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Horse Racing - Reading A Racecard

Below you will see a typical racecard that appears in the Racing Post every day. There is loads of information contained in each card.

Move your mouse over each part of the racecard to get an explanation of what each part means.

Time of the race
The number of the race on the racecard
The prize money for the winner
The race sponsor
The type of race including the class
The race distance, the distance in brackets is the actual distance the distance in bold is rounded to the nearest 1/2 furlong
The TV Channel the race is being shown on. This is either Attheraces or Racing UK although some races on a Saturday and some of the bigger races are shown on Channel4 or BBC
The race conditions, such as the ratings and age restrictions and the weights to be carried.
Name of the horse
The horses finishing positions in its previous races, from 1st to 9th, the latest on the right, anything worse than 9th is shown as 0. A "-" denotes a new year, a "/" denotes a new season
Saddlecloth number
The stall number the horse will use, only for flat races.
The jockey
Racing post rating (RPR)
The colours of the silks to be worn by the jockey
If there is a number in brackets after the jockey's name this means that the jockey can claim this amount of weight in pounds off the stated riding weight
The weight the horse is to carry
The age of the horse
The birthplace of the horse if it was not Great Britain
For handicaps only, this is the penalty incurred for a win since the allocation of weights
Number of days since the horse last ran
Denotes whether a horse has won at this course before (C), won over this distance (D) or won over this distance at this course (CD). It also denotes whether the horse was a beaten favourite the last time it ran (BF).
Colour of the horse, bay (B), brown (Br), chestnut (Ch), grey (Gr) or roan (Ro) and the sex of the horse, colt (c), horse (h), gelding (g), filly (f) or mare (m).
Any refinements worn by the horse, blinkers (b), visor (v), eyeshield (e/s), eyecover (e/c), hood (h), tongue strap (t) or sheepskin cheekpieces (p). b1 or v1 means for the first time under today's code.
The sire and dam of the horse
The trainer
The owner
Any horses that are due to carry more weight that their official rating and the weight they should carry.
The betting forecast for the race. Please note that this is done the day before the race and can change dramtically up until off time and so should be used as a rough guide only. Withdrawn horses could also affect the prices.
The racing post's expert analysis of each runner in the race.
The racing post's conclusion and tips for the winner.
The winner of the race last year including the horse, the trainer, the jockey, number of runners, stall position, age, weight carried, SP and official rating.



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