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Betting Term: A bet than involves more than one horse or race, and usually offers a much higher return. All of your choices will need to be successful in order to win the bet.
Across The Board
Betting Term: Pick one horse who will either win, place or show in any race.
Betting Term: Placing bets prior to a race declaration. Usually used in major races, and can secure a bigger win due to a risk factor that the horse you bet on may not actually feature in the race.
Betting Term: If a lot of bets have been placed on a horse subsequently lowering the odds offered.
Banker Exacta (Banker Forecast).
Betting Term: Pick one horse who win in any race, and any number of horses who will finish in second place.
Betting Term: The lowest odds for horses not mentioned in betting forecasts.
Betting Term: For a favourite that bookmakers actually expect to lose, so are therefore happy to take bets on.
Betting Term: The prices displayed on boards by official bookmakers at the course.
Betting Term: Slang for 2-1 odds.
Betting Term: A person who places large bets in the placepot pools on odds-on favourites.
Betting Term: Slang for 100-30 odds.
Betting Term: Pick five horses (selections), across five races, to create 26 bets. Includes 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds and a fivefold accumulator. At least 2 horses need to win to get any return. AKA Super Yankee
Betting Term: Slang for 3-1 odds. Double carpet is slang for 33-1 odds.
Betting Term: If an online bet has been placed, you have the option to 'cash out' before the bet is complete to prevent any further loss.
Betting Term: Slang for 10-1 odds.
Betting Term: If a punter bets in a Pick Six and gets a portion of the bets correct, they will receive a consolation payout which is much smaller than the full payout if all of their bets were correct.
Betting Term: Pick two horses that will win in two sequential races.
Betting Term: The odds used on the Tote instead of the traditional fractional odds.
Betting Term: The amount that a winning or placed horse returns for every £1 bet.
Betting Term: Pick two horses that will win in two different races. The winnings from the first bet becomes your stake for the second bet.
Betting Term: When odds for a horse get bigger due to lack of support from the market, meaning the horse is 'on the drift'.
Betting Term: Pick two horses (in either order) who will finish in the top two places of the race.
Betting Term: Pick one horse that will either win or place in any race. Counts as two bets one for the win, and one for placing).
Betting Term: Slang for 6-4 odds.
Betting Term: Slang for 9-1 odds.
Betting Term: When your betting stake returns the same amount in winnings (1-1 odds).
Betting Term: Pick two horses (in the correct order) who will finish in the top two places of the race. AKA First Two / Straight Forecast
Betting Term: Pick three horses (in the correct order) who will finish in the top three places of the race. AKA Trifecta / Tricast
Betting Term: Pick two horses (in the correct order) who will finish in the top two places of the race. AKA Exacta / Straight Forecast
Betting Term: Each 'fold' is a selection in an accumulator bet. For example, a fivefold would be 1 accumulator bet with 5 selections that all must win to get a return.
Betting Term: Pick eight horses (selections), across eight races, to create 247 bets. Includes 28 doubles, 56 trebles, 70 fourfolds, 56 fivefolds, 28 sixholds, 8 sevenholds and an accumulator. At least 2 horses need to win to get any return.
Betting Term: Slang for 5-1 odds.
Betting Term: Betting against your original outcome in order to guarentee a win - "Hedging your bets".
Betting Term: Pick six horses (selections), across six races, to create 57 bets. Includes 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds, 6 fivefolds and an acummulator. At least 2 horses need to win to get any return.
Betting Betting Term: Betting on the outcome of the race whilst the race is happening. Odds change rapidly as the race happens.
Betting Term: A type of tote bet that involves selecting the winners of the first six races at a selected race meeting. Similar to Placepot, but only available at selected meetings.
Betting Term: A term for when a bookmaker accepts a bet.
Betting Term: A horse that is unlikely to win and has high odds.
Betting Term: Pick four horses (selections), across four races, to create 15 bets. Includes 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 fourfold. Only 1 horse needs to win to get any return.
Betting Term: Pick five horses (selections), across five races, to create 31 bets. Includes 5 singles, 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds and a fivefold accumulator. At least 2 horses need to win to get any return.
Betting Term: Pick six horses (selections), across six races, to create 63 bets. Includes 6 singles, 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds, 6 fivefolds and an acummulator. At least 2 horses need to win to get any return.
Betting Term: When there are enough bets on a horse that the pool is insuffcient to pay out for winning tickets after the track take. The track would be required in this situation to make up the difference and pay out for the winnings.
Betting Term: Slang for £500
Betting Term: Slang for 7-1 odds.
Betting Term: The case for the majority of horses each race, where the money you receive back will be of a greater amount than the original stake.
Betting Term: Where the winnings of the bet you place will be less that the stake you put on.
Betting Term: Pick three horses (selections), across three races, to create 7 bets. Includes 3 singles, 3 doubles and a treble. Only 1 horse needs to win to get any return.
Betting Term: Pick six horses that will place in each of the first six races.
Betting Term: Slang for £25.
Betting Term: Pick four horses that will place in race 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Betting Term: The total amount you receive from winning your bet (the original stake and your winnings)
Betting Term: Slang for 4-1 odds.
Betting Term: A commonly invoked betting rule, for if a horse has withdrawn without enough time to change odds for that race, so all other odds are reduced to compensate for the horse that withdrew.
Betting Term: When there are low odds, meaning you will get very little back from your initial stake.
Betting Term: When a bookmaker reduces the odds on a particular horse.
Betting Term: When a punter fails to make their bet before the gates open and the race begins.
Betting Term: Pick one horse who will win any race. AKA Win Only Bet
Betting Term: Also known as SP, Starting Price are the final odds just as the race is about to begin.
Betting Term: Describes the change in the price of a horse that has seen significant shortening in its odds.
Betting Term: Pick two horses (in the correct order) who will finish in the top two places of the race. AKA Exacta / First Two
Betting Term: Pick seven horses (selections), across seven races, to create 120 bets. Includes 21 doubles, 25 trebles, 21 fivefolds, 7 sixfolds and an accumulator. At least 2 horses need to win to get any return.
Betting Term: Pick five horses (selections), across five races, to create 26 bets. Includes 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds and a fivefold accumulator. At least 2 horses need to win to get any return. AKA Canadian
Betting Term: Pick four horses (in the correct order) who will finish in the top four places of the race.
Betting Term: Pick three horses that will win in three different races. The winnings from the first bet becomes your stake for the second bet, and your winnings from your second bet become the stake for your third bet.
Betting Term: Pick three horses (in the correct order) who will finish in the top three places of the race. AKA First Three / Trifecta
Betting Term: Pick three horses (in the correct order) who will finish in the top three places of the race. AKA First Three / Tricast
Betting Term: Pick four horses (selections), across four races, to create 4 bets. Includes 3 doubles and a treble. At least 2 horses need to win to get any return.
Two from three
Betting Term: Pick two horses who will finish in the top three places of the race.
Win Only Bet
Betting Term: Pick one horse who will win any race. AKA Single.
Betting Term: Slang for 6-1 odds.
Betting Term: Pick four horses (selections), across four races, to create 11 bets. Includes 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a 4 fold accumulator. At least 2 horses need to win to get any return.
When a race meeting has to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
An artificial racing track that can be raced on all year round, incuding in adverse weather conditions. ARC has four all-weather tracks - Lingfield, Newcastle, Southwell and Wolverhampton.
Allowance is a weight concession granted to novice riders, to compensate for inexperience compared to other riders.
Also Eligible (AE)
Horses that are eligible and entered into the field but won't run unless another horse drops out.
A young jockey who is associated with a licensed trainer. Apprentices are granted allowance when racing against professional jockeys.
At The Post
When the horses arrive at the starting point prior to the race, they are 'at the post'.
The favourite horse to win the race.
Part of the equipment worn by the horse during a race, the bit is the metal part of the bridle that sits inside the horses mouth.
Equipment worn by the horse, over the head and around the eyes that limits the horses vision with the aim of reducing distractions and increasing focus.
An inidividual or company who is licensed to accept bets.
During a race when a horse cannot overtake due to other horses blocking their way.
The name given when a horse or rider obtain their first win.
When a horse is galloping at a reasonable speed without further encouragement from the rider.
Equipment worn by the horse during the race and used by the jockey to control it.
Thoroughbred horses who are used for breeding.
Another term for an apprentice.
A National Hunt Flat Race, where inexperienced jump horses can gain experience before attempting jumps.
An occurence in a race where two horses collide. Can result in a Stewards Enquiry if it takes place during a crucial part of the race.
Is any money left unclaimed within a parimutuel (tote) pool for a Pick Six wager, that carries over to the next race days pool.
A horse that runs in National Hunt Steeplechase races.
A moment during a race where a horses run is temporarily blocked by another horse.
A group of 5 historic flat races - the 1,000 Guineas, the 2,000 Guineas, the Oaks, the Derby and the St Leger.
Clerk of the Course
The racecourse official responsible for the racecourse management, and running each race day.
Horses that are equally likely to win, and share the lowest odds. Also known as "Joint-Favourites".
A male horse below five years of age.
A jockey at the same level as an apprentice but also allowed to jump.
Is in relation to a horse that has a good track record at a specific race.
Cut in the ground
Ground condition: When the racing surface has been softened by rain.
The mother of a horse.
When a horse is confirmed for a race during the final declarations stage.
When a horse is withdrawn from a race after betting has already started, deductions are taken out of the bets in proportion to the odds of the horse.
An obstruction (usually a cone) that keeps horses from damaging certain portions of grass.
Refers to the starting position in the stalls of a flat race. Having an advantageous draw is said to be 'Well Drawn'.
When a horse starts a race slowly.
Refers to a horse that is stopped before it can finish the race.
Term for a horse who is expected to win.
The horse with the best odds, who is expected to win the race.
A female horse that is up to four years old.
Another name for the race meeting.
Racing on a track without any obstacles.
A newborn horse before it becomes a yearling.
The previous record and current condition of a horse.
A horse that attempts to take the lead in a race and stay there.
A measurement - 220 yards or an eighth of a mile.
A male horse that has been castrated so it is easier to train. Some top flat races do not allow geldings to compete, as the race is important for identifying potential breeders.
General Stud Book
Is a register of all thoroughbred horses, which is maintained by Weatherbys.
Describes the condition of the racing surface. This can range from heavy to firm.
The name given to an inexperienced or immature horse.
Group / Graded races
The term for the classifications of races depending on their prestige and prize money.
Group 1 (Flat) / Grade 1 (Jumps)
The highest category of race in UK racing.
A term for a horse who is winning easily.
A racing category where each horse is allocated a rating on previous performance, and carries a corresponding weight to their rating to ensure fair competition out on the track.
The BHA official responsible for allocating a handicap rating to each horse, and the corresponding weight that needs to be carried.
When a turf track has taken on a large amount of water, making the ground muddy and bog-like.
In The Money
Referring to a horse being in the top four, as this usually means the owners will be entitled to some prize money.
Another term for a favourite horse in a race.
The Racecourse official who decides the finishing order and is responsible for declaring it.
A two-year-old horse.
The youngest category of hurdlers for horses that turn four years old during the time they start hurdling.
Race track where races are run in an anti-clockwise direction.
A classification of race just below Groups and Grades.
Refers to when a horse drifts on the track towards the rail during the final run. Is generally regarded to be a sign of a tired horse.
Can refer to both a horse that has yet to win a race, and a race which is strictly for horses who have yet to win a race.
The term for a race that is longer than a mile and a quarter long.
A female horse that is aged five years old or above.
A race on a flat track that is between seven furlongs and 1 mile 6 furlongs are classes as middle distances.
Is the shortest race distance possible, which is five furlongs on a flat track, and two miles on a jump track.
The best bet of the day from a tipster on any given day.
Also known as Jumps Racing, where horses race over obstacles on the track.
A horse that was declared to race, but has to withdraw prior to the race beginning.
A handicap flat race for horses that are under the age of two.
When a jockey makes a complaint about another jockey's conduct during a race.
Shows the chance of that selection (horse) winning, and indicates how much money you will get back for your stake if that horse wins.
Off the Bit / On the Bit
Refers to if the horse still has the bridle in its mouth whilst racing.
Off The Pace
Term for when a horse falls behind the front runners at the start of a race.
An obstacle in jump racing, that has a ditch on the approach to the fence.
Part of the course which contains the parade ring and winner enclosure, and where people affliated with the racing horses will gather before each race.
A circular area where horses are paraded around before the race, so that racegoers can see them, before being released to get in starting positions.
The technical term for betting in to a pool which is split between the winning bets and a percentage taken by the track.
The name for a horse's racing shoe.
The starting gate for the start of the race.
Is a person who places a bet or gambles.
The programme for the day's races, and includes loads of valuable information such as time, jockeys, horses and their previous racing history.
The term given to when a jockey makes a horse hold back early on in a race so that it can conserve energy for later on in the race.
Race track where races are run in a clockwise direction.
The potential of any given horse.
Term for when a horse is withdrawn from a race.
Part of the equipment used on the horse during a race. A piece of cloth rolled up and placed across the horses nose to block its view of the ground, which should stop it jumping at shadows.
The father of a horse.
Spit the bit
A term that describes when a tired horse stops running hard.
A form of race that is a distance of seven furlongs or less.
A male breeding horse.
A member of the track team who move the stalls to the correct place, and load horses into the stalls for flat races.
The track official who is responsible for starting each race.
A term for when a horse has a strong finish to a race. Which can be an indicator of good stamina.
A form of Jump Racing where horses race over different obstacles like fences and open ditches.
The officials that ensure the rules are adhered to, and make the final say in if there have been any violations.
Held by stewards to deliberate and decide if rules of racing have been broken during a race.
AKA a Stipe. Professionals employed by the BHA that attend each racing fixture to offer knowledge and support to the stewards.
The breed of horse which is used for racing. Fun fact - all thoroughbreds birthdays are on the 1st January.
Refers to the sign language or hand signals used by bookmakers to communicate with each other about changes to odds.
All betting stakes for a particular bet are pooled together, and winnings are split out from the pool. Profits made from the Tote are put back into the horse racing industry.
The money that is taken from each pool by the track revenue and taxes.
The licensed individual who is responsible for training, preparing and looking after a horse.
Refers to a colt that wins the 2,000 Guineas, the Derby and the St Leger, or a fillie that wins the 1,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the Leger. An extremely rare feat.
Turn of foot
Refers to the ability for a horse to accelerate during the final stages of a race.
Refers to before the race begins when the horses are waiting in the stalls.
Refers to when a jockey is intentionally holding a horse back from racing at it's top speed.
A similar piece of equipment to blinkers, but with an additional slit in each eye cup.
A race that only involves one jockey and one horse. Both must pass the winning post to be declared the winner.
The term shouted to officially declare the race result.
Every jockey must be weighed on the official weighing scales before and after the race to confirm they are carrying the correct weight for their horse.