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Tattersalls Rule 4c
See ‘Horse racing rules’

Thick un
Slang term for a big bet.

Through the card TTC
Indicates all the events at a meeting. For example, a punter may place a forecast doubles ‘TTC’ bet at a greyhound meeting, meaning he is selecting all the races at that particular meeting to bet on. Alternatively, it could be when a jockey, a particular number, a punter, the favourites, or a racing tipster, has been successful at every event at a particular meeting, they are described as having gone ‘through the card.’

Tic tac
The sign language which UK bookmakers use to communicate with each other on-course.

Tierce
A French combination bet in which the punter predicts the horses that will finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Tips
These are selections chosen by an expert to bet on (known in the US as ‘picks’).

Tipster
This is a person who gives or sells to punters his estimate of likely winners of a race, match or event.

Ton
Slang for 100, as in 100/1 or £100.

Top of the head
Slang for odds of 9/4.

Tote board
This is the racecourse information board that displays approximate odds, betting totals, payout prices and other information necessary to the punter.

Tote returns
These are returns from a tote pool (also known as a ‘dividend’). These are calculated by taking the total stake in each pool (after the ‘take-out’) and dividing it by the number of winning tickets. A dividend is declared to a fixed stake, for various win, place and forecast pools.

Trap number
In greyhound racing, greyhounds start from numbered boxes (usually one to six) which are called traps.

Trifecta
US term for tricast.

Trip
This is the race distance.

Turf accountant
This is a UK euphemism for a bookmaker.