Racing Form

Collatteral Form

In Horse Racing Form, we can use Collateral form lines (where there are any) to help us assess the chances of one horse against another Who might not have raced against each other directly, but have raced against a common opponent.

Below is an extract from Raceforms booklet “How to Win at Racing"

The case of Alpha and Beta, and their races at Epsom and York, is an example of direct form. Such easy comparisons, where two horses have recently run against each other, are the exception rather than the rule. Generally it is necessary to rely on indirect or collateral form.

For example there may be a third horse called Gamma running in the race, who has never previously competed against either Alpha or Beta. However, on looking up Gamma’s form we find that he finished fourth in a ten furlong handicap at Sandown in July, and that a horse called Delta, who had run sixth to Alpha and Beta at Epsom, finished fifth.

The bare bones of the two results appear as follows:

Epsom 10f Condition

Sandown 10f handicap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpha

9.0

 

 

 

1ˢᵗ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beta

9.0

 

 

3

2ⁿᵈ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

¾

3ʳᵈ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

¾

4ᵗʰ

 

Gamma

8.3

 

 

4ᵗʰ

 

 

 

 

½

5ᵗʰ

 

Delta

8.12

 

11/2

5th

Delta

9.00

 

 

2

6th

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Epsom result we see that Delta was four lengths or 8lb. inferior to Beta. At Sandown Delta, giving 9lb., was beaten one and a half lengths by Gamma. Gamma therefore, appears to be 6lb. inferior to Delta, which makes him 14lb. inferior to Beta.

At York, Beta is set to give Delta only 7lb. which “strictly on the book” leaves Beta with 7lb. in hand of Delta.

Through the Delta form-line Gamma would appear to have a tough task at the York race. But of course it is rarely that simple, one factor has been omitted thus far and that is the going, what if the Epsom race was good to soft and the Sandown race was run on Good to firm ground? Plus we have the factor of the 2 race courses, Epsom being a speed track and Sandown requiring stamina.

Other factors as well as Racing Form have to be pulled together if possible to clear the some-what muddy waters but form study will pay dividends in the long run.



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