Card – Short for racecard. This is your race programme with the runners and riders.
Clerk of the Course – Has British Horseracing Authority accreditation and inspects and approves the track for racing.
Distance – When a racehorse wins by 30 lengths or more.
Finishing Straight – The last part of the course which runs in front of the grandstand and includes the finishing post = STRETCH
Handicap – A race in which weights are to be carried by each horse according to recent or past racing performance.
Going – A term used to describe the condition of the ground, ranging from hard through to heavy. These include: Hard, Firm, Good to Firm, Good, Good to Soft, Soft, Heavy.
Listed Race – A high class competitive race.
Non-runner – When a horse is no longer running in the race = SCRATCHED.
Novice Races – Flat races for racehorses aged two or three that have not won more than two races.
Paddock / Parade Ring – The horses parade here before they are mounted to race. A good place to check out your fancy to see if it’s looking good for a win!
Selling Race (Seller) – It is a race in which the winner is auctioned off immediately afterwards to the highest bidder.
Starting Stalls – Used to make sure the horses in flat races all have a fair start. Positions are “drawn” before the race and can give an advantage depending on the racecourse and length of the race = GATE
Under Orders – When the racehorses are called into line before the start of a race. Once racehorses have come ‘under orders’ they are judged to have competed in the race and no bets will be refunded.
Walkover – ‘A one horse race’ the one contestant must turn up to the course and walk over the line to claim the prize money.