What Is Patternform - and how to use it

Having used Patternform for years, it is sometimes difficult to remember that for many punters the Patternform approach will be totally alien and that they may well need a little hand holding and convincing that Patternform is worth learning.

Punting is all about comparing the runners in a race against each other and against today's race conditions and then making a selection.

It's about looking at a runners previous races and assessing those performances against the other runners in a race.

To do this Pattern uses an Overview approach, keeping all the runners in a race on the screen together and allowing the punter to decide which aspect of a runners previous form to study - then see how it compares to the other runners in the race.

The patternform card consists of two main sections: The runner list, and the filters.

Runner List
The Runner List is the heart of Patternform and consists of all the runners in the race and information about them. There is one line per runner with various columns some of which can be sorted. On initial load the Patternform Racecard is sorted by speed, and only races run in the last 6 months are included in the runners formlines - how to change this will be discussed later.

The first Column is the Finishing Position (> 9th = 0). Like most form cards, for each runner this gives it's finishing position in it's last few races - the most recent on the right of the list. If the runner finished lower than 9th then a formfigure of "0" is displayed.

Unlike most formcards you can choose which previous races are included in each runners formline by using the filters
- but more on that later.

The second column is Win% and gives the percentage of wins from the current formline for each runner. These only relate to the form figures in the formline as displayed. If you have filtered using the Race Distance of 5 Furlongs, then only those races over 5f (upto 5f 110yds) are displayed and the Win% will be the runners Win% over 5f.

The third column is Pla% and gives the percentage of times a runners has Placed from the current formline for each runner. By placed we usually mean finishing in the first three but it varies depending on the number of runners and the type of race. For instance in 16+ runner handicaps the first 4 runners would be placed.

The fourth column is Runners and is the Runners name

The fifth column is AgeWei and give the current age, and weight carried by the runner (excludes any jockey allowances and Over Weight)

The sixth column is WinVal and gives for each runner the three most valuable races won, measured in 1,000's (3 = 3,000 to 3,999). This again relates only to those races which are in the formline.

The seventh column is Speed Figure. The best three are given and again relates only to those races which are in the formline.

The eighth column is Multi figure which was suggested by a user and is the speed figure multiplied by the RanTo figure and adjusted down to a value below 100, and again relates only to those races which are in the formline.

The ninth column is RanTo and is the traditional form figure adjusted to today's weight for each runner and again relates only to those races which are in the formline.

If you move the "mouse pointer" over a column heading, and it turns into a "down Arrow" then you will be able to sort on that field. Sortable fields are:
Win% - Pla% - WInVal - Speed - Multi and RanTo


As part of the runner list there is the "Form Panel"

To activate the form panel click on any of the formlines - preferably one with form figures.

A New "Form Panel" will be displayed, holding only those races from the formline.

At the same time the filter section is hidden.

To hide the "Form Panel", click again of any of the runners formlines and the "Form Panel" will be hidden and the Filter Section will be un-hidden.

The Form Panel has the following columns: Date, Trk, Gng, Dist, Ran, Prize, Grade, Class, FPos, Wei, Speed, Multi, Hcap

Each line

The first Form Panel Column is Date and is the date on which the race was run.

The second Form Panel column is Trk and is the racecourse on which the race was run.

The third Form Panel column is Gng and is the Official going on which the race was run.

The fourth Form Panel column is Dist and is the race distance over which the race was run.

The fifth Form Panel column is Ran and is the number of runners in the race.

The sixth Form Panel column is Prize and is the winning prize money to the nearest 1K

The seventh Form Panel column is RacTyp and is type of race Full list of Race Types

The eighth Form Panel column is Class and is the BHA Class for the race 1 - 7

The ninth Form Panel column is FPos and is where the horse finished in the race

The tenth Form Panel column is Wei and is the weight carried by the horse

The eleventh Form Panel column is Speed and is the speed rating the runner achieved in the race adjusted for weight carried

The twelfth Form Panel column is Multi and is a figure which was suggested by a user and is the speed figure multiplied by the RanTo figure and adjusted down to a value below 100, and again relates only to those races which are in the formline.

The thirteenth Form Panel column is Hcap and is the traditional form figure adjusted to today's weight for each runner and again relates only to those races which are in the formline.

Filters
Below the Runner List section is the Filter Section.
This section currently consists of 16 different filters. These filters allow the punter to select which type of races will be displayed in the formline within the Runner List section.

Filter 1 is the Going filter - Official going

Filter 2 is the Race Distance filter - To the nearest Mile and Furlong

Filter 3 is the Race Type filter - Select between handicaps/group/sellers etc

Filter 4 is the Course filter - Racecourse on which today's runners have raced previously

Filter 5 is the Surface filter - choose between flat course or degrees of undulation

Filter 6 is the NH/Flat filter - flat, hurdle, chase, NHflat

Filter 7 is the Class filter - Official class of the race 1 - 7

Filter 8 is the Prize filter - Winning prize money of race to nearest 1k

Filter 9 is the Weight filter - Weight carried in a race

Filter 10 is the Field Size filter - Number of runners in a race

Filter 11 is the Run Order filter - Number of runs to look back i.e. look only at a runners last x runs

Filter 12 is the Rest Days filter - Number of days between runs

Filter 13 is the Config filter - Sort of course - Galloping, sharp, uphill finish

Filter 14 is the Look back filter - Number of month to "look back" i.e. only look at runs over the last 3 months

Filter 15 is the LH/RH filter - Racecourse direction - Left handed / Right handed / other

Filter 16 is the Month filter - Time of year by month

For instance, if you select the 5f entry from the Race Distance filter and clicked the Re-run button then only races over 5 furlongs (5f to 5f 110yards) will be displayed in the formline of the Runner list section.

When no selections are made from a filter then all values of that filter are allowed when selecting races to display in the formline (i.e. if no race distances are selected then all race distances are included).

When the Patternform card first loads the only filter to have values pre-selected is the Look back filter. The value 6 Months is selected which means that only races run in the last 6 months are included in the runners formlines.

Once the Patternform card has loaded, it's upto the user to decide to change the filter selection to analyse the race.

To do this, either single value in the filters can be selected of multiple values. Once all filters have been selected the Re-Run button under the "Generate" heading must be clicked.

To change the default "look back 6 month" setting, select the period you want to look back over - 1 month - 24 months, or 24+ months for all races and click the Re-Run button.

To select multiple value from a list, select the first value, then Hold Down the "Ctrl" key and click the next selection.

If the Selections are consecutive, click the first selection in the list, then find the last Selection and hold the "Shift" key down while selecting the last value. (i.e. to select 5f to 7f, click to select 5f, hold the shift key down and click on 7f. The 5f, 6f and 7f should be selected)