Horse racing tips: what does the Form mean?
Any experienced follower of horse racing will know that ‘the form’ is a good guide regarding any horse’s credentials. In-depth horse racing tips may involve a more detailed look at how a horse performs in certain conditions or if they are being primed for certain races, but to the uninitiated, The Form can be the best way to discern if your horse is a good bet.
Form may read as follows: ‘121-5F’.
The numbers indicate the position the horse has finished in the race: in this case first, second, then first again in that order. Place numbers will usually range from 1 through to 9, and if the horse receives a ‘0’, you can presume it finished outside the top 9.
Symbols are often used in the form, and in this case, the hyphen would indicate a years interval between the first placed finish and the fifth placed finish. This can be a good indicator when trying to discover if the horse is in good form.
Letters indicate something other than a place. P, F, R, B and U all feature in form guides.
‘P’ means pulled up. A horse can pull up for a variety of reasons from injury to something far less serious.
‘F’ indicates a fall, so be wary when choosing horses with an ‘F’ in their recent form. ‘R’ is a refusal, ‘B’ means brought down, and ‘U’ means the horse has unseated the rider.
The Form is a handy tool for expert and amateur alike when formulating horse racing tips. An expert can have a good knowledge of a horse, be fully aware of its capabilities, but still need to know how well it’s performing. For anyone who follows football, you will be aware that form is all important in deciding the outcome of a game: this is even more so in horse racing. For all of your Cheltenham Betting and horse racing bets in general be sure to come to betfair!