How to read a racecard

Find all the information on the runners and riders along with all additional information on the course and distance. Watch our feature below to make sure you're well set! 

Want to learn how to read a racecard? Here’s our simple guide to understand this vital book of information.

The racecard is similar to the matchday programme for a football match; it’s a guide for enjoying your day and giving you all the information you need about the racecourse and races to be run on the day.

Horse racing is full of statistics and information, and the racecard can help you better understand all the key information. It can also give you some clues to help you pick out a winner before you place a bet.

First off when using the racecard, check the times for each race and from there you’ll see a list of all the horses and jockeys in the race. Everything about a racehorse can be found in the racecard, that’s why it’s helpful to understand how to read a racecard.

We explain what to look for and where below.

Now you’ve got to grips with how to read a racecard, if you want to know more about other areas of horse racing, look at this guide.