Assessing the merits of a horse’s recent form requires more than a simple check of its latest finishing positions and cursory glance at other details. Consideration must be given to the suitability of the conditions the horse raced in and any other factors that may have affected its performance.
For example, a horse that finished unplaced when racing short of its best distance from a position in-running well back from its usual position should not be viewed in the same way as a horse that finished unplaced after racing at its ideal distance with a perfect run behind the leaders.
When I am analysing recent form, I tend to have a structure to the way I work through it, questions I ask myself and conclusions that I draw about the upcoming race. The following model summarises that approach and might help you to improve your own form analysis and assessments.