If you are new to betting on horse racing, we recommend you to get to grips with the basics and understand the racing form before you start using your best free bets on horse racing.

Once your knowledge of racing form increases, you will be able to rule in or out the chances of many of the race runners as you identify unsuitable conditions for some of the race entries.

You can get access to racing form from a number of different sources, many online betting sites provide some basic form for each race, dedicated websites such as Racing Post and At The Races contain much more detailed form and statistics, there are form guides in daily newspapers, racing papers and on race cards when you go racing.

The presentation of the racing form may differ slightly depending on its source and some sources may add additional information but the basic information you will be given will be very similar to that in the following example:


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                        In the above example there are eight columns containing information for every horse:

No. – this is the race cloth number that identifies the horse and in parentheses is the stall that the horse will run from (where applicable, there are no stalls used in National Hunt racing). The stall number can give an important pointer to the horses chances because on some racecourses the stall positions can create an advantage for some runners.

Form – this shows the finishing position of the horse in its most recent runs, the figure to the right being most recent. In specialist publications and websites you can find even more details, such as where and when the races took place and a review of every runner’s performance in the race and betting activity on each horse. You may see some letters among the form numbers and they are explained as follows:
B - Brought Down
C - Carried Out
F – Fell
P - Pulled Up
R – Refused
U - Unseated Rider

Horse – the name of the horse. The country abbreviation in parenthesis shows where the horse was bred, the number after the horses name shows how many days since the horse last ran with the other information as follows:
C = Previous winner at the course
D = Previous winner at the distrance
CD = Previous winner over this course and distance
BF = The was a beaten favourite last time out.

Age – the age of the horse.

Wt – the weight in stones and pounds that the horse will carry. In handicap and conditions races, the official handicapper attempts to equalise each horse’s chances of winning by allotting it weight to carry based on previous performances. The better horse tend to carry the most weight. Letters after the horses weight are explained as follows:
B = blinkers 1st time: b = blinkers, worn before
V = visor 1st time: v = visor, worn before
H = hood 1st time: h = hood, worn before
C = eye cover 1st time: c = eye cover, worn before
E = eye hood 1st time: e = eye hood, worn before
T = tongue strap 1st time: t = tongue strap worn, before

Trainer – the name of the horse’s trainer

Jockey – the name of the jockey riding the horse. The number after the jockey’s name is the weight allowance the apprentice jockey can claim and is deducted from the horse’s official weight. In the above example Quick single will actually carry 8st 4lbs (8st -7lbs official weight less 3 lbs allowance)

OR – Official Rating, given by the handicapper when last reviewing the horse's performance. For the difference of 1 point, the top rated horse must concede 1lb in weight.

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