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Class in horse racing gives punters the edge

February 22, 2019 | By More

One of my most important criteria in punting is identifying horses that have a class edge. Class in horse racing is an enigmatic characteristic that has occupied the minds of analysts since the 18th century.

The benchmark rating system only goes part way in defining it.

A horse that’s been competitive in Group company can have quite a bit more ability than you think. Such insight is the basis for betting on Melbourne Cup futures markets.

It can be significantly higher than those racing predominantly in Saturday class events.

This can play out in a number of scenarios.

Class horses often win races at unsuitable distances early in their preparation purely because of their superior ability.

Alternatively, horses can win lesser events after missing out in the big races.

If you can identify a unique pattern related to class, it may give you the edge when it comes to beating the market on a consistent basis.

Benchmark ratings system

The benchmark rating system makes it simpler to assess and handicap the different classes of horses.

A benchmark 80 and above, for example, has a class superiority over the opposition when it steps down to a benchmark 78.

In a handicap, this horse would receive an arbitrary weight penalty.

It then becomes up to the punter to decide whether the horse appears underweighted or overweighted with respect to benchmark ratings.

It’s one of the most important considerations each year when trying to find the Melbourne Cup winner.

It is also important in what stage the horse is in its preparation.

This may result in different performance levels, outside of what the benchmark predicts.

Benchmarking is a measure of a horse’s overall performance level.

Whether the horse has a blistering turn of foot over a short period, for example, is not taken into consideration per se.

Characteristics of class in horse racing

Turn of foot is one example of a characteristic of class in horse racing where it can be of benefit, if the conditions are right.

A horse may carry additional weight as a result of the drop in class of the race.

The punter must then decide that other conditions of the race override this apparent disadvantage.

It is prudent for the punter to take on board all types of punting advice in order to find that edge.

For example, the predicted speed map of the race may suit the horse’s racing pattern.

At this point, the punter knows that the horse’s superior class will outweigh the burden of the extra kilos the horse must carry.

It pays to remember that, in most cases, class prevails.

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