How To Read A UK Horse Racing Form Card

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What The Different Terms And Symbols Mean On A UK Racing Form Card

Below is a pretty standard online UK race card, and in this article I’ll explain what each section means, and how you can use it to assess a horse’s chances.

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The first larger number is the number of the horse in the race –  as assigned by the track officials. These numbers are normally assigned in weight order, and these are the numbers you will see om the horse’s saddle throughout the race.

The second smaller number next to it is the draw that the horse has got in the stalls. Normally the lower number applies to nearer the rails, and this can be an advantage on certain tracks and at certain distances.

Underneath the number and the draw is the form of the horse. The number applies to the finishing position of the horse in its previous races (the last being the latest). When there is a dash (-) it means that the races before the dash took place in a previous season. A slash (/) indicates a gap of two seasons or more. When the number is a 0, then on some sites it will mean unplaced, on this particular site it means outside the top 9. As well as numbers, letters can be in this column, and these mean the following:

F – fell

U – Unseated rider

B – Bought down (by another horse)

R – Refused to jump or race

P – The horse was pulled up by the jockey and didn’t finish

After the number, draw and the form are the colours the jockey will wear – not all sites will list this, but it is very useful to have.

Following this is the name of the horse – self explanatory that one!

This particular site has clickable symbols underneath the horse name (customized for this site) but following these are might be letters on a dark background, and these mean the following.

C – The horse previously won on the course.

D – The horse previously won when racing at the same distance.

CD – The horse previously won on the course at the same distance.

BF – The last time the horse ran it was the beaten favourite.

After these symbols are another number, and this number applies to how many days it is since the horse last run. Sometimes there is another number number in brackets, and this may apply to a horse running at another type of race in the meantime. For example, in this particular race, James Pollard has not run on the flat for 141 days, but did run over the jumps 55 days ago.

The following column shows the age of the horse (self explanatory again), followed the weight of the horse. This is the amount of weight the horse will carry as decreed by the conditions of the race. The weight is the combined weight of the jockey and the saddle (the saddle will be weighted to make sure the correct weight is applied).

Next to the name, or the weight might be another letter on occasions, and these are equipment the horse may be wearing or using.

b – blinkers

v – visor

e/s – eyeshield

c/c – eyecover

h – hood

t – tongue strap

p – cheek pieces

Underneath the weight of the horse is the official rating of the horse. These ratings allow horses to compete in handicap races, where the higher rated horses carry more weight.

The following column show both the jockey and trainer of the horse – on some sites these will be clickable to find out extra information about both of these individuals, in terms of form and performance. If a jockey has a number in brackets after his name it means he is an apprentice jockey and is claiming a weight allowance.

The following two columns show this particular site’s ratings of the horses (some sites will feature these, some will not), and finally on the far right hand side you will see the horses estimated starting price with the bookmakers. 

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