For as long as anyone can remember, racecards have carried icons to show course and distance winners.
But what about all the other questions that are the ground-work of our form research?
Does the horse have form on today's going or artificial surface? What has it done in Headgear? Has it won in the class of today's race? Has it run or won off today's handicap mark before? And can we distinguish between a horse has only placed under those conditions and one that has a particularly good record?
Well the answer is that on attheraces.com, you can.
We've introduced a brand new set of icons to sit on our racecards; a new innovation, developed in-house and exclusive to attheraces.com.
Now live on all our UK and Irish racecards, our new icons relate to:
AW Surfaces (S)
Course & Distance (CD)
Race Class (Cl)
Handicap Rating (Hcp)
Cheltenham Festival Form (CF)*
*Appears only on racecards at the Cheltenham Festival.
In addition to this, we've introduced three colours to further illustrate a horse's record:
Grey means the horse has placed under those conditions.
Blue means it has won under those conditions.
Gold means it has a 50% or better record under those conditions.
So for, instance, a horse with a grey D, a blue Hcp and a gold G will have placed at the distance, won off today's handicap mark or higher, and have a better than 50% win/run record on today's going.
To provide even more detail, desktop users can hover their mouse over any icon or the horse name on the racecard to view a summary of all the above in the hover-over.
This is the latest in a series of developments on our new website that has so far included the addition of Irish point-to-point form, previous winners tables, pace charts and form filters. And there's more still to come...