HOW TO READ THE FORM

The Sportsman Special Issue - - Ipswich -

SPORTS­MAN has the most de­tailed form sec­tion of any rac­ing news­pa­per in Aus­tralia. To make the best use of 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 is the age of the horse, (foal­ing date if two-years-old) the own­ers, colour, sex and breed­ing (in­clud­ing sire of the 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 dis­tance 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 the de­tailed form, SPORTS­MAN in­cludes early ca­reer wins (with jock­eys) and the last nine per­for­mances of each run­ner.

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