Frequently Asked Questions
At PMU we want to help you make the most of your experience with us. That’s why we’ve put together some answers to your frequently asked questions. Check the topics below as a guide and if you can't find what you're looking for, send us your question from our contact page.
Choose a frequently asked question:
- Where can I find PMU Betting regulation?
- Form Explained
- How many racecourses in France?
- How often are French races organized?
- How often is offered the Quinté+ bet in France?
- How to understand the horses displayed on the right side of the racecard?
- I am not French: where and how can I bet on French races?
- The different kind of blinkers
- What are the different types of races available in France?
- What does mean a “(S)” after the name of a trainer?
- What does mean the same letters A, B and/or C appear for several horses?
- What does mean when a horse is written “supp”?
- What is the relation between PMU and the racing associations?
- What is the value in the racecard ?
- Which bets are available in France?
- Who organizes the races in France?
What is the value?
The value is an estimated weight in kilos determined by the handicapper based on the performances of a runner over an estimated period of time
The value is temporary information that is subject to change at any moment.
The value is a "quantified"translation of the evaluation made by the handicapper regarding the level of each horse involved based on their past performances. this is expressed in in kilogram and half-kilogram. In order to get a value, a horse needs to have run a minimum of 3 races in the same speciality (for example, flat races).
Afterwards, this horse will be able to attend handicap races and this will be possible to determine the weight that he will have to carry.
The "value" can increase (especially when a horse is a winner), decrease, or remain the same according to the handicapper 's evaluation.
this information is updated each time the horse runs. several criterias can be considered for the evaluation of the handicapper. here are a few examples:
- the horses he has competed with, the margins or the placings (past performances).
Each horse has his own 'value' and the same horse can have different values ( in the event he takes part to flat and hurdles races, this means the horse will have a value linked to flat and one to hurdle).
More the value of the horse is high, stronger the horse is considered
More the value of the horse is low, less the horse is considered good
As a reminder, a handicap race is a race where the weight carried by the horses are determined by the handicapper in order to give to each contester the same chances of winnings.
The weight carried by every horse is calculated by adding or withdrawing at the “value” estimated by the handicapper a constant named “handicap reference”.
The "reference " is determined for every handicap race.
More the race “reference“is high, the higher the level of the race is considered low.
More the race “reference“is low, the higher the level of the race is considered important.
How to read the value of a horse?
- Value horse A: 240 means 24 kg
- Value horse B : 315 means 31,5 kg
If the "reference" allocated to the race is 32:
- The horse A will carry 32 + 24 i.e. 56kg
- The horse B will carry 32 + 31,5 i.e 63,5kg
In flat, the "value" for a horse cannot be lower than 170 (17 kg).
The "values" are much higher in hurdle than in flat (and therefore closest to the real weight carried by the horse).
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