You will often see comments in
the racing press to the effect that certain tracks are good for front runners.
That is only true to a certain extent, and we need to take it a stage further
than that if we are to be truly accurate.
Because of the layout of the
various tracks, specific distances at certain venues are conducive to front running tactics - rather than the track as a whole.
Here in tabulated form is a
list of the different distances on Flat tracks in the UK, together with
the percentage winning strike rate of front runners. A front runner for this
purpose is defined as a horse that made all or most of the running.
Distances that do not have a
sufficient number of races run over them to produce a meaningful statistic are