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    cormack15
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    I am sure there are thousands of them but two that get my goat are –

    1. Anything with the words ‘good gallop’ included.

    e.g. ‘they’re going a good gallop here’

    2. ‘Reliable yardstick’

    #380085
    robnorth
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    2. ‘Reliable yardstick’

    Presumably an unreliable yardstick would be 35 inches long, or maybe 37…

    #380092
    Racing Daily
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    The phrases ‘wet sail’ and ‘withering run’ always bugged me a lot

    #380096
    Drone
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    Each Way Value

    #380097
    Cav
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    Any uttering of Tim Vaughan.

    #380098
    Ugly Mare
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    ‘the persuader’ looks like it’s days are numbered.

    #380103
    CrustyPatch
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    How about Graham Goode’s famous "Another victory for Yoo Hoo" when a jockey miraculously avoids falling off? It took me ages to work out that he was presumably using rhyming slang for "glue", ie the glue on the saddle or jockey’s breeches has stopped the rider falling off. He did once very helpfully say "Another victory for the glue".

    #380104
    Onthesteal
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    It took me ages to work out that he was presumably using rhyming slang for "glue", ie the glue on the saddle or jockey’s breeches has stopped the rider falling off. He did once very helpfully say "Another victory for the glue".

    He was refering to the real thing! Stank of bananas if memory serves.

    http://www.mindsetsonline.co.uk/images/DSCN0558.jpg

    #380105
    Onthesteal
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    When aussie Jim say’s a horse is "ooh, ten lengths clear"

    Meaningless. Could be anything from 2 to half the track.

    #380106
    The Young Fella
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    "He won with his ears pricked" makes me cringe.

    Most of them do!!! :evil:

    #380108
    eddie case
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    UHU CrustyPatch, it’s a make of glue.

    What about "a bet to nothing" A number of racing pundits like this one, an each way bet at around 5/1 were you are "guaranteed" your money back for an almost certain placing.

    It’s surprising (or maybe not so) how unsuccesful they are when put up. Peter Naughton is the King of this particular bet, very unsuccessfully I might add. Matt Chapman is also fond of them although he prefers them around the 5/2 mark and considers it a success if they place.

    Some like to give them when there is a long odds on shot and the BTN is around the 6 or 7/1 second fav mark but always fail to say where you can get a decent each way bet at the prevailing odds.

    Jim "croc" McGrath "On settling down, as they settle" 10 yards after half the field have just capsized at the preceding hurdle (12.30 Folkestone today)

    #380113
    RedRum77
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    The term "Dead Cert " or similar type phrase annoys me, when in racing such things don’t exist. Just those most likely to win according to the betting market.

    #380119
    CarryOnKatie
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    Jim "croc" McGrath "On settling down, as they settle" 10 yards after half the field have just capsized at the preceding hurdle (12.30 Folkestone today)

    …and "they’re settling down to fight it out"…ooh lets have a fight while settling down in our comfy armchairs!!

    #380124
    DaveMonk
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    Darren Owens "OOOOOOHHHH he took a liberty with it" boils my ****

    #380125
    CrustyPatch
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    It took me ages to work out that he was presumably using rhyming slang for "glue", ie the glue on the saddle or jockey’s breeches has stopped the rider falling off. He did once very helpfully say "Another victory for the glue".

    He was referring to the real thing! Stank of bananas if memory serves.
    http://www.mindsetsonline.co.uk/images/DSCN0558.jpg

    Thanks very much to Onthesteal and Eddie Case for helping to solve one of the great mysteries of my time. I’ve never come across UHU before. You live and learn. At least I had worked it out correctly all those years ago.
    I was wondering whether to include any Jim McGrath sayings and am pleased others have. One of my least favourite is "as all the time", as in "…as all the time they head towards Swinley Bottom…".
    Not to mention: "out deeper on the track" (are they really all piled up on top of each other?), "further back in the field" (where else would a runner behind another be?), "next in the field", "…and then we see…" (when he’s playing for time and trying to use padding to work out which runner is next), "scraping paint over on the far side", "he’s home for all money" and "….I reckon".
    First prize for me must go Tommo with these, possibly all in the same sentence: "By Jove, I tell you what, Big Feller, enjoy the moment, I love it."
    The most irritating for me is: "We’ll be right back after this." After what? When he’s linking to the ad break on Channel 4 racing and uses that awful 1980s-style link that doesn’t mention that "this" is the adverts. It’s so annoying. Nearly as bad is the Alastair Down version: "We’ll be back in just 60 seconds."
    John Francome always used to annoy me with his comments-in-running favourite: "He’s been jumping from fence to fence" (what else do you do in a steeplechase"?). Highly commended is Channel 4 Jim McGrath’s "He stays longer than the mother-in-law", although this is, strictly, barred as its meaning is clear.

    #380131
    wordfromthewise
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    ……most of these phrases seem to be annoying jargon rather than genuinely meaningless.

    Thommo’s fixation with the word ‘outstanding’ is the biggest cliche in racing…….literally every occurrence on a racetrack is described by him as outstanding :P

    The habit that jars with me is Des Scahill in commentary when he ‘fills’ during the race with phrases like:’……. As they race across towards the next…….’…….harmless enough but personally very annoying every time I hear it.

    #380137
    zanybody
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    "We’re set fair for a good days racing."

    Popular on the Morning Line.

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