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A Glossary of Betting
There is a baffling number of bets and a no less baffling language in which bets are transacted. Below are explained some of the most popular wagers and most common terms and expressions.

Accumulator / Across The Card / Ante Post / Any To Come / Bar / Board Price / Bottle / Burlington Bertie / Canadian / Carpet / Century /
Computer Straight Forcast / Dead Heat / Double / Double Carpet / Each Way / Early Doors / Ear 'Ole / Five Fold / Forecast / Fourfold / Goliath / Grand / Heinz / Jackpot / Jolly / Laying Off / Levels / Lucky 15 / Monkey / Nap / Patent /
Placepot / Pony / Quadpot / Rag / Rouf / Rule 4 /Scoop6/ Shoulder / Spread Betting / Steamer / Super Heinz / Super Yankee / Tic Tac / Tips / Tissue /
Top of the Head / Treble / Tricast / Triple Yankee / Trixie / Up The Arm /
With the Thumb / Wrist / Yankee

A bet involving several horses where the returns from each successive winning selection are invested on the next. The old ITV Seven was simply a seven-horse accumulator.

Across The Card
Used of races run at the same time at different meetings.

Ante Post
Betting prior to the day of the race, and for some big races many months in advance. If your selection does not run, you lose (unless your bet is 'with a run', which returns your money in the event of it's withdrawal). But if an ante-post selection is balloted out of the race the bet is void and stakes are returned, and if your horse is withdrawn but the race is abandoned you should also get your money back.

Any To Come
A term instructing the whole or part of the returns of one bet to be automatically reinvested on another. For example, a bet specifying '5 win Benny the Dip, any to come 3 win Arabian Story' would involve a stake of 5, and the second bet would apply only if the first brought a return.

A term concerning the lowest odds of those horses not quoted in a betting show. Thus '16-1 bar' means that the horse not quoted in that show are at 16-1 or longer.

Board Price
The price relayed to betting shops during the pre-race exchanges, which the punter has the option of taking regardless of the price at which the horse actually starts.


Burlington Bertie

Five selections combined as ten
doubles, ten trebles, five fourfolds and one fivefold - twenty-six bets: a 1 Canadian would thus cost 26. (Also known as a Super Yankee.)



Computer Straight Forecast (CSF)
A bet involving the prediction of the first two home in a race in the correct finishing order. The dividend is calculated by computer.

Dead Heat
If your selection dead-heats you receive full odds to half the stake. A 10-1 chance which dead-heats carrying your 5 investment would return (without tax) 27.50 - ten times 2.50 plus the 2.50 stake. The other 2.50 of the stake is of course lost!

A bet involving two selections in different races, where the winnings and stake from the first, if that horse is successful, goes on to the second. A simple way to calculate doubles is to add one point to each of the odds, multiply them, and subtract one from the total.

Double Carpet

Each Way
Two bets - one on the horse to win and one on it to be placed. The exact definition of 'placed' varies depending on the number of runners and the nature of the race: the first two in races of 5, 6 or 7 runners; the first three in races of 8 more runners, and the first four in handicaps of 16 or more runners. These stipulations can vary from one bookmaker to another, as can the fraction of the odds offered for the place - normally one quarter or one fifth depending on the race and the number of runners.

Early Doors
Early-morning exchanges between bookmakers and punters.

Ear 'Ole
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A five-horse

The Tote Dual Forcast involves naming the first two in the race in either order of finishing. (See
Computer Straight Forecast.)

Four Fold
A four-horse

A mammoth bet involving 247 combinations with 8 selections in seperate events: 28
doubles, 56 trebles, 70 fourfolds, 56 fivefolds, 28 sixfolds, 8 sevenfolds and one eightfold.


A bet combining six selections in different races in 57 bets: 15
doubles, 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds, 6 fivefolds, and one sixfold.

Tote bet in which the punter must pick winners of the first six races at the designated meeting.

The favourite.

Laying Off
The practice of a bookmaker reducing his liability on a horse by himself backing it with other bookmakers.


Lucky 15
A fifteen-bet wager consisting of a
Yankee (six doubles, four trebles and one four-horse accumulator) plus singles on each of the four selections. If just one of your selections wins, most bookmakers pay at double the winning odds.


A newspaper correspondent's best bet of the day

A bet combining three horses in different races in seven seperate wagers: 3 singles, 3
doubles, and one treble. A 1 Patent will cost you 7.

Tote bet requiring selection of horses to be placed in the first six races.


Tote bet requiring selection of horses to be placed in the last four of the
Placepot races.

A rank outsider.

4-1. (Pronounced 'rofe'.)

Rule 4
When a horse is withdrawn shortly before a race and there is insufficient time to form a new market, rule 4 laid down by the Tattersalls Committee, the ruling body on matters concerning betting on horses, comes into play in order to compensate for distortions in the market once a runner has been removed. The rule dictates the percentage of winnings to be deducted, the shorter the price of the horse at the time of withdrawal the larger the deduction. (The returned stake money is not subjected to a percentage deduction.)


Saturday's big new t.v. horseracing bet.

To play simply  pick one or more horses in each of the 6 Tote-nominated Channel 4 t.v. races (known as legs).  The legs will be the best 6 races from any of  C4 live t.v.  meetings.

You have three winning chances:

1)  All your selections win - you win the Win Fund and the Place Fund dividends.

2)  All your selections are placed - you win the place Fund dividend.

3)  All your selections win - you also qualify to play in the Bonus Fund dividend. You can win the Bonus Fund dividend by picking the winner of the Tote-nominated Bonus Race , which usually takes place on the following Saturday. You must register to play in this event by calling 0800 0280 4418 and give your winning receipt number and details by 6 pm on the Thursday before the event .You have one entry per winning line.

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Spread Betting
A comparatively novel form of waggering in which the punter bets on a 'spread' of numbers relating to the paricular event - for example, runs scored in cricket, points in Rugby Union, or the number of lengths between named horses at the end of the race. The bookmaker quotes the spread: say, regarding the number of points to be scored by one side in a Rugby game, 28-30. If you think the side will score more than 30, you 'buy' at 30; if fewer, you 'sell' at 28, and stipulate your stake per point. If you buy the spread at 1 and the team scores only 25, you lose 5 - 30 minus 25 leaves 5, which multiplied by your stake is 5; if that team scores 35, you win 5. The attraction of spread betting is that the more right you are, the more you will win - and by the same token the more wrong you are, the more you will lose.
Note: you cannot have a spread bet unless you have an account with the bookie concerned, since you cannot stake the bet in advance as you do not know how much you might lose.

A horse backed significantly on the morning of the race, causing it's odds to shorten markedly.

Super Heinz
A bet combining seven selections in different races in 120 bets: 21
doubles, 35 trebles, 35 fourfolds, 21 fivefolds, 7 sixfolds and one seven fold.

Super Yankee
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The sign language in which bookmakers communicate with each other on the course.

11-19 (tic-tac)

The course bookmakers' forecast of how the betting should open. It is prepared by a form expert in the bookies' employ.

Top of the Head
9-4 (tic-tac)

Combing three horses in three different races. A simple way to calculate winnings if all three win is to add one point to each winning odds, multiply the three and subtract one from the total. Thus a 5 treble on three horses which all win at 2-1 yields a return of 135 - winnings of 130 and the 5 stake.

Selecting the first three in correct order in handicaps of eight or more declared runners and no fewer than six actual runners. The dividend is calculated by computer.

Triple Yankee
Six selections in three
Yankees, consisting of 33 bets. Five winners ensures one full winning Yankee. A 1 win Triple Yankee would combine horses A, B, C, D, E and F thus: 1 Yankee ABCD, 1 Yankee ABEF, 1 Yankee CDEF, for a total take of 33.

Four bets involving three selections in different events - three
doubles plus one treble.

Up The Arm
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With The Thumb
Tic-tac sign - raising the thumb - which indicates that the price quoted is being taken and will not be available for long.

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A bet combining four horses in separate events in eleven bets (so a 1 win Yankee costs 11, a 1 each-way Yankee 22). The bets are six
doubles, four trebles and one fourfold.



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