What is a Nap in horse racing? Terms including Nb, each way and Lucky 15 explained

DO you know your Nap from your NB?

Racing terms get thrown around everywhere this time of year, with Cheltenham Festival underway and the Grand National coming up.

But they can be a bit confusing, so here's what they mean.


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What is a Nap in racing?

Nap is short for Napoleon and indicates a tipster's main fancy for the day.

The term is originally French believed to come from the card game Napoleon.

It indicates a player's best hand.

In the game, when a player believes they have the winner it's called a Napoleon.

What is the nb in racing?

Nb simply stands for next best.

Tipsters will use this to indicate their second favourite horse for the day.

What does it mean to bet each way?

This is when you bet on a horse to win and place.

If you bet £5 each way you bet £10 in all – £5 on the horse to win, and £5 on the horse to place.

Bookies' terms change all the time for what constitutes a 'place'.

Usually it is for a horse to come in the top three at 1/5 of its odds.

However, for big races with lots of runners the places are boosted, often to as much as seven places.

What is a Lucky 15?

This is a popular type of bet people like to place during big meets.

It involves 15 bets across four different selections.

Your bets are four singles, six doubles, four trebles and one four-fold accumulator.

In this bet, one winning selection is enough to trigger a payout.

But be warned, these can be expensive. A £1 bet on each line is a £15 stake.


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