Column A – The horses name

Column B – The speed figures achieved, this is calculated by comparing the time taken against the standard time with an allowance made for the ground conditions.  Only ratings above 20 are shown.  The higher the value the better the performance.

Column C – The course on which the previous race was won.  Course form is always a good pointer to future winners.

Column D – The position where the horse finished in the race

Column E – The number of runners that contested the race

Column F – The distance that the horse was beaten, if this column is blank the horse in question won the race.

Column G – The days since that performance

Column H – The number of days between the performance detailed and the horses previous run, it is always good to be aware of whether a horse is best fresh or thrives after a recent run.

Column I – The race distance is expressed in miles, each furlong is roughly 0.13 of a mile.  This filter is most useful in ruling out previous performances over shorter or longer distances.

Column J – The official going recorded for the day, this is either the opinion of the Clerk of the Course or measured by a going stick.  In the past this may have been misleading but is more accurate nowadays.

Column K – The going allowance calculated when deriving the speed figures.  This can show where the going allowance is not correct but given rail movements it is probably best to use this as a guide only a stick more to the official ground as this data is only available after the racing has taken place.

Column L – A description of the course characteristics including the handedness

Column M – The draw that horse came from in the race detailed.  Identifying a horse that ran well against a draw bias is a good source of winners

Column N – The draw that horse has in today’s race.  The draw impacts at many tracks.

Column O – The class of the race as assigned by the BHA,  As there is no class structure in Ireland the prize money to the winner is used to estimate the equivalent class.  This can be used to identify class droppers.

Column P – The surface denotes between turf and all-weather

Column Q  The handicap band of the race, if applicable.  This can also be used to identify class droppers.

Column R – The current trainer, highlighting trainers in form is always a positive to finding winners.

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