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Red Rum
A statue of Red Rum, one of the most famous horses ever
Jargon
  • Owner - some rich people own lots of horses, and pay trainers to get them ready for races
  • Trainer - trainers are paid by owners to get horses ready for races, and train lots of them at a time at big stables, called yards
  • Jockey - people paid to ride horses in races, they have to keep their weight under control so the horses can run quicker
  • Handicap - some horses are better than others, so to make thing fairer in some races, the best horses have weights attached to their saddles to even things up
  • Bet - if someone thinks a horse is going to win, they can hand money to someone called a bookmaker to back up their judgement. If the horse wins they get their money back and more, if it loses they lose the lot - BETTING IS ILEGAL IF YOU ARE UNDER 18
  • Odds - to make betting more interesting, each horse is given a value, like 5 to 1. That means if someone gives a bookmaker a 1 and their horse wins, the bookmaker must give them their 1 back, plus 5 winnings
  • Bookmaker - a bookmaker takes bets from people, both in shops and on the race courses. Some people think they can beat the bookmaker, but they can't, because the bookmakers are brilliant at maths and make the odds to benefit themselves
  • Each Way - as well as betting on a horse to win, people can also bet the bookmaker that the horse will finish in the first three. But if they only finish in the first three, the winnings are less
  • Red Rum - one of the most famous horses ever, Red Rum won three Grand Nationals, in 1973, 1974 and 1977
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