Crio’s Question?…time to “bare your molars to the breeze” as this Spring “flattens out for the run to the judge”

Horse racing will vanish from public view in 3 weeks’ time. Such is the nature of our seasonal “festivals” of events.

In the meantime you’ll be ambushed by experts and possibly befuddled by a vocab unique to the sport.
How about we try to get some lingo awareness?
Some is pretty basic; acronyms used weekly on our posts when listing race conditions: WFA (weight-for-age), SW (set weights), SWP (set weights and penalties), F+M (fillies and mares).
But, though the racecourse jargon is probably less colourful than in it’s heyday, it remains unique and integral to a credible conversation over the coming weekends…
For example, suppose you decided to follow the paper tips and back No1. It has a wide barrier. Its odds improve. It runs near the tail early, then finishes out wide to just lose….
“I fell in to the fav, the toppy,which was out the gate/blew/unloved. Drew a bad marble but the hoop got lost, ended up under the roses and was a certainty beat…out of the Quaddy!”
All around nod knowingly – disasters happens (ref Caulfield R1 last Saturday where the fav looked a moral, went for a bath, was slaughtered and just failed against the late plunge with the cosy run).
I won’t need to do much more prompting. There’s a rich vernacular out there.
Suggestions please.


  1. cowshedend says

    ‘They’ have got a lot to answer for in racing’They reckon the Showdown filly is the next best thing to a bird!’
    To ‘Slaughter’ infers incompetence, whilst to ‘put in a quiet one’ or even worse to ‘hook’ one is entirely more sinister.
    One to be avoided on any track is when a casual acquaintance approaches and asks ‘How ya travelling?’.. never spruik, they’re chasing a quid!

  2. “Astute” trainer = Cheat = Get on if the money arrives.
    The biggest mystery in racing is who are “they”? “They say its a moral.” “They say it couldn’t win if it started now.” “They say it was shinny.” “They say it can wait for another day when the price is better.”
    “They” know a lot, but I have never actually met “them”.

  3. This is my personal favourite:
    “Set like a jelly” = the money is on

  4. here’s a quote that made me chuckle from a site today:-

    “And the other thing that the Caulfield Cup did last Saturday was to reinforce exactly how pathetic the Australian thoroughbred breeding industry is. In Australia our so called doyens of breeding cumulatively couldn’t breed a horse to stay overnight at the Hilton.”

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