Discover How A Horses AW Form Can Be Used On Turf

I believe that one of the best recent advances in horse racing is the increase in all-weather tracks that can be used year-round.

Not only does it provide more racing, but it also provides a consistent surface that can be analysed on all year round.

But, there is always the same question:

“Can I use all-weather form on turf racing?”

If you head over to Google and search for information on this, you’re not in for much luck. The range of answers goes from yes to sometimes to no.

So what is the answer?

Or is it just something that nobody really knows.

Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is an answer. And that answer is… Sometimes.

But don’t worry, because I’m going to share with you exactly how you can determine whether it’s possible to use a horses all-weather form on turf (or vice-versa) right now.

It’s not rocket science, and once you get used to it then it will only take you a few minutes to quickly go through all your strongest runners in the race.

The first thing to do is go to the Sporting Life or Racing Post website. I’m going to sue the Sporting Life in this example, but it doesn’t matter which you use.


I am using the 17:50 at Wolverhampton as an example. This is an all-weather race so I will be looking for turf form that can be used on the all-weather. However the process is exactlythe same in reverse.

Next you want to click on the horses name that you’re interested in and open up their history of betting.

You will see something similar to this:

2There is actually a lot more races for this horse, as you can see below…3

The first thing to do is make a quick note of how many times the horse has raced on all-weather in comparison to turf.

You don’t need to count them or make an exact figure. It’s just a rough idea. We can see here that Lucky Mark has predominantly raced on all-weather surfaces, so we wouldn’t need to use the turf form as there is enough history on all-weather to make a judgement.

However, we shall continue through to see if any of the turf form would be useable.

When looking for comparisons you only want to consider turf goings that are…




Soft going is very different to an all-weather surface and very unlikely to have any kind of relevance to all-weather racing.

This gives us five races.


The first thing to note is that the distances have all similar to the distance being raced today. Any that are significantly different should be ignored.

Now that we’ve got these we want to look at the horses combined win figures over all its races.


There have been three wins, not one of them was on turf. There has been one second place out of a total of six second places which is also not a strong indicator that the performance on turf is similar to all-weather.

There is a third place on turf but it was in a seven runner race and so wouldn’t be a paying place position.

Next we want to work out the average lengths behind the winner on turf. We do this by adding together all the lengths behind winner and dividing by the number of races.

12.5 + 16 + 4.75 + 0.50 + 9.50 = 43.25 divided by 5 = 8.65

The average lengths behind winner on the turf is 8.65.

If we do the same for all-weather races then the average lengths behind winner is 4.24. Over 50% better!

We have now discovered that this runner:

  • Has not had similar wins on the turf as all-weather
  • Has not had similar places on the turf as all-weather
  • Has not got a similar average length behind the winner on the turf as all-weather

With this knowledge we would be uncomfortable using the turf form to assess an all-weather race for this horse.

Not every horse will have as much form as this runner, but you can use the same process to determine whether they the form is likely to be transferable if you have as little as two races on each surface.

Of course, the more races on each surface then the more accurate your assessment will be, but this is a quick and effective way of making a judgement very quickly for runners with only a couple of races on each surface.

But, what happens if the horse hasn’t run on one of the surfaces at all?

The process here is very simple… do not bet on this horse.

If a runner hasn’t previously raced on a surface then you don’t know how they’re going to react to it. You would sit out and wait until at least one or two runs on the surface have taken place.

This runner may be your strongest selection or the favourite in the market. However you will be rewarded in the long-term by skipping these races.

Michael Wilding

Michael started the Race Advisor in 2009 to help bettors become long-term profitable. After writing hundreds of articles I started to build software that contained my personal ratings. The Race Advisor has more factors for UK horse racing than any other site, and we pride ourselves on creating tools and strategies that are unique, and allow you to make a long-term profit without the need for tipsters. You can also check out my personal blog or my personal Instagram account.


  1. Hi

    Sorry to hear your going to sue the Sporting Life. Perhaps you should get more sleep!

    I am amazed at the lengths you are going to in search of a winner using the method you describe. You have discounted one horse in the race and must have spent at least five minutes using the method you have described. There are seven horses in the race, total time 35 minutes?

    On the meeting in question there were eight races. I had four winners at 5/2, 13/2, 7/1 and 12/1. I had no concern as to whether the horse had run previously on turf or all-weather. Bookmakers when setting prices take all these factors into account so I only concern myself by using easily available factors such as DSLR, Form, Trainer, etc.

    Again SP is only of concern when I look specifically for High Priced winners. These are regularly found at Kempton and Wolverhampton in particular.

    I produce ratings for every race every day and this can be achieved in less than half-an-hour.

  2. Michael many race observers would equate soft going form to the fibre-sand based Southwell A-W track. This fact seems to be ommited from your report Observations please.

    1. Thanks for the comment Tony. As you say this is quite a commonly used approach, personally I don’t go with it as I haven’t seen this to be consistent enough across a large sample of runners.

  3. I seem to do poorly at AW racing, no matter what method I use. I just dont seem to have the head for it, but do pretty well on turf. I dont know whether this is an accurate statement or whether it’s too much of a generalisation or not, but I just find AW horses to be too inconsistent to read. Too many weird results. Maybe because I’ve never really done anything special to separate turf and AW form. I’ve always tried to stick to just trying to read horses that had heavy form on the AW so that I didn’t have to interpret between form on two surfaces, but even then, I find picking winners on AW to be too hard to read. I look at AW racing as a bit of a lottery these days and stay right the hell away from it.

    1. Hi Steve, All-weather racing needs to be treated as a completely separate entity to that of flat racing. If you’re looking at the form of the all-weather horses, we need to completely ignore any form related to the turf. There can be a few exceptions, like the form when running at Bath can be considered, as this course has a texture that is comparable to fibresand. Another factor to consider is course form. A horse winning well at Kempton AW for example might not fare so well when running at Southwell. Kempton AW is Polytrack whereas Southwell has Fibresand. That would be like picking a horse with good results on the soft and backing it on the firm. They do win but this is generally reflected in the odds. Hope that makes sense and let us know if you have any further questions. Eddie

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