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By Timeform -- published 5th February 2014
A guide to the symbols you'll find in Race Passes and Timeform Race Cards
The following symbols are used with (or sometimes in place of) Timeform Ratings.
|p||commonly referred to as a small 'p'; the horse is likely to improve|
|P||commonly referred to as a large 'P'; the horse is capable of much better|
|+||the horse may be better than rated|
|?||the rating is suspect or (used alone) the horse is out of form or cannot be assessed with confidence|
|§||the 'Timeform squiggle'; the horse is unreliable (for temperamental or other reasons)|
|§§||the 'double squiggle'; the horse is so unsatisfactory as to be not worth a rating|
|x||a poor jumper|
|xx||so bad a jumper as to be not worth a rating|
You will also find the following In-Play symbols used in Race Passes.
|S||very slowly away|
|K||travelled notably strongly|
|L||raced very lazily|
|l||raced lazily/went in snatches|
|P||pulled very hard|
|J||jumped very well|
|xx||made numerous mistakes|
|f||found less than seemed likely|
|R||responded really well to pressure|
|r||responded to pressure|
|§||signs of temperament|
Equipment carried abbreviations are as follows.
In addition, the following abbreviations are used.
|3 b.c.||means three-year-old bay colt. You may also see br (brown), ch (chestnut), gr (grey) or ro (roan), and h (horse), g (gelding), f (filly) or m (mare).|
|p8.1g||In Flat racing form figures: the surface if not turf (f - fibresand; p - polytrack; t - tapeta; a - any other artificial surface), the distance (in furlongs to the nearest tenth of a furlong), and the going (as returned by Timeform). The going abbreviations are h (hard), f (firm or fast), m (good to firm), g (good or standard), d (dead), s (soft or slow) and v (heavy)|
|c24v||In jumps racing form figures: c (steeplechase), h (hurdle) and b (bumper/National Hunt Flat race), followed by the distance rounded to the nearest furlong and the going as for Flat racing. Bumpers run on any all-weather surface are prefaced with 'a'.
|G1||Group/Grade 1. Similarly G2 (Group/Grade 2), G3 (Group/Grade 3), L (Listed), W (weight-for-age/conditions), M (maiden). N (novice), S (seller), C (claiming event), A (amateurs event). Where a number appears in the ratings summary, rather than a letter, this is the BHB mark off which the horse ran in a handicap.|
|TRW||Timeform Ratings of Winners. The weight-adjusted Timeform rating that the winner of the race has achieved in each of the last five years.|
|TWFA||Timeform weight-for-age. Timeform race ratings are adjusted to 12-7 (jumps) or 10-0 (Flat) unless shown. So, in a Flat race, TWFA 4 9-13, 3 8-12 indicates that ratings for 3-y-os are adjusted to 8 stone 12 lb and for 4-y-os to 9 stone 13 lb. Any older horses would have their ratings adjusted to 10 stone.|
|*||in form figures indicates 'won'. Other superior figures indicate finishing position (2nd - 6th). Letters used include F (fell), pu (pulled up), ur (unseated rider), bd (brought down), r (refused), su (slipped up), ro (ran out) and co (carried out).|
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