Hay Magic (third from left) is a live roughie in the Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap

Punting Form race reports: Wednesday 14 March

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, Hay Magic may be worth backing at long odds with TABtouch to perform well in the Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap over 1,800 metres. Hay Magic boasts the best two-year personal best rating of the 11 acceptors and she recorded it over Wednesday's course and distance. Hay Magic drops back to midweek grade and, if you ignore her first-up results, she has one first and four seconds from her last five such races away from prime metropolitan meetings. 

You can download the Punting Form race reports for all eight Ascot Racecourse races on Wednesday and they appear in the club's official racebook as well.