A newbie’s information to Cheltenham: Every little thing it’s worthwhile to know to be a horse racing ‘professional’


It may seem as if racing followers are talking a special language, however fortunately talkSPORT.com has been in a position to translate a few of it for you.

The four-day Cheltenham competition kicks off on Tuesday and if you happen to’re baffled about all issues horsey-related, then take a look at our useful information beneath…



AMATEUR – (rider) on racecards, their names are prefixed by Mr, Mrs, Captain, and many others., to point their novice standing.

GRADE 1 (Used quite a bit at Cheltenham) – Grade 1 races are unsurprisingly, the crème de la crème, and there are solely 30 of those all season. These are the championship races with the very best horses and the largest prizes. A choice of these at Cheltenham are the Champion Hurdle and the Gold Cup.

NATIONAL HUNT – That is one other means of claiming leaping over fences.

HANDICAPS – These exist as an try to stage the enjoying subject for horses of various high quality, thereby guaranteeing extra aggressive racing for connections and punters alike. All animals, from the Gold Cup or Champion Hurdle winner proper right down to the lowliest performer (round 40), possess an official British Horseracing Authority (BHA) ranking that displays their relative talents. The upper the ranking, the larger the load the horse has to hold.

NOVICE – races which can be typically for youthful horses of their first season both over hurdles or fences. In a novice hurdle, animals which have received a hurdle race previous to 26 April of that yr are not deemed to be novices and are barred from such a occasion. In concept, this permits the inexperienced horses to race in opposition to one another earlier than graduating to the senior ranks. Weight is allotted in response to age, intercourse and variety of races beforehand received.

OFF THE BIT/OFF THE BRIDLE – describes a horse being pushed alongside by his jockey, shedding contact with the bit in his mouth.

ON THE BIT/ON THE BRIDLE – describes a horse going effectively inside himself, nonetheless having a grip on the bit.

WEIGH IN / WEIGH OUT – weighing of jockey earlier than and after a race to make sure the right weight has been carried; the announcement ‘weighed in’ alerts the result’s official, and all bets may be settled.

GROUND: HEAVY – This implies the bottom is extraordinarily delicate.


ACCUMULATOR – An accumulator is a wager of 4 or extra alternatives. These with fewer than 4 behave the identical however have completely different names as detailed beneath:

EVENS or EVEN MONEY – when your stake precisely equals your winnings – thus £5 at evens wins an additional £5.

ODDS ON – odds the place the winnings are lower than the stake (which is after all returned to you): thus a successful £2 wager at 2-1 on wins you £1.

YANKEE –  The american is a four-selection wager consisting of 11 bets: 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a four-fold accumulator.

PATENT –  The patent is a three-selection wager consisting of seven bets: three singles, three doubles and a treble.

LUCKY 15 –  The fortunate 15 is a four-selection wager consisting of 15 bets: 4 singles, six doubles, 4 trebles and a four-fold accumulator.


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GUINNESS TENT – The place you will most likely discover Alan Brazil