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It’s the Grand National this Saturday, 11 April, so if you fancy a flutter on one of the nation’s favourite races but are flummoxed by the race card information on the runners and riders, here’s our guide to what it all means…

Along with the name of the horse, the two other names underneath are the trainer and the owner. The name to the right is the jockey.


1. Number

This is the saddle cloth number on the horse.

2. Position

This number indicates the position the horse finished in its most recent races. 1 means it came in first and 0 usually indicates that it didn’t finish in the top 3 or 4.

The dash separates this season from last and a slash separates this season from the season for a horse that didn’t race last season.

P means the horse didn’t finish, R shows the horse refused to race, F is for a faller while U indicates the horse unseated its rider.

3. The jockey

The rider plays a massive part in the race as experience and position on the track can be all important on the day.

4. Horse’s age

Horses must be over the age of 5 to run in the Grand National and some veteran runners compete until they’re 13.

The average age of the winner since 1990 is 9.9.

5. Weight

The amount of weight, including the jockey, that the horse has to carry.

The average weight carried by the winner since 1990 is 10st 9lb.

6. Jockeys’ colours

Known as silks, they are all different so that viewers can easily spot the horse they’ve backed. The variation can include spots, hoops, stars and stripes.

Good luck!

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