HAVE you (or anyone you know) ever been to the races and been slightly bewildered by the terms being used to describe the horses, the ground, the people involved, the tack, the betting and everything else in between? The jargon used by those in the know seems to be a language all of its own! It can be a confusing day out for anyone who isn’t used to the terminology and sometimes even for those who have heard it all before…
The issue could be resolved by reading a new book by artist and racing enthusiast Rosemary Coates. ‘Horse Racing Terms’ is a guide that Rosemary has put together to explain the jargon in simple terms, which she has beautifully illustrated with numerous amusing pictures.
She describes the meaning of terms such as ‘gone to post’, ‘the gate’, ‘a good trip’ and many more; she explains what trainers, stable lads and lasses, starters and turf accountants do, as well as listing various horsey terms and details.
Adrian McGlynn, Director of Weatherbys has written the foreword for the book and concludes: “Unpicking the sport’s jargon with pithy freshness, and illustrated to great comic effect, this book will quickly enable anyone to acquire, with impressive fluency, the language of the Turf – the language of the world’s greatest sport.”
Rosemary Coates studied at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford University. Famous for her paintings of domestic animals, her maps of UK racecourses and hunting countries, she lives in Northamptonshire. Her motto ‘Have paintbrush, will travel’ has taken her across the UK and Ireland.
This charming book, published by Merlin Unwin Books, would make a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys horse racing, whether they are a novice or experienced racegoer. It is a jacketed hardback and is priced at £8.99.