The word ‘form’ is a word what we’ve all become familiar with, with it being involved in literally every sport out there. In Horse Racing, form is used in an identical way to as it’s used in football, boxing, tennis and more; to evaluate the recent results and performances of a certain athlete/team, but in this case a horse. If a particular horse has had recent wins, or has placed in a lot of recent races, then it’s form would be good. On the other hand, if the horse has been outside of the placing positions, and been running poorly, then it’s form would be bad.
As you may have heard plenty of times in other sport about form being temporary and totally irrelevant, in race horsing it is relevant. Form is used to predict the winners, and placing positions of upcoming races.
A reason why horse racing is so popular with bettors, is due to the high amount of enjoyment which is included with picking a horse to win, after steadily studying its form, winning money in the process too.
However, for those punters who don’t have the time, or skill to carefully analyse form, the good news is that it is included in the race card for that day of racing.
Form is seen in the race card by various numbers and symbols that can be confusing, but we’ll explain what they mean
The numbers and symbols are:
0-9 – indicating the horses previous finishing position
0 means that the horse finished outside of the top nine
A dash symbol (-) – represents the gap between seasons
The forward slash symbol (/) – represents a further gap
P/PU – Indicates that the horse did not take part in the race, probably being pulled out.
So How Can We Read Form?
Well it’s actually a lot simpler than it is perceived. If the horse has lower numbers to the side of it, then it means that the horse has good form. These numbers will be from 1 to 3, and sometimes 4, depending on the number of placing positions.
Horses who have the larger numbers next to them, or the number ‘0’ means the horse has bad form, and shouldn’t really be considered as a bet.
On the other hand, some horses may have patchy form, with them winning some races, but losing others shortly after. This will be identified if the horse has a few lower numbers and high numbers too. When dealing with inconsistent horses, try and analyse factors that may prove advantageous to the horses’ chances of winning, such as the surface condition, the jockey and more.
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