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Betting Glossary - Essential Betting Terms beginning with H

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Hacked up
won easily
Half time bet
a bet placed only on the second half of the game.
Hand
Unit of four inches with which a horses height is measured at the shoulder
Handful
Experienced by a jockey when a horse is being restrained prior to release for a run
Handful
The 'tic-tac' / Slang term for 5/1.
Handicap
a race in which the weights to be carried by the horses are adjusted for the purpose of equalising their chance of winning.
Handicapper
Professional responsible for alloting the the weights to be carried by each horse in a handicap
Handle
The total amount of bets taken.
Hands & heels
Vigorous riding
Handy
In a good position, also nimble
Headed
Passed by another horse
Hedge
Bet the opposite of your original wager in order to reduce the amount of exposure you have on a game
Hedging
Offsetting a risk by using an investment which exposes you to an equal an opposite risk, or by making a gamble which exposes you to an equal and opposite risk. A bookmaker also hedges part or all of a bet (or an accumulation of wagers) in order to adjust the level of potential loss he is carrying on his book - this is called 'laying off'.
Heinz
Six selections in six different races comprising 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds, 6 fivefolds and one sixfold. It is 57 bets win and 114 bets each way.
HeinzA
Canadian-type bet consisting of 57 bets on all the permutations of six selections. The bet splits into 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 four-folds, six five-folds and a six-fold. See Trixie, Yankee, Canadian.
Hobday
Operate on a horse to improve its breathing (F.T. Hobday, vetinary surgeon, 1939)
Holding Your Own
Neither winning or losing, just breaking even.
Home Straight
Distance of straight track before winning line
Home Stretch
The length of main straight track before the finish line.
Hood
Head covering containing blinkers
Hot game
a game which is drawing a lot of action on one side by knowledgeable handicappers.
Hunter Chase
Weight for age steeplechase confined to horses certified by a master of hounds to have been hunted during the current year, and ridden by amateur riders. 
Hurdle
Small upright obstacle
Hyped Horse
A horse given credence in the press or on TV for form that has not in fact been achieved.