A bet involving more than one event with the winnings from
each selection going onto the next. Accumulators must be
placed with the same bookmaker. All selections must win
for a return.
A horse that lost !
Betting on an event well in advance. In the case of big
horse races or football tournaments, this could be a year
or more before the event takes place.
All weather track (fibre-sand).
When a bookmaker takes a lot of money on one particular
runner, it is said that it has been heavily backed.
A selection that a punter or tipster feels is a near certainty.
This shows what the lowest odds of horses or competitors
not mentioned in the betting forecast are likely to be -
'50-1 bar' means those not quoted are 50-1 or bigger.
Best Price Percentage
Price percentages are used to calculate over-roundness.
A completely fair book is classified as 100% overround.
However the ‘bookmakers’ profit margins mean
the figure is almost always above 100%. But, if one aggregates
the best prices from different bookmaking firms on any event,
the percentages become lower. On some occasions, when odds
greatly differ from firm to firm, the best price percentage
may even drop below 100% showing that the best book on that
event is actually in the punter's favour.
Term used to describe a favourite who bookmakers expect
to be "sunk" or lose and are therefore happy to
This refers to the currently available odds displayed on
the boards of on-course bookmakers. It is from these that
the starting price for horse races is derived.
Bookmaker / Bookies
The organisation / betting shop offering prices for events.
A horse that cannot overtake another horse because it is
blocked by other horses.
The outcome of too many losing bets.
A horse that has fell due to another horse clashing with
A national hunt race event.
A price of 100/30.
A price of 3/1.
A race where horses have to carry weight according to factors
including sex, age, type of race, whether they are a previous
People that are related with a horse. E.g. the owner and
A race where there is a tie for the winner or one of the
A two-leg accumulator with the winnings from the first selection
automatically going onto the second selection. Both selections
need to win to get paid out.
A price of 33/1.
The position of a horse in the starting stalls.
Betting on both a win and a place. A percentage of the win
odds are paid for the place that usually ranges from second
to fourth depending on the event. For example, you bet £5
each-way on Sinndar to win the Derby at 12/1. The first
thing to realise is that your stake is now £10 with
£5 on the horse winning and £5 on the horse
getting a place. If Sinndar wins, your winnings would be
£60 (£5 stake x 12) and your stake would be
returned too. As well as that the place section of the bet
is also successful (though there is no differential between
the horse coming first, second or third). Therefore in addition
to Sinndar's £65 for a win, we get a further £20
for being placed (a quarter of 12 multiplied by the £5
stake plus the original stake). If Sinndar came either second
or third the win section of this wager would lose but you
would still get £20 back for the place bet.
A price of 1/1.
The bookmakers slang for a punter with inside information
The participant with the shortest odds in the field, who
the bookmakers think is most likely to win.
Short for Forecast.
Some bookmakers may well group all the outsiders in a competition
under the headline of 'field' and put it head to head with
the favourite. This is known as favourite versus the field
betting and is common in horse and golf betting.
A female horse about to the age of 4.
Fixed odds betting
Staking a set amount to win a set amount by multiplying
the stake by the odds. As opposed to spread betting where
the amount you can win or lose on a single bet may vary.
A record of a particular horses previous racing performance.
An eighth of a mile (201 Metres).
A male horse that has been castrated.
Going (the going)
The condition of the race surface.
Horses are on their way to the start.
Used to refer to an inexperienced horse.
The length of main straight track before the finish line.
Independent Betting Arbitration Service. A British organisation
who settle disputes with bookmakers for punters.
Some bookmakers offer odds for an event while in progress
with prices quoted reflecting the current state of play.
When a bookmaker cannot split two runners for favouritism.
Another term for the favourite in a race.
A horse of 2 years age.
When a horse is having difficulty walking or is limping.
An alternative term for a bookmaker, someone who lays or
accepts a bet.
A horse with very high odds.
A horse or rider that has not previously won a race.
Bookmakers' slang for £500.
A member of the public who places ill-considered bets.
A tipster's best bet.
When bookmakers are unwilling to offer a price on a participant
A horse in the early stages of its career after it has won
its first race.
Refers to a price where you have to stake more than the
amount you expect to make as profit.
When the amount you win is more than your stake.
A horse with little chance of winning.
In theory, using natural odds, a betting book can be fairly
weighted between bookmaker and bettor. However bookmaker
profit margins mean that they must alter the odds in their
favour. Over-roundness is a means of expressing to what
extent the odds are in favour of the bookmaker. An evenly
weighted book based on natural odds is expressed as 100%,
and the more the odds move in the bookmaker's favour the
more that figure rises. Thus a book that is weighted 20%
in favour of a bookmaker is expressed as 120% over-round.
A close race where the use of a photograph is required to
determine the result.
Bookmakers' slang for £25.
A horse that drops out of a race after the off.
The outsider in the field, normally available at a big price.
A measure of the performance of a horse on a scale of 0-140.
140 is the higher rating..
A table showing returns for odds to aid with the calculation
A deduction made from the prices of a horse due to the withdrawal
of another horse.
Short for Starting Price.
Person responsible for starting a horse race.
A runner whose odds are continually shortened in the face
of heavy support.
A race over obstacles.
A jockey club official responsible for checking that the
rules of racing are followed.
An enquiry into whether or not the rules of a race have
Where horses are bred.
A method of betting that should favour the player.
The 'sign language' with which bookmakers on the racecourse
A person or company who recommend horses that are likely
Early prices offered before a betting market has been formed.
A three-leg accumulator. All three bets need to win with
the winnings from the first selection automatically going
on to the second and then onto the third.
After each race the jockeys on the winning and placed horses
must be weighed to check they are carrying the same weight
as at the start of the race.
Betting markets where no each-way betting is available.
The term used for a bet that consists of four selections,
combining them into six doubles, four trebles and one fourfold
- eleven bets. At least two selections must win to get a
A horse from 1 January to 31 December of the year following