Glossary

racecard

A racecard provides information about a horse race and about each of the horses entered to run it. It may also serve as a betting slip, in which case punters can make their selections directly on the card.
How to read a racecard

Racing Post Rating

Abbreviated as RPR, a rating assigned by The Racing Post to indicate a horse's form. RPRs are listed in the Postdata Table published for each race.

racing secretary

The designated official who writes the condition book and assigns weights for handicaps at a racecourse.

racing syndicate

A group of people who pool their resources in order to buy and race horses.

Racing to Form

See RTF

rag

A complete outsider in a horse race.

rail

The barrier that outlines the racing surface at a racecourse. Also called the fence.

rate

To restrain a horse in order to save its energy.

return

The total amount paid out, including the stakes, on a winning bet.

return on investment

Abbreviated as ROI, the return on money invested. In betting, this equals the total winnings.

reverse forecast

A reverse forecast (RF) bet is the simplest form of a combination forecast bet, allowing you to select two contenders to finish 1st and 2nd in a race in any order.
Reverse forecast bets

round robin

A round robin is a wager on three selections, consisting of 10 separate bets - three doubles, one treble and three up-and-down bets, with two bets each. One selection has to win for this bet to pay out.
Round robin bets

roundabout

A roundabout is a wager on three selections, consisting of three singles and three any to come (ATC) doubles. If the singles win, double the amount of the stakes placed on them will be staked on the doubles.
Roundabout bets

rounder

A rounder is a wager on three selections, consisting of three singles and three any to come (ATC) doubles. If the singles win, the same stakes originally placed on them will be placed on the doubles.
Rounder bets

route

In horse racing, a race over a long distance (unlike a sprint).

RTF

Abbreviation for Racing to Form, a value that indicates the percentage of a trainer's horses that have run to form, based on a comparison of each horse's expected and actual performance in each race.

Rule 4

A rule set by the Tattersalls Committee, which governs horse race betting in the UK. The rule specifies that if a favourite is withdrawn from a horse race shortly before the race is run, a deduction must be made from all winnings.

runner

1. Someone who places bets on behalf of another person. 2. An entry in a horse race.