The final odds at the start of a horse race.
- 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.
- When big races such as the Classics come around, many occasional gamblers will latch onto him, thus reducing the starting price.
- 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.
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