Posts Tagged ‘Leaders and laggers’

Leaders and laggers for Lingfield tomorrow

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The Betwise guide to pace in the race is now up for free access in the Betwise members’ area.

Leaders and laggers for the last of the Flat turf season

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Leaders and laggers, our guide to pace in the race for all Flat races under a mile, are now up online in the Betwise Members’ area for all Saturday’s qualifying races.

Next week we’ll start showing our pace statistics for selected National Hunt racing – since pace also has an important bearing there, more than you might think at first glance…

Leaders and Laggers up for Saturday 30th

Friday, October 29th, 2010

The guide to pace in the race for all Saturday’s sub-mile races is now up in the Betwise Members’ Area.

Pace in the race at York and Ascot today

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Where’s the pace in the race?

Leader and lagger ratings for Saturday are now up in the Betwise members’ area.  Look at the key stats and decide for yourself…

Ascot and York are two courses where being drawn with the pace is often more important than the draw per se – meaning it is important to be drawn with the pace rather than on a particular part of the track.  True, there can be marginal biases at 7 and 8 furlongs at York and Ascot (for example a negative in large fields where high drawn runners can be forced wide, as around the turn at York), but pace is always important over the straight courses.

In the 6 furlong Group 3 race at Ascot (3:05), for example, although the first two in the market (with Redford a very warm order drawn 16, and Genki as second favourite drawn 17), the leader and lagger stats suggest that the early pace in the race is towards the stands side, with Taajub, in stall 2 expected to be prominent early.  Bewitched and Doncaster Rover may benefit most from his early tow.

Pace analysis for key sprints today

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Last week we picked the winning side for the Ayr Silver and Gold Cup (far side group for Silver and stands side group for Gold) – surely debunking the myth that there was a track or intrinsic “draw” bias to the near side.  Whilst track bias is always possible through iniquitous watering or course conformation, for flat galloping tracks knowing where the strongest pace is often key to knowing which draw position may be advantageous.

All the pace statistics for today’s sprints are online for free perusal in the Betwise Members’ Area.  Reader Alan has also produced a nice visual representation of some of today’s key sprints using the ratings as follows:

Haydock 3.10:
Ascot 3.40:
Haydock 3.45:

Using early pace as a predictor of where it makes sense to be drawn, we can see that We Have A Dream, Flying Statesman and Waveband, in stalls 12, 14 and 16 create the strongest pace bias towards the stands rail.   Also, the rail is a useful guide for runners at Haydock, than being stuck out in the centre of the course.  It may pay to concentrate on runners drawn 10 and above in this case.

In the 3.45 at haydock, the pace is again in the top half of the draw, but concentrated in the centre, in stalls 8, 10 and 11, with Foxy Music, in the plum rail draw in 17 also having shown early pace before.   Of course, there’s nothing to say that these fast paced horses can’t also make all and win, though on the straight at Haydock and Ascot that is a rarer feat than at turning tracks.

Finally, in a mammoth field of 29 the pace bias may be most informative at Ascot.   Here we can see a cluster of fast early paced horses drawn in the centre to far side (so high numbers).  Though over a 7 furlong trip on ground with a bit of cut in it this will take some getting, so looking for horses that will get the trip is key.  On the basis of the pace bias and therefore the possibility of racing with the right group, St Moritz looks very interesting, as does Suruor.  Wannabe King on the stands side is the only horse that shows some pace there, so is likely to be going slower than the far side group.  However, if the winner is to come from that side, then Acrostic, drawn next to him in stall 3 and with a high recent speed figure, may be best placed.

Ayr Gold and Silver Cup pace prognosis

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

We posted the leader and lagger stats for the Ayr Gold and Silver Cups (as well as all the other sprints for Saturday racing, and leaders and laggers for the Ayr Bronze Cup) a day early yesterday.   This leaves us free to concentrate on how to use those stats to determine how the race may unfold from a pace perspective today.

First, the post mortem on the Bronze Cup.  The general consensus seems to be that being with the high numbers, that is the stands side draw, is the place to be this year.  Is there better ground on the stands side, or has there simply been stronger pace on the stands side draw?  With 27 runners across the track, we have to take a view.  If you take out the first three in yesterday’s Bronze Cup, who were towed by a strong early pace on the stands side (helped along by our strongest predicted front runner, Amenable), the rest finished more or less in parallel.  That’s still 23 runners, with draw numbers interwoven completely.  Can we be sure that the stands side is the place to be?

One reader, Alan, produced a nice drawsheet plot for the Silver Cup based on the net effect of Leaders and Laggers, shown here:

Whilst there are more front runners (as an overall percentage) than laggers in the higher part of the draw, the strongest two leaders are drawn 1 and 2 – both Mark Johnston trained horses, who often lead early.  So there should be good early tow on that part of the course.  If there is no intrinsic ground advantage being drawn high, who is to say the winner can’t come from the low part of the draw?  The biggest issue may be that too few runners decide to stay with them – if the jockeys all believe that high is the place to be and a large number tack across to the stands rail, that may become a self fulfilling prophesy.

By the same token, if punters all believe that high is the only place to be, there will be good prices on offer about low drawn runners.  This may make the risk of plumping for a low drawn runner worthwhile.

Sticking with the same principle, that predicting the best draw is all about predicting where the pace is, the Ayr Gold Cup has the opposite characteristics.  By some margin the highest ranked front runner is Jonny Mudball, drawn in one of the plum stands rail positions, 25.  Even more compelling, the top 5 leaders including Jonny Mudball are ranked 25, 18, 4, 21, 24, 27.  A very high bias towards early pace on the stands rail.  So the winner should come from there, in theory.

But will the winner even be the early front runner?  Let’s look at the results of previous winner comments for the Ayr Gold Cup, generated using a one line query in Smartform:

| Year | stall | in_race_comment
| 2003 |    10 | in touch far side, effort over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to lead close home
| 2004 |     8 | made all, ridden 2f out, kept on well
| 2005 |     2 | held up far side group, headway from 1f out, disputed lead final furlong, all out to lead close home
| 2006 |     6 | chased leaders far side group, ridden over 2f out, led that group 1f out, kept on well
| 2007 |    22 | chased leaders stands side, ridden and headway to lead group inside final furlong, edged right and stayed on to lead  near finish
| 2008 |    20 | held up stands side group, headway 2f out, led that group inside final furlong, stayed on
| 2009 |    15 | held up far side group, ridden and headway on outer of that group over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish

So only one runner has made all – for the most part winners are held up or chasing the early lead.  There’s a pack of runners who may do that towards the stands side, so we won’t list all of them here.  However, with the ground drying out and Jonny Mudball’s most impressive win to date coming on good to firm, he may well be the one to side with.  It will be a surprise if he is not up with the pace or making it for most of the race.

In the Silver Cup, previous winner profiles are similar as follows:

| Year | stall | in_race_comment
| 2003 |     2 | held up far side, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, led well inside final furlong, stayed on
| 2004 |    22 | tracked leaders stands’ side, ridden over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, to lead outright inside final furlong, kept on well
| 2005 |     1 | tracked leaders far side group, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, ran on well
| 2006 |    28 | in rear stand side group, effort and not much room over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, led post
| 2007 |    15 | tracked leaders stand side group, led stand side group and overall leader over 1f out, pushed out readily
| 2008 |     7 | close up far side group, led that group over 1f out, stayed on well
| 2009 |     2 | chased leaders far side group, led that group and overall leader over 1f out, hard ridden and kept on under pressure inside final furlong

Again it seems to pay to be up with the pace, though no early leader has won.  If we take a risk on there being no particular track bias but go with the pace bias on the far side, there are some very rewarding odds on offer.   Sea of Leaves is one of a number of contenders who could come off the pace to take the race in the later stages, and is currently 29.0 to back on Betfair.

Leaders and laggers for Ayr Bronze Cup today

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Not forgetting today’s cavalry charge as a preliminary to tomorrow’s two, in-line are the leader and lagger ratings for the Bronze Cup – the 4:30 race from Ayr today.

The key to interpreting these:

Horse name, percent chance in race of leading or starting slowly (expressed as a decimal value, eg. 0.5 = 50%), today’s draw, and forecast SP.

2010-09-17, Ayr, 2010-09-17 16:30:00, 1320
Medici Time, 0.13, 24, 25/1
Barren Brook, 0.09, 15, 12/1

Mastership, 0.08, 12, 33/1
Ancient Cross, 0.07, 1, 14/1
Oldjoesaid, 0.07, 13, 12/1

Cheveton, 0.06, 25, 14/1
Ginger Ted, 0.05, 11, 20/1
Internationaldebut, 0.04, 5, 25/1
Everymanforhimself, 0.04, 26, 25/1
Marvellous Value, 0.04, 18, 25/1
Empirico, 0.04, 7, 14/1
Beat The Bell, 0.04, 8, 10/1
Amenable, 0.04, 21, 12/1
Northern Fling, 0.03, 16, 16/1
Great Charm, 0.03, 27, 25/1
Haajes, 0.03, 17, 20/1
Sunrise Safari, 0.03, 6, 20/1
Courageous, 0.03, 22, 10/1
Saucy Brown, 0.02, 20, 25/1
Tyfos, 0.02, 2, 20/1
Valery Borzov, 0.01, 9, 16/1
The Nifty Fox, 0.01, 3, 14/1
Jeannie Galloway, 0.00, 4, 12/1
Roker Park, 0.00, 14, 20/1
Eton Rifles, 0.00, 10, 25/1
Baldemar, 0.00, 19, 14/1
Coolminx, 0.00, 23, 14/1

Amenable, 0.20, 21, 12/1
Courageous, 0.09, 22, 10/1
Tyfos, 0.09, 2, 20/1
Eton Rifles, 0.08, 10, 25/1

Valery Borzov, 0.06, 9, 16/1
Saucy Brown, 0.05, 20, 25/1
Jeannie Galloway, 0.05, 4, 12/1
Cheveton, 0.05, 25, 14/1
Great Charm, 0.05, 27, 25/1
The Nifty Fox, 0.04, 3, 14/1
Ancient Cross, 0.03, 1, 14/1
Coolminx, 0.03, 23, 14/1
Internationaldebut, 0.03, 5, 25/1
Beat The Bell, 0.02, 8, 10/1
Sunrise Safari, 0.02, 6, 20/1
Haajes, 0.02, 17, 20/1
Oldjoesaid, 0.02, 13, 12/1
Ginger Ted, 0.01, 11, 20/1
Roker Park, 0.01, 14, 20/1
Medici Time, 0.01, 24, 25/1
Baldemar, 0.01, 19, 14/1
Northern Fling, 0.01, 16, 16/1
Mastership, 0.01, 12, 33/1
Everymanforhimself, 0.00, 26, 25/1
Marvellous Value, 0.00, 18, 25/1
Empirico, 0.00, 7, 14/1
Barren Brook, 0.00, 15, 12/1

Leaders and Laggers for Ayr Gold and Silver Cups

Friday, September 17th, 2010

We had a request to post the leaders and laggers for the famous Ayr sprints up a day early.  So, these are now available for all in the Betwise members area, along with all other sprint races for tomorrow (Saturday 18th), thanks to the availability of advance racecards in Smartform.

Now, whether leaders or laggers have more or less chance than any other contender in what is now a sequence of cavalry charges north of the border is another question entirely, and one which we’ll address in tomorrow’s blog.

Saturday racing

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

The recent weather deluge is a reminder that the Flat turf season hasn’t so long to go – and at the same time we can expect results to become more unpredictable over the next couple of months.

A combination of horses that have been on the go too long, fresh horses entering races that are saved for this time of year, plus erratic ground conditions can lead to longer priced winners.

Still, there is no shortage of racing to accompany the impending randomness, with 6 cards in England alone today.   Saturday leaders and laggers for all today’s sprints are now up in the Betwise members’ area – clear leaders can often throw up a couple of longer priced winners.  Free racecard ratings for each of the cards are also up.  Both types of ratings methods are examples of what you can do with the Smartform Database – where the winner finding possibilities are literally limited by the imagination …. and, to be realistic, your coding skills – though we can be on hand to help with that, too.

Saturday leaders and laggers

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Today’s Saturday’s front runners are now up in the Betwise Members’ area.  Some interesting contenders today on the leaders front, with win chances as well as likely pace setters.

Victorian Bounty is the first up in the Chester 2.20 – interesting because not only is it top of the leader rankings, meaning it is likely to set the pace, but is some way clear of its rivals on that front.  And, as we’ve written many times before, he has the advantage of being drawn low, in stall 3.  Stalls 1 and 2 show far and away the biggest bias, but stall 3 with a better break than that of the inner runners can be just as advantageous.  Interesting that the Smartform tissue had this runner at 10/1, which is the same tissue price used on a number of online form guides, but the actual price being offered by many bookies is already a lot shorter, around 7/1.

Plenty of other good opportunities in sprints today – the leader and lagger ratings are a great starting point to narrow the field before further analysis on draw and form.