I realised that I haven’t written a product review of a tool that I am using daily in my betting, namely the Racing Dossier. I have mentioned it before and even linked to a walk through that show a little of what it is about.
I ended up checking what other reviewers are saying about the product but there isn’t much there and what little there is missing the point of the Racing Dossier in my opinion. For example this review at Betting System Truths is looking at couple example race cards and looking at their profitability while they were never intended as plug’n’play systems that one just takes and uses without thinking about it at all.
So if they missed the point, what is it about? It is a collection of ratings, that’s what. And how any single punter uses those ratings determines the profits or losses incurred. So it does need effort on the users part to make it work but so does everything that has even remotest chances of success.
Earlier the access to ratings was provided with a Adobe Air app but earlier this year they rolled a new web based version of the system which improved on the usability front. System is organized around race cards that you create by yourself. Basically race cards are a collection of ratings of your choosing that you use to analyse races. Below is an screenshot showing an example with only handful of ratings.
All in all there are close to 700 different rating to take advantage of. Granted, bunch of those are ones that I would call helper ratings, for example those that show difference from top rated. As an example, there is rating called PFP (Current form class level of horse, this rating starts at 1500) which is Glicko/Elo derived form rating and it is accompanied by DiffTpPFP or PFP Difference From Top Rated – Current form class level of horse as the official description goes. And it does get more complicated than that for example there is rating DiffTpBEPFP which is BEPFP Difference From Top Rated – Best ever form based PFP rating horse has achieved. All in all there are 152 ratings that begin with Diff meaning that they are some kind of difference from some base rating.
In addition to form rating like PFP there are also big variety of approaches to estimating speed characteristics of horses. There is SPDFIGLr or Speed rating in last race but there is also SHorPro or Projected speed rating in todays race or SHorBE30 for Best speed rating achieved in the last 30 days. I think you get the point. Naturally different looks at jockey and trainer strike rates are included as well. All they way from Percentage of winners trainer has had to Percentage of wins jockey/trainer have had at todays course and distance.
Many of the ratings also have ranking counterpart. For example PFP is paired up with RnkPFP which simply is horses ranking in a race based on its PFP score. In total there are 152 ranking ratings included same way as with Diff-ratings.
I don’t have success rates of different ratings at hand and in any case it really depends on the race niche you are looking at. Constant advice at the forums for newcomers is to really narrow it down to concentrate on the subset of subset and to become specialist on that before expanding. But a while back I did take a look at how couple different speed ratings stack up on All Weather racing. Take a look at that comparison here.
And, analysing races one at a time is not the only way to use Racing Dossier. You could do as I do and download a csv export of next days races and import them to the database of your own and do analysis there. Naturally previous days results are downloadable as well, there are occasional hiccups with results, especially BSP’s and sometimes it takes the day after to have results available. One can also look at that on winter meeting at Lingfield in 2013 if one so wishes. Exporting is also possible over maximum of 30 days if one wants to have a bit more reference data.
To summarize, Racing Dossier is not for everyone as it does take the effort of learning to utilize the information. Luckily Race Advisor forums are helpful and questions and inquiries are answered by other users as well as staff. But if you invest the time the rewards are there and it is well worth the price of £49.75 per quarter
I have been using Racing Dossier for close to two years now and I am not planning on stopping anytime soon if that is of any indication on how I feel about it. And hopefully this review also gave you the reader a slightly better idea about what the system is all about.
Disclosure. I write for Smartsigger magazine which I am compensated for and Smartsigger is published by same company as Racing Dossier. And that link above is an affiliate link.