Racing Glossary 'A'

An alphabet of racing terms

We hope you find this glossary useful and informative. With this knowledge we hope you find that you can pick winners that little bit easier.

Acceptor: 'big race acceptors' this is an heading seen in the newspapers, below this you will find a list horses remaining in a big race after a forfeit stage.

Added Money: monies added by racecourse executives and/or sponsors to the prize money

Age: All racehorses share the same birthday irrespective of the exact date of birth. This is fixed to facilitate the framing of races according to age groups, this date is 1 January in the Northern Hemisphere and 1 August in the Southern Hemisphere. (the majority of flat races are for 2 year olds only or 3 year olds a horse before it's first birthday is known as a foal, between that date and it's next birthday a yearling.)

Aged: a term that refers to horse who are past the age of 6 years. Most racehorses have finished their careers by the time they are 5 though some horses continue way past this.

All Weather: A term that describes racing on synthetic surfaces at Lingfield, Southwell and Wolverhampton, while Lingfield uses a surface called polytrack while Southwell and Wolverhampton use Fibresand, further courses intend to use all weather tracks.

Ante Post Betting: Normally this term is used to describe a bet placed at least the day before the race and sometimes several weeks before.

Apprentice Allowance: an allowance in weight to offset the inexperience of apprentice jockeys, the weight is subtracted from the weight the horse was due to carry. there is a set scale 7lbs until the apprentice has won 20 recognised races, 5lb until they have won 50 such races thereafter 3lb up to a limit of 95 winning races. No apprentice are allowed under the age of 16 and over the age of 24.

At The Post: refers to when horses have arrived at the point from which a race is to be started.

Auction Race: Specifically for 2 yo horses which have never before won and were bought as yearlings at specified public auctions

Autumn Double: refers to the Cambridgeshire Handicap 1mile 1 furlong and the Cesarewitch 2miles 2 furlongs both these races were first run at Newmarket in 1839 taking place at an interval of about two weeks in October. Both these races attract big fields and an attempt to nominate the winner of both races bringing about the term autumn double.


Racing Glossary 'B'

Bad Legs, Betting Exchanges, Betting Ring,

We hope you find this glossary useful and informative. With this knowledge we hope you find that you can pick winners that little bit easier.

Bad Legs: A common ailment amongst race horses horses forlegs particularly among jumpers take a real pounding this can also affect horses who run on hard ground. a protective measure that does seem to work is the wearing of bandages.

Betting Exchanges : a relative newcomer to the betting scene allowing the punter to bypass the traditional bookmaker.

Betting On The Rails : Bookmakers are not allowed into members enclosures at racecourses so to get round this most bookmakers set up pitches next to the railings seperating the members from Tattersalls.

Betting Ring : these are the enclosures on the course where betting takes place mainly Tattersalls ring where admission charges also cover admission to the paddock and the lower priced silver ring (so called because bookies would take bets with silver coinage.)

Betting Shop : a shop on the high street that caters for placing of bets.

Black type : when an horse has had some success in a pattern race or listed race they are said to have achieved black type - to draw attention to the horses importance for breeding purposes their name appears in bold black type in pedigrees featured in bloodstock sales catalogues..

Blinkers: a device consisting of a hood which fits over the horses head with shield at the eye holes which restrict the horse's peripheral vision. the aim is to concentrate the horse's attention ahead by cutting out what might have been seen on either side. Horses who are wearing blinkers for the first time are worth noting.

Blow Up : A horse which has blown up has for some reason lost it's place in a race after going well

Bookmakers: a person who sets a price and accepts bets on a race or other event.

Box Walker : A horse that will not settle in a loose box and persistently walks round and round causing it to lose weight and being difficult to train.

Breeze Up: a form of bloodstock sale taking place at a racecourse where the horse is put through it's paces.

British Horseracing Board: the governing body and administrative body for racing

Bumping and Boring: Sometimes in the final stages of a race a horse by tire and the Jockey may be unable to prevent the horse from veering off a straight line thereby bumping an opponent and 'boring' them off it's intended course. This usually leads to a stewards inquiry.

'By' and 'Out of': expression indicating the parentage of a horse he or she is usually described as being BY a sire OUT OF the Dam whose origin will often be indicated in turn by brackets giving the name of her sire.