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I mentioned in the last post how confusing a race card can be to understand if you are new to betting on horses. So I thought I would make a post about what all these numbers and names mean. If you know how to read a race card then it may make picking a winner a little bit easier for you and that is what we like to do here on the Alpha forum and that is to help you win. So lets take a closer look:


This is going to be quite hard for me to explain without a better diagram and graphic skills but I will do my best, I will start talking about the card from right to left and let you know what everything means.

  • First you will see the jockeys colors
  • The number 2 is the horse number
  • The number (6) is which gate it will run from
  • The next number is the horses form from last year 7th, 2nd, 1st, 2nd 7212
  • Highland Reel is the horses name
  • The next number is their age and weight 5 9 0, 5 year old, 9st weight
  • RL Moore is the jockey
  • 98 is the horses rating out of 100 and is given to them by the horse racing authority
  • Runs 22, pretty self explanatory- How many times the horse has raced
  • Wins 8
  • Places 7
  • Total prize money won
  • T= Trainer
  • O= Owner

You may also see other information on a race card like C, D, CD and BF,

  • C= Won on this course before in the past
  • D= Won over this distance before
  • CD= Course and Distance, meaning they have won this race before
  • BF= Beaten Favorite, this means they were favorite last time out but got beaten

So this is basically it you will also see this at the top of the race card but it is pretty self explanatory as well:


  • 4.20 is the time of the race
  • Prince of Wales Stakes is the name of the race
  • Group one is the class of the horses racing
  • £425,325 (1) is the prize money for first
  • 1m 1f 212 yards is the race distance
  • (9) is the number of horses running in the race

I hope this clears things up for you guys a little and hopefully you can put this new knowledge to good use and pick some winner, remember to post any tips you have on the forum and start a discussion.

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Horse betting, at some point I bet, thanks for the explanation I always considered it something complex to bet on, but I see that it is not. 

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