Our SFR data calculates barrier advantage by reviewing accurate historical sectional timing data and converting the lengths lost for each horse that begins from each barrier. For example;
- Barrier 1 at Caulfield has average 1.9 lengths losing margin from the winner, and barrier 2 at Caulfield an average of 1.4 lengths from the winner, we would then rate barrier 2 higher than barrier 1 as on average it has a smaller losing margin from the winner.
- Our systems process this logic for all barriers at every track and distance, and then factor’s it into the SFR rating on the day.
Why do we do this? Our internal calculations over the years have shown us that this is a more accurate way to measure barrier advantage than strike rates. Further to this, it allows us to see which staring barriers have an advantage with assisting a horse hustling into position at the 800,600,400 and 200-meter points.