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.
Can't Cut The Mustard
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
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
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
In Need Of A Boost
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
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
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.
Time To Enter A Race
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
Your Horse In A Race >>