One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive (of a bet on a horse race) placed at odds fixed at the time, and before the runners are known, on a horse thought likely to be entered.‘it might be worth having an ante-post bet’‘the ante-post favourite’
- ‘North Light has been ante-post favourite for the race, although there has been considerable market for Grey Swallow, his conqueror in the Irish Derby.’
- ‘Can I suggest that, as a goodwill gesture, they return the stakes on Davids Lad, and maybe even alter their rules so that ante-post bets on subsequently-banned horses are refunded in future.’
- ‘By the way, full marks to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power who will refund all ante-post bets on Irish-trained horses forced to miss Cheltenham due to the foot-and-mouth outbreak.’
- ‘Then came the victory with Celestial Gold, who ironically was seen as a reserve for Johnson and Pipe's original first choice, Our Vic, the ante-post favourite for the race until he had to be withdrawn early last week with a muscle injury.’
- ‘He went on to win the Becher Chase in 2000 to cement his place as one of the favourites in the ante-post betting for the 2001 Grand National.’
Early 20th century: from ante- + post.
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