Info Corner - Racing Jargon Explained
BACKED OFF THE MAP A horse that has been well supported in betting to win the race.
BLACK BOOK The term given to a horse that you want to be betting on at its next start or wish to follow in its subsequent races.
BLACK TYPE A race that is held at Group or Listed level that adds to a horses value when it has finished racing.
BLINKERS A piece of gear placed on the head. It is a hood that fits over the head of the horse with cups around the eyes to restrict the peripheral vision of the horse. The addition of blinkers to a horse's gear is considered a significant adjustment that can alter their performance.
BLOWS When a horse is unwanted in betting before the race and the bookies increase or ‘wind out’ the price. For example: a price blows out from 2.10 to 3.70.
BOX SEAT A position in the race that is normally a good position to be in during the run. In most cases it is the position behind the leader/s on the fence.
CAST When a horse lays down or gets stuck in the starting barriers.
CHECKED Describes a horse which has received some type of interference, where the jockey has to take evasive action or stop riding briefly.
CORRECT WEIGHT Placings in a race are official and any winnings can now be paid out on the race. Correct weight means all jockeys have weighed in correctly at the end of the race to ensure each horse was carrying the correct amount of weight.
EXPECT BOLD SHOWING A common form guide reference which basically means it has a good winning chance
FURLONG An imperial scale formerly used in Australian racing but is still used in some parts of the world. It is a distance which is approximately 200 metres. A 1200m race is 6 furlongs, the reason the 1200m start at Flemington is often referred to as the straight 6.
KEEP SAFE A common form guide reference which means don’t underestimate a particular horse's chances
CRICKET SCORE ODDS When the odds of a runner to win are very long, generally 100 or greater.
DAM The female parent of a horse. In human terms, the 'mother'.
DEAD HEAT Two or more horses finishing in an exact tie at the finishing post. For a dead heat the odds of a horse are divided in half to pay out each of the two winners evenly.
EMERGENCY Additional runners that have accepted for the race but will only gain a start if the declared starters are scratched.
FILLY Female horse 3 years old or under.
FIRM A horse has been supported in betting and if the odds shorten, it will be said to have firmed. Firm can also describe a hard track.
FIRST UP A runner resuming from a spell. Usually a spell is 3 months (90 days) or longer since it last raced.
FRESH A runner that has had a break since it last raced but not as long as a spell. Generally greater than 28 days but less than 90. Described that it has been ‘freshened’.
LATE MAIL Last-minute tips that take scratchings, jockeys, track conditions and whispers from informed sources into consideration.
LENGTH A unit of measurement to describe the distance a horse wins by or is beaten by. It is a horse's length from nose to tail. 1 length is approximately 3m.
LONG SHOT A runner being at big odds and is unlikely to win.
MAIDEN A horse who has not won a race. Also used to describe a race that is restricted to horses that have not won a race.
MARE Female horse 4 years old or older.
MUCK LATHER When a horse sweats noticeably before a race and causes a white foam like substance to appear on the horse. Horses that sweat profusely before a race will often not perform to their best ability.
MUDLARK A horse that excels on wet tracks. Often the ability to handle a wet track is genetic.
MUG PUNTER A person who does not have good success when betting.
ON THE NOSE To back a horse for the win only.
PLUNGE When there is a large number of bets for a particular selection, often placed close to the race's jump.
RIDDEN COLD The horse was dropped back in the field and saved for one last run at the end of the race.
RIDDEN UPSIDE DOWN The horse did not race in the way that suits it best or it normally races, e.g. a front-runner that was ridden at the back, or a horse that is normally ridden cold is positioned near the front of the field.
ROUGHIE A selection at long odds price in the ring with a much lower chance of winning. If you pick a 'roughie' your winnings will be far higher because of the chances involved.
SMOKEY A horse at longer odds which does have reasons why it can win and may be a better chance of winning than most punters think.
SPELL a horse that has had a break from racing for 90 days or more.
STONE MOTHERLESS To finish in last position.
STRAPPER A person employed by the trainer look after the general day-to-day welfare of a horse.
SWOOPER A horse whose style of racing is to position near the back of the field before unleashing a fast-finishing burst and often down the outside portion of the track.
TOPPY The horse carrying top weight.
UNDERS The odds for a selection appear to be poor value and the perception is that the price is under the odds.
WEIGHT FOR AGE Conditions of a race that is said to be the most even, as horses are allocated weight according to their age and sex. Australia’s premier weight for age or WFA race is the Cox Plate.
WELL-HELD Describes a horse who has been comfortably beaten by the winner.
WRITE YOUR OWN TICKET The runner is considered no chance of winning so the bookie would give you any odds you ask.
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