Grand National Runners and Riders

17:15 Randox Grand National Handicap Chase

09 Apr 2022

Winner: £500000

Runners: 40

Going: Good To Soft

No. of hurdles: 30

Distance: 4m2f74y

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2892P964
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Noble Yeats

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J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
T: Emmet Mullins
7
10-10
7yo who went chasing in only October; won that first attempt (on soft) and clearly best effort since when emerging in second of four in Grade 2 novice at Wetherby (3m, good) on penultimate outing; 14-1, threatened briefly three out in 3m1f handicap at Cheltenham latest; hooded twice, now tries cheekpieces; best days should be in front of him but he has a lot to prove in this race, notwithstanding Sam Waley-Cohen's fine record over these fences.
35P115-6
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Blaklion

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J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
13
10-8
Some fine runs over these fences; faded from two out when he was the only British-trained runner among the first 11 finishers in last year's renewal, beaten 37l but that sixth at 50-1 helped to signal the resurgence which has brought two wins on heavy ground at Haydock (3m1f and 3m4f) this winter; disappointing with those same conditions seven weeks ago but, tongue tied first time, it wouldn't be a great surprise were this admirable 13yo to go well for a long way.
2489093-
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Anibale Fly

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J: L P Dempsey
T: A J Martin
12
10-11
Fourth in this race in 2018 and fifth in 2019, immediately following his two placed efforts in the Cheltenham Gold Cup; while nothing like so good since and out the back from the word go in his 2021 National bid, taking third at Punchestown (3m7f; in cheekpieces) last May showed that significant ability remained and today's big step back up in trip should suit.
376175-6
silk
Death Duty

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J: Jordan Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott
11
10-7
Best efforts on soft/heavy; two big layoffs in recent years but he forged clear late on at Punchestown (3m4f, heavy) in February and his never-nearer sixth of 24 at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) was creditable given he may well now require a longer trip, which he certainly gets today; could have a say.
7UP3332
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Brahma Bull

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J: Brian Hayes
T: W P Mullins
11
11-6
Ran with credit on varied ground initially this season but broke a blood vessel on penultimate start and unseated in the Cheltenham cross-country on latest; wore cheekpieces on those last two occasions; his jumping is not the most convincing and he faded badly from four out in last year's Irish National.
17P-341B
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Romain De Senam

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J: Philip Armson
T: David Pipe
10
10-5
Useful for Paul Nicholls and Dan Skelton and is well handicapped on form as recent as January 2021 (2m4f, soft); showed he stays 3m on good in a useful Kempton handicap last February but his only attempt beyond that was on recent debut for new connections when pulling up with nearly a circuit to go in the Midlands National.
36P00/34
silk
Poker Party

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J: Robbie Power
T: Henry De Bromhead
10
10-8
The 2019-20 season was his heyday and, following 666-day absence, he's done little this term with his tongue tied on all three starts; it once looked as if he could stay beyond 3m, including on soft, but sole attempt to do so was latest outing when he failed to spark in the Cheltenham cross-country.
2709P-04
silk
Class Conti

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J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: W P Mullins
10
10-10
Placed in the mud in the 3m1f Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in 2020 and 2021 but has failed to spark this season, including in that race; sole attempt at further than that saw him tailed off in this last year.
25534-21
silk
Dingo Dollar

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J: Ryan Mania
T: Sandy Thomson
10
10-11
Soon backpedalling over these fences in December 2020; that rounded off a poor spell but he's been back on song in a major way for new yard since, most notably when second in the Scottish National (4m; made most) last April and third at Newcastle in November; peak efforts dominated by runs on good ground and good to soft; chance if second visit here agrees with him more than the first.
31111-64
silk
Snow Leopardess

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J: Aidan Coleman
T: Charlie Longsdon
10
10-9
Hit new heights this season (trainer reports he has been able to train her harder) with soft-ground wins at Bangor, Aintree and Exeter; most notably she was a thrilling sight over these fences in the Becher, going on at the sixth and digging deep to hold off a challenger by a nose, the pair 16l clear (she's 6lb higher today); respectable fourth in last season's NH Chase at Cheltenham (3m6f) on her sole attempt at a marathon distance, probably staying okay; capable of a bold show.
22213F5P
silk
Top Ville Ben

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J: Thomas Dowson
T: Philip Kirby
10
10-11
Very well handicapped judged on his best efforts but they were in 2019 (on soft/heavy up to 3m1f, untried beyond 3m2f); still mustered a third to Good Boy Bobby at Wetherby over Christmas (two runs over hurdles since) but the way he tried to ignore the 12th of these Aintree fences early in December looks a stumbling block for his supporters.
204-73/2
silk
Kildisart

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J: James Bowen
T: Ben Pauling
10
10-11
Moving up to 3m1f worked a treat over the conventional fences here (good) three years ago and he stuck to his task extremely well over that trip when beaten a neck at 2020 Cheltenham Festival (soft; 2lb lower today) wearing cheekpieces; absent 462 days before a satisfactory reappearance five weeks ago, so not impossible.
8323-42
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Burrows Saint

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J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
9
11-5
Scale of his defeat (far greater than in the same race last year) behind Any Second Now and Escaria Ten at Fairyhouse six weeks ago is offputting; the 2019 Irish National winner (on good to yielding) but while he travelled strongly in this race off today's mark last year, he then wilted approaching the final fence and finished a very leg-weary 27l fourth.
14308206
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Samcro

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J: Sean Bowen
T: Gordon Elliott
10
11-1
Cheltenham Festival Grade 1 winner as a novice hurdler and novice chaser but his career has gone off the rails in the last two seasons; seen usually at short of 3m and although his third of five over 3m2f (yielding to soft) on latest outing was one of his better efforts this term, this handicap mark demands so much more.
194-2/P4
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De Rasher Counter

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J: Adam Wedge
T: Emma Lavelle
10
10-12
Jumped well and stayed on well off today's mark when winning the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury (3m2f, good to soft) in November 2019; that's a big career best as he's been lightly raced since, absent 489 days before a satisfactory reappearance (weakened from three out) in Grade 2 at Newbury eight weeks ago; fair bit to prove (pulled up in 2020 Midlands National on heavy) but not totally dismissed.
13824-P3
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Santini

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J: Nick Scholfield
T: Polly Gundry
10
11-2
Acts on soft; slugged it out for a close second in the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup but he has not been able to dig that deep again; has an enigmatic side, for sure, but his second on good ground in Cheltenham Grade 2 in January (beaten 31l in the Gold Cup since) suggested that this isn't a bad mark and it yet again pointed to his potential as an out-and-out stayer, which is put to the test for the first time today.
26PU64-1
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Freewheelin Dylan

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J: Ricky Doyle
T: Dermot A McLoughlin
10
10-10
Unseated in a Cheltenham cross-country event in November but his two completions in long-distance chases have been his best form, both last spring with today's aids when front-running winner of the Irish National (3m5f) and fourth of 19 at Punchestown (3m7f); top four RPRs are away from soft ground, which may have been against him over hurdles on latest outing; career best needed but his jumping (normally) and stamina are strengths.
331-P9U2
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Commodore

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J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
10
10-5
Snow Leopardess stayed on the stronger to pip him at Haydock (3m1f, soft) in November 2020; back to form, from the front again, when jumping quickly and having his rivals hugely strung out at Cheltenham (3m2f, good to soft) four months ago; off since but goes well fresh and, although untested as an out-and-out stayer, he could show up well for a long way.
68P51-P
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Lostintranslation

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J: Harry Cobden
T: Colin Tizzard
10
11-6
Acts on soft; close third in the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup (3m2f); that's the furthest he's been and the only bright spot since was his 2m5f Grade 2 win at Ascot (good) in November this season, which followed his third wind operation; while not disgraced with cheekpieces enlisted at Cheltenham last time, it did not shout Grand National winner.
4169-31
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Any Second Now

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J: Mark Walsh
T: T M Walsh
10
11-8
Won the 2019 Kim Muir at Cheltenham and one Graded event in each of the three subsequent seasons; did not jump as fluently as Minella Times in last year's National (second favourite) but it was being so badly hampered at the 12th which most obviously cost him before he went down by about 8l in third; 7lb higher this time round but edging out Escaria Ten six weeks ago (soft) shows he is better than ever; highly respected.
2125-752
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Discorama

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J: B J Cooper
T: Paul Nolan
9
10-11
Blinkered once, now tries cheekpieces; placed on soft ground at three Cheltenham Festivals, including over 3m7f in 2019; ran well to two out in this race last year, after which an interrupted preparation may well have told as he faded into seventh; off a 1lb lower mark and following a good run in February on latest start, he's an each-way contender.
303R64-P
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Cloth Cap

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J: Tom Scudamore
T: Jonjo O'Neill
10
10-10
Peak efforts on good or good to soft; third in the 2019 Scottish National and ran away with the 2020 Ladbrokes Trophy; favourite for last year's renewal of this race but cut out from the fifth last and, despite wind surgery, he's not seen out this season's four races either; well handicapped on peak form but a great deal would have to be taken on trust to see him recapturing that; tongue tied first time.
1671213-
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Good Boy Bobby

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J: Daryl Jacob
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
9
10-13
Found his form again late last year, including two wins at Wetherby, before a lesser show at Kempton six weeks ago; the latter win was in plucky fashion from Lord Du Mesnil and Top Ville Ben over 3m (soft) but he's unraced beyond 3m1f and this trip asks a tough question.
21664-3
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Delta Work

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J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
9
11-9
Won the Irish Gold Cup in February 2020 and fifth in Cheltenham Gold Cup the following month; his fortunes revived on cross-country and long-distance debut at Cheltenham (3m6f, heavy) last month, warming to the jumping task and staying on resolutely to win his duel with Tiger Roll; firmly back in the big-race picture.
1PF-122
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Minella Times

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J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
9
11-10
So smooth when winning last year's National (good to soft) under Rachael Blackmore; admittedly 66-1 when he took a heavy fall out the back in Grade 1 in December but he showed little in a major 2m5f handicap (runner-up in it last year) two months ago, failing to jump with anything like his usual panache; add a 15lb higher mark than 12 months ago and he has a lot to prove.
29PP4-12
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Mighty Thunder

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J: Derek Fox
T: Lucinda Russell
9
10-10
Last February-April he won the 4m1f Edinburgh National (soft) and 4m Scottish National (good; 3lb higher today) and was runner-up in the 4m2f Midlands National in between; has what it takes on that evidence but he's not shown it this term, far from it, and a respiratory issue was reported nine weeks ago on latest outing; has since had wind surgery.
342P22-P
silk
Deise Aba

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J: Tom O'Brien
T: Philip Hobbs
9
10-8
All starts on softer than good, acts on heavy; has a fantastic record over fences at Sandown, including a fractional defeat in this season's 3m5f London National, but at other tracks it is severely lacking; a hefty career best is needed.
3P16-34
silk
School Boy Hours

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J: Sean Flanagan
T: Noel Meade
9
10-5
Off the mark over fences at the tenth attempt when he led in the final strides for a top handicap at Leopardstown (3m, good to yielding; acts on heavy) at Christmas; joint-favourite at Cheltenham (3m2f) last month but quickly eased after a bad mistake four out; marathon trip is interesting.
12211-U3
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Two For Gold

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J: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
9
11-3
Goes well on soft; the 2m5f Topham over these fences one year ago looked too much of a speed test before he appeared unlucky to unseat at the Canal Turn (had jumped safely to that point); progressive this season and is due to go up another 5lb following his second in Ascot Grade 1 last time; that was over 2m5f but he's shown he stays 3m and looks interesting venturing beyond 3m2f for the first time.
322PP8-0
silk
Agusta Gold

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J: Danny Mullins
T: W P Mullins
9
10-9
Pipped over 3m4f at Punchestown (heavy) in February 2020 but threatened only briefly when second favourite in the Irish National for new yard last April; did little on first two runs this winter (on second occasion she messed it up at the first fence) and, although her second of five on latest start offered renewed hope, other runners look more solid.
11221-32
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Fiddlerontheroof

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J: Brendan Powell
T: Colin Tizzard
8
11-4
Sound jumper and the move up in trip holds interesting possibilities, given how strongly he rallied when a close second of 21 in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury (3m2f, good to soft) in November; lost out close home to Fortescue at Ascot (soft) on sole start since; due to go up 2lb; could be firmly in the argument.
52212-2
silk
Run Wild Fred

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J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
8
11-7
No ground worries; won well from the front in a good 3m handicap at Navan in November; his seconds in last year's Irish National (3m5f; always prominent) and this season's National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham (3m6f; dictated most of the pace) have shown a strength in stamina; his jumping is sometimes none too clever but he has a lot of the qualities required.
9711-31
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Mount Ida

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J: Denis O'Regan
T: Gordon Elliott
8
11-5
Acts on soft; extraordinary last-to-first win in the 3m2f Kim Muir at Cheltenham (good to soft) last March suggested stamina reserves which have not yet been exploited (she's been campaigned at 2m4f/2m5f since) but the jumping problems she exhibited that day, including with a marked tendency to jump out to her right, are far from resolved; cheekpieces enlisted.
38024P-1
silk
Domaine De L'Isle

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J: Harry Bannister
T: Sean Curran
9
10-7
Last season's first two starts after wind surgery saw come-from-behind wins on good ground over 2m4f and 3m2f; nowhere near the leaders when he plugged on for fourth in the Becher here in December and, following a second over hurdles, he was soundly beaten in the 4m1f Eider at Newcastle under 7lb claimer; lots to prove.
4013273-
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Fortescue

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J: Hugh Nugent
T: Henry Daly
8
10-6
6-14 in an overall progressive chase career and he's a good jumper; never near the leaders in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury but he was a staying-on third over 3m2f at Haydock on penultimate start and rallied past Fiddlerontheroof at Ascot (3m, again soft) latest; due to go up 4lb and it's not hard to envisage him prospering in long-distance chases.
39213F-8
silk
Eclair Surf

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J: Tom Bellamy
T: Emma Lavelle
8
10-6
Throwing in a blunder again featured in good 3m5f handicap at Warwick (soft) in January but this time it did not harm his chance and he made most to score by 13l; no serious mistake in his very game effort to defy this 10lb higher mark in the 4m1f Eider at Newcastle (good to soft), form boosted when the winner took the Scottish National by 7l; due to go up 4lb and has to be in serious calculations.
10717-13
silk
Longhouse Poet

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J: Darragh O'Keeffe
T: Martin Brassil
8
11-4
Needs to bounce back from a heavy defeat over hurdles at Navan in February but he impressed in winning the Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park time before; has looked sure to stay beyond 3m1f, including when prevailing in a right slog against Run Wild Fred on heavy going last term, and this is the first attempt; he's not had that much racing overall and brings significant potential, so could be another star for his trainer who won the 2006 Grand National and has been sixth and third with subsequent challengers.
18446P64
silk
Coko Beach

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J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr
T: Gordon Elliott
7
10-13
Did well on heavy going last season, including winning the 3m1f Thyestes at Gowran Park; generally below form this term, very much so on latest outing in the Fairyhouse race won by Any Second Now, but his fourth over 3m4f at Punchestown (heavy) on penultimate start was creditable; needs to resume progress.
23537-32
silk
Enjoy D'allen

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J: Conor Orr
T: Ciaran Murphy
8
10-11
No ground worries; third in last season's Irish National puts him on the radar and he was also a very good third in top 3m handicap at Leopardstown at Christmas; satisfactory run over hurdles preceded his purchase by top owner J P McManus; has a change of headgear, to blinkers he wore in Irish National; considered.
1528-P32
silk
Escaria Ten

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J: A P Heskin
T: Gordon Elliott
8
11-1
Third in the 2021 National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham (3m6f, good to soft) is a recommendation and he was back on song when touched off by Any Second Now in a four-runner Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (3m1f, soft) six weeks ago; wore blinkers in the latter, following two lesser shows in cheekpieces (Irish National on first occasion); one of the better-handicapped runners and he's a second-season chaser who could be building towards something special.

GRAND NATIONAL PREVIOUS WINNERS

GRAND NATIONAL TRENDS & STATS

  • Had won over at least 3m (chase) before  9/10
  • Officially rated 148 or higher  8/10
  • Aged between eight and ten  7/10
  • Carried no more than 11st  7/10
  • Trained in Britain  5/10
  • SP 25-1 or bigger  5/10

What happened last year? - Grand National 2021

Having been cancelled in 2020, the Grand National made its glorious return last year albeit without spectators and just a handful of people due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

While Tiger Roll was controversially scratched from a historic third national bid earlier in the season, it was left to Cloth Cap – that season’s impressive Ladbrokes Trophy winner – to assume 11-2 favouritism to give the late Trevor Hemmings a fourth success in the race.

However, it was not meant to be as he was disappointingly pulled up before the third last fence and just like at that year’s Cheltenham Festival, it was left to Rachael Blackmore to create more history.

Blackmore became the first ever woman to win the Grand National when guiding 11-1 shot Minella Times to success for trainer Henry De Bromhead and capped off a memorable season for the pair.

It also was the perfect result for the Irish, who saddled the first five finishers and ten of the first 11 with the Dan Skelton-trained Blaklion breaking the domination by finishing sixth.

How to read the Grand National racecard

The Racing Post’s guide to reading the racecard and understanding the form.

 

The racecard is the most important tool in a punter’s arsenal, and therefore being able to understand how to use one is extremely important. The racecard includes various important elements about the race and the runners and often used to help punters decide which horse to bet on. We have broken down each of the elements on a racecard to help you better understand what everything means:

 

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 Brian Hughes 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.

 

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 the horse was the favourite in 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.

 

Days since last run – 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 off the track for a while it could be lacking race fitness.

 

Comment – The comment under each horse, or beside a horse’s name, is an expert view on the horse’s form and its chances. Our experts are the best in the business, so it can always help to read their thoughts before placing your bets.

 

Betting forecast – The betting forecast is a prediction of the horse’s odds before the bookmakers have had the chance to price up the race. This tool is a guide to how the betting market is expected to shape up.

 

How To Read The Racing Form

 

Another thing to consider when betting on a horse is their previous form. By looking at their previous form you can learn what a horse is able to do at their best and at their worst too. Recent form can tell us plenty of information about a horse’s ability, but if their recent form appears inconclusive, looking further back at what they’ve done can unearth more information and help you decide whether you should back them or not.

The form figures of a horse are a record of its finishing positions in previous races, in chronological order. Looking at the form of a horse can help sort the winners from the losers, therefore it’s one of the most important features of the racecard. The form is presented as a string of numbers, symbols and abbreviations, all of which denote the outcome of that particular horse’s previous runs. For example, the form could look something like this 2P511/41U1/52-P61. But what does this mean?

Below is a breakdown of the numbers and abbreviations you may find on the racecard form. Remember, form reads from left to right, with the most recent race result on the right.

 

The numbers 1-9 indicate the position the horse finished in the race

The number 0 indicates that the horse finished outside the first 9

The symbol  separates racing seasons. Numbers before the – refer to the previous season

The symbol / indicates a longer gap, for example if the horse missed an entire racing season

 

The following abbreviations often apply to jump racing:

 

F indicates the horse fell

R indicates the horse refused to race

BD indicates the horse was brought down by another runner

U or UR indicates that the horse unseated its jockey

P or PU indicates that the horse was pulled up by the jockey and did not complete the race