Spring Racing: What You Didn't Know You Needed To Know.
We all know the most important thing about race day is what you wear, but apparently it's not the only thing. If only to avoid awkward pauses in conversation, there's a few things you should probably know coming into this spring racing season.
Drop these terms into conversation and blow them away with your knowledge of all things equestrian. Plus we've come up with some... alternative situations in which these phrases could be applied.
Just quietly: We kinda think ours are more fun.
Meaning: The horse is struggling to keep up or improve its position.
Alternative: When your Melbourne cup lunch gets too turnt up.
"This year got really off-the-bridle..."
Meaning: When a horse’s odds drift out in the betting market. Punters have little to no interest in backing it.
Alternative: When your mate strays from the pack, never to be found.
"Ellie's pulled a drifter AGAIN."
Phrase: The Tote
Meaning: Putting a bet on at the TAB.
Alternative: Something to hold your belongings.
"Molly, can you just hold my tote for a second?"
Meaning: When a horse has a better than an even chance of success.
Alternative: When someone is more than likely to receive best on ground for drunk and disorderly behaviour.
Meaning: A horse with far greater odds in a race compared to the favourite. Not expected to win.
Alternative: How everyone will be feeling the next day at work.
"This one's a real roughie Alicia."
How you use this information is up to you.
But remember, when things get too off the bridle and the odds are on you, don't be the drifter who loses her tote. It'll just make things even more roughie the next day.
Words: Stephanie Dugan