Welcome to SpeedRatings.com
First of all, please let us wish you a very warm welcome to the SpeedRatings.com community.
SpeedRatings.com calculate their own unique speed ratings for every horse race staged in the United
Kingdom and Ireland, plus many other important races from all over the globe including France, Dubai,
USA, Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, Germany and Australia. If you are serious about making money by
betting on the result of horse races, you will soon realise that our website will prove to be your greatest
weapon in your battle against the bookies! Knowledge is Power - Bet Smart
Ok, lets get started!
What are speed ratings?
Speed Ratings also commonly known as speed figures and time figures are a numeric figure usually
within a range of between 0 and 255 (higher the better) and indicate the level of ability of a racehorse on
a specific day of the year. The speed rating is derived from the finishing time of the race after making
calculations to account for lengths beaten by the winner and the weight the horse carried on the day.
An adjusted finishing time is known as the 'calculated time'.
It is important to understand that although you can obtain speed ratings from many different sources,
free and fee-based services, no two sets of speed ratings will be the same, with widely varying degrees
of accuracy. This is because every speed rating provider will use their own secret and confidential set of
'average times' for a particular race meeting and distance and may also include other adjustments for going
and weight. It is only after comparing the calculated
time to an average time for the meeting and distance can the speed rating be determined. Therefore, the
final accuracy for any speed rating service will ultimately lie in the accuracy of their secret average times
which wind up the clock of gold. You will soon conclude that the speed ratings published on the SpeedRatings.com
website are of the highest quality and the most accurate ratings available.
How do SpeedRatings.com select big odd winners?
Next time you look at a racecard for a handicap race, study the finishing position for each horse in their
last two races. For industry SP, the favourite is often the horse who can boast the best two finishing
positions. Indeed, it is very unusual for a horse who has finished unplaced in either of it's last two races
going off as the favourite unless the horse is subject to a massive trainer or owner gamble on-track.
Although you may think choosing a horse who has performed well on it's last two starts should prove to
be a safe bet, think again! This logic is obviously flawed...
A horse who has won it's last two handicap races is likely to have been raised 7lb in weight following it's
first win and a further 7lb following it's second win, therefore for today's race it will be carrying 1 stone
more than it did just two races ago and it is very likely to struggle against much more unexposed rivals
running with much lighter weights. Nonetheless, it is still very likely to go off as favourite due to the
financial support of punters up and down the country all looking for the most consistent horse driving
the odds down further and further. This is where the savvy speed rating investor can take advantage.
It is very likely that a horse who has recorded a fast speed rating without winning will prove to be a
much better bet. For a start you are choosing an unexposed horse who you know has obviously been
unlucky in it's previous races and one which escapes a weight penalty. A far safer bet each way or to win
and at much tastier odds!
Where should I place my bets?
New and even seasoned punters often ask us for one piece of advise that would make a huge difference
to their betting activity, and our answer is always the same, bet smart, Betfair and ALWAYS use Betfair
! You must forget the old traditional shop bookmakers, even those online, who still settle bets
based on SP (Starting Price) and never, ever use them again - punch yourself in the face if you do! SP's
are created BY
the bookmakers, FOR
the bookmakers, to generate maximum profits with the lowest
risk for the bookmaker, forcing consistently poor value onto the punter, especially on outsiders.
However, Betfair Exchange (not to be confused with Betfair Sportsbook, which settle at SP) are a
completely different animal. Founded in 2000 by Andrew Black, on the exchange you bet against real
people, not a bookie and as a result, you consistently achieve better value (that's higher odds) than
anywhere else and it is very easy to use. In addition to all the usual win and each way bets, it is also
possible for 'mug punters' to back a horse to lose and it is this feature which creates the huge value for
us. Quite simply, why should you settle for less? Why be happy with odds of 66/1 at Starting Price (SP)
for Auroras Encore winning the 2013 Grand National when you could get 127.13 at Betfair Starting
Price (BSP)? Yes, we and our subscribers were all 'on' Auroras Encore that day, in a 'big way', it was a very
memorable day indeed! Betfair currently give all new customers £30 of free bets, all you need to do is to
register for a new account with them which you can do by clicking here
Which type of bets should I place?
Bookmakers make the vast majority of their profits from punters who regularly bet on Lucky 15's, Lucky
31's, Yankees, Canadians and Heinz 'exotic' multiple bets. Although these type of bets can yield huge
payouts, each of these bets consist of a large permutation of Doubles, Trebles, 4-Folds, 5-Folds
(Canadian & Heinz) and 6-Folds (Heinz). The Heinz bet consists of 6 selections and these are covered so
that if you get a minimum of any 2 winners from your 6 selections you are guaranteed a double on the
two winners. Sounds good doesn't it? But there is a hidden catch, there are a total of 57 bets of the same
stake in every Heinz (15 x doubles, 20 x trebles, 15 x 4-folds, 6 x 5-folds and 1 x 6-fold accumulator) so if
you were to stake just 10p per bet, the total Heinz bet would cost you 10p x 57 = £5.70 and if you were
to get just two winners, let's say at odds of 2/1 and 3/1 your 10p double would pay just £1.20. You can
probably now see why this a poor value bet, unless you were lucky enough to get 5 or 6 winners you
would struggle to make this bet reward you with a big return. Don't get us wrong, we don't discourage
high risk, speculative accumulator bets but you need to restrict the stakes on accumulators to an
absolute minimum, whilst retaining a massive win potential. A smart punter would realise it is much
better to place just one £1 x 6-fold accumulator instead, it costs just £1 and if you were very, very lucky
to have six winners, you would have a full £1 going on the first horse as opposed to just 10p with the
Heinz, so you would win significantly more for your accumulator and the bet actually costs you £4.70
less! It's not rocket science - so Bet smart!
The vast majority of your bets should be 'Single Wins' (that is one bet on a horse to win) at Betfair
Starting Price on the Betfair Exchange. As we mentioned earlier, it is possible to also bet on horses to
'lose' on the Exchange but this really is a fools game because the 'lay price' (the price for the horse to
lose) is always higher than the price to win. There are many 'mug punters' on the Exchange, most of
which choose outsiders available at big odds to win - but they back them to lose! These kind of punters
believe they are betting smart, because they are backing a horse to lose which according to the odds,
appears to have little chance to win or even finish placed. Indeed, most of the time they will be proved
correct and blessed with a very small profit on their bet, boosting their confidence and making them feel
even smarter! God bless them, these 'mug punters' are to be adored by SpeedRatings.com subscribers
because their actions create huge value. These 'mug punters' are really just playing a game of financial
Russian Roulette, especially if they are taking bets of odds up to 66/1 on outsiders. When you bet on a
66/1 horse to win, you risk £1 with the potential to win £67, when you bet on a horse to lose, you risk
possibly as much as £80 (if it were to win) to profit just £1 (if it were to lose). Our ratings frequently
highlight horses expected to win or be placed at worse, at odds on Betfair between 13.5 and 66.0 and
these horses can and do win, this is where the true value of the Exchange lies, because a horse priced at
66.0 on the Exchange will usually only be around 25/1 with conventional Bookmakers. The increased
value price on Betfair occurs when there are a large number of 'mug punters' wanting to back horses to
lose which are priced at high odds, the odds available for the win drift, like a set of scales, to try to
balance high demand to lay with a bigger value price which will tempt people to also bet on it to win. The
Betfair Exchange works in a similar way to the Stock Exchange, they are both driven by market demand.
When a company announces smaller profits than expected the share price falls, which in turn creates
value opportunities for a buyer. So basically, if there is a high demand to 'lay' horses to lose at big prices,
the price for punters who wish to back them to win is significantly higher than normal, this is the sweet
spot where SpeedRatings.com subscribers can reap great rewards. Unfortunately, once a 'mug punter'
has been stung by laying a big priced winner they soon vanish into the wilderness but thankfully there is
always a seemingly never-ending stream of new punters who believe backing outsiders to lose is the
way to go.
Reverse Exactas (predicting 1st and 2nd in the same race, in any order) are another great value bet
offered by the Tote but conveniently can also be placed directly on the Betfair website. Again, the secret
here is value, the most popular Exacta combination will be the favourite to beat the second favourite yet
this combination will always provide the least value. The Tote can be thought of as a vast pool of money
(a different pool for every race) which swells with punters coffers, getting larger and larger, every
second till the race is off and the pool is frozen. When the result of the race is known, the vast pool of
money is split between the people who correctly predicted the 1st and 2nd in the race, so if you pick a
rare combination and it comes in, you will reap a big share of the pool (dividend). In every race we
highlight a horse which we predict to finish 1st (known as the 'Gold') and another which we predict to
finish 2nd (known as the 'Silver') there are huge dividends won by our subscribers by combining the
Gold and Silver in reverse Exactas. The most profitable 'sweet spot' races for Exactas are usually
handicaps, with a large number of runners where the favourite and/or second favourite are expected to
finish out of the frame (unplaced). There is a similar bet known as the Computer Straight Forecast (CSF)
which is offered by all of the conventional Bookmakers which nearly always provides less value and a
lower dividend compared to that of the Tote Exacta. Usually the only time a CSF will pay a higher
dividend than the Tote Exacta is when the favourite beats the second favourite which is a combination
which should always be avoided because it generally represents poor value. So, the rule is, always bet on
the Tote Exacta and never the CSF and only place an Exacta if the Gold and Silver differ from the
advertised favourite and/or second favourite in the current betting market.
How should I read your racecards?
We hope that you find our speed rating denoted racecards to be very informative and comprehensive.
Not only are you able to view our own unique speedratings for the last six races for every horse, you can
also click on any of the speed ratings to obtain further information about the previous race including the
race comments. You will see an example of one of our racecards below:-