Horseracebase Review Part 1

It’s no exaggeration when I say I love Horseracebace.com. It’s my go to site for all the systems that I create for my own betting and the systems that I create for this magazine.

I first came across the site in 2013 and apart from the Racing Post for its library of race videos I couldn’t do without it.  It’s an indispensable tool that I use every day to help me become a more profitable punter.

It’s always been my intention to write a review on this fantastic resource. So, I was delighted when the guys at On Course Profits asked me to do one.

However, to do it justice in just one article has proved impossible. Thus, I decided the better way to give you a feel of how the site works was to do it via a series of tutorials.

Bear in mind, it’s been written with the ‘newbie’ in mind but hopefully more experienced users may find it useful also.

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What Is Horseracebase?

In creator Chris Bagnall’s own words:

“I created HorseRaceBase initially as a hobby to assist with my studies into horse racing. I am a self-taught computer programmer and work on the site with the kind assistance of some family and friends who help out when able. After a while, a couple of my friends started to use the tools I had created and offered some very good feedback.

This made me think putting the site online for all of us to use and collaborate on would be worthwhile. We agreed a monthly contribution should be made towards the costs of running HorseRaceBase and to assist with its continued development. My idea was to avoid the site becoming like others I had become frustrated with. I want HorseRaceBase to be extremely powerful and unrivalled in terms of functionality but for example never plaster the site with adverts, pop-ups, items for sale, wildly extravagant claims of riches or any other irritating characteristic”.

It's just like it says on the tin. Chris’s philosophy remains the same to this day and every single tool and facility on the site has come about thanks to member’s opinions, requests and comments.

For those interested in horse racing and understand that strategy and discipline are required to become successful in the enterprise then HorseRaceBase can help the student with their studies.

I just wish I found the site earlier. Yes, there are other sites like Proform, another excellent resource by the way, but they also come with a much bigger price tag.

Horse Race Base is just one big database for horse racing statistics and offers a veritable playground for lovers of horse racing and those who love playing with data. Even better it runs in your browser, so you don’t even have to download and install any software which is a big bonus for me.

Like many in the betting and racing industries Chris had been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and with it the stoppage of horse racing.

At the time of writing this article Chris is opening up the site to new members. So, there couldn’t be a better time for me to show you how I use HorseRacebase and how it might help you.

Why Did I Get It?

In short, I was looking for some horse racing software that could help me understand the sport in a more analytical way.

My requirements were simple.  Firstly, it had to be inexpensive but at the same time provide that extra information that wasn’t freely available on other sites.  Secondly, I didn’t want to have to download and install any software.

After a fair bit of research and plenty of trial and error I eventually found HorseRaceBase.

How I Use It?

It’s impossible to go through all the features of the site, in a short series like this, there are just too many of them. So, I have decided to focus on those features that I use on a daily basis. I intend to do this in three parts.

Part 1 – This first part will look at some basics of the site. The race cards and an excellent feature called Stat Attack.

Part 2 – In this part I will highlight tools like Hot and Cold Races. How you can use the site to profile a horse and find big race trends

Part 3 – The final part will focus on the System Builder. Arguably this is the most powerful and versatile area of the site.  It’s here where you can build and store your own systems.

Part 1 – Race Cards & Stat Attack

This is what the site looks like on first visiting. Granted it’s not the most beautiful to look at but as the old song goes.

“You can’t judge a book by the cover”.

Once logged in you are like a child in a sweet shop.

So many tools to choose from.

Today’s Race Cards

Moving onto the Daily Race Cards.

At this point you can go through each individual race or you can short cut the process and arrange the cards by Race Class, Prize Money or Number of Runners.

Or you can look by race type or race code.

Here I have arranged the daily race cards by flat handicaps so all the other races won’t appear. 

On this particular day there are seven such races. Next you can dig into an individual race.

It’s all very simple from left to right you have:

Horses Number

Form

Age & Sex

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

Miles Travelled

Stall

Official Rating

Forecast Odds.

HRB Rating

Whether the horse has won at the distance or course, etc.

Runs in The Season

You can hide a horse from the card. Useful if you have already dismissed it as non-contender in a particular race.

You can also filter by any of the headings. 

For example, by odds as I have done here.

At the top of the card you will see a number of tabs.

You can look at the card by going for instance.

Once again you have plenty options to work with.

You can arrange the race by distance.

In the above example, you can see that Transition is 2 wins from 3 runs over a mile. 

You can arrange the race card by track.

You can even change the number of days. The above is by lifetime career runs or you do it by 365-days, etc.

You can arrange by trainer records.

You can instantly see David Menuisier is 0 from 12 1 placed with his runners at Newbury and Tom Dascombe is 6 from 22 and 9 placed with his runners in the past two years. 

You have the P/L for the trainers and their records with today’s jockeys.

Once again you have plenty of options to use. In particular you can change the number of days you use. 

In this example I’m looking at the trainer’s record in handicap races over the last 14-days.

In the previous 14-days we can quickly see that John Gosden has a 44%- win strike rate with his runners in handicap races.

You can also break the race down by field size and odds.

Or by race class.

The HRB race cards give you a quick at a glance look at the race from all angles that interest you.

Stat Attack

Is a super little tool.

There’s also a Stat Attack Extra which I won’t go through here.

In short it gives you a burst of stats or horses relevant to that days racing and there are plenty of them to play with.

You can choose to display by horse, trainer, jockey or stallion stats and you can choose win or place and a number of other variables. Once you have chosen your configuration you can save them.

For the purpose of this exercise I will just highlight ones I use. I will begin by looking at trainers. I use a minimum of 15 runs and a 31% win-strike rate but a user can use whatever filters they want.

Using those criteria brings up a list of qualifiers for that days racing.  As you will notice Sir Michael Stoute has a 35%-win strike rate with his runners at Doncaster, in the past two years, so his runner in the 3:25 Joyful Mission would be of interest.

As would the two John Gosden runners at Sandown given the trainers record at that course. The tool also allows you to check by horse stats.

There are a number of stats that I really take notice of when using the horse filter. One of them is win strike-rate in the class of that day’s race.

Gale Force Maya for example is 3 wins from 5 runs in Class 4 races.

Looking at the race card for the race.

We can see that Gale Force Maya is also top of the HRB ratings and she’s having her first start for 261-days.

Her first run of the season need not be a negative for the filly as she’s 2 wins from 2 runs when racing 121+ days since her last start.

I will take a more detailed look at horse profiling in part two.

That’s just a couple of the ways that you can use the Stat Attack tool.

Looking at the race in more detail from a form perspective may either strengthen or weaken your view about the horse’s chance in the race but it remains an excellent at a glance perspective on the runners that may be worthy of note today.

Before concluding I will quickly mention the shortcuts page for that day’s racing.

Shortcuts

It’s yet another fantastic tool to work with. You can filter by horse, jockey/trainer or other.

I won’t go into detail now but taking a couple of examples.

There’s just one horse racing under a penalty.

If you want to find those horses who have switched trainer since their last run.

Well I hope I have given you a bit of a flavour as to the awesome power of HRB that’s available at your fingertips. I have merely scratched the surface so far.

In part two, I will be looking at Hot and Cold Races, how you can use the site to profile a horse and find big race trends.

If you would like a free trial of HRB visit this page – http://www.horseracebase.com/extended.php

If you’ve got a question about HorseRaceBase that you would like my help with, use the Suggestion Box link to send it in and I’ll get back to you – Suggestion Box

Until next time

John Burke

Horse Race Base Part II
Horse Race Base Part III

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