Talk the Talk
Whether it’s to wow your friends with some lingo or maybe you just want to know some racing phrases & terminology.
Allowance: the weight concession the horse is given to compensate for its rider’s inexperience.
Also ran: any horse not finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in a race or event.
Banker: a supposedly certainly to win.
Bar: a betting term that denotes that all horses not already listed in the betting market for a race are at the bar price or longer odds.
Blinkers: a type of headgear worn by a horse designed to limit the horses vision and improve concentration. Blinkers is also a bar on the 1st floor in Gowran Park!
Each-way: a bet in two equal parts – one backing a horse to win and the other backing it to finish in the first three.
Evens or even money: betting odds where your stake exactly equals your winnings – £5 at evens wins a further £5.
Form: A horse’s race record. This is denoted by figures next to its name on a race card: 1=1st, 2=2nd etc. 0=unplaced,
P=pulled up, R=refused to race,
F=fell, U=unseated rider,
SU=slipped up, BF=beaten favourite.
CD= course & distance
Odds: this is the price of the horse to win. Usually marked X to 1 e.g. 4/1 means put on €1 and you win €4 if your horse wins plus the €1 stake to begin with so you collect €5..
Odds on: odds where the winnings are less than the stake – thus a winning £2 bet at 2-1 on wins you £1.
On the Bridle: a term used to describe a horse running well – not under much pressure.
On the nose: betting on a horse to win only (not to place).
Penalty: the extra weight carried by horse which has won since the weights for a race were originally published.
Placed: when a horse finishes in the first three.
SP/starting price: the official price (odds) of the horse at which the bets are settled in betting shops.
Stewards Inquiry: An inquiry held at the racecourse on a raceday after any given race. The panel is advised by the stewards.