TOWERFORM RATINGS FORMAT AND FACTORS CONSIDERED
TowerForm Ratings are usually updated daily pre-8-00PM for the following day's racing and are delivered via the website. Members can access them any time of the day simply by logging in via the home page.
To ensure subscribers get their ratings if the website goes down (rare), we also email a backup ratings list either as a direct copy of the website ratings or as a spreadsheet copy of the website ratings.
As you can see, we do not provide multiple columns as others do. The reason is very simple. Every aspect of a horse's race form is factored in to a handicap rating. So subscribers don't have spend valuable time switching between screens or correlating different columns. We have done that before publishing our handicaps. All subscribers need to do is a small bit of form reading to finalise their bets.
Here is the list of all aspects we consider when arriving at a horse's final rating
Is the horse progressing, regressing or simply not improving?
Has the horse been running over the right distance at the right tracks on the right going?
Have there been any significant market moves for a horse in recent runs?
Has the horse drifted badly in recent runs?
Were there any significant comments pre or post-race by connections?
The pace of the race overall didn't suit the horse
It got caught flat footed as the pace increased
It ran to freely for a significant part of the race
It got held up in its run at a vital time
There are many other aspects of racing that can affect a horse's final speed figure. And while we will always encourage people to consider such aspects, we factor time into our handicaps using much of the above.
How has a horse run against any of its rivals
Are there any form lines that connect other horses to its rivals
Can form turnarounds can be spotted well before the off? Horse A beats horse B by two lengths over todays distance at todays track on todays going in today's weather and they meet again today on the same terms. Easy isn't it? Horse A will beat horse B again. While we wait for those laughing to stop, let's just say read what we have said above.
1: The size and make up of the horse (Timeform and Raceform help here)
2 A horse's style of running in its early races (held up, front runner etc)
3 A horse's running action (Timeform and Raceform help here also)
There is little we can add to this because it is one aspect where opinions will certainly differ. But it is factored in to all our handicapping.
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