In this post I will try and give an understanding of what I look for in a racehorse before putting it in my Tracker along with what Free Trackers to use so let’s begin there.
At The Races do a very good free horse tracker on their online site, Betref also do a Free horse tracker as do Timeform they will email the evening before the race if you have a runner declared. I tend to use At The Races for my Flat and all-weather trackers and use Betref for my National Hunt trackers.
When selecting what horse’s to Track I tend to use the following as a guideline :-
1. Horses that win more than one race at big prices
4. Progressive or Unexposed
Most followers of racing will try and find some unraced horses to track prior to Flat season. I tend to highlight a few without tracking at first especially 2yr olds as they don’t all win at first time of asking. I like to see an unraced horse run at least twice before I make a decision on whether to add to my tracker or give it another run before making my final judgment, with the only exception to that rule is if the breeding looks solid over more than one generation in bloodline, but that’s another subject matter that will be discussed in more detail soon.
My Flat and All-Weather trackers get refreshed each season but my National Hunt trackers tend to stay the same for at least 3 years, with the only changes being made when horses retire or get injured. As the Flat season progresses I add to my tracker if anything catches my eye and remove horses if any are underperforming.
Keep a record of why each horse was tracked … For example – race distance and class, going, price, trainer or jockey and breeding. This helps you find ideal conditions quicker and also helps when keeping tabs on its progress.
Try and keep your trackers to a manageable level, my preference is to have between 50 to 60 horses maximum as I find that works for me, any more than that would be too time consuming thus making things more difficult.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and hopefully I have given you a better understanding of why I track a horse. There is a lot going on at the moment behind the scenes as I concentrate on finding the winners of the Oaks and Derby.
Written by Charlie Mcgreevy