Learn the Cheltenham Festival lingo with our jargon buster
If you aren’t a regular racegoer, going to The Festival can be very confusing indeed.
Horse racing has its own lingo and unusual words are often used to describe the action.
From cheekpieces to well turned out, we’ve come up with ten terms you may hear throughout the week:
1. The roar
The Cheltenham Festival’s iconic ‘roar’ is the cheer that comes from the packed grandstands when the first race of the meeting, the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, sets off. It has become synonymous with the four day meeting and many claim it is the non-official opening of The Festival.
When a pundit talks about the ‘going’ they will be referring to the ground on the racecourse.
There are different types which are dependant on the weather.
There has been a lot of mention of the term in the build-up, due to plenty of rain around.
When the ground is soft, as it’s expected to be for the start of the week at least, it means that the horses are getting their toe in.
When the going is described as heavy it means that the ground is very wet and muddy- usually horses that like this ground will have a high knee lift in their galloping action.