customise area. The page can be reloaded to change the data display, for example by sorting it in a certain manner or by stating only criteria producing a certain number of qualifiers is shown. For certain types of data such as number of runners, percentage categories and prize money there are numerous groupings that can be used to break the data down (via the group by dropdown).
The Breakdown(s) displayed apply the system rules you have specified and show analysis of each of the variables of the chosen category that have produced qualifiers. The data shown uses your settings in the customise area & the Apply & Reload form can also be used. As an example if you have system rules stating UK,favourites and choose to breakdown Track, the analysis displayed is for performance of favourites at each race track in the UK.
If you decide you wish to add some of the criteria in to your system, you do so by either ticking boxes or setting the minimum and maximum range (depending on the category). Upon completion you will return to the Overview tab and your system criteria will have been updated.
Breakdown Tab - Include Unset Option
The 'Include Unset' option appears when you breakdown a category that you have criteria already set for. It gives you the option of breaking down all criteria to see performance of both your currently set criteria as well as the criteria not included. For example if you had set the criteria for Tracks as Fontwell and Hexham and choose to breakdown by Tracks, initially only these tracks will be included in the breakdown - choosing 'Include Unset' will mean all tracks are included in the breakdown. At present this option appears in the options box of the Breakdown tab for single category breakdowns of Tracks, Jockeys, Trainers or Stallions only.V4 Help Menu
As expected the Stats tab shows statistics for the criteria you have set in the System. The presentation is in accordance with the calculations you have specified in the Customise area. There are three sub-areas within the Stats tab. These are -
You may wish to have a look at the horses who have ran previously meeting the criteria you have set in your system. These can be viewed and downloaded from within the Qualifiers tab. The presentation shows data relating to each of the qualifiers such as the starting price, the race date etc. Where appropriate the data will be presented as a link, which if clicked will open up a new page with the relevant full record (for example click a jockey's name and his full record will open in a new window).
Qualifiers are shown 200 at a time, there are Next and Previous buttons at the foot of the page to navigate through the records. If you prefer to download the qualifiers, there are two options available. Click either the CSV or Excel button and the data will be transferred to the appropriate file type of your choosing. Note the number of qualifiers included in your download is dependent on your account type.V4 Help Menu
The Now tab shows qualifiers due to run in races scheduled for today and tomorrow (once the next days races have been loaded to the site). It is vital to be aware the qualifiers listed are based on what is known at the time (see the Static/Non/Static help section). As with other tabs in the Builder to be a qualifier a horse must meet ALL the criteria specified in your system.V4 Help Menu
Each Way Tab
A traditional betting option revolves around backing horses each way. This is when you place 2 points on the selection, one as a win bet and one as a place bet. The place terms in use vary by race. This tab shows the return you would have made had you backed all the selections each way. The official starting price is used for this calculation.
There are a couple of options you can use for further personalisation - these are the minimum odds you would back at (it is unlikely you would back a short priced runner each way) and the minimum number of runners in the race (small fields pay less places).The statistics are shown for backing all, handicaps only and non handicaps only.V4 Help Menu
Some systems can provide better returns when applying a staking plan. In this area a selection of plans can be accessed and applied to your system by following the on screen instructions. A short description of each of the plans is below -
When accessing this tab it is to save your system or apply changes you have made to an existing system.
You can analyse multiple categories with the digger feature. By taking the existing system criteria you have already set and analysing your chosen categories we can instantly create a report to help us analyse and spot horse racing trends or patterns. This is done by bracketing data into segments, for some of the categories this is straightforward (such as jockey) as the programme can simply separate by each criteria type, for others (such as odds) a more complicated behind the scenes procedure is required in order to provide meaningful stats
Lets take an example to show what the digger does. If you had set your existing criteria as trainers Richard Hannon or Aidan OBrien & jockeys Richard Hughes or Johnny Murtagh and chose to break down (dig) by Going/Track/Distance what you would be searching on is -
When starting the digger you need to choose between 2 and 7 categories and apply settings to two important factors. Sort By which stipulates the order data will be displayed to you and Min Qualifiers, which tells HorseRaceBase the number of qualifying horses (those who match all criteria) required before it should be included in the output.
Each time you click Run you will open a new page and automatically be at the stats tab. This is to quickly offer opportunity to analyse whether it is of further interest to you.V4 Help Menu
Sliders allows you to test the criteria of the categories set, which are using a between range. For each appropriate category you are presented with 4 "sliders", clicking any will instantly change and update the performance of the system criteria, which is always shown at the top.
For example, if you had Race Distance set as part of your system criteria with values of Between 6f and 7f you will have 4 "sliders" avaliable - the values will be 5.5 furlongs, 6.5 furlongs, 6.5 furlongs and 7.5 furlongs. Going through each of these in turn, is the easiest way to explain.
The advantage of the Sliders function is you can quickly test different ranges and immediately view how it affects the system performance and in the process maximise the potential of your system. Below are some further notes and points to be aware of.
The Use Races is an advanced facility allowing you to use the races in your system and then start a new system with only them in it. An example would be if you had chosen all races with an odds on shot in them as your system. Use Races would mean you could then apply a filter to see how Second Favs got on in these races. Another example would be if you had chosen a certain trainer and then Use Races. You could then see how other trainers got on against him.V4 Help Menu
A common request is to include HRB Standard and other Ratings Machine ratings within systems. This is regrettably not possible as categories just yet. This option however does allow you to set up a system and then transfer the settings into the Ratings Machine to test how your ratings would have performed when applied. Further options will be added in due course.V4 Help Menu
The "NOT" Option
It may be the case your criteria is easier applied by stating the category DOES NOT equal something, rather than the normal way of stating it does. For example if your system includes a certain trainer but you only wish to include horses not ridden by the main stable jockey this is far easier to set up by stating "Jockey IS NOT X" instead of "Jockey equals A,B,C,D,E,F etc etc". Another example is if you wish to include all tracks in your system except Kempton and Newbury, it is easiest to set this up as "Track - NOT Kempton, Newbury" rather than listing all the other tracks. The NOT Option should be straight forward to understand but here are some further points to be aware of.
Using text boxes to enter values
In certain categories, entering values is done by manually typing into a textbox. The reason is there are a huge number of possible values. For example Betfair SP has a massive range and a dropdown box with 1.01,1.02....1.99,2.00,2.01 etc etc would not be user friendly and as we do not wish to limit the users input, text boxes are used. To set your criteria just enter the appropriate numeric values in the boxes. Note that entering invalid characters will cause an error and the automatic removal of the criteria.
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For various reasons certain categories have restrictions in place. Please be aware of these restrictions.
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Calculations in the System Builder
As part of the customise area you choose the calculations you wish to see in different areas of the System Builder. The calculations all work on the basis you would have placed a selection on every horse matching specifications. All available calculations are listed below with a description of each, for any exchange calculations it is vital to be aware Betfair SP came into effect on 13th December 2007 for UK Win Bets and 10th February 2008 for Irish Win Bets. For place bets the dates were 18th February 2008 (UK) and 28th February 2008 (Ireland). For dates prior to this then figures of zero will be used (no bet) - originally we were going to use an estimation process for exchange prices prior to this time, however analysis of actual exchange vs official SP show this would ultimately be complete guesswork and totally unreliable because the exchange price vs trade SP varies dramatically depending on so many circumstances and factors, our tests have shown to use a 'guess' for previous data can be very misleading indeed in certain systems and we have therefore chosen not to do so. If you wish to use an estimate process there are various methods you can use including using the percentage difference between 'PL (SP)' and 'PL (BFSP)' for the years there are data or using a standard percentage.
The minimum liability for a bet placed at Betfair SP is £10 for a lay bet and £2 for a back bet (or the currency equivalent in each case). If you wish you can set the units staked for the appropriate calculations using the dropdown menus in the customise calculations area.
Explanation of available calculations
Static & Non Static Categories
The Builder allows members to save systems and retrieve daily qualifiers in the My Systems area. In this regard, it is vital you are aware which of your categories are static and which are not.
Failure to understand can lead to significant problems. As an example the most difficult category to monitor is Odds because the odds market changes throughout the day and right up to the off. If you check the qualifiers and have a criteria specifying the horse must be exactly Evens - it is unlikely it will stay at that exact price all day and then go off at the same price. Therefore if you checked the qualifiers every hour for this scenario it is highly likely you would see the qualifiers list changing.
To confirm exactly what is meant by Static/Non Static, see the descriptions below -
The following categories should be treated with care when building your horse racing system. This is because the system data may change close to the start of the race and the information provided in advance (qualifiers) may in fact change. Some categories are more likely to change than others so please do read carefully.
Saved Systems v4
This is the help section for systems that have already been saved, go here for help saving a new system.
Systems you have saved in the V3 Builder (currently stable version) are marked as V3 Builder, in the full release of V4, there will be the option to transfer storage of systems.
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