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How to read the racecard?

How to read the racecard?

Race card is a piece of information for all punters that provides all the key details you need to know about each horse. It can be a printed card or online card used in horse racing giving information about races, principally the horses running in each particular race. Racecards are often given in newspapers. Also known as a race book, which in this case is a small booklet issued for use at a race meeting.

A typical racecard lists information not only about the horse’s name, but also its age and the weight it has to carry in the race. The rider and trainer are listed, plus figures indicating the horse’s recent form.

Reading race card

According to racingpost below are all the key components of a racecard and their importance:

  • Saddle Cloth Number –  The horse’s individual race number. This will be prominently displayed on the horse’s saddle.
  • Name – The name of the horse. The horse’s name will often be a creative combination of its parents’ names, or something completely different.
  • Age – The age of the horse isn’t always a way of finding a winner, but some punters look closely at the age of former winners to try to predict a trend.
  • Weight – The weight each horse has to carry is displayed in stone and pounds (eg 9-9). The weight is decided by the conditions of the race, whether the horse is in a handicap or must carry a penalty.
  • Trainer – The trainer of the horse can often be a useful guide, with some trainers having better records with younger horses, horses at different tracks and horses from a certain family. Horses from powerful trainers such as Willie Mullins or John Gosden are likely to be well supported.
  • Jockey – A star jockey like Frankie Dettori will always attract attention on the racecard and sometimes it pays to follow a top jockey who has travelled a long way to a meeting just for one ride. Sometimes next to a jockey’s name there is a number in brackets and this is known as a claim, which is a weight allowance given to an inexperienced jockey that is used to reduce their horse’s allotted weight. New jockeys receive a 7lb claim, but as they register more winners it drops to 5lb and then 3lb before they lose that benefit altogether.
  • Form figures – The form figures represent a horse’s finishing position in previous races. This can indicate whether a horse is in-form and can be used as a guide to help pick the winner.
  • Draw (Flat only) – Knowing what position in the stalls the horse is in is a useful tool. The layout of some tracks favours different positions in the stalls – a key example would be the Kentucky Derby, where the higher the draw number the further you are from the rail. Stall 20 of 20 is commonly known as ‘the parking lot’ and it is often much harder to win that race from a high-numbered draw.
  • Breeding – For many, the breeding is an integral part of the racecard as you can, in theory, work out how good a horse might be by looking at the form of its parents and siblings.

C – C stands for Course and will appear next to the name of horses who have achieved a win at the track. Some tracks are quite unusual and knowing your horse is able to handle the track is a positive sign.

D – D stands for Distance and will appear if a horse has won over the distance of the race under consideration. This is important, because if a horse has won over the trip before it could do so again and may have an advantage over opponents who lack that proven ability.

CD –  CD denotes a course-and-distance win, meaning the horse has won over both course and distance at the same time, sometimes if they have won the race in previous years.

BF – stands for Beaten Favourite. If they were favourite for their last race, the expectation might have been for them to win and it could be a sign that they have the ability to do better this time.

  • Number next to name –  the number next to a horse’s name shows how many days have passed since the horse’s last run. If the horse has been out for a while it could be lacking race fitness.
  • Comment – The comment under each horse, or beside a horse’s name, give a little reasoning behind the horse’s form and its chances. It is important to read this before betting.
  • Betting forecast – The betting forecast is not the odds of the horse but a prediction of what they will be.
Horse race card

For Example at SportsBet Australian online bookie to read the race card you need to

Click the down arrow next to the Track name.

Good (4) is the rating of the track.

Navigate between races by clicking the numbers across the top of the screen.

Below the race numbers are the distance, name, and time of the race you are currently viewing.

Switch between market types by selecting “Win or Place”, “Trifecta”, “First 4”, “Quinella”, “Exacta”, “Quaddie”, “Early Quaddie”, “Daily Double”, “Treble” or “Running Double”.

Each Runner in a race will have information as above.

  • The number in brackets (5) is the Barrier the horse will run from.
  • The weight 57.0kg is the Total Weight the horse is carrying.
  • J is the name of the Jockey scheduled for the ride.
  • T is the name of the Trainer of the selection.
  • 36×724 is the result in the last 6 starts of the selection.
  • $8.50 is the fixed odds price for the selection to win
  • $2.40 is the fixed odds price for the selection to place.

To read the Form Guide for Thoroughbred

 From the race card, clicking on a selection will drop down some basic form as below.

  • Last 6 – The finishing place over the last 6 races.
  • Career – Number of career starts, and the number of first, second, and third places.
  • Track – Number of starts on today’s races track, and the number of wins, second place, or third placings at this same track
  • Distance – Number of starts at today’s races distance, and the number of wins, second place, or third placings at this same distance
  • Trk/Dist – Number of starts on today’s races track, at this distance, and the number of wins, second place, or third placings at this same track and distance.

Prize Money – The total amount of prize money the horse has won during its career.

  • 1st Up – the  horse’s form in the first race back after any breaks.
  • 2nd Up – the horse’s form in the second race back after any breaks.
  • 3rd Up –  the horse’s form in the third race back after any breaks.
  • Firm – Number of starts on a Firm Track, and the number of wins, second place, or third placings.
  • Good – Number of starts on a Good Track, and the number of wins, second place, or third placings.
  • Soft – Number of starts on a Soft Track, and the number of wins, second place, or third placings.
  • Heavy – Number of starts on a Heavy Track, and the number of wins, second place, or third placings.
  • Rating – A rating out of 100 given to the horse in the upcoming race.
  • Win % – Percentage of races this horse has won
  • Place % – Percentage of races this horse has placed
  • Expected Settling Position – Where the horse is expected to sit during the race.
  • Last Start – Shows Place, Jockey, Starting Price and Weight of the last race horse ran.

[T] – Trainers Name

[J] – Jockey’s Name

[W] – Horses Weight in kilograms

[S] – Father of the Horse

[D] – Mother of the Horse

[C] – Horse’s Colour

[A] – Age of Horse

Jockey – Number of starts with this races Jockey, and the amount of first, second, and third places.

By clicking the sectionals tab at the top of the screen you can view the average speed for all horses in the race (Overall, Early, Mid and Late).

Harness

  • Sire – Father
  • Dam – Mother
  • Last 6 – The finishing place over the last 6 races.
  • Career – Number of career starts, and the amount of win, second, and third places.
How to read the racecard- Sports bet Australia
  • Track – Number of starts on today’s races track, and the number of wins, second place, or third placings at this same track
  • Distance – Number of starts at today’s races distance, and the number of wins, second place, or third placings at this same distance
  • Prize Money – The total amount of prize money the horse has won during its career.
  • Dist. Range – Record at this distance range
  • Best Mile – Horse’s best time for 1 mile
  • Win % – Percentage of races this horse has won
  • Place % – Percentage of races this horse has placed

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