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Why do you think Beth chose to give predictions specifically for horse racing events? There are so many sports out there, and the algorithms could have been designed to predict event results for football, basketball, hockey or any other sports for that matter. It’s all about the community though. As a result of a long and rich history, horse racing has gathered the most enthusiastic people that no other sports community can compare to. The team behind Beth shares the emotions of a horse racing event, so committing to making horse betting easier and even more exciting is a no-brainer to us!

It also comes with no surprise that having thousands of events per year resulted in a rich and sometimes confusing terminology when it comes to differentiating various situations that happen on a racecourse.

This is why we gathered the most asked questions regarding horse racing terminology and share the answers with you in this post.

What does SP mean in horse racing

You may encounter the SP abbreviation pretty much on every bookmaker website. It simply stands for Starting Price. It is typically decided by an appointed panel based on the movement of the prices on the racetrack – this data is then passed to the bookies. 

What does handicap mean in horse racing

A handicap race in horse racing is a race in which horses carry different weights, allocated by the handicapper. A better horse will carry a heavier weight, to give it a disadvantage when racing against slower horses.

What does bar mean in horse racing

The lowest odds of horses not mentioned in the betting forecast ’20-1 bar’ means those not quoted are 20-1 or bigger.

Bar in betting: The betting term ‘Bar‘ represents a price for entrants in a race or event whose odds have not been quoted individually due to their price being further out in the chosen betting market.

What does Non-Runner (NR) mean in horse racing

Non-runner (NR) is a term used when a horse will no longer be taking part in the race. Almost all bookmakers will refund stakes placed on horse racing non-runners. Beth often indicates NRs on the Events Results page.

What does BF mean in horse racing

BF stands for beaten favourite and indicates a horse was favourite for a race, but did not win.

What does UR mean in horse racing

UR stands for Unseated Rider. You can encounter this abbreviation when going through the past racecards. Basically, the horse did not finish the race because at some point the jockey fell off. This could be due to an error made by the horse or jockey, or it could be simply down to bad luck.

What does BD mean in horse racing

BD (or brought down) means that a horse was knocked down by another horse during a race.

What does Pulled Up (PU) mean in horse racing

Pulled up – a horse who is brought to a halt during a race by its jockey.

Pulling – a horse who is keen during a race and wants to go faster than its jockey is allowing.

What does F mean In horse racing

F means that a horse fell some time during a race.

What does EW mean in horse racing

An each-way bet consists of two bets of equal cost, a win bet on your selection to win an event and a place bet on it to finish within a certain number of places specified by the bookmaker beforehand. That’s why a £5 each-way bet requires a total stake of £10 (£5 win and £5 place).

What is a Nap in horse racing

Nap is basically a Tip -> an indicator of the best bet on a particular ride, also goes along with NB -> Next Best bet on a particular ride.

What is a Length in horse racing

A length is a measurement of elapsed time as the horses cross the line and can vary on the size of the horse and its stride pattern, but in general would be about 8 to 9 feet.

What does RPR mean in horse racing

RPR – Racing Post Rating (compiled by our private form handicapper), adjusted for that day’s weights.

What does OR mean in horse racing

Official Ratings (OR) are one of the numerous statistics added to a race card that can be bamboozling to newcomers in the world of horse racing.

What does Unexposed mean in horse racing?

“Unexposed” is a phrase commonly used by tipsters or in race previews. It means that the horse has had relatively few runs at its current class, so nobody really knows how good it is. Generally, this means that the horse has plenty of room for improvement in terms of its form, so it has the potential to do better than it has in the past.

What does Up In Trip mean?

In horse racing terminology, the phrase “up in trip” means that a horse is running in a longer race than it has done previously. You should consider whether you feel that it has the stamina to compete over a longer distance. However, it may actually do better than it has previously if the trainer feels it is more suited to a longer race.

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