In horse racing, the letter “x” in the form indicates a variety of information. It can be a number or abbreviation that provides additional details about the horse’s training, racing history, or pedigree. For example, an “x” can indicate a workout time, a horse’s previous earnings, or its lineage. It can also provide information about the horse’s equipment, such as whether it will be wearing blinkers or a tongue tie. By including “x” in the form, horse racing professionals can communicate important information about the horse’s performance and background in a concise manner, enabling bettors and analysts to make more informed decisions.

## Understanding Track Codes

When studying horse racing forms, you’ll encounter a single-letter code next to each race that indicates the track condition. This code provides crucial information about the track’s surface, which can significantly impact the performance of horses and the overall race strategy.

Here’s a breakdown of the most common track codes you’ll see:

Code | Surface Condition |
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F | Fast |

G | Good |

S | Soft |

Y | Yielding |

H | Heavy |

M | Muddy |

AW | All-weather track |

Keep in mind that these track codes may be subject to variation depending on the racing jurisdiction or specific tracks. It’s always recommended to consult the official racecourse website or program for the most up-to-date information.

## Decoding Distance Codes in Horse Racing Form

The distance code in a horse racing form indicates the length of the race in furlongs. A furlong is equal to one-eighth of a mile, so a race that is listed as “1m” is a one-mile race.

Here is a table of the most common distance codes and their corresponding lengths in furlongs:

Distance Code | Length in Furlongs |
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5f | 5 |

6f | 6 |

7f | 7 |

8f | 8 |

9f | 9 |

10f | 10 |

11f | 11 |

12f | 12 |

14f | 14 |

16f | 16 |

When interpreting distance codes, it is important to remember that not all races are run at the same distance. For example, a one-mile race at a track with a long stretch may be longer than a one-mile race at a track with a short stretch.

It is also important to consider the type of race when interpreting distance codes. For example, a sprint race is typically run over a shorter distance than a marathon race.

## What Does ‘X’ Mean in Horse Racing Form?

When you’re looking at a horse racing form, you’ll often see the letter ‘X’ next to a horse’s name. This symbol has a few different meanings, depending on the context in which it’s used.

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## Weight Carried Conversions

In horse racing form, the weight carried by a horse is expressed in either pounds (lbs) or stone (st). Here are the conversion factors:

- 1 stone (st) = 14 pounds (lbs)

For example, if a horse is carrying 9st, this would be equivalent to 126 lbs (9 x 14 = 126).

The weight carried by a horse can have a significant impact on its performance. A horse that is carrying more weight will have to work harder to maintain the same speed as a horse that is carrying less weight.

Weight allowances are often given to horses that are considered to be at a disadvantage, such as younger horses or horses that are running in a higher class than they are used to.

Weight (lbs) | Weight (st) |
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100 | 7st 2lbs |

112 | 8st 0lbs |

126 | 9st 0lbs |

140 | 10st 0lbs |

154 | 11st 0lbs |

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