Horse Racing Terminology For Rookies
Horse racing is a popular sport in many countries around the globe. And with the prestigious Cheltenham Festival on the horizon, it’s often a time when rookies get involved with the action. Of course, there’s a bit of learning to do, especially where horse racing terminology is concerned, and it will go a long way to helping newbies get acclimatised.
Horse racing these days does involve a lot of terminologies and phrases, and general horse racing lingo, that can be difficult to understand at first, but it will prove useful, especially where online horse race betting is concerned because this is one of the primary places where horse racing jargon comes into play. So, if you’re a rookie on the scene, here are some words and phrases to look out for.
Antepost – When a punter places a bet on a horse race well in advance of it happening
At the post – The horses are ready to begin the race when they’re “at the post”
Bridel (won on the) – When a horse wins a race with ease
Bumper – A race on the flat but with the rules of a jump race
Boxed in – When a horse is boxed in during a race and can’t overtake
Banker – A horse expected to win in a big way
Connections – People connected to a horse, such as the owner(s) and trainer
Drop in class or trip – When a horse runs in a race of a lower class or across a shorter distance
Declared – If a horse is declared, it’s running in the race
Each-way – A type of bet where you are backing the horse to win and also to place
Enquiry – Often known as a Steward’s Enquiry, it’s where rules may have been broken during a race and need checking out officially
Forecast – When a punter backs the horse to win and the horse to finish second in order
Favourite – The horse with the shortest odds going into the race
Going – The going refers to the running surface’s condition
Handicap – Involves a horse being weighted due to recent form and results
Longshot – A horse not expected to win, but there’s an outside chance at big odds
Minimum trip – The shortest distance in a race jumps or flat
Non-runner – A horse due to run but is no longer running
Off the pace – A horse struggling to keep pace with the runners in the race
Pulled up – When a horse is pulled out of a race as the action unfolds
Stayer – When a horse is specialised in running long-distance races
Staying on – A horse finishing a race strongly at a good pace
Trip – The distance of a race
Some of the terminologies may appear daunting at first, especially as it’s used so often in horse racing circles, but the above should go a long way in arming rookies with a bit of knowledge on what the most common words and phrases mean. Stick with the sport, and you’ll pick even more up as you go.
We hope you enjoyed the article ‘Horse Racing Terminology For Rookies.’ Will you be watching Cheltenham this year? Let us know!
Read more on sport below: