One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The final odds at the start of a horse race.
- ‘The odds you get will be the official starting price, declared after the race.’
- ‘And in the process, the Irish jockey landed an almighty gamble, with his mount's odds reduced from 12-1 earlier in the day to a starting price of 6-1.’
- ‘Scorpion belied his starting price of 25-1 to hold on for second, while Shalapour, who was unraced at two and having only his fourth start yesterday, was third for John Oxx at 16-1.’
- ‘Maids Causeway, Vista Bella and Karen's Caper filled the places, but despite her starting price, this seemed almost like a routine victory for the Ballydoyle filly.’
- ‘For the larger firms who control the nation's betting shops, laying off large amounts of cash with on-course bookmakers ensures that the starting price will be shorter than it would otherwise have been.’
- ‘This means that the starting price has to be '10 to one ’, which is what the bookmakers says it is.’
- ‘The Eugene Price owned Pennys Ploy (Honcho Classic - Pennys Champagne) justified his starting price of 4/5 when scoring in the eight race.’
- ‘Both gallopers shared a starting price of 3-1 and raced to within half a neck of each other at the line.’
- ‘When big races such as the Classics come around, many occasional gamblers will latch onto him, thus reducing the starting price.’
- ‘He will be double figures in terms of a starting price but I think he's quite capable of winning.’
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