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Betting Glossary - Essential Betting Terms beginning with C

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Canadian or Canadian Line
A combination bet consisting 26 different bets of the same stake based around five selections in different permutations. The bet splits up into a five-fold, five four-folds, 10 trebles and 10 doubles. As in all Canadian-type bets, at least two of the selections must come in for the bet to return anything. A £1 Canadian would cost £26. Sometimes called a Super Yankee. Other Canadian-type bets include Trixie (3 selections), Yankee (4 selections), Heinz (6 selections), Super Heinz (7 selections), Goliath (8 selections).
Card
A list of the days races and runners
Carpet
The 'tic-tac' / Slang term for 3-1. Double carpet is 33/1.
Cast (in box)
term describing  horse lying down in a horsebox
CFC
Short for Combination Forecast.
Chalk
The favorite.
Chalk Jockey
Jockey not yet successful enough to have name painted on riders board (out of date)
Chalk Player
someone who usually only plays the favored teams, rarely betting on the underdogs.
Chase
Steeplechase
Cheating Boots
Jockeys racing boots made of extremely light material to save weight
Chestnut
Brown or tan horse with brown tail and mane
Circled game
a game in which the betting action is reduced; usually occurs in added games, games with injuries, bad weather, propositions, or halves of games. These games cannot be included in parlays or teasers.
Claiming Race
race where the winner can be "claimed" from the yard for a set fee.
Clerk of the Scales
Racecourse official responsible for checking weight of jockey + tack in weighing room
Close coupled
Short backed (horse)
Club
Premium racecourse enclosure reserved for racecourse annual and day members
Co-favourite
A horse that shares its position at the head of the market with at least two other horses.
Cockle
The 'tic-tac' / Slang term for 10/1.
Coincidence Bet
Where the bet is based on a coincidence; e.g. the horse Airborne winning the Derby just after the Second World War.
Colours
Silks (shirt) worn by a jockey during a race to identify owner
Combination Betting
Selecting any number of runners in one race to finish first and second in either order. To calculate how many bets there are, simply multiply the number of selections by one number less; i.e.  3 selections is 3 x 2 = 6 bets  4 selections is 4 x 3 = 12 bets  5 selections is 5 x 4 = 20 bets
Come again
regain ground after dropping back in a race
Come back to the field
when a front runner is caught, or slows to join other horses in a race 
Computer straight forecast (CSF)
The odds for a forecast bet. The product of each selection's win odds multiplied together, presumably by a computer....
Conditional Jockey
A young jockey (under 26) who receives a weight allowance for inexperience
Conditions
The going or weather
Conditions Race
A race in which horses carry the same weight according to sex. They may be penalised by the adding of weight for races previously won or given allowances for age (called 'weight for age').
Connections
People that are related with a horse. E.g. the owner and trainer.
Controlled risk
Spread betting with limited losses.
Course
Racecourse or that that part of a it for which visitors do not pay a premium to enter on raceday
Cover
When a favorite wins by more than the required number of points.
Crash helmet
Jockey's headgear made compulsory in 1924 after the death of leading amateur Captain "Tuppy" Bennett having been kicked by a horse at Wolverhampton.
Credit bet
A bet taken by a bookmaker without a cash deposit.