If you want to learn aussie slang, then its not a bad idea to go to the races , you will not only find many colourful characters but a lot of people merry with drink and laughter doing crazy a** things.
Here is a list of some aussie and NZ slang typically used by punters at the races
Aussie NZ Punters slang
Asparagus: Name given to a punter who arrives on course with a stack of ‘mail’, hence: more tips than a tin of asparagus
Lay down misere: An absolute certainty
Backed In: A horse whose odds have shortened
Backed off the map: A horse which has been heavily supported resulting in a substantial decrease in odds
On the nose: A bet placed on the win only
Protest: When a jockey, owner, trainer or steward alleges interference by one party against another during a race that may have affected the outcome of a race. If a protest is upheld by stewards, the runner that caused the interference is placed directly after the horse interfered with. If a protest is dismissed, the original result of the race stands.
Bet until your nose bleeds: Confident instructions to a commission agent or advice to a punter indicating that the horse is so certain to win that betting should only be halted in the unlikely event of a nose haemorrhage.
Birdcage: Area where horses are paraded before entering the racetrack
Slaughtered: Said of a jockey who has ridden a horse so badly as to be the main cause of it losing a race.
Roughie: A horse at long odds which is considered to have only a remote chance of winning a race
Take the knock: Fail to honour betting debts. The punter concerned generally goes missing.
Bleeder: A horse that bleeds from the lungs during or after a race or workout. In Australia a first-time bleeder is banned from racing for three months. If it bleeds a second time the horse is banned for life
Shrapnel: The term used by a bookie’s bagman for a heap of small coins.
Blew like a north wind: Said about a horse whose odds have lengthened dramatically during the course of betting.
Blown out the gate: Odds have extended dramatically due to lack of support.
Chaff burner: Derogatory term for a horse.
Wager: Another term for bet
Coat-tugger: A racecourse conman who will tip a horse to a punter, and if the horse wins, is always present when the punter collects, to demand a portion of the winnings.
Dead cert: Dead certainty, a horse or team that is considered highly likely to win.
Wouldn’t back it with bad money: An indication that a punter has no confidence in a horses chances such that even if he had counterfeit money he would not back it
Dishlickers: A colloquial term for greyhound racing
Donkey-licked: To be defeated convincingly
Taken to the cleaners: An expression used by both bookmakers and punters when they have suffered a huge loss.
Drongo: A horse or person who was disappointing, slow or clumsy
Good oil: Positive information about a horse’s chances in a race.
In the red: The price of a horse when it is odds on. The Bookmakers’ boards display ‘odds on’ in red to distinguish from odds against
- Jumped out of the ground: Said of a horse which comes from nowhere at the end of the race.
- Jumped out of trees: Said by bookmakers of a rush of punters to plunge on a horse.
Let us know if we missed any good ones !! cheers