Like most owners, new to Raceclubs virtual horse racing, you'll want to know how good your horse is, what type of race you're best off entering it in and what are the chances of it winning.
To help you get an idea of the ability of your virtual horse we've listed below examples of different horses we've owned. They've all been bought via the sales ring or via claimers.
Bear in mind these are only examples, a horse that doesn't show much ability in time trials may perform better on the race track and vice versa. How your horse fairs in a race will depend on a number of factors, including the ability of the other horses in the race, the draw and track conditions.
If your horse was beaten by the barrier horse, in one or more of its first three time trials, it does not look good. Unless it won by a substantial distance in any of the other races, it's unlikely it'll ever make it at the track.
If it's your first horse by all means continue to train it, as it'll help you get familiar with what's involved working out the best distance, going etc for your horse. However don't go spending money on it at the tack shop, as it'll never cut it at the track.
It's a hard step to take if it's your first virtual horse, but if it's no good, make sure you retire it before its stabling fees become due.
To retire your horse, select "Retire Horses" from the "Stable" option on the top menu.
Make sure you select the correct horse and click the "Retire Horses " button.
Like real horse racing, some horses are just not good enough to make it to the track. Don't be put off, you'll most likely get a better horse next time.
If your horse records anything less than a 3 length victory over the barrier horse, when 50% fit with no products applied (naked), you're going to be hard pressed to get a win out of it.
In order to make it competitive you're going to need a good boost from any tack products you apply. If you're lucky and you see good improvement when applying products, you may pickup some place money, but based on our experiences you're more likely be throwing good money after bad.
Example 1 - Filly as a 2 year old beat the barrier horse by +3.15 lengths, naked at 1000m. She improved around 1 length when alumites were applied, but showed no real improvement with blinkers fitted.
Her best time trial was +8.43 @ 1200m when 99% fit. We didn't manage to win with her, but she pretty much paid her way picking up place prize money in juvenile allowance races.
Example 2 - Colt as a 2 year old beat the barrier horse by +3.1 lengths, naked at 1000m. Only improved a couple of lengths when gelded and alumites applied. No noticeable improvement when blinkers were applied.
His best time trial has been +11.31 @ 2200m when 95% fit. He managed to win a $15 claimer, when only 2 other horses took part and picked up 3rd place prize money in a progress plate.
Example 3 - Colt as a 2 year old beat the barrier horse by +6.55 lengths, naked at 1400m. Best time trial of +11.52 @ 1600m when gelded and products applied.
Won 3 races from 13 and was placed twice, with $109 in win and place prize money. Highest level of win was a juvenile allowance grade 2 race. Also had 1 win from 6 runs in claiming races.
Example 4 - Filly as a 2 year old beat the barrier horse by +5.35 lengths, naked at 1000m. Best time trial of +11.04 @ 1600m when 98% fit and products applied.
Won 3 races from 8 and was placed 3 times, with win and place prize money of $224. Highest level of win was a small stable fillies & colts race. Also had 3 wins from 5 runs in claiming races.
Example 5 - Colt as a 2 year old beat the barrier horse by +5.95 lengths, naked at 1400m. Best time trial of +14.23 @ 2200m when gelded and products applied.
Won 3 races from 14 and was placed 4 times, with $215 in win and place prize money. Highest level of win was a maiden stakes grade 1 race. Also had 1 win from 5 runs in claiming races.
Example 6 - Filly as a 2 year old beat the barrier horse by +7.62 lengths, naked at 1200m. Best time trial as a 2yo of +12.35 @ 2200m when 95% fit and products applied. Won a grade 1 juvenile fillies maiden stakes.
As a 3yo recorded time trials of +13.52 @ 1600m and +15.29 @ 2850m. Won a grade 1 eclipse stakes on 2 occasions and a grade 1 A & B Division fillies and colts race.
At 4yo recorded a time trial of +15.38 @ 2200m and won a $75 claimer. At end of 4yo career had 10 wins from 49 races and was placed 22 times. Also had 7 wins from 9 runs in claiming races and a total of $1,219 win and place prize money.
Example 7 - Colt as a 2 year old beat the barrier horse by +7.26 lengths, naked at 1600m. Best time trial as a 2yo of +15.19 @ 2200m when gelded and products applied. Won a juvenile challenge qualifier and was placed 3rd in the end of season juvenile challenge stakes.
As a 3yo recorded a time trial of +16.38 @ 2200m, won a Derby qualifier and was placed 2nd in the Derby.
He won King George Qualifiers at the ages of 5 and 6 and recorded a best ever time trial of +19.11 @ 2850m.
At the end of his racing career he'd recorded 13 wins from 83 runs and was placed 35 times. He also had 1 win from 9 in claiming races and a total of $4,790 win and place prize money.
Now you've got an idea on what level of ability it takes to win at the different levels, it's time for you to...