HOW TO READ THE FORM
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.