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The Sportsman Midweek - - A Detailed Formguide -

SPORTS­MAN has the most de­tailed form sec­tion of any rac­ing news­pa­per in Aus­tralia. To make the best use it you must know how what it all means. Let’s start at the be­gin­ning. Af­ter the race num­ber the de­tailed form for ev­ery run­ner is shown. The TAB num­ber, horse’s name and orig­i­nal weight des­ig­nated by the hand­i­cap­per is then shown. Un­der the name, bar­rier po­si­tion and weight the age of horse, (foal­ing date if two-years-old) own­ers, colour, sex and breed­ing (in­clud­ing sire of dam. In brack­ets is the trainer and trainer’s lo­ca­tion. Rac­ing colours are shown just above the prize money and over­all sta­tis­tics. SPORTS­MAN then in­cludes a break­down of career stats on dif­fer­ent track sur­faces and the track and dis­tance pre­vail­ing. Also shown is the over which the horse has al­ready won. First and sec­ond-up sta­tis­tics are pro­vided. The bot­tom line shows the win and place per­cent­age for the horse dur­ing its career. Hav­ing ar­rived at the start of de­tailed form, SPORTS­MAN in­cludes early career wins (with jock­eys) and the last nine per­for­mances each run­ner.

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