Not even the most successful punters are born with the ability to make smart picks at the races – everyone needs to do their homework on the runners. If you don’t know where to start with your research, check out the Crown Oaks form guide. Form guides provide useful background information for all starters in a race, which means you can make a better decision on which horse to back.
Where To Find A Crown Oaks Form Guide
No matter which online bookmaker you choose for your Crown Oaks betting, you will be able to study the Crown Oaks form guide on any good online betting site a few days prior to the race. The Crown Oaks form guide can usually be found by clicking on a horse name on the race card or by clicking the form guide icon on the race card, if one is provided.
2015 Crown Oaks Form Guide
When it is made available on Melbourne Cup Day, the 2015 Crown Oaks form guide will be posted here.
How To Read A Crown Oaks Form Guide
Note that not every Crown Oaks form guide is laid out the same. Depending on which online bookmaker you choose, you will have to adapt to structure of the form. However, most form guides will use the same abbreviations and the same terminology.
The following information can be found on most Crown Oaks form guides and will help you make smarter choices when betting on this great race.
Barrier: The barrier is the starting position of your selection and is usually found in brackets behind the horse name. The further from the inside rail that the barrier is, the harder it will be for the horse starting from their to get to the head of the pack. It’s less important in long races like the Crown Oaks, but the furthest barriers rarely produce winners.
Form/Last6: This is a series of numbers listed behind a horse’s name, which designate the places the horse recorded in its past six career starts. The very right number stands for the horse’s most recent race.
The form is given in numbers from 0-9. 1 to 9 indicates the horse’s finishing position, with 0 meaning the horse finished worse than 9th place. Other symbols may also be seen (‘x’ means the horse had a break, for instance) but the detailed horse entries on the best online betting sites mean you may as well read the full race report rather than struggle to interpret the symbols in the form.
Age and Sex: There are five differentiations when it comes to thoroughbred race horses: Horse (H) – an entire male thoroughbred of over three years; Mare (M) – a female thoroughbred of more than three years; Colt (C) – a male thoroughbred under the age of four; Filly (F) – a female thoroughbred under the age of four; and Gelding (G) – a male thoroughbred who has been castrated.
Note: some Crown Oaks form guides will write out the age and sex, others will abbreviate it (e.g. ‘3yo c’ for three-year-old colt)
Pedigree: A horse’s pedigree can tell you a lot about its natural ability as a runner. You can use online databases to research the performances of a runner’s sire (male ancestor) and dam (female ancestor), which will give clues to your selection’s abilities.
Career: This section will list all of a horse’s career starts and results. It’s the section that will tell you the most about whether or not your selection is a consistently strong performer. Make sure to compare the distances of the races in which your selection has done well, to see whether the distance of the Crown Oaks suits your runner.
Saddlecloth Number: This is the number of your horse, which you might need to place the bet and which also helps you keep track of your selection during the race.
Trainer: It’s always helpful to know who has trained your selection for the Crown Oaks. It is advisable to bet on runners trained by greats of the sport, as a trainer’s experience will always reflect on the performance of the horse.
Weight: This section tells you how much weight your horse will be carrying during the race. The Crown Oaks is run at set weights, so this statistic does not really matter in this race.
Track Conditions: There are six different track conditions: Fast, Good, Dead, Slow, Heavy and Wet. Check out your selections race history to see which conditions best work for your horse of choice, this will help you calculate your selection’s chances of an Crown Oaks victory.
Jockey: Many successful racehorses have regular jockeys who often stay with them throughout their career. Although it is no guarantee, a jockey who knows his mount well will be able to better guide it through the race. Also, horses may feel more confident under a rider they are familiar with and might consequently give a stronger performance. Check the horse’s career statistics to find out whether the jockey has ridden the horse before, and how successfully he has done so.
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