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Horse-Racing Gerald Hammond

Horse-Racing

Gerald Hammond

Published January 1st 1992
ISBN : 9780856359309
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246 pages
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In dictionary form, but offering much more than a dictionary, this book presents a guide to the history, development and usage of words and phrases employed on the racecourse, by those who train and look after the horses, those who ride them andMoreIn dictionary form, but offering much more than a dictionary, this book presents a guide to the history, development and usage of words and phrases employed on the racecourse, by those who train and look after the horses, those who ride them and those who lose their money betting on them. called- what the cap was in handicap- what relation the wild goose chase had to the steeplechase- what is dead about a dead heat and what the differences are between getting in, getting on, getting out, and getting up. that racing is not the first, or even the second claimant to the title Sport of Kings- that when jockeys nurse a horse in a race the term comes from the nineteenth-century omnibus service- and what when a horse pecks after a jump this has nothing to do with birds. racecourse, including the bizarre vocabulary of betting, from the betting boots which early bookies put on, to the faces, heads, sharks and sharps who feed off the buzz and whisper which go round the ring.