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.