Ahhh, marvellous Melbourne.  Beautiful one day, perfect the next.  The most liveable city on the planet, no less.

But while the sun is shining and birds are chirping down south, unfortunately the same can’t be said of the Harbour City.  It’s basically been raining there for as long as anybody can remember, and at the moment it looks like that’ll continue forever.

Whilst this can cause various minor inconveniences, the biggest issue is of course the impact on racing.  Sydney’s tracks are as soft as a Winx win – when the meetings aren’t cancelled, of course.

The czars of Racing NSW are known to wield considerable influence over all manner of things, but controlling the weather may be beyond even Messrs Messara and V’landys.

The timing isn’t great with the Autumn Carnival upon us and The Championships just around the corner.  So to try to decode things a little, we’ve dug into the stats and pulled out the heavy track form to see how the market performed versus expectation, and hopefully give you a better idea of when to bet.


  • January 2013 – February 2017
  • Heavy going
  • Sydney metro tracks
  • Prices @ Best Tote
  • Proportionate staking
  • Long shot runners (over $20) excluded

Track condition

Top trainers

Top jockeys

Off a spell


  1. I wonder how many Thoroughbred Racing Enthusiasts were watching the Sha Tim meeting at Hong Kong on Sunday night.
    I missed the first three races, started with a bank of $20 and at the end of the meeting it had grown to $125.24
    UNBELIEVABLE!!!! You follow jockey Jo Moreira for two months and not one winner and on this Sunday his 8 wins out of 9 rides presented him with an all-time record.
    Race 1, $3.15, Race 2 $3.50, Race 3 $1.85, Race 4 $6.10, Race 6 $5.80, Race 8 $1.90, Race 10 $7.15, Race 11 $3.15, Victorian TAB dividends.