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Racing Resources

A free resource that provides a guide to each of the racecourses on mainland Britain and, in particular, an analysis of draw bias, if any, over a variety of distances on the racecourses that stage Flat racing, including the all-weather courses. The draw bias information is presented in easy-to-read, diagrammatic form for each possible stalls position and accompanied by any conclusion(s) that can be made. For anyone interested, the site also includes sections on pace analysis and sectional timings.

Easy Odds

Predominantly an odds comparison site, but with plenty of extras for the horse racing enthusiast. The ‘Horse Racing’ section provides access to racecards, results and form, plus tips and previews, which include the key statistics for forthcoming major races. The site also provides one daily statistics-based win selection, akin to our own ‘Trainer Trend of the Day’, which is available to members of the SystemLays Betting Club.

Proform Racing Insiders’ Club

Proform has been producing a computer form book since 1995 and is currently the sole provider of horse racing statistics to Racing UK. The Insiders’ Club is available to Silver and Platinum subscribers, who pay £120 or £195 for an 8-week subscription to the Proform Form Book and System Builder. Essentially, the Insiders’ Club includes daily positive and negative trainer and trainer/jockey statistics, so that subscribers don’t need to produce them themselves.

Racing Trends

Racing Trends is the website of David Renham, who has apparently provided information to the likes of Racing and Football Outlook, At the Races and the Racing Post. The site is currently closed to new members, with no indication of when it’ll be open again, but offers a free trial of daily statistics, by email, which focus on profitable betting angles for the day. When available, normal subscription costs £29.99 a month.

RaceStats

Ukracestats is a subscription service, offering daily horse, jockey and trainer ratings and statistics in the form of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The ratings require some interpretation, but a comprehensive key is provided on the website and you can download example spreadsheets to look at before you subscribe. Subscriptions start at £10.00 for 10 downloads, which seems entirely reasonable.

Race Courses

I’ve been a fan of horse racing for many years now but even with that being the case, I’ve not been to a great many UK race courses. The first racecourse I ever went to was Great Yarmouth as a child. It was generally part of a weekend break down the coast; some sun, sea, sand and a bit of a flutter on the horses. Great Yarmouth may not be the most attractive of courses, but I have a tonne of good memories from there involving family and friends, and of course I’ve also had the odd big winner (I swear!).

One memory I always return to was when I managed to get on a 40-1 shot in the last race of the day, only for it to win rather impressively. I only had a fiver on it, but that was enough. I felt bad for the bookmaker to be honest as I placed my bet just before the off, and he looked to be in two minds whether to accept the bet or not. I suspect he remembers paying me out to this day!

In recent years I’ve also quite enoyed going to Newmarket, especially combining it with Newmarket nights, where they ‘very’ occasionally have an act I quite like. Chase and Status are there later this year. That should be a good’un.  Some of our most highly regarded courses include Cheltenham, Ascot, Aintree, Sandown, York, Goodwood and Epsom. Check out the wikipedia racecourses page for a complete list of British race courses.

Not a Real Horse

 

Do they put these notes on mannequins in shop windows? 🙂