Bet Slip
My Bet Slip
-
How to use My Betslip
Placing a Single Bet Placing a Multiple Bet Manage bookmakers

Simply click a price on Race Passes and we’ll take you off to place your bet with your favourite bookmaker. You can also place single bets from the Bet Slip – just click the price in the Bet Slip.

Our Bet Slip allows you to build up your selections before you begin placing multiple bets with your favourite bookmakers. Click the +BET button to add your selections and then, when you’re ready, hit ‘Bet Now’ to go to your chosen bookmaker’s site and place your bets.

Select the bookmaker prices you want to display on Race Passes by switching the toggles between show and hide in the Bookmaker Manager, or use the Currently Showing selection screen. We will automatically display the best odds from your chosen bookmakers.

Note that Betfair Exchange prices are available to logged in customers only and are not included in the best odds calculation.

Bets Odds
You currently have no selections.
timeform logo mini sign in to timeformSign In

register to timeformRegister Free Bets
timeform menu collapse
search timeform's website

Timeform physical descriptions explained

ArticleImage

How a horse looks and how it moves can provide significant pointers towards an understanding of its ability, stamina and going requirements.

One of the most important functions of Timeform's team of racecourse representatives is to provide concise physical descriptions of racehorses. The less that is known about a horse's merit, the more useful a physical description can be.

There are four basic categories of descriptions used by Timeform — size, substance and quality, and the most significant of those are size and substance.

Size is the obvious place to start — every horse can be readily categorised by size and three descriptions cover the vast majority — big, medium sized and small. While it is important not to overdescribe early-season two-year-olds (few are likely to be big), the best way of describing a field of horses from scratch is to pick out those above average size (big) and below average size (small).

While this might seem obvious it contains the key to good description — a description should point out the distinctive features of a horse. Being big or small makes a horse distinctive while medium sized is more of a starting point for one not distinguished by its size — there is usually a description in one of the other categories which better defines it. Medium sized offered as the best description suggests a horse distinguished only by its averageness. Similarly, smallish (quite small) is less distinctive than small and there are likely to be more suitable descriptions.

Substance is a category in which the variation of descriptions is far greater than within size, but essentially all the descriptions fall into two main groups. As with size, these are variations above or below average — sparely made and its variants describing a horse lacking substance, strong one with an excess of it. The variants within the two groupings usually contain an element of one of the other categories. For example, well made, used to describe a strong horse, contains a qualitative judgement; and robust an element of size (a horse may be described as small and strong but not small and robust). Stocky and sturdy are similar cases.

Substance can also be more specific. There are quite a few descriptions which relate to parts of the horse — shallow girthed, good quartered (often associated with a sprinting physique) and good topped are examples. Another description in this category is unfurnished, which relates specifically to a horse which hasn't filled out but has the prospects of doing so. By definition an unfurnished horse has scope and so the description excludes the possibility that the horse is also small.

Shape is a more wide-ranging category but again the principal descriptions are derived from variations from the average, in terms of length, height and width. Clearly with height there is some overlap with size and there isn't a general description for a horse of below average height, a short horse being necessarily small. There is also clearly some overlap between tall and big, and tall would only be used in preference when its height is more noticeable, more distinctive than its size.

Length is covered by descriptions which are specific as well as general. Long backed is more specific (and much less common) than lengthy; short backed is more specific than close coupled or compact (the latter also implying size and substance). There are few descriptions related to width, the principal one being narrow.

One description in this category which is deceptively straightforward is neat. While firstly implying a horse's shape, neat also indicates the horse's size (small by definition) and quality (neat suggests a better type than small or small, close coupled).

The most common of the specific shape descriptions is leggy, applied to a horse of above average length of leg in relation to its overall height. Its opposite, short legged, is much less common.

The last description to mention in this section is angular, a description which brings more letters from puzzled subscribers than the rest put together.

It is a good compound description suggesting both leanness and being square at the corners. It is a description of shape but with strong implications for substance. Another useful compound description is rangy, a positive tag implying above-average length, height and quality.

Quality is the fourth and last category. In this one, the task of the racecourse representative is not so much to describe the horse against the others in the field but to picture it against the ideal or ‘standard’ racehorse. Descriptions in this category do not directly convey anything about size, substance or shape but instead suggest an overall impression. Some combinations just wouldn't be seen — sparely-made, good sort, for example — simply because the view one has of the ideal racehorse doesn't include its being sparely made.

There are two basic groupings — good sort, useful looking and fair sort being in one group, and attractive, quite attractive and plain in the other. The former are more concerned with physique, the latter with looks. Attractive and quite attractive tend to be used only on the Flat.

Finally, there is workmanlike which has a tempering role. It implies a functionality, a general solidness without star quality; it tones down usually positive descriptions (e.g. rangy, workmanlike).

TIMEFORM RACE CARD PDF DOWNLOADS

Horse racing free bet offers

  • £20 RISK FREE BET

    Risk Free 20: New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a €10 free bet when you place 5x bets of €10+. T&Cs apply.

    Read Paddy Power Review
  • UP TO £50 MATCHED FREE BET

    New customers only, receive a free bet up to the value of your first qualifying bet. Minimum stake €5, minimum odds 1/5 (1.2). If your first bet is an accumulator, at least one selection must meet the min odds requirement. Qualifying bet must be placed in first 30 days of account opening. Offer is only available to customers who deposit using Debit/Credit or Paypal. Max free bet €50 – valid for 7 days. T&Cs apply.

    Read Betfair Review
  • Up to £100 in Bet Credits

    New Customers only. Up to £100 in Bet Credits. Sign up, deposit £5 or more to your account and bet365 will match your qualifying deposit in Bet Credits when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. Min odds/bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply.

    Read Bet365 Review

FREE DAILY RACE PASS

race pass logo

ASCOT 4:20

Saturday 23 June
4. HARRY ANGEL (IRE) 143
Adam Kirby silk Adam Kirby
Clive Cox
9. REDKIRK WARRIOR 138
Frankie Dettori silk Frankie Dettori
David & B Hayes/Tom Dabernig, Australia
7. MERCHANT NAVY (AUS) 137
Ryan Moore silk Ryan Moore
Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
Go to Full Race

LATEST HORSE RACING RESULTS

9:15 AYR

1st Nathan Evans silk 2. COVIGLIA (IRE) 9/43.25f
2nd Rachel Richardson silk ½ 7. LUCKY VIOLET (IRE) 20/121
3rd Jamie Gormley silk hd 14. MY VALENTINO (IRE) 12/113
J: Nathan Evans  
12 ran. NRs: 1  4 
FULL RESULT

9:05 NEWMARKET (JULY)

1st Silvestre De Sousa silk 4. FLYING FOXY 11/102.1f
2nd William Carson silk 1. LA FORTUNA 8/19
All 6 ran.
FULL RESULT

9:00 DOWN ROYAL

1st Mr M. J. O'Hare silk 7. NOT THE CHABLIS (IRE) 3/14
2nd Ms Lisa O'Neill silk 3 5. CATS FOR CASH (IRE) 4/51.8f
J: Mr M. J. O'Hare (3)  
5 ran. NRs: 1  6 
FULL RESULT

8:55 WETHERBY

1st Cam Hardie silk 2. CANFORD BAY (IRE) 9/25.5jf
2nd Graham Lee silk ¾ 3. YOUNG TIGER 15/28.5
3rd Joe Fanning silk 5. ARNOLD 9/25.5jf
J: Cam Hardie  
All 10 ran.
FULL RESULT

8:50 LIMERICK

1st C. T. Keane silk 2. YOU CAN'T CATCH ME (IRE) 5/16
2nd G. F. Carroll silk ¾ 4. POLITICAL POLICY (IRE) 14/115
3rd William James Lee silk 8. DENHAM SOUND 3/14f
J: C. T. Keane  
All 14 ran.
FULL RESULT

8:45 AYR

1st P. J. McDonald silk 5. DR DORO (IRE) 4/15
2nd Paul Mulrennan silk nk 2. FUMBO JUMBO (IRE) 4/15
3rd Phil Dennis silk 4. ETERNALIST 7/24.5f
T: Ian Williams  
All 10 ran.
FULL RESULT

8:35 NEWMARKET (JULY)

1st William Buick silk 1. LOXLEY (IRE) 2/13jf
2nd Tom Marquand silk 3 3. RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) 2/13jf
All 7 ran.
FULL RESULT

8:30 DOWN ROYAL

1st Mr F. Maguire silk 5. GONE DANCIN (IRE) 15/82.87f
2nd Mr S. F. O'Keeffe silk 10 10. RATHMUCK MINSTREL (IRE) 10/111
J: Mr F. Maguire (3)  
7 ran. NRs: 1  12  2  3  4 
FULL RESULT

8:25 WETHERBY

1st Sebastian Woods silk 16. SPANISH MANE (IRE) 16/117
2nd Jack Garritty silk ns 6. VENTURA CREST (IRE) 7/18
3rd Tony Hamilton silk nk 5. PLANSINA 9/110
J: Sebastian Woods (5)  
15 ran. NRs: 13 
FULL RESULT
Go to Horse Racing Results