Copyright/Publisher: GTI Software, Release Year: 1989, Genre: Horse Sports, Number Of Players: 1
CLASSIC TRAINER (GTI)
Have you got what it takes to train a Derby winner? MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
OBJECT OF THE GAME
As the owner of a stable of horses, it is your ambition to train one or more of
your stable to win the greatest 14 furlong race in the calendar. To achieve this
you must deduce the horses' ideal racing distance, and by a combination of
training and racing, increase their class and fitness to a degree which will
enable them to win the ultimate race of the season - the Derby.
A season consists of 20 weeks; a week will have passed after the completion of a
race meeting, either by choosing to enter a race, or the NO ENTRY option. Choose
RACECARD OPTION to go to the race meeting. STABLE returns you to check on your
horses before deciding to enter a race. All other options can be reached from
STABLE screen, including LOAN, VET.
It is important to establish as early as possible over which distance the horses
run best. Each horse is suited to one distance only, so it is fair to assume
that if a horse wins a race, that race was its best distance. You can use the
NOTES option to record short remarks about each horse as you discover its
strengths and weaknesses.
The fitness of a horse will increase by 1 each week you enter a race. You may
also try to improve fitness by the use of one or more WORKOUTs. If a horse is
overtrained (i.e. when it is already at peak fitness of 9), it will become
unfit, or even injured. A horse will not race well if its fitness is poor.
A horse's class is the key to success in Classic Trainer, as the big prize money
can only be earned in the higher class races. Class can only be increased by
winning a race of higher class than the horse, but if you enter a race of too
high a class, your horse may extend itself too much and be injured. An injury
will also reduce the class of the horse! You may not enter a race where the
class is lower than that of the horse.
BUYING AND SELLING
You must maintain a stable of 5, so before you buy a new horse, you must sell
one of your current steeds. You may just be fed up with one, or it may be
necessary if none of them can run 14 furlongs!
The Derby takes place in the last week of each season; in order to have a chance
of winning, you will need a class 9 horse at peak fitness, cable of winning at
14 furlongs - and don't forget to keep enough in the bank for each entry fee!
Don't expect to win the Derby in the first season! You will need plenty of cash
to keep the stable running, so it will probably be necessary to borrow money
(don't leave it too late!) and place a few bets (maximum £5000) to keep your
head above water in the early part of the game. Each horse has its preferred
going, which can affect its performance.
(C) GTI SOFTWARE 1989. Written by Steve Bye.
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