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Royal Ascot Guide: Horse Racing Terms

Before heading to the famous event that is Royal Ascot 2019 there are two things every attendee should do.

Firstly, get familiar with the frequently used horse racing terms and sayings. And secondly, secure a delicious hospitality option for the lengthy day. Luckily enough, Eventmasters has got you covered for both!

View all of the luxurious VIP hospitality packages that we provide over on our Royal Ascot Hospitality page and read on here to be in the know with these key horse racing definitions.

Whether a long time horse racing fan or a socialite, we believe everyone should enjoy the day at Royal Ascot 2020.

What Does This Mean?

Ever been to the races and found yourself asking ‘how long is a furlong?’ Indeed, many of us have been there before which is why Eventmasters have put together a guide that won’t leave you clueless.

Racing Terms

Jockey – A professional horse rider.

Flat Racing – A type of horse racing which is run on a level (or flat) racecourse.

(Did you know? Races are run using predetermined distances, measured in furlongs of up to three miles.)

Furlong – One eighth of a mile (About 0.125 miles.)

Group One – the top classification in flat racing. This group attracts the best horses and offers the largest prize money for winners.

(Did you know? Royal Ascot hosts thirteen of Britain’s thirty six Group One horse races.)

Handicap Race – A race in which the racing secretary assigns weights designed to balance the winning chances of the entrants.

(Did you know? A better horse is ‘handicapped’ by an expert official in a race to give them a disadvantage against slower horses.)

Rank – A horse that refuses to be rated early on in the race.

Rate – To restrain a horse early on in the race to save energy for the later stages.

Betting Terms

Odds – The chances of a horse to win a particular race based on the pari-mutuel betting of the racegoers.

Across The Board – A bet on one horse to win, place, and show.

Off The Board – A horse that fails to finish in the money.

Off The Pace – A horse that is trailing back in the early stages of the race.

Knowing these terms might not make you an expert but they are sure to help you understand more horse racing vocabulary.

Enjoy the exquisite atmosphere at the Royal event and secure a sumptuous Royal Ascot hospitality package to go with it, courtesy of Eventmasters.

With exquisite fine-dining and superb VIP service in some of the most appealing hospitality facilities in the world; Royal Ascot corporate hospitality packages are the only way to truly relish in this prestigious event.