A guide to how to use RateThatHorse

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How to use the ratings

Spreadsheet and Online data access

We’ve prepared the spreadsheet for you already. You’ll get the full data, as well as tabs for Top rated, best-bred 2-year-olds, and fastest sprinters, already sorted for you. You’ll also get each race on a separate tab, with all the ratings data ready for you to sort.

Download the sample, and use our quick guide below.

RTH Selections

If you’re a gold member, you’ll get our exclusive RTH Selections – with a better strike rate than top-rated alone, we use a further algorithm on top of our ratings to find the top selection in the field.

  • Go to the Member’s Area and select “Today’s racecard”
  • Each individual rating is included in this view
  • You’ll also see System, Trends and Hot race selections
  • These selections are also available in the daily PDF which is sent by e-mail
  • RTH Selections also have confidence ratings. Each individual rating has a confidence %. 30% or above is considered significant.
  • The final RTH selection has a five-star system, indicating confidence in the final selection.

Systems & Trends

If you’re a gold member, also get access to our systems and trends. We run over 90 different systems which feeds directly into your racecard. You’ll also get top statistics feeding into this selection.

  • To view all systems picks, visit the Systems page in the Member’s Area.
  • You can sort the systems according to their performance in the second table. Profit/Loss, Win Strike, Place Strike, etc.
  • In the Statistics area of the Member’s Area, you will see today’s selections sorted by win strike rate.
  • Each selection is justified by three words: Jockey Horse Win would be the win rate for the jockey/horse combination, for instance.
  • You also have hot & cold race data in the Hot Races section. This shows selections from races that have proved reliable indicators of form, with subsequent winners or places.

Now let’s play with the data

Let’s play with the Main tab of your excel spreadsheet, because that contains all of our data. Here are some quick and easy ways of manipulating our ratings & finding your winners.

Filtering by best performance

Who ran best last time out? You can tell

  • Go to the Main tab, which has all the horses in all races
  • Go to column O (Last Race)
  • Hit the down arrow on the column header
  • Select “Descending” in the pop-up box to show best to worst
  • Select “Ascending” in the pop-up box to show worst to best

You can repeat this for 2nd last race, 3rd last race, etc.

Top rated, best suited

We’ve automatically pulled out the top-rated horses for you. The top-rated calculation is the sum of all ratings – but the ‘Today’ rating is a complicated calculation that takes into account suitability for the race – i.e. track record, going, etc.

So let’s find our very best chances for today by filtering for the top-rated horses with the best ‘Today’ rating.

  • Go to the “TopRated” tab
  • Go across to column “AG” (Today)
  • Hit the down arrow to filter the data
  • Select “Descending” to filter by best chance
  • To exclude all horses with a Today rating of less than three, in the filter section, choose the “Greater Than” dropdown, and input the number 3 in the text box next to it

Fastest Horses over 5 furlongs

These sprint races are over in the blink of an eye. So you need a fast horse. We’ve already pulled out races between 5 furlongs and 1 mile into the “Sprints” tab, so let’s go there and play with the data.

  • Restrict to 5 furlongs by going to column D
  • Hit the down arrow and deselect “Select all”
  • Now tick the 5f box
  • You’ll now only have races over 5 furlongs
  • You can further improve your chances by restricting the going
  • Go to column G and hit the down arrow
  • Untick “Select all” and select “Good to firm”
  • Now move over to column W and hit the down arrow
  • Hit “Descending” to show the fastest horses in order

Excel tips

Here’s a few tips on how to manipulate the data in Excel. Within no time, you’re going to be an Excel expert.

  • The data in the main tab will always show the horse name (column A) because we have ‘frozen’ that column. You can unfreeze it by going to ‘Window’ and selecting ‘Unfreeze panes’.
  • If you always want to see the first 3 columns, for example, just click on  the cell D2, go to ‘Window’ and select ‘Freeze panes’.
  • When data is filtered, you won’t see all of it. You’ll know a column is filtered because it will look different from the others. Just hit the down arrow and remove the filter by selecting ALL in the pop-up box.
  • Play with your filters – for instance, you can select all races with a prize value of between 5000 and 10,000 in the pop-up box (as displayed)

Ready to get to work?