A day at the races

Horse racing is one of the world’s favourite pursuits from the Grand National to the Melbourne Cup and betting on horses is enduringly popular.  From the glamorous hat-wearers of Ascot to the experienced chaps who frequent the high street bookies, everyone enjoys a flutter on the gee-gees.  Like other gambling games, and more than many, betting on horse racing is full of terminology that, to the uninitiated, can be baffling.  Here is a jargon-busting guide to placing a wager on the horses, whether online, at the track or in the shop:

Across the board: a bet on one horse to win (first place), place (second place) or show (third place).

Win single: a bet on one horse to come in at first place.

Win double: bets on two horses coming in first in their respective races.  If one does not win, the whole bet is lost.

Each way: this is a two part bet where half of the bet goes on the horse coming in first and the other half of the bet goes on it coming in second or third.

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