Today’s Horse Racing Racecards

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Today’s racecards with runners and riders at every race meeting in the UK and Ireland. Freebets.com provides horse racing cards, jockey, and trainer information for all the runners entered at today’s meetings. It’s just part of the service for horse racing punters which includes free tips, best odds comparison plus free bets and offers from all the leading UK bookmakers online.

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You’ll find race schedules for National Hunt meetings and Flat racing including the big meetings at Royal Ascot, Cheltenham Festival, Epsom Derby meeting, Glorious Goodwood, York Ebor meeting, British Champions Day, Aintree Grand National festival and more. You can find antepost Cheltenham betting odds available all year round.

How Do You Read a Racecard?

The aim of racecards is to provide punters will all the information they need to make an informed choice with their horse racing bets.

The top of the racecard includes key information about the race itself. This includes basic info such as the name and time of the race, the track where the race is taking place and how many runners there are.

Other details found at the top of the racecard are more important such as the race’s distance, what sort of race it is (for example a steeplechase, hurdle or flat race), what level the race is (is it a Graded race, or a Listed race for example) and what restrictions are in place (some races are open only to horses of a certain age or sex for example).

Seasoned punters will also look at the condition of the ground, or going. This ranges from heavy to firm in British turf racing. The top of the racecard also includes any available information on where the stalls are if they’re being used.

The rest of the card is dedicated to the horses. You’ll find identifying information such as their name, jockeys’ silks and details of any equipment being used. Punters are more interested in a horse’s form, their official rating and the weight they will be carrying, the draw if applicable and whether the horse has previously won at the same course, over the same distance or was a beaten favourite last time out.

Finally, you’ll want to know who trains the horse, which jockey has been booked for the ride and, on online racecards, what the latest odds are.

Here at Freebets.com, you will always find the freshest horse racing guides, and also horse racing free bets from the best betting sites in the UK. Feel free to check out our horse racing free bets and promotions here every day, and we will have a lot more offers during the major horse racing festivals such as Cheltenham Festival Betting, Grand National free bets, Royal Ascot, Epsom Derby and many more.

Racecards FAQs

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How do you pick a winning horse?

This is the million-dollar question.

Punters are always looking for something to give them the edge over the bookies on the racecard. It could be a previous performance on the same course, a piece of form that doesn’t stand out at first but has held up due to the subsequent performances of the other horses in the race or a horse who is well treated in the weights.

There’s always an element of luck when it comes to picking a winning horse but most of the information you need to seek out some value can be found on the racecard.

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When are racecards released?

The final racecard for a race is released when the final declarations come in, usually 48 hours before the race is scheduled to start. You will find online racecards earlier than that for the biggest races but the final, printed copies are released much closer to the off.

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What does 7lb claimer mean?

It’s not just the horses that you’ll want to keep a close eye on when reading a racecard. The jockeys booked for the ride can have a huge impact, especially if they are a ‘claimer’.

A claimer is the name given to jockeys who, for one reason or another, get to carry less weight than the other jockeys in a race. Apprentice and conditional jockeys get to claim 7lb until they have won 20 races. The difference between the two is that apprentices ride in flat races whilst conditionals ride in National Hunt racing.

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What does S mean in horse racing?

There are many letters used on a racecard which give punters important information about a horse’s previous form. When you see S on a racecard it means that a horse slipped up in that race.

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What is Group 1 race?

Group 1 races are the pinnacle of flat racing. All of horse racing operates on a grading system. On the flat, horses can work their way up via a whole host of different races before reaching Listed races, Group 3 races, Group 2 races and the finally Group 1s.

Group 1s tend to carry the biggest prizes (with the exception of the biggest handicaps). A similar system operates in National Hunt races but except the top level is called Group races.

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What is a black type race?

Black type is a racing slang term for Group level races. It refers to the fact that horses who win Group level races have their name printed in bold in sales catalogues. You’ll also often hear these contests referred to as Pattern races.