weight concession the horse is given to compensate for its rider's
|All Weather Racing
racing which takes place on an artificial surface
racecards, their names are prefixed by Mr, Mrs, Captain, etc, to indicate their
(usually on the most important races) days, weeks and even months before the
race is due to take place
jockey tied by annually renewed contract to a licensed trainer while he or she
is learning the business of race-ridingon the flat
|At the post
the horses have arrived at the start before a race, they are said to be
at the post
known as 'roll' or 'wad' (colloq.) This is gambling money or risk money,
as opposed to the money you live on.
colour any brown horse with a black mane/tail and legs.
a 'book' is the act of quoting odds and accepting bets on an event. Hence the
race run under Jump Rules, used to educate young prospective jumps horses
before they tackle hurdles or fences. Officially called National Hunt Flat
tic-tac bookmaking term for 100-30.
tic-tac bookmaking term for 3-1. Double carpet is 33-1.
lost money on a bet, "chasing" is having another bet simply to try and get back
the loss, usually on a random wager.
|Claiming race / Claimer
in which each horse's weight is determined by the price placed on them by
connections. The lower the claiming price, the lower the weight. Horses can be
claimed' (bought) by other owners/trainers for the specified price after
tic-tac bookmaking term for 10-1.
jockey, under 26, who receives a weight allowance for inexperience until they
have ridden a certain number of winners. A conditional jockey is licensed to a
specific trainer. Some races are restricted to conditionals-only.
length of a race: 5 furlongs is the minimum and the 4 1/2 miles of the Grand
National the longest. Also, the margin by which a horse wins or is beaten by
the horse in front: this ranges from a short head to 'by a distance' (more than
30 lengths); a 'length' is measured from the horse's nose to the start of its
racing only, describes a horse's position in the starting stalls, drawn
randomly the day before
two horses in a race in the correct order. A Straight forecast
horse up to four years old
either sex from the time of its birth until 1 January the following year. All
racehorses are given the nominal birthday of January 1st. Thus a "two-year-old"
born in June and one born in January of the same year are considered to be of
the same age for the purposes of satisfying the conditions of some races re:
weight carried. In reality, the January horse may be considered to have a
significant advantage in terms of physical development at this early stage in
your bet accepted
description of conditions underfoot on the racecourse. Official Jockey Club
going reports progress as follows: Heavy - soft - good to soft - good - good to
horses are on their way to the start.
four inches in which a horse's height is measured, at the shoulder
horses have the same mother (dam), they are half-brothers/sisters. Horses are
not referred to as half-brothers/sisters when they share only the same father
parlance for the favourite in a race - the horse with the shortest
bet on, like a Bookmaker.
||It is an
even-money paid bet where you take a position either side of two possible
outcomes of the event. e.g. England runs vs. Australia may quote 225-230
(a bit like a spread), thats called the Line. Selling the Line
means you win if they score less than 225 and Buying the line
means winning if they score more than 230. This is popular in the
which has not won a race
horse five years and over
between two horses or people, not necessarily in competition with each other.
e.g. two golfers who will be trying to win their tournament, not beat each
other or be aware that the bet exists
||Complaint by one jockey against another regarding breach of rules
during a race
ratio to which your bet will be paid if your bet wins. e.g. 3-1 means for every
£1 you bet, you will receive £3 of winnings
the ability to rationalise bets and betting wildly on every race.
a price offered on a particular horse that is higher than the
true odds of it winning.
the racecourse incorporating the pre-parade ring, parade ring (where horses are
paraded before each race) and winner's enclosure
bet consisting of seven bets involving three selections in different events. A
single on each selection, plus three doubles and one treble. One successful
selection guarantees a return.
grading system for the most important races, introduced on the Flat in 1971 and
later for jumps racing. The top races on the Flat are Group 1, followed by
Group 2 and Group 3 (the next highest category is Listed, which, while not
technically part of the Pattern, combine with Group races under the heading of
black-type races). The jumps Pattern has a similar structure, except that the
races are termed Grade 1/2/3, rather than Group 1/2/3. All of these races are
in Class 1 or either flat or jumps.
which usually runs in selling races
is a sum of many collected as bets on a horse race. i.e. the tote.
~ The quoted odds for a horse to win
Verb ~ The process of giving
two finishers in no particular order.
|Selling plate/selling race
||Low-class race in which the winner is offered at auction afterwards;
other horses in the race may be claimed for a fixed sum. If the winning stable
buys back its own horse it is said to be 'bought in'. The racecourse receives a
percentage of the selling price of each horse.
that reduce, say from 10-1 to 8-1, are said to have shortened.
of a horse
panel of men and women - usually a total of four - who are responsible for
ensuring adherence to the Rules of Racing
is short for Totalisator, a system introduced to Britain in 1929 to offer pool
betting on racecourses.
odds of something happening as opposed to what the bookies offer.
short for the word 'vigorish'. Also referred to as 'juice' (US). The edge that
one side of a bet has to make their advantage.
either sex from 1 January to 31 December of the year following its