Course Factors

The snapshot below of a home straight perfectly illustrates the massive going differences on a course over the same section of ground.

In this sample, the common belief is that when the ground is soft, it is better to be on the stand rail (on the left) rather than the far rail (on the right).

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Course Factors

The snapshot below of a home straight perfectly illustrates the massive going differences on a course over the same section of ground.

In this sample, the common belief is that when the ground is soft, it is better to be on the stand rail (on the left) rather than the far rail (on the right).

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There’s some truth in that, but it’s also a sweeping generalisation. What this does not tell you is that yes, the best ground is actually on the far side of the track, but rather than being close to the rail on the left-hand side, it’s more like four or five horses in from that.  And in fact, the second-worst ground on the whole of the track is very much in close proximity to that, again on the stand side around 3 horses in.

So if you have a high draw, your tactic should be to get a fast start and grab the stand rail, but NEVER run three or horses wide from there.

Others may try to tell you different, but the preferred draw by far here would be a lowish draw but you MUST NOT stray anywhere near the far rail. Instead, you MUST run down the “golden highway”, a path around 5 metres away from the far rail. And you’ll gain such a massive advantage in terms of the going here, that you should do this even if you have no cover.

This example is a perfect illustration of the fact that, while in theory your ideal route plan is always the shortest route with the least uphill gradient, that’s not always the case. If it means running on ground that is soft when you could be running on good ground elsewhere on the track, even if that’s over a slightly longer trip, then you’re always better off doing the latter.

There’s some truth in that, but it’s also a sweeping generalisation. What this does not tell you is that yes, the best ground is actually on the far side of the track, but rather than being close to the rail on the left-hand side, it’s more like four or five horses in from that.  And in fact, the second-worst ground on the whole of the track is very much in close proximity to that, again on the stand side around 3 horses in.

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There’s some truth in that, but it’s also a sweeping generalisation. What this does not tell you is that yes, the best ground is actually on the far side of the track, but rather than being close to the rail on the left-hand side, it’s more like four or five horses in from that.  And in fact, the second-worst ground on the whole of the track is very much in close proximity to that, again on the stand side around 3 horses in.

So if you have a high draw, your tactic should be to get a fast start and grab the stand rail, but NEVER run three or horses wide from there.

Others may try to tell you different, but the preferred draw by far here would be a lowish draw but you MUST NOT stray anywhere near the far rail. Instead, you MUST run down the “golden highway”, a path around 5 metres away from the far rail. And you’ll gain such a massive advantage in terms of the going here, that you should do this even if you have no cover.

This example is a perfect illustration of the fact that, while in theory your ideal route plan is always the shortest route with the least uphill gradient, that’s not always the case. If it means running on ground that is soft when you could be running on good ground elsewhere on the track, even if that’s over a slightly longer trip, then you’re always better off doing the latter.

This example is a perfect illustration of the fact that, while in theory your ideal route plan is always the shortest route with the least uphill gradient, that’s not always the case. If it means running on ground that is soft when you could be running on good ground elsewhere on the track, even if that’s over a slightly longer trip, then you’re always better off doing the latter.

Similarly, following the more direct route in a big field with stop-start congestion means you will use up much more energy than when at a steady gallop at your horse’s ideal cruising speed on the firmer ground.

And if taking that shortest route may impede you from making your final run at the perfect time, then it stands to reason that the shortest route is definitely not best.

This is a simple demonstration of why our Combined Race Calculations are absolutely essential. It shows that you must factor all of these areas into your final route plan and why your plan MUST be made before the race starts; never just left to your jockey to guess at.

Please click on any of the links below to find out more about each of our invaluable services.

PRE-ENTRY ANALYSIS

Natural run style analysis
Course for horse matching
Perfect distance assessment
Preferred Going suggestion

PRE-RACE PLANNING

Draw Bias plan
Race Pace Strategy
Competitor analysis
Wind & weather plan

COURSE FACTORS

Best Ground Analysis
Ideal Route plan
3D undulation mapping
Combined race calculation

IN-RACE STRATEGY

Race Start strategy
Pack Aerodynamics
Race finish strategy
Plan B for in-race issues

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For a limited period, we’re offering Trainers an absolutely FREE Pre-Entry Analysis for your first Horse!

This service is usually valued at £100.

All you’re required to do is send a quick message saying “FREE Pre-Entry analysis” and your horse’s name.

We then deliver our recommendations for the perfect distance, the best course, ideal draw, optimal in-race positioning & preferred going to significantly increase your horse’s winning chances.

Take Advantage of a FREE Pre-Entry Analysis ​

For a limited period, we’re offering Trainers an absolutely FREE Pre-Entry Analysis for your first Horse!

This service is usually valued at £100.

All you’re required to do is send a quick message saying “FREE Pre-Entry analysis” and your horse’s name.

We then deliver our recommendations for the perfect distance, the best course, ideal draw, optimal in-race positioning & preferred going to significantly increase your horse’s winning chances.