Tracks - Help & Information
The race track over which any particular race is being run, is another essential part of your study into horse racing form. Throughout this site and all horse racing material you read, you shall find references to the race track. Listed below is a table showing each of the race tracks throughout the UK and Ireland alongside which region (track location) they are in and their shortened description used in places such as the Form Analysis section within Todays Tools. Click any track to visit the designated race course page, which includes track history and statistics.
Stalls Help Section
We have never been happy with the information available regarding the effect of the draw in horse racing and decided to take on the project of creating an area for HorseRaceBase members to really be able to study the true effect of the draw and whether there is any bias at each track.
The effect of non-runners is nearly always ignored when doing stall analysis. We have not ignored it as the effect is too great to overlook. For each non-runner the stall is removed while all remaining horses keep their draw number. However importantly the remaining stalls are then bunched together. Example - in a race originally with 10 runners, each will be designated a starting stall from 1-10. Lets say stall numbers 1,2,3 & 4 all become non-runners. The outcome is stall number 5 is now placed effectively as if it were stall 1, stall 6 as if it were stall 2 etc.
You may have read about the change in stalls layout at right-handed tracks whereby a new initiative has seen the stall numbering reversed to bring the UK/Ireland in line with the rest of the racing world. We have amended the details of the past within the Stalls Analyser to take this into account so work carried out by the analyser will be appropriate to the actual numbered positioning now. You need therefore take no action, this message is simply to advise we are aware of the situation and have acted accordingly.
See the above section on Stall Alignment, which we recommend. If you decide to go by the stall number you are ignoring the sometimes massive effect of non runners in the race and the actual stall number will be used for the analysis.
Stall numbers are numbered left to right in all instances but it depends on the track on what this actually means. There is often confusion when people say high draw/low draw etc and in some instances may actually be referring to the opposite in terms of numbering. For the purpose of consistency in the Stalls Analysis we work purely on the basis of starting at Stall 1 and moving up.
Stall positioning is only used in the UK and can have a dramatic effect. The available options will depend on the track and distance selected - note each track has their own way of reporting the information and although normally Stands Side/Far Side are used for straight courses and Inside/Outside for Round, this does vary at some tracks. Where needed we have standardised in accordance with each tracks layout to ensure consistency, therefore for each track/distance combination there are maximum 3 options (either being Stands Side/Centre/Far Side or Inside/Centre/Outside). Ireland do not use the Stall Positioning system and therefore when you are presented with the analysis there will obviously be no reports of this nature for Irish tracks.
Straight & Round Courses
Tracks vary in terms of the courses they have. Some only have a left handed or right handed course. Others also have a straight track for some short distances. Where needed the report will be split into two if your query includes a distance range, which crosses over the two different types of course (as lumping them together creates false data). In this respect it is also worth noting some tracks have two different starts (round & straight) for the one distance. (Example 1 mile at Newcastle).
In the rare event of a flip start of course no stalls are used (despite the race record still recalling the allocated stall) - we have removed these races as they are irrelevant.
If you opt to include colour coding, this is worked out as following,
(providing there are more than 10 runs) -
Wins are the number of wins by stall alignment/stall number and number of runners. Win Strike is the rounded strike rate of winners and Profit/Loss is the rounded profit/loss made when backing at SP.
Data included & Exclusions
In cases where the race track closed and re-opened as a completely new track (example Kempton), obviously the old data is of no use and is excluded. Excluding these scenarios all data from 1st January 1997 is included.
With the Tracks setting, you can select race tracks to match your requirements.
Your selection will limit the query to only races run at the tracks chosen.
With the UK/Ireland setting, you can select either UK or Ireland and limit your query to only races ran at tracks located within your selection.
With the Course Direction setting, you can limit your query to races ran in a certain direction.
With the Stall setting, you can specify the stall number of a horse at the time of running. The position in stalls category removes unused stalls and orders stalls actually used numerically (example in a race with stalls 1, 3, 5, 6 then stall 1=1, 3=2, 5=3 etc)
This category takes the stall position and allocates it to a particular quarter
With the Track Location setting, you can limit your query to race tracks within a certain location of the UK or Ireland.
With the Bends setting, you can choose to only include race tracks/races with a certain type of bend.
With the Fence Type setting, you can choose to only include race tracks/races with a certain type of fence.
With the Course Speed setting, you can choose to only include race tracks/races with a certain description of the Course Speed.
With the Festivals setting, you can choose to only include races ran at your chosen festival(s).
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