• New product features are coming and beat our first ever price increase


    Because we have not increased subscription prices since Punting Form commenced operations and to fund ongoing development of the new product features being rolled out, we need to increase subscription prices by approximately 12%.

    Important Note: Customers with an existing subscription will experience No Price Increase while they maintain their current subscription (existing recurring subscription rates will be 'grandfathered'). So, if you have been thinking of subscribing, getting in before we can administer/formalise the new rates, will save you money moving forward. System Notification Subs will remain at $5 per week, per System.

    Proposed Subscription Rates (for New Subscriptions):

    Individual MQG; from $7 to $8 per meeting

    Pro Punter Form; from $10 to $11 per week.

    MQG Ratings (.pdf); from $88 to $99 per month.

    Desktop Ratings Software; from $165 to $187 per month.

    Sectional Pro Form; from $264 to $297 per month.

    Sectional Pro Form + Desktop Ratings; from $330 to $374 per month.

    Additional content is soon to be released as part of our Ratings and Sectional Pro Form web-based Subscriptions.

    New content will include:

    (If the images are hard to see please click the main article link above)

    Benchmarking for Last 400m, 600-400, 400-200 and 200-Finish.

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    Sectional Rating/Pricing Ranks for Last 400m and Last 200m.

     

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    A simple new concept - Relative Gain Benchmark for all Sectionals and Splits.

     

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     Wides in Run data for Metropolitan Meetings (for all timed distance markers).

    When Position-In-Run is selected, the Lane (we call this Wides data) being occupied by that runner (at the marker in question) will also be displayed (only Metropolitan meetings have this feature, at this point in time).

    No screenshot of this new content is available at this time (currently being programmed/implemented).

     

  • Sectional Pro Form – Layout Changed - Early Pace Description Incorporated


    The layout of Sectional Pro Form has been changed to simplify the reading of Benchmarks and to incorporate an Early Pace Description for both the Individual Runner and Race (which is just the Leader at each marker).

    Runner benchmarks and Race benchmarks now have their own distinct columns (the old style Runner/Race formatting has been removed).

    It is our belief that 'early pace' can only be properly determined/described when referenced against the Class of Race (which is why we have All Average Benchmarks and Class Benchmarks). In order to better convey this idea, we have introduced an Early Pace Description in all the Sectional Pro Form Results/Form Tables.

    The Early Pace has simply been categorized using our existing To 600m Class benchmark as follows:

    • Greater than +5.0 =Very Slow
    • Greater than +2.0 and less than or equal to +5.0 =Slow
    • -2.0 to +2.0 =Even
    • Greater than or equal to -5.0 and less than -2.0 =Fast
    • Less than -5.0 =Very Fast

    We hope this is well received after a settling in period (User Testing indicated it should be). Screen Shot showing an example of the revised Layout / Content:

     Earlypace

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  • A look behind the curtain at PF Analytics


    We have been working on Punting Form Analytics for a number of years now, as an exciting addition to our existing capabilities in the compilation of bespoke thoroughbred horse racing data. It seemed only natural that we (and our clients) would wish to maximise our ability to understand what the data was telling us. The shape PF Analytics will ultimately take as a product offering is still being determined, but as a minimum it will 'inform' some of our web content and test a few of the 'theories' which get tossed around the punting landscape.

    There was discussion on twitter concerning 'track bias' at the Sandown Lakeside meeting on Wednesday 28th August, 2019; so we thought that might be a good opportunity to use PF Analytics as an investigative tool. As it turns out, the Meeting was as good an example of 'track bias', as we have seen. One of the downsides of trying to determine meaningful 'per race', or 'per meeting' statistics/analysis, is dealing with small sample sizes (e.g. 70 runners for the entire meeting). With this in mind, we designed a report with several different types of measures and were careful to look for the presence of logical/clear 'trends' across the various data categories (e.g. from' inside to outside' or 'forward to rear' etc).

    Summary of found 'Track Bias':

    Barriers: 2.0 lengths advantage to inside barriers (compared to outside).

    Lateral (400 to Finish): 3.8 lengths advantage to on rail (compared to outside lanes). Looking at 'Race by Race', also supported this being the case for the duration of the meeting.

    Lateral (800 to 600): 2.7 lengths advantage to on rail (compared to outside lanes).

    Longitudinal (600 to 400): 4.0 lengths advantage being forward in the run (compared to being in the rear group).

    Longitudinal (800 to 600): 4.0 lengths advantage being forward in the run (compared to being in the rear group).

    Note: The above figures are not 'cumulative'. The maximum advantage (or disadvantage, depending on how you wish to look at it) to any one runner, was approx. 4.0 lengths.

    A complete .pdf version of theSandown Lakeside 28/8/19 Bias Report(9 pg) can be downloaded here:

    https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D6953095_09553868_485923

    As an example of a track with no real bias … actually, there may have been a length or so advantage (see bit of a trend in lateral and longitudinal numbers) in being off rail and mid to rear in run … due to wind? Anyway, not much in it; theCaulfield 31/8/19 Bias Reportcan be downloaded here:

    https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D6953095_09553868_488609

    A pictorial explanation of how to interpret the Bias Reporting follows:

     

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  • System Builder Issues and Recalculations


    Through support requests and our own internal QA procedures, we have recently identified three issues with the system builder and system statistics. The first two of these issues are seemingly random (making them difficult to de-bug) in that, for some cases the data was applied correctly, and in other cases the data was incorrect. 

    The first issue was with the Betfair SP dividends. It was discovered that in some cases the incorrect dividend was applied. This was traced to an issue where there were multiple race codes on at the same venue on the same day (for example Warragul races and Warragul trots). This has been rectified, dividends corrected and systems statistics have been recalculated.

    The second issue is with the apprentice jockey filter and jockey claims in the systems builder. The source of this issue has been identified and we are close to implementing a fix for this. Once this fix has been implemented, we will commence to backfill apprentice jockey flags and claims, and then recalculate systems which use either of these filters.

    The third issue is to do with Back systems which utilise Betfair SP as the chosen pricing mechanism. While Creating or Editing the rules for Back systems using Betfair SP, the Betfair commission rate is correctly calculated and deducted. However, once Saved, the system performance does not take into account the Betfair commission rate. We will be rectifying this, as well as making sure that all systems which are made "public" are resulted with a 0% commission discount rate (for Back and Lay types). Most users may not be aware of this setting within the User 'Account Settings' area. It is set at 0% commission discount by default, as this is the worst case scenario (i.e. no discount is applied to the standard Betfair commission rate structure based on each State, resulting in the highest applicable level of commissons being reflected in results). Betfair customers can qualify for a discount on the level of commission paid, depending on their usage patterns etc. Such customers can change the 0% commission discount account setting, to reflect the amount of commission they actually pay, to be reflected in their 'private' systems. Consistency regarding the display of Gross and Nett columns in results for Back systems, will also allow for checking that any applicable commission rates have been correctly taken into account (similar to what we had already done when introducing Lay systems).

  • Saturday 08/06/19 Metro Sectional Time Data


     Just a quick note to advise that our usual upload of Sectional Time Data for Saturday Metro race meetings this evening (Sunday 09/06), will not take place until Monday evening (10/06), for this weekend's races. Unfortunately (particularly with regard to getting the Eagle Farm Group Races out as soon as possible) our Sectional Timing Office is out of action today. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes. The normal routine of Sunday evening upload of Saturday Metro race meetings, will resume again from next weekend (Saturday 15/06).

  • Website Upgrade


    We will be posting regular updates here as part of a re-organisation of the PF website and business. Education pieces or articles on subjects of interest will also appear here (under 'News').

    • An upgrade of our servers has now been completed. This moves us from underlying technology/software which was 7 years old and places us in a good position for improved 'responsiveness' and a better user experience on all fronts moving forward.
    • The PF User Forum has been removed. As indicated recently, our main focus is not to be a website where users gather for discussion with one another on topics of interest. We wish to focus our resources on the development of tools, which clients find make a 'valuable' contribution to their punting endeavors on thoroughbred horse racing (as well as our own). Clients (or potential clients) are welcome to communicate with PF using suppport@puntingform.com.au (for general enquiries, product support etc). For those wanting a sense of 'community' and a place to partake in wide ranging discussions with other punters, we can recommend https://www.punters.com.au/
    • Dynamic elements (those menu options which appear with mouse hover and change relative to latest site content / user permissions) have been removed from the Main Menu. Just click on the desired Menu item and further detailed links will become available. For instance, to access the latest Sectional Time Data; click on 'All Results' under the Form menu and all resulted meetings will be shown, along with an icon indicating those which have Sectional Time Data available.
    • Access to free PF 'form' content will now require log-in using Registered User details. This has become necessary for us to manage 'bots and scrapers'.

  • Download CSV form files


    Punting Form now offer the ability to download form files for all Australian, New Zealand and Hong Kong meetings.  The files are in a standard CSV format.  

    View a sample here.

    Form files are available at the same time as the regular online form and can be downloaded from the main meeting page.  Just click the download icon next to the meeting that you are after.

    A Pro Membership is required to access the files so if you are not already a member you can join up here for only $10 a week.

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