Australian Horse Racing



The Edge

We all want to be competitive in everything we do. And no more so that with punting on horse racing.

Success in punting on horses, in fact most things reduces down to an information war - the people with the best information make the smart moves.

Books have been and still are the best source of general information, and this applies at least as much in the art of racehorse selection and staking as in any other field.

Author Paul Segar has produced textbooks which cover all aspects of punting. The books alone stand as a complete reference but also provide 'food for thought'. You can develop / improve your own ideas as well as learn some new techniques.

Each book is written in plain English with plenty of practical examples in each chapter. Browse the contents of each book or email for further information, if required.

Improve your punting knowledge today - buy one or all of these books.

Read the books but want more? It's time to do a course.

The Pureform Introduction Course uses a computer program to show you how and when to bet and how to do it successfully. Check out the details


The Benchmark Handicapper Course continues from the Introduction Course and gives you further weapons to apply when making quality value selections. More...


The Introduction to Dutch Betting using the Ratings Calculator Course gives you an introduction to betting using the Ratings Calculator computer software. More...



Buy all three books now:

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Using Pureform Auto Ratings Selections

The selections are done automatically by the computer and do not adjust for things like:

  1. Scratchings
  2. Jockey
  3. Track Condition changes
  4. Track bias or other anomalies

and uses up to the last 20 ratings without adjustment (and so new performers moving through the grades often rate lower). Only raced horses are rated so forget about early 2yo's and other races consisting of mainly first or lightly raced runners.

After scratchings, over 80% of all winners are found in the seleceted top five selections using the Pureform database on races where the number of first starters or lightly raced horses is less than 20%. For these selections, the top six picks are included before scratchings... 

To improve your chances, some fine tuning is needed:

  • Look for an in-form horse, preferably with at least a placing at one of its last two runs
  • Previous good form on today's track condition
  • An in-form jockey
  • Best distance
  • Run in the last three weeks
  • Not changing by more than 20% up or down in distance and preferably not back in distance
  • Small fields are always tricky as the pace can become a major factor
  • Rail position, best performing when the rail is in the true position

In most cases, selecting the best of the six horses is not a difficult task.


Good luck with the auto rate selections.

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