Information is king and knowledge is power so Perth Racing has partnered with Punting Form to assist punters wagering on the club's Ascot Racecourse races.
Punting Form race reports are a data-driven approach to understanding the relative strengths of each runner in an upcoming race. Using benchmark ratings, the reports feature the most recent performances of each competitor and their respective personal bests within the last two years, as well as a speed map indicating likely settle positions and computer-generated price assessments.
Benchmarking is the process of converting times into standardised figures that account for prevailing race conditions to provide a means of understanding the relative performance of any past run. The figures are expressed in lengths and the smaller (or more negative) the figure, the better (faster) the performance.
Speed map positions are based on the average historical settle position for each runner as a percentage of field size, while prices are derived from the Punting Form neural ratings, which take into account a range of 20 statistical factors.
According to the Punting Form race reports for Wednesday's meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Net Profit is a noteworthy runner in the Hosemasters Handicap over 1,600 metres that will kick off the main quaddie. Net Profit posted a two-year personal best on what was his 24th start two weeks ago in what was a similar race and it may have had plenty to do with his three gear changes - blinkers on, tongue tie on and bar plates off. Net Profit tends to get back in his races but Punting Form's speed map forecasts an even-to-fast tempo so he is likely to get an opportunity to swoop provided I Done It and others remain in the field.
You can download the Punting Form race reports for all eight Ascot Racecourse races on Wednesday and they will appear in the club's racebook as well.