How To Read a Form Guide

Fancy a flutter? It helps to understand the lowdown on each runner in your race book. Here’s how to read form like a pro.



Age/ Sex: C is colt, F is filly, G is gelding, H is horse (male 4 years and older), M is mare (female 4 years and older). For examples, 6G means 6 year old gelding.

Barrier: Each horse starts from a different barrier. The barrier is the gate from which the horse will start. The inside barrier is 1. In Aussie racing, inside barriers are
often more desirable (generally, it means the horse has less slightly distance to run), but each track is different.

No: The saddlecloth number for a horse. This is also the TAB number for the horse.

Weight: This is the weight the horse will carry and includes the jockey’s weight.

Weight For Age: This is the highest class of race, where a horse is allocated weight to carry according to its age and sex.


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API: Average Prizemoney Index is the average money earned per start (race entered). The higher the API, generally the better the class of horse.

Career: The summary of a horse’s race career to date. For example, if a horse has had 20 starts, 10 wins, 5 second places and 0 third places, this would be abbreviated to 20: 10, 5, 0.

Place percentage (P%): If a horse has been placed 15 times (that is, total number of times that it has come 1st, 2nd or 3rd) from a total of 20 starts, then it has a 75% place strike rate.

Stakes: Total stake money won by a horse in all of its starts.

Wins percentage (W%): If a horse has a win percentage of 50%, then it has won half of all the races it has run during its career.


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