FAQ

Joining

Why do you charge for memberships?

In an ideal world we would open our whole site up for free to everybody, we refuse to splash intrusive adverts, in fact any form of affiliate or ad banners on our site making is as user friendly as possible. The money generated from membership funds are re-directed back into the business enabling growth and additional features - so if it wasn't for the funding we do receive - there quite simply would be no site to bring to you, and no additional features being added.

On top of the increasing hosting, domain, server and overhead charges we also have to pay third parties for data input and database creation/maintenance, so your membership contributions really do help contribute to the progression of the site. You'd be amazed at the amount of man hours put in by such a small team to keep the site ticking as smoothly as it does.

How do I upgrade to advanced member?

The direct link to upgrade is here. You can select either a singular membership, or a joint (which grants access to both racing-bet-data and football-bet-data). Membership subscription periods are either monthly or annual and processed via Paypal. If you absolutely do not or can not use Paypal please contact us directly and we can provide bank details to allow a bank transfer for annual access.

Account Issues

I have upgraded my account but I still have restricted access to the data?

Once you have received our confirmation email advising of account upgrade you should be able to log straight in for full functionality. If you have received this email but still have restricted access please ensure you clear your cookies, or close your browser and login again. It maybe that your session as a basic member is still active.

I have paid but cannot access the data yet?

Please make sure you are entering your login details as per registration (case sensitive too). Please also allow up to 12 hours for account activation. This is usually a few minutes but sometimes the system can take a bit longer to process, especially during out of office periods (such as overnight). If you have received your confirmation of upgrade, make sure you have not paid using an echeque. Echeques take anywhere from 5 - 10 days to clear and your account access will not be granted until the payment has cleared.

Please log out and clear your cookies/cache as any previous login as a basic member may still be active on your device.

If you need to change your password you can manage this via the "My Account" section of the site. If you have forgotten your password, please click on the Forgot Password link under the sign in form and follow the instructions given.

How do I cancel my subscription?

Within Paypal, you can cancel your subscription via the My Account section.

Do I have to log in each time I go to use the data archive or access downloads?

Your session will "time out" after about 20 minutes of inactivity and you will then be required to login once more. If you are using a web browser such as Firefox or Chrome - the dashboard will have the ability to remember your username/password combination for easy sign in.

How do I change my password?

We always recommend you use a UNIQUE password for your logins with Football-Bet-Data and Racing-Bet-Data that are different to passwords you may use for banking, email or other online accounts. Please note passwords are case sensitive and can contain only alpha-numeric characters.

Please click the "My Account" option from the top right of the screen when logged in and then enter both your current and new password. If you have forgotten your password, please click on the Forgot Password link under the sign in form and follow the instructions given. The below video will help with login and password reset issues.

Data Archive

Can I use the dashboard for betting system creation?

The dashboard is made up of a series of tick box criteria and numeric boxes. To ensure your search produces an output you must ensure that at least one box per section is ticked (or valid numerical values entered in the minimum and maximum boxes) You must use decimal odds between 0 and 100.

If you wanted to find the previous results from horses that were Favourite (or Joint Favourites) running at Windsor, with odds between 1.01 and 4.00 over a distance of 3 miles of less, trained by a specific owner then you can easily specify this from the tick box and odds ranges. This will then produce an output showing the profit of these past races. This will allow you to check for upcoming races that meet the same criteria and create a system based upon this.

How do I use the dashboard for data extraction?

If you wanted to get data output for races at Newton Abbot for year 2012, you would select the relevant racecourse code (In this instance NAB) within the tick box range. Then select all default criteria for other filters, and tick the relevant year from the filter, you can then either click get results (to display on screen with summary table, or direct to Excel, for an Excel download). There are several help videos around the site and on our Youtube Channel that will give you an idea on how to extract data within our how to use page.

The video below will help you familiarize with the dashboard.

What does the winning distance mean?

Winning distance can be interpreted in 2 ways, one way is distance between the horse and the horse in front, the other is distance between that horse and the winner. Prior to 29th March 2017 we used the first option - all data from 29th March 2017 onward uses distance from the horse to the winner. Within our Results download file you can see and obtain both.

Can I still use the site if I do not have Excel?

By clicking "Get Results", you can display the output from your selection criteria and summary tables on screen. Particularly handy if using a tablet or mobile device or you don't want to use Excel. You can use Open Office as an alternative to Excel for data outputting.

I am having problems downloading data to Excel?

If you can not see the "Direct to Excel" link, please ensure you have JavaScript enabled. You can still extract data to Excel by clicking the "Get Results" button and then extracting to Excel after the data has populated on screen.

The limit for on screen and downloadable data rows is 30,000. If you try to download more than 30,000 rows in one hit, Excel will display a message advising how many rows you have tried to download.

The issue might also be related to Microsoft Security Update KB3115262 for Excel that was released July 12, 2016. The security update information can be found in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-088 - Critical.

Try these workarounds (in order of preference):

  • Instead of clicking Open, save the file and then open it.
  • In Excel Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Protected View, uncheck the top two options. This is potentially unsafe.
  • Uninstall the security update.
Can I compare 2 horses past performance against each other?

Using our head to head option from the top menu you can analyse 2 horses performance against each other. Select the first letter of each horse from the drop down boxes and click the "Update filter" box. Then using the drop down menu you can select the horses you want to compare by either typing their name or scrolling to the relevant place. Click "Get results" once you have chosen your two horses and the output for each will be displayed below.

You can also use the head to head page for just one horse. Leave the horse 2 filter set to default (none) and it will return all the races of the horse selected from the horse 1 filter. The video below will assist in using the H2H functionality.

Can I check the jockey / horse / trainer strike rate?

In the output table on the main page you can view the strike rates and days since last run for a horse by hovering over the "i" to the far right column of the output table.

What is pace data?

Each horse is given a pace rating based around how forwardly it likes to race and this combines to create a Pace Forecast for each race; in an instant you can see how a race is likely to be run, and which horses are likely to be suited.

Pace data is sometimes known as Pace Analysis or Sectional Timing. It times horses at certain parts (or sections) of a race and notes its speed at that point. We only started providing pace data from 11th September 2017. Each horse is given a pace rating based around how forwardly it likes to race and this combines to create a Pace Forecast for each race allowing you to see how a race is likely to be run, and which horses are likely to be front runners and which are likely to be held up. Not all horses have a pace data rating, which is why we include the "Show selections with no pace data" tick box. Pace ratings are from 0-10, 10 being the front runners.

Why can't I see any data before certain dates?

As part of our ongoing site and data improvement program, In June 2015 we added 3 additional data criteria to the existing filter and output ranges. OR (Official Rating), Winning Distance, and Predicted SP Odds. This data wasn't available for races before June 2015, so you will need to ensure the "Include horses with no odds information" box is ticked (it is ticked by default).

This will allow you to see races for any date period you select despite them not having the predicted odds information available.

In October 2015 we added the additional data Headgear (Shows if a horse was wearing any headgear). This data wasn't available for races before October 2015, so you will need to ensure the "None" box is ticked (it is ticked by default).

How is the each way profit calculated?

By rolling the cursor over the "Profitability explained" area it gives a table showing the breakdown for each way calculation (as below). The payout is a % based on the horses finishing place and how many runners were in the race.

Racing Bet Data FAQ Profitability Explanation

What do the figures mean in the data summary table?

The summary table provides an overview of the races that have met your desired criteria. The profit / loss figures are the result of backing horses at level stakes (10 units to win and 10 units each way).

The yield shows you ROI based on flat 10 unit stakes. This uses the SP odds or Betfair SP odds.

The second table breaks down the results based on whether the horse was a favourite, 2nd favourite, 3rd favourite or other non favourite.

How is the going determined?

Going is changeable, it can turn one way then the other during the course of a meet, and is also weather dependant. The possible combinations of the going run well into the hundreds. We have tried to simplify the goings into 25 separate categories which are typically the going declared before the meet commences. Where the going wasn't available it has been classified as "Unknown".

Each going is abbreviated and can be cross referenced to the key on the dashboard page for the full description.

I get an error message while searching the database

A search error may occur if you have not completed the tick box selection (for instance you have not selected any distances, classes or race courses) within your search.

How often are the sections and data archives updated?

Our data is updated daily and usually between 8am and 10am UK time.

Why do some selections that met my criteria disappear the next day?

If a horse meets the criteria but then is not on the list the next day it is because it was a non runner. In some races there will be at least one reserve horse that will replace any non runners. We do not offer predicted odds or any pre race information for reserve horses, instead these horses will have "RES" displayed in these respective fields.

I can only see restricted access when creating a system or accessing data?

Basic members have restricted access to our dashboards. To remove this restriction you will need to upgrade your account here.

The dashboards appear to freeze or take a long time to load?

Try cutting down on the criteria you are selecting. It is likely that the report you are trying to generate is huge. If you don't want to change any of your filter criteria, then try filtering out certain race courses or years / months and running more than one search.

If you are having trouble loading a dashboard then please try again in a few minutes. Routine schedule maintenance can occur during the day which will cause a short downtime of a couple of minutes.

What race courses are covered?

We currently cover over 80 courses shown below. Some of the courses run during the summer months (May to August) so Racing-Bet-Data provides data 365 days a year.

Racing Bet Data FAQ Racetrack List

Can output from the dashboard be downloaded?

You can download the data directly to Excel by clicking the "Direct to Excel" button at the bottom of the filter criteria dashboard. Alternatively, clicking "Get Results" will show the full output on screen including summary tables, and you can then export this to Excel by clicking the "Extract full data below to Excel" button .

Can the dashboard create a profitable system?

Yes absolutely it can, and we have many members who run blogs or threads on websites with their selection criteria and upcoming tips. As always with betting though discipline, a good staking plan and obtaining the best odds available are equally important as finding a successful system. It may take you a few attempts and some trial and error along the way, but you will get there. It is also possible to create a "reverse system" - ie looking for losers as you can then create a "lay system" using the betting exchanges.

Since the addition of our 2 downloadable stand-alone files this has increased the feedback we receive from members who have knitted the data together to find a profitable angle or edge to their betting or trading.

The below video gives some indication on how you can start using output at a basic level for trading angles.

Where do the odds come from that are displayed?

The Industry SP odds displayed in our dashboard and head to head pages are the SP odds (Starting Price) direct from the racetrack itself. The Betfair SP, In Play, and Pre Race odds are Betfair odds.

As mentioned in an earlier question, the odds before a race takes place are tissue price odds on the day of a race, and odds displayed after a race were the actual SP odds. These odds remain in the forecasted odds column after a race has run.

What data do you provide within the dashboards?

Please click the "key of headers" link above the output table, or view our video guides here which gives an overview of the filters and output.

Can I save my filters for easy recall?

We have a "Save a System" function for advanced members, this allows you to create, name, save and recall your pre-set filter criteria. You can create and name as many as you like for easy recall. The below video guide gives further information and examples on how to use this.

Are there any restrictions in the data output?

Screen and Excel outputs are limited to 30,000 rows (approximately 6 months) worth of data in one go.

Why does the stall data show as N/A or blank?

Stall data started being published from 10th March 2019. Any data preceding that date will show as "N/A". Where the stall is shown as blank, it represents a race not run from starting stalls.

What does the "WGT" Weight output mean?

Shown in stones and pounds, this is the weight each horse has to carry. That weight is decided by the conditions of the race (whether the horse is handicapped or penalized).

The weight declared before the race can change the next day. This is because the jockey received an allowance (also known as a 'claim') which meant that weight was taken off the published weight to allow for the inexperience of the jockey.

Do you provide the place odds?

We currently only provide the win only odds within our outputs and downloads.

Do we provide the finishing time for each horse?

This is not currently something within our data set but we're always looking to grow the data set.

Does the data archive contain the traded volume?

No we do not publish the traded volume. The in play high and low figures within the data archive are recorded where at least 100 has been traded.

Downloads

What format are the downloads?

Both files are Excel .xlsx standalone downloadable files.

What data is contained within the pre-race and results download files?

The landing page for each download give screenshots and video guides that explain the basics of the output. In summary though, the pre-race download details each horse running today's full history. This includes odds, odds reduction/inflation (compares SP to Inplay High and Low).

The results file gives the inplay trading prices stamped roughly as 2 per second/3 every 2 seconds. It records the price from start to suspension at the end of the race. It also includes the last traded price before the start of the race at intervals of 15, 10, 5, 3, 2 1 minutes before the off as well as the scheduled post time price.

Do the downloads contain the traded volume?

No we do not publish the traded volume. The price stamps are not restricted by volume in the results file, but within the pre race download the in play high and low are recorded where at least 100 has been traded.

How do I find the days since last run?

This is provide in both the pre-race download (towards the right hand side) and also within the data archive by clicking the "I" information button on screen output, again to the far right hand side.

Can I download previous days' files?

You can now access historic files for both our pre-race and results download files within their respective home pages. Simply look at the "Archived Files" area on the right hand side and select the month you require files from. All available files for that month will appear and you can simply click on each one to download.

Do you provide the place odds?

We currently only provide the win only odds within our outputs and downloads.

What is the RBD rating within the Pre race download?

This is our unique rating given to horses based on their past performances over similar course and distance with a weighting factor applied. Basically, the higher the rating the better the horse. For now, the RBD rating will remain only in this file, but you can knit together reports using horse names/track/dates as unique hooks when using lookup references.

Do we provide the finishing time for each horse?

This is not currently something within our data set but we're always looking to grow the data set.

Is the horses stall/silk number available?

Yes the stall/draw number is available in both daily downloadable files and the Data Archive. The silk number is currently only shown in the daily results download in column V.

General/Other

Do you have an API feed?

There is no API feed available. We try to keep our membership prices as low as physically possible, and we refuse to splash intrusive advertising banners all over our site. To add things like an API feed may price a lot of our members out of our service and that isn't something we are looking to do. If you have Python/VBA skills you can automate most of the data/file extraction from our site.

Do you provide Australian/American data?

No, we cover all UK and Irish tracks dating back to 2002.