Sportsman

The following provides details for just some of the features appearing each week in Sportsman.

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CAMERA CHART EXPLAINER

Sportsman includes camera charts for all Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan race meetings.
The camera charts include leger and finish photos of all races and detailed race results.
Leger photographs are now taken at the 300m at all four Sydney racetracks.
In Melbourne the leger is shown as as the 400m.
Reading the detailed results in Sportsman you will find:
1. the race number, name of race and distance.
2. the prizemoney value of the race, class and limit weight.
3. the starting price of each runner is shown in the first column of results.
4. the horse name
5. weight carried.
6. jockey.
7. barrier.
8. position in running (as supplied by AAP) at the 800m.
9. position in running (as supplied by AAP) at the 400m.
10. official finishing position.
11. margin from the winner.
Sportsman then includes official margins, time, sectional times, course and class records, breeding and trainers of the placegettersm fluctuations, stewards reports.
Under each photo is a space for your own notes. This is especially useful for people combining video watching with the photos.

SPORTSMAN DETAILED FORM

Sportsman's detailed form has been designed to provide you with the most valuable information on each runner.
For the majority of race meetings Sportsman gives punters nine latest runs and four early career wins.
Spells are clearly indicated in the detailed form.
Sportsman also includes owners, age and breeding, trainers, colours and career statistics for all horses.
A breakdown of course and distance statistics and also first and second up performances are highlighted.
In addition Sportsman also publishes win and place percentages for each runner.
Looking at a specific detailed form item here is what you would normally find:
1. the placing your horse has achieved (eg. SIXTH).
2. the date the race was run (eg. Jan9/99).
3. margin from the winner (eg. 5.3 lens).
4. venue of the run (eg. Randwick).
5. name of the race (eg: Sportsman Handicap).
6. class of the race (eg: Class 6).
7. dollar value of the race, shown in thousands (eg $34).
8. distance of the race (eg 1600m).
9. weight carried by your horse (eg. 53kgs).
10. jockey who rode your horse and the barrier position from which your horse started (eg: R S Dye 1).
11. the number of starters in the race (eg. 13 strs).
12. the limit weight of the race (eg. Lim 52kgs).
13. the overall time for the race (eg. 1.37.20).
14. sectional times (where supplied) (eg. (last 600m: 36.54)..
15. track condition (eg. good).
16. betting fluctuations (eg. 2/1, 9/4, 7/4).
17. placed horses and weights (eg. Glory Run 54 1).
18. position in running (where available) (eg. 6th 800m, 7th turn).
19. stewards' reports (where available) (eg. checked 1200m. Shifted in at 200m. Blocked for run).
Sportsman also publishes official trails as form items for all unraced two-year-olds.

A sample of the form layout appears below.



FORM ANALYSIS

Sportsman includes race-by-race analysis on every Saturday and major metropolitan Wednesday race meeting.
Race-by-race analysis has been compiled by our team of experts after close examination of the detailed form.
It represents a summary of the top four chances in each event.
Punters will find form analysis a quick and easy way to cut down the possibilities of each race.
Used in conjunction with Class Factor and Speed And Fitness it is a sure-fire way to punting success.
Where to look: You'll find Form Analysis in the centre liftout section of Sportsman with Chartform.

CLASS FACTOR

Sportsman includes Class Factor for all meetings covered in detail.
Class Factor provides punters with an easy-to-read summary of which horses are rising and dropping in class on their latest outing.

Sportsman considers this a vital service for punters trying to establish whether horses are graded to win.
It is compiled by our team of experts after close examination of the class of each runner in each race.
Used in conjunction with Form Analysis and Speed And Fitness, Class Factor will help you find many winners during the year.

SPEED AND FITNESS

Sportsman includes Speed And Fitness data on all Saturday meetings and major metropolitan Wednesday meetings covered.
This is your key to discovering how races will be run and is a vital clue to winning more often.
Speed data will tell you at-a-glance which horse is likely to lead, which races handy to the pace and which will get back in the field.

If there are no leaders shown, you can assume there will be no early pace.
This could prove a real hurdle to the chances of runners whose normal pattern is to get back.
Likewise, if there are two or more leaders identified, you can assume there will be a ton of pace. This should improve the chances of the runner whose normal pattern is to get back.

Speed data is obtained from past performances and barrier trial efforts (for unraced runners).
Fitness data will tell you at-a-glance which horses have been freshened up by their trainers or are returning from let-ups and which horses have shown up in barrier trials.

Used in conjunction with form analysis and class factor, Speed and Fitness will provide you with the winning edge.
Where to look: You will find Speed and Fitness data in the centre Chartform section of Sportsman.


TRACKWORK

Sportsman publishes all available trackwork times from the major training centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The trackwork times are supplied to Sportsman each week by a dedicated band of clockers.
Where available they also supply sectional times for gallops.
Sportsman includes Star Workers for each session and provides track columns to highlight coming winners.

CHARTFORM

Sportsman includes Chartform in every issue to help you find winners at a glance.
Chartform provides several winning features including average win and place percentages, average prizemoney per start and the number of days since the last run.

It also includes a breakdown of track and distance statistics and stats for varying track conditions.
Reading from left to right across the chart you will find:
1. the TAB number.
2. 000s for the past six starts.
3. the horse name.
4. age and sex of the runner.
5. the barrier from which your horse will start. (nb. shown as PP).
6. the weight your horse has been allotted by the handicapper.
7. the Zipform handicap rating. A star indicates the top-rated runner. (NB: Zipform ratings are exclusive to Sportsman and are compiled on a weight formula).
8. the number of starts your horse has had to date.
9. the number of wins your horse has achieved.
10. the percentage that represents in relation to starts.
11. the number of times your horse has finished in the placings (including wins).
12. the percentage that represents in relation to starts.
13. the average prizemoney your horse has achieved every start.
14. the number of days since your horse last raced.
15. it's record at the course (starts, wins, placings eg. 12 starts, 1 win and 4 placings is shown as 12-1-4).
16. it's record at the distance. (starts, wins, placings).
17. it's record on good tracks (starts, wins , placings).
18. it's record on dead tracks (starts, wins, placings).
19. it's record on slow tracks (starts, wins, placings).
20. it's record on heavy tracks (starts, wins, placings).
Chartform, used in conjunction with Form Analysis, Class Factor and Speed And Fitness will provide you with a host of winners.


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