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 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withdrawn but the race is abandoned you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.

Bar
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.

Bottle 2-1

Burlington
Bertie 100-30

Canadian 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.)

Carpet 3-1

Century £100

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!

Double 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 33-1

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.

Goliath 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.

Grand £1000

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

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

Jolly The favourite.

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

Levels
Evens

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.

Monkey
£500

Nap A newspaper correspondent's best bet
of the day

Patent 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.

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

Pony £25

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

Rag A rank outsider.

Rouf 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.)

Scoop6

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.

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.

Steamer
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.

Tic-Tac The sign language in which
bookmakers communicate with each other on the
course.

Tips 11-19 (tic-tac)

Tissue 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)

Treble 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.

Tricast
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.

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

Yankee 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.