Horseracing Betting Rules

Horseracing Betting Rules

Horseracing

Abandonments/Walkovers

All bets will be voided when the following occurs:

  1. The Race or Race Meeting is abandoned
  2. The race is declared void by The Stewards
  3. Any race which is a Walkover with One Runner, regardless of the number of original declarations and not including Ante-Post bets

Re-Scheduled Races or Meetings

If a race or race meeting is scheduled to later that same day, or changed to a different surface, then all bets will stand. Where a race or meeting is re-scheduled for another day then all bets will be void though Ante-Post bets are dealt with differently (as set out in The Ante-Post section below).

Acceptance of Bets

We accept bets on all racing covered by SIS, which will include all UK & Irish Meetings complemented by meetings from France, Germany, Dubai, South Africa & South America; we also offer selected Major Races from Hong Kong, Japan, America & Australia. All bets are accepted subject to the Rules of Racing in the respective Country.

Where a result is amended after the official result on the day, commonly known as ‘weighed-in’, for example as a result of a successful appeal, the amendment will not count for settlement purposes.

Card numbers, Jockey Silks plus any similar supporting information are posted as a guide only, with bets being both placed and settled on the named horse. We do not guarantee the accuracy of this information and use of it to place bets is entirely at your own risk.

All selections will have at least one option of price available which will determine the final settlement, the price types are Early Price (EP), Board Price (BP), Starting Price (SP), Ante-Post (AP). If no SP is returned by the respective authority, and no price has been taken then bets will be settled at the last BP show, if there was no show then bets will be settled at the last EP. In the extremely rare occurrence where at no time did we quote a price we would settle at the respective Tote Dividend if there was one available.

In all instances other than for Ante-Post bets, where a price is taken and there are subsequent Non-Runners, or SP Bets made where a late withdrawal results in no new market being formed, then any winnings will be subject to a Tattersalls Rule 4 deduction. The deductions are linked to the price at the time of withdrawal and are listed in the table below:

PriceDeduction (€)
1/9 or shorter0.90
2/11 to 2/170.85
1/4 to 1/50.80
3/10 to 2/70.75
2/5 to 1/30.70
8/15 to 4/90.65
8/13 to 4/70.60
4/5 to 4/60.55
20/21 to 5/60.50
Evens to 6/50.45
5/4 to 6/40.40
8/5 to 7/40.35
9/5 to 9/40.30
12/5 to3/10.25
16/5 to 4/10.20
9/2 to 11/20.15
6/1 to 9/10.10
10/1 to 14/10.05
Over 14/1No deduction

Ante-Post

Ante-Post bets are taken on the outcome of future races, these bets are taken on the basis of all-in, run or not, entered or not. Ante-Post wagers are deemed a loser if the selection does not enter, take part or is withdrawn at any stage. Ante-Post bets on horses who are declared at final declaration stage, but are balloted-out due to race conditions, will be void.

If a race is abandoned or postponed to another date at the same track with the same entries then Ante-Post bets will stand, however If any of the following occur then Ante-Post singles will be voided:

  1. The selection is balloted out at final declaration stage
  2. The race is abandoned or declared void
  3. The race venue is altered after the time of bet placement
  4. The race is abandoned but re-opened to new entries

Related Contingencies

Ante-post multiples involving the same selections in different events, where the outcome of one event would influence the betting market of another, are known as related contingencies. We endeavour to restrict the placing of such wagers in advance. However, should such a bet be taken in error it will be settled at a special price determined by us which will use current prices after initial events are settled.

Each-Way Betting

Each-way bets are settled at industry standard terms as follows:

  • Handicaps with 16 or more runners one quarter the odds first four Places
  • Handicaps with 12-15 runners one quarter the odds first three Places
  • All other races with 8 or more runners one fifth the odds first three Places
  • Races with 5-7 runners one quarter the odds first two Places
  • Races with Less than 5 runners the Place money is invested to Win

The Each-Way bets are settled as per the final number of runners who actually race and not the number of runners at the time of bet placement, particularly relevant when a race becomes four runners or less where the place part of an EW bet is converted to a Win Only bet.

Double Result

All bets placed on UK & Irish racing will benefit from our Double result concession, this means that we will pay on The Official Winner on the day, the final result after the Weigh-In, and we will pay on the horse which is First Past The Post regardless of any amendment to the result. Bets placed on Non UK/Irish racing will be settled on the official result only. The First Past the Post concession does not apply in the following scenarios:

  1. The selection had taken the wrong course
  2. The selection had carried the wrong weight
  3. The jockey failed to weigh in
  4. Ante-Post bets are not covered
  5. Forecast/Tricast are not covered
  6. A Void race
  7. All Tote/Pari-Mutuel/Pool bets
  8. A winner called in error by the judge or commentator

Betting Without

We will offer Betting Without named selections, usually the favorite. In these instances the named without selection is ignored for settlement purposes. Dead Heat rules will apply and EW terms will be based on the number of runners starting the race but excluding the named selection. In the event of Non-runners then Rule 4 will apply based on the price in The Betting Without market.

Match Bets

We will offer match bets where odds are offered around the finishing position of two selections, in these scenarios the following rules apply:

  1. Dead Heat Rules apply
  2. One of the two selections must complete the race for bets to stand
  3. Should neither selection complete the course then all bets will be void regardless of when either selection departed from the race
  4. Both selections must be deemed official runners in the race for bets to stand
  5. Double Result does not apply, the winner will be the winner after weigh-in

Place Only Betting

Place Only bets are not accepted unless specifically advertised, or unless they are Tote bets. Any place only bets accepted in error will be void win or lose. In Each Way bets if the amount staked on the place part of the bet is greater than the win part, the excess place stake will be made void. The number of places paid will be in accordance with our normal Each Way place terms for horse racing.

Horse Racing

General

All individual race markets will be settled based on the official result at the time of the ‘weigh-in’ announcement (or equivalent). Subsequent disqualifications, appeals or amendments to the result will be disregarded.

Card numbers are posted as a guide only: bets are placed on a named horse. Information such as jockey silks and saddlecloth numbers is provided for guidance only. We do not guarantee the accuracy of this information, and the use of it to place bets is entirely at a customer’s own risk.

If the scheduled venue is changed after the market has been loaded, all bets will be void.

If a scheduled surface type is changed (for example, turf to dirt), all bets will stand.

Abandonments, Cancellations, Postponements

All relevant bets will be void where a race is: abandoned and not rescheduled; or postponed and rescheduled to another venue; or postponed and rescheduled to another day at the same venue with entries for the race being reopened or reverting back to a previous entry or declaration stage provided any additional horses are entered or re-entered, and such entries or declarations are considered, in our absolute discretion, material to the betting on the race. For the avoidance of doubt, where a race is postponed and rescheduled to another day at the same venue, relevant bets will stand where entries/declarations at the time of postponement remain unaltered or include any non-material addition(s) prior to the rescheduled race.

If a race is declared void, or in the event of a walkover, all bets on that race will be void.

Non-Runner Rule

This rule relates to the adjustment of odds on bets already matched if a horse in a race is declared a non-runner. In order to make the adjustment, we apply a reduction factor to the remaining runners. The reduction factor allocated to a non-runner is a calculation (the details of which are described below) of that horse’s chances of winning (or being placed, as appropriate) and is applied to bets already matched on the other runners in the relevant market or markets.

Any horse listed when the relevant market is loaded which does not subsequently come under starter’s orders is deemed to be a non-runner.

When the market is loaded, each horse is given a ‘reduction factor’ based on a forecast price, which is expressed as a percentage. The reduction factors may be updated periodically at our discretion based on trading in the market, but after approximately 15 minutes (approximately five minutes for Australian and US markets) from the scheduled ‘off’ time of a given race, they will be updated only in exceptional circumstances.

Accurate reduction factors will only be applied to selections in the event of a non-runner. Once a non-runner is declared, each selection in the market will be given an appropriate reduction factor. Reduction factors can be amended at our discretion at any time throughout the market lifecycle (including post-race).

For Australian racing, reduction factors may be updated periodically at our discretion based on trading in the market, but after approximately five minutes from the scheduled ‘off’ time of a given race, they will be updated only in exceptional circumstances.

Reductions will be made to both win and place markets but applied differently (as described below), and horses will have a different reduction factor for each market.

As soon as we become aware that a horse is an official non-runner or a highly likely non-runner, following a statement to the press from connections, the following will happen:

  • All matched bets on that horse will be void, and the horse will be removed from the market.
  • In the win market, if the reduction factor of the non-runner is 2.5% or greater, the traded price of all the matched bets on the remaining horses will be reduced by an amount equal to the non-runner’s final reduction factor and all the unmatched offers to lay will be cancelled. If the non-runner’s reduction factor is less than 2.5%, reductions will not be applied, and unmatched bets will not be cancelled.
  • In the place market, the reduction factor of all non-runners will be applied (even if less than 2.5%), and the potential winnings in relation to matched bets on the remaining horses will be reduced by an amount equal to the non-runner’s final reduction factor. Only if the non-runner’s reduction factor is 4.0% or greater will all the unmatched offers to lay be cancelled.
  • All the reduction factors on the remaining horses will be adjusted to reflect their improved chance of winning.

Reduction factors are not applied to bets which are struck In-Play. However, if a market is turned In-Play prematurely by error (or, for example, there is a false start), all bets matched during this time will be subject to any later reduction factor, provided the market is turned out of play before the race commences. In the event of a late withdrawal, we reserve the right to remove the runner after completion of the race. In this case, only those bets matched prior to the ‘off’ will be affected by a reduction factor.

If a non-runner is removed from a race in error or following incorrect information regarding a runner’s participation, we will reinstate both the runner and all previously matched bets associated with that runner. Bets made between the time of withdrawal and reinstatement will be void in both the place market and the win market. The reduction factor applied to matched bets at the time of withdrawal will be reversed, and the original prices will become valid.

Any non-runners will be removed from the relevant markets in the order in which they are brought to our attention. If we become aware of more than one non-runner at the same time, we will remove the non-runners from the relevant markets in racecard order.

If a runner is not included in a market because of an error or because of incorrect information regarding a runner’s participation, we reserve the right to introduce the missing runner into the market at any time prior to settlement (even after the race has been run), provided that we have determined that the missing runner is not a material runner (i.e. a selection with a reduction factor of approx. 2.5% or less in the win market). In such circumstances, all pre-play unmatched and matched bets will stand. If the runner is not introduced before the start of the race, all In-Play bets will be void. However, if the missing runner is deemed to be a material runner, then the malformed market will be void, and a new market will be loaded where possible.

How Reductions Are Applied

In the win market, reductions will be made on the traded price.

For example, if the non-runner’s final reduction factor is 25%, the traded price on all previously matched bets on other horses will be reduced by 25%. So a traded price of 8.0 would become 6.0, etc. And these might be further reduced if another horse is subsequently declared a non-runner.

In the each way market, reductions will be made on the traded win price. The advertised place terms will then apply to the revised win prices.

For example, if the non-runner’s final reduction factor is 25%, the traded price on all previously matched bets on other horses will be reduced by 25%. So a traded price of 8.0 would become 6.0. If the each way terms were 1/5th odds for three places, the corresponding price for the Place portion of the bet would reduce from 2.4 to 2.0.

In the place market, reductions will be made to the potential winnings on the bet only, and not the traded price.

For example, if the non-runner’s final reduction factor is 25%, the potential winnings on all previously matched bets on the other horses will be reduced by 25%. So a traded price of 8.0 would become 6.25. For example, a bet of 10 on a horse to be placed at a traded price of 8.0 would provide winnings of 70. If there is a non-runner with a reduction factor of 25% in the race, that factor will be applied to the potential winnings of 70 leaving actual winnings of 52.50. Therefore the revised traded price will be 6.25.

The traded price may be further reduced if any other horse(s) is subsequently declared a non-runner, however, odds cannot be reduced below 1.01.

A reserve runner may appear in the relevant markets but will have a non-applicable reduction factor until we have received confirmation that it is a confirmed runner, in which case an applicable reduction factor may apply to it.

For the avoidance of doubt, any reduction factor applicable to a non-runner replaced by a reserve will be applied to all bets struck on the relevant markets prior to the removal from those markets of such non-runner. Likewise, if a reserve runner becomes a confirmed runner but subsequently becomes a non-runner, any reduction factor applicable to such non-runner will be applied to all bets struck on the relevant markets prior to the removal from those markets of such non-runner.

Ante Post Betting

Subject to the points below, in ante post markets, all bets on an individual horse stand whether the horse runs or not.

For British and Irish racing, if a horse is balloted out, all bets on that horse will be void.

If a horse listed in an ante post market dies, we will use the available information to determine the time of the horse’s death. We will then, acting reasonably, determine whether the horse was a ‘material runner’ in the market. We will undertake a similar determination in cases where it is advised through official channels that a runner has been formally scratched from an ante post race. In determining whether a horse is a material runner, we will consider the general price of the horse immediately before the horse’s death (or immediately before being advised it has been scratched), in our market, and in the wider betting market. Broadly, we will consider a horse to be a material runner if it is deemed to have an approximate chance of winning of 8-10% or better.

If we determine that the horse was a ‘material runner’, then all bets struck in the market (on all selections) between the time of death (or the time that the formal scratching notification was created) and the suspension of the market will be void and all unmatched bets will be cancelled before the market is reopened.

If we determine that the horse was not a ‘material runner’, then just bets struck on the horse in question between the time of death (or the time that the formal scratching notification was created) and the suspension of the market will be void and unmatched bets will not be cancelled before the market is reopened.

Bets matched on horses after they have forfeited their entry at a particular entry stage or where they have not qualified by the applicable qualifying date will be voided unless the race in question has a subsequent supplementary entry stage.

Please be aware that horses that have not been entered at the various entry stages may be removed from relevant race markets and all matched customer bet prices set to 1.0 even if there are later supplementary stages. Should it appear likely that a specific runner may actually be supplemented into the race, this runner will be reinstated with all matched customer bets set back to the original prices.

No non-runner reductions are made to ante post bets.

Each Way Betting

The place portion of any each way bet will be settled according to the number of ‘places’ and at the fraction of the win portion profit stated in the Market Information.

For example: ‘EW Terms: 1/5th odds, 3 places’. That ‘1/5th’ is applied to the traditional or fractional odds, which are 1 less than decimal odds, so the calculation of the Place odds corresponding to Win odds of 8.0 in this market is ((8.0 – 1) / 5) + 1 = 2.4.

Once opened, the number of places in each way markets will not be affected by further non-runners unless the number of ‘places’ which are offered on the each way market is equal to or exceeds the number of runners in which case, the place portion of any each way bet will be void at settlement.

To Be Placed Markets

The number of winners in To Be Placed markets is as set out in the Market Information and is determined with reference to the number of runners known to us when the market is loaded.

Once opened, the number of winners in To Be Placed markets will not be affected by further non-runners.

If the number of winners stated in the Market Information is equal to or is greater than the number of runners, all bets in this market will be void.

If the number of placed horses is less than the number of potential winners listed in the Market Information, the winners will only be the placed horse or horses.

Winning Distances

Unless otherwise stated in the Market Information, bets on winning distances are on the sum of the winning distances from each race on one particular day at a race meeting.

Bets on the winning distance in a race will be settled on the officially declared distance between the first two horses past the post. However, if either the first or second horse past the post is disqualified because: (i) of an incorrect weight carried; (ii) they have taken the wrong course; (iii) the jockey of either horse fails to weigh in, or weighs in light after the race; then in each case, the winning distance shall be that between the first and second horse under the official result.

The maximum distance on any individual race will be 12 lengths for Flat races and 30 lengths for National Hunt races (which includes National Hunt Flat Races), and these distances will be applied where only one horse finishes a race. The following scale will be applied:

  • Nose: 0.05 length
  • Short-head: 0.1
  • Head: 0.2
  • Short-neck: 0.25
  • Neck: 0.3
  • Half a length: 0.5
  • 3/4 of a length: 0.75
  • One length: 1

If a meeting has three or more races abandoned or declared void, then all Winning Distance bets will be void unless the entire market has been unconditionally determined.

When only one or two races are abandoned or declared void, then Winning Distance bets will be settled with a default distance used for each abandoned or void race. The default distances are two lengths for Flat races and 10 lengths for National Hunt races.

If a walkover is announced after a particular Winning Distance market is first offered, the following winning distances will be deemed to have applied to the race which is the subject of the walkover:

  • Flat: Five lengths
  • National Hunt: 12 lengths

Where a walkover is announced prior to a particular Winning Distance market being offered, for the purposes of such market (once offered), the race which is the subject of the walkover will be disregarded, and the Winning Distance total will be determined according to the remaining races (i.e. all races excluding the race which is the subject of the walkover).

Miscellaneous

Horses will not be coupled.

If a horse runs for purse money only, it will be deemed a non-runner. If this results in the number of possible winners stated in the relevant Market Information being equal to or greater than the number of runners, bets will be void.

The Exchange General Rules and Market Information will apply in respect of any category of bets or markets not referred to in the Specific Sports Rules. If there is any inconsistency between the Specific Sports Rules and the Exchange General Rules, the Specific Sports Rules shall prevail. If there is any inconsistency between the Market Information and either the Exchange General Rules or the Specific Sports Rules, the Market Information shall prevail.

See here for the Exchange General Rules.

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