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Fancied - furlong

Don't get bamboozled on a day at the races - use our A-Z jargon buster to help you understand the lingo.

Presenting the letter F . . .

Fancied
When a horse is expected to win or at least to be involved in the finish.

Favourite
The horse with the shortest odds in the race. When two horses share this position they are joint-favourites; when three or more horses share this position they are co-favourites.

Featherweight
A horse carrying a low weight in a handicap, or a jockey who is able to ride at a low weight.

Fetlock
The lowest joint in a horse's leg.

Field
The number of horses in a race; in betting, all of the horses in a race exceptthe favourite.

Fillies' Triple Crown
The 1,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger, for three-year-old fillies. The first two are open to fillies only, while the St Leger is open to colts and fillies.

First jockey
The main rider for a stable, usually paid a retainer to ensure availability.

First string
Where a trainer and/or owner has more than one runner in a race, the horse considered to be the stable's main contender is referred to as the stable's first string. Clues to which horse is the main contender are provided by whether it carries the owner's first colours, is ridden by the stable jockey and/or is shorter odds in the betting than a stablemate.

Fixed-odds betting
Staking a set amount to win a set amount by multiplying the stake by the odds. As opposed to spread betting, where the amount that can be won or lost on a single bet may vary.

Flag start
Starting stalls are used for Flat races, but if for some reason the stalls cannot be used the starter has the option to have a flag start, where the horses line up at the start and a flag is dropped to signal the start of the race.

Flat-bred
A horse bred to race onthe Flat, though in some cases this type of horse can perform well over jumps.

Frankel wins The Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot 25.09.2010

Flat racing: racing without jumps

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Flat racing
Racing without jumps. The centrepiece of the Flat racing season is the turf racing season, which runs from late March to early November. Races are run over a minimum distance of 5f up to a maximum of 2m6f. Since the advent of all-weather racing in 1989, Flat racing continues year-round, and the official Flat racing season now runs for a calendar year to include those Flat races run on all-weather surfaces.

Foal
A horse from birth to January 1 of the following year (when it becomes a yearling).

Forecast
A bet where the aim is to select both the winner and runner-up in a race. A straight forecast is the winner and runner-up in the correct order. A dual forecast is the winner and runner-up in either order.

Form
Refers to a horse's race record. Denoted by figures (and letters) next to its name on a racecard i.e. 1=first, 2=second etc. The form figures are read backwards from right to left - ie. a horse's latest run is denoted by thefigure nearest to its name on the racecard.

Furlong
220 yards (one eighth of a mile). The numbered posts on British racecourses count the furlongs back from the winning post.