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STANDARD TIMES

I can get very hot under the collar talking about standard times and how difficult it is to compile them.

The following standard times have taken me months to prepare, working in every spare minute I致e had.  If I could have relied on the accuracy of the information European racetracks provide I壇 have been able to produce them in a few hours with a simple computer program.

  The sad truth is European racetracks simply don稚 care about the information they give out.  They値l describe a race as being run over a mile and a quarter when really it is a mile and a half.  They値l record the wrong time for a race and quite often record no time at all.   They値l move the running rails or the starting point and radically alter the distance of a race without telling the betting public.  They値l say the going is 組ood when it痴 obviously soft.

  You値l often hear European racing officials lament the fact that bettors are increasingly turning to other sports.  They just don稚 seem to grasp the fact that people prefer to bet on what they can understand, and that the inaccurate data European horse racing offers makes it very hard for them to understand.

  Okay, I致e vented enough.  Now let me tell you about my standard times.  They show how fast a horse would take to cover every distance at every racecourse I致e so far analyzed.   For example, a horse that would run five furlongs in 60.9 seconds at Tralee would take 91.3 seconds to run a mile assuming it could stay a mile that is. The idea of providing theses standard times is to allow you to compare one performance with another by simply looking at the times horses have run.  To do the job properly you will need to estimate just how slow the weather and track maintenance have made a particular course.  In other words, you値l need to produce full blow speed figures or else refer to the ones I will be publishing on this website.