Numptys Guide


1Apprentice: A young jockey, given a weight allowance against his more experienced rivals.

Bumper: It’s a National Hunt race, but there are no jumps. What? Yeah, just trust us.

Colt: Boys will be boys and this is a boy horse, up to four years old, with all his boy bits intact.

Dam: Mind your language! Actually … this is a horse’s mother.

Each way: It might win, or it might just get close. This way you bet to win AND place.

Furlong: Races are measured in furlongs, which are 200 metres, or 1/8 of a mile in old money.

Gelding: He’s still got his meat, but no two veg.

Handicap: Higher-rated horses have to lug around some weights, just to even things up.

Istabraq: Mention his name and seasoned punters go all misty-eyed at the memory of this three-time winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Jockeys: Little fellas, bright shirts, armed with a whip.

Kauto Star: French-bred superstar steeplechaser who won fi ve … FIVE … King George VI Chases. C’est magnifi que!

Loser: Head to the toilets. Look in the mirror. At some point today, you’re going to be a loser. Don’t worry, everybody’s doing it.

Maiden: A lady in distress, locked in a tower, waiting to be rescued by a handsome prince. Alternatively … a horse that has never won a race.

Nap: Oh a quick 40 winks would be lovely, but I’m busy checking out this tipster’s bet of the day!2

On The Nose: No each-way bets for us. This is a big boy’s bet … to win!

Placepot: Make selections for all of the first six races. Get a place in every race, you’re quids in.

Queen: Famous horse owner often seen at Royal Ascot, rarely at Hamilton.

Red Rum: In five consecutive Grand Nationals he won three and finished second twice, but would have been murder running backwards.

Sire: Who’s the daddy? He’s the daddy.

Trifecta: Think you know what you’re doing? Ok, clever clogs, bet on the first three horses … in the correct order.

Under starter’s orders: Equine equivalent of “On your marks, get set, go’’.

Vincent O’Brien: Irish trainer of Nijinsky, Saddler’s Wells and many more. Granddaddy of the global racing empire known as Coolmore. Widely considered the greatest figure in the history of horseracing.

Weight-for-age: Younger horses carry less weight to even things up against their more developed seniors.3

Xis: So you want 6-1? Ask for it in tic tac. Go on, just say it backwards!

Yankee: No, not an American! Make four selections, mix them together and you get six doubles, four trebles and a fourfold. Yeeeehaaarrrr!

Zebra: Avoid putting any money on these stripey beasts that look a bit like a horse.  Unlikely to win.

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