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  1. What is SpeedPRO?

  2. Is this official Jockey Club information?

  3. Who are the intended users of SpeedPRO?

  4. What are the differences between SpeedPRO and racing tips in newspapers?

  5. I am new to SpeedPRO, how do I get started?

  6. When do I use the full details of SpeedPRO, and when do I use just the Energy Figures or the Speed Map?

  7. What is Energy Required?

  8. What are Energy Figures? What are the Best Last 12 Months and Best at Distance(Last 12 Months)?

  9. What is SpeedPRO Energy? What is SpeedPRO Energy Difference?

  10. Can I sort the SpeedPRO Energy Grid according to my own preference?

  11. What is a Speed Map?

  12. How accurate are the Speed Maps?

  13. What are the factors you use to make the Speed Maps?

  14. Why don't you tell me directly which horse will be the winner?

  15. You have a "Comments" section - who is making these comments?

  16. There are strange numbers and letters in the Comments section, what do they mean?

  17. Who provides the fitness ratings in the Form Guide?

  18. For Sunday races, why will the fitness ratings and SpeedPRO Energy not appear until Pre-selling Noon?

  19. When will the SpeedPRO information be ready for a coming race meeting?

  1. What is SpeedPRO?

    SpeedPRO provides Form Guides, Speed Maps and Energy Figures for each race in the upcoming race meeting. It is a horse performance measuring and analysis system which gives every horse an “Energy Required” Figure for his upcoming race. The Energy Required Figure is the Energy Figure that the horse will have to deliver in order to win the race. It considers the information of “Class of Race”, “Weight Carried”, “Speed and Time”, “Ease of Victory”, “Beaten Margin” and “Race Quality”. Click here to SpeedPRO

  2. Is this official Jockey Club information?

    No, the information and analysis is produced by an external vendor.

  3. Who are the intended users of SpeedPRO?

    Anyone can use SpeedPRO free of charge by accessing it through the Jockey Club's public Web-site. Some SpeedPRO data may also available in various racing newspapers and mobile apps

  4. What are the differences between SpeedPRO and racing tips in newspapers?

    Tips in newspapers are just someone else's opinion of which horses are going to win. If you use tips, you will always have to depend on someone else. SpeedPRO helps you develop the skills and gives you a tool to make your own selections. SpeedPRO puts you in control. The more effort you make, the more accurate you become.

  5. I am new to SpeedPRO, how do I get started?

    Click the “User Guide” button in Formguide page for an explanation of how the data can be used and how to assess the winning chance of each horse in a race.

  6. When do I use the full details of SpeedPRO, and when do I use just the Energy Figures or the Speed Map?

    SpeedPRO is most effective when all its tools (including Form Guide) are used, and this is recommended. If you do not have time for a full form analysis, just click on the Speed Map page for overall Energy Figures of the horses in Energy Grid. It often highlights the contenders quickly, and can be used alone with some success. Speed Maps help you decide which horses should get favourable runs and which ones are likely to be awkwardly placed during the race.

  7. What is Energy Required?

    The ENERGY REQUIRED (ER) is the ENERGY figure that this horse will have to deliver in order to win this race, assuming the Race Quality is ”average” for this class. The ER figure includes such vital information as the exact class of this race, the effect of the horse’s handicap weight, and the historical knowledge of how an “average” race might be measured and recognised. The higher weight a horse carries, the higher energy is required to win the race.

  8. What are Energy Figures? What are the Best Last 12 Months and Best at Distance(Last 12 Months)?

    Energy Figures look like simple numbers, but they are the analysis of Energy Figure for the horses in their previous eight runs in Formguide. A horse’s Energy Figure is the analysis considered “Class of Race”, “Weight Carried”, “Speed and Time”, “Ease of Victory”, “Beaten Margin” and “Race Quality”. The numbers are fully comparable, race-to-race and horse-to-horse.

    Best Last 12 Months is the best Energy Figure that the horse has achieved in the last 12 months. Best at Distance (Last 12 Months) is the best Energy Figure that over the same distance as the upcoming race.

  9. What is SpeedPRO Energy? What is SpeedPRO Energy Difference?

    SpeedPRO Energy is to provide the estimated energy figure on each runner for reference. It makes use of the past energy figures that a horse has delivered, and considers other factors in coming race such as “likely settling position in Speedmap”, “estimated race pace”, “how the jockey delivers”, “anticipated improvement of a horse” and “fitness rating”.

    SpeedPRO Energy Difference will tell you the difference between the ENERGY REQUIRED (ER) figure and the SpeedPRO Energy figure. The largest number on the top of table will likely be your top-rated horse. The lowest number at the bottom will be the despised outsider. The positive numbers (i.e., difference greater than zero) are the “winning chances”.

  10. Can I sort the SpeedPRO Energy Grid according to my own preference?

    Sorting function is available for the several columns in the Energy Grid, including “Runner Number”, “Draw”, “Energy Required”, “SpeedPRO Energy”, “SpeedPRO Energy Difference”, “Your Estimated Energy” and “Your Estimated Energy Difference”. Users can click on the toggle next to the heading and the table will be sorted for that column.

  11. What is a Speed Map?

    It is a graphic that attempts to forecast the running positions of each horse after settling in the coming race. They can tell us whether a horse is likely to be trapped wide on the turns - meaning it will cover more distance than other horses - as well as horses that will be suited by the way the race is likely to be run.

  12. How accurate are the Speed Maps?

    In the final analysis, they are only one man's opinion of how a race will be run. They can be very accurate and they can sometimes be quite inaccurate - mainly when trainers or jockeys decide to change a horse's usual racing style to overcome unfavourable draw or pace pattern. Speed Maps are provided only as a guide.

  13. What are the factors you use to make the Speed Maps?

    The main factors are the past running styles of each horse in the race (i.e. whether it is a leader, runs behind the pace, or drops back to the rear), its actual early pace as revealed in the individual horse sectional times, its barrier draw, and the characteristics of the race track and position of the start in relation to the first turn.

  14. Why don't you tell me directly which horse will be the winner?

    There are plenty of other places you can get tips. That is not what we are about. If you rely on tips, you will always have to depend on someone else. We prefer to help you learn more about racing so you can make your own selections.

  15. You have a "Comments" section - who is making these comments?

    The videos of every race are closely studied by experienced racing analysts, who not only tells us how each horse ran its race, but also to point out any trouble during the race, or because it was forced to race wide, etc.

  16. There are strange numbers and letters in the Comments section, what do they mean?

    Several abbreviations are used to save space: For example, a string of numbers each followed by "W" tells you how wide the horse travelled as it went around each bend - in sequence from left to right.

    1W =1 wide (rail); 2W=2 wides; 3W=3 wides; 4W=4 wides and so on.

  17. Who provides the fitness ratings in the Form Guide?

    Trackwork experts have been engaged to assess the health and fitness of each horse, how it moves in its work and trials, and how ready it is to race.

  18. For Sunday races, why will the fitness ratings and SpeedPRO Energy not appear until Pre-selling Noon?

    This allows our trackwork experts to see and assess many of the horses on how they look the morning before race day, instead of on how they looked two or three days earlier. This can be important. In other words, users will get better, more up-to-date ratings under the upgraded service.

    SpeedPRO Energy makes use of the past energy figures that a horse has delivered, and considers other factors in coming race such as “likely settling position in Speedmap”, “estimated race pace”, “how the jockey delivers”, “anticipated improvement of a horse” and “fitness rating”. Therefore this figure can only be finalised together with fitness rating.

  19. When will the SpeedPRO information be ready for a coming race meeting?

    The Form Guide is available on the Club's public Web-site about 1:00pm on declaration day. Speed Maps are usually available by evening the same day.