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Horse Racing Rules

Abandoned /Postponed Races or Meetings;

 Bets will be void if:

  • The race is abandoned.
  • The race is declared void.
  • Any of the race conditions or entries changes.

If the overnight declarations do not stand, all bets are void.

Amendments after the official result;

Where a result is amended after the official result (i.e. the weigh-in), for example as a result of a successful appeal, the amendment will be ignored for settlement purposes.

 Best Odds

  • Take an Early or Board price and if the SP returns greater we'll pay you out at the bigger price.
  • Maximum stakes may apply which also applies to Enhanced Odds.
  • Applies to Single bets only.
  • Applies to Irish and UK horse racing only.
  • In the event of a rule 4, you will get the SP if the SP pays more when the rule 4 is taken into consideration.
  • The offer does not include Ante-Post, Tote/Pools, Betting Without markets, To Win/Not to Win, Place Only, Match Bets or other extra markets.
  • Bets placed after the off do not qualify for this offer.
  • Applies to bets placed on the day of the event.
  • BoyleSports reserves the right to remove this offer at any time and from individual Customers.

Enhanced Shows

  • Enhanced show prices are available at the discretion of BoyleSports.
  • Enhanced shows can be taken in singles and upwards.
  • Max stakes may apply and will be advertised accordingly.
  • Where the SP returns bigger than the enhanced show price, BoyleSports will pay the SP on single bets. Does not apply to enhanced show prices in multiple bets.
  • Enhanced shows are shop exclusive.
  • BoyleSports reserves the right to remove this offer at any time and from individual Customers.

Board Prices Accepted;

You can take the current Board Price on your bet. If a horse is withdrawn from a race, no further Board Prices will be available until a new market has been formed and prices may be subjected to a Rule 4. Board Prices are relayed directly from the racecourse and displayed on our screens as part of our internet Service

Bonus/Consolations on Full Cover & Multi Bets (where advertised);

All selections must run and win for bonus to apply. Bonus paid in addition to all returns. No bonus will be paid on any bet which contains unnamed favourites. In the event of a dead heat on any bonus bet half the bonus will be paid. No bonus will be paid for the place part of any each-way bet. Only one bonus will apply per bet. No bonuses paid on combination bets or Ante post bets.

Bonuses/Consolations apply only to UK, Irish & UAE horseracing, UK BAGS/BEGS Greyhound Racing and all Virtual Racing Where a cash bonus is offered and a minimum stake is specified the customer may reduce the stake and in that event the bonus element will be reduced pro rata.

Lucky 15 / 31 / 63

Bonuses and consolations advertised are available for UK, Irish & UAE Horse Racing, UK BAGS/BEGS Greyhound Racing and Virtual Racing on Early Price and SP Bets only. 

No bonus will be paid on bets containing selections that are;

Ante Post,

Unnamed Favourites,

Football,

Sports,

Irish Greyhound Racing

Numbers bets.

All selections must run and win for bonus to apply.

Bonus paid in addition to all returns.

In the event of a dead heat on any selection half the bonus will be paid.

No bonus will be paid for the place part of any each-way bet.

Only one bonus will apply per bet.

No bonuses paid on combination bets.

Consolation 

For all of the above, your win single is settled at "Treble odds" if only one winner is selected. This applies to the win part only if it was an Each-Way bet and does not apply to unnamed favourites.

Breakdowns and Bonuses 

Lucky 15 10% will be added to your returns if all 4 selected win.

Lucky 31 20% will be added to your returns if all 5 selected win.

Lucky 63 25% will be added to your returns if all 6 selected win.

Dead Heats;

In the event of a dead heat customers lose half their stakes and are paid full odds to the other half.

A similar rule applies to place betting where, as a result of a dead heat, more than the required Number of horses are placed. In the event of a multiple dead heat stakes will be divided in proportion.

Doubly Engaged;

An untimed single bet for a selection which is Doubly Engaged will be taken as for the first race in which it runs, unless an ‘if absent’ selection is also given on the slip, when this will be taken as timing the bet for the race where both are engaged. Where a selection is “Doubly engaged” and is timed by the customer, it will be settled as a bet for that timed race only. Where it is untimed, or incorrectly timed, the bet will be on the first race in which the selection runs, after the time that the bet was placed. If two selections, one of which is Doubly Engaged, are included in a double, treble or accumulator and run in the same race the one which is Doubly Engaged will be deemed to be timed for the race in which they do not clash. If both are Doubly Engaged, the selection written first will be timed for the race in which it runs, and the other timed for the race in which they do not clash. This does not apply to single bets, which are treated as entirely separate bets.

Early Prices;

Our Early Prices (that is prices offered after the overnight declarations are made) are available daily on selected races up to the first racecourse show.

Favourites Index;

A fixed odds bet is also available at selected meetings, when advertised, and is based on a points system for the finishing positions of favourites in each race. The aim is to correctly predict the total number of points for the finishing positions of favourites in each race at the specified meeting.

The ‘Favourites Index’ market relates to the aggregate performance of favourites over the course of a race meeting. The scoring system is as follows:

  • Win = 25 points
  • 2nd = 10 points
  • 3rd = 5 points
  • There are no points for a fourth place finish, regardless of whether four places are returned for each way

In the case of joint or co favourites, the favourite will be deemed to be the one with the lowest race card number.

If there is a dead heat for any placing, the points for these runners will be added together and divided equally between the numbers of positions. All bets will be settled on the official result, after the weighed-in signal.

If the meeting has 3 or more races abandoned or declared void, then all bets will be void unless a winning market has already been established, in which case all bets stand. When only 1 or 2 races are abandoned or declared void, bets will be settled with a default figure of 10 points applied to each abandoned or void race. In the event of a walkover, bets will be settled with a default figure of 10 points applied to that race.

If the favourite is withdrawn at the start of the race and no new market is formed, points will be awarded dependent on the price of the favourite at the time of withdrawal:

  • Evens or less = 15 points
  • 11/10 to 9/2 = 10 points
  • 5/1 or bigger = 5 points

Forecast / Tricast Betting;

Forecast Betting;

A "straight forecast" is a bet where you name two selections to come 1st and 2nd in the correct order for a specified event.

A "reversed forecast" is when you name two selections to finish 1st and 2nd in any order for a specific event.

A "combination forecast" is when you choose three or more selections in an event, with any of these to finish 1st and 2nd in the race.

Straight, reversed and combination forecasts are available on both horseracing and greyhound racing provided 3 or more entries run in any one race.

Subject to the following rules, forecasts are accepted in singles, doubles and trebles only.

Any forecast accumulators accepted in error, which do not comply to the format and conditions above, will be settled as forecast trebles, with the stake involved being equally split over the number of trebles available. If the forecast should contain a non-runner, if the same selection is repeated or if the selections run in different races, the forecast will be declared void and 

treated as a non-runner for the purpose of settling wagers. Forecasts at Tote Returns, if taken in error, will be settled in accordance with the relevant section of this rule. A Forecast including an unnamed favourite selection will be declared void.

HORSES: Forecasts will be accepted only in races of three or more runners, and will be settled in accordance with the officially declared S.P. Computer Forecast Returns; in races of less than three the forecast will be declared void. Forecasts at Tote Returns are not accepted and, if taken in error, will be settled at Computer Forecast Returns. Where a customer Nominates a dual forecast in a race for which a straight forecast is declared, the stake will be divided and invested as two straight forecasts. If for any reason, no CSF or BAGS/BEGS Forecast is returned, bets will be settled by reference to the N.S.L. Straight Forecast Chart. In the event that there is only one finisher in a race and no Forecast dividend is returned, all Forecasts bets with the winning selection to finish first will be settled as WIN SP singles on the winning horse.

  • GREYHOUNDS: Forecasts will be accepted only in races of three or more runners and will be settled in accordance with the official BAGS/BEGS Computerized Forecasts. For races where such forecasts are not declared, settlement will be made by reference to the N.S.L. Straight Forecast Chart and in accordance with the rules printed thereon; in races of less than three runners the forecast will be declared void.
  • Forecasts for Irish Racing will be settled in accordance with the officially declared S.P. Computer Forecast Returns. In the event of no forecast dividend being returned, winning forecasts will be settled at multiplied odds; e.g. 2/1 Winner, Second 5/1, 2x5 = 10/1.

Tricast Betting;

To select the horses to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in correct order, are accepted in singles only in races for which an official Computer Tricast return is declared. Stakes for any tricast double, treble, etc. accepted in error will be divided equally to cover each tricast race in tricast singles only. Selections should be named, although race card numbers will be accepted provided there can be only one interpretation of the required selections. In the event of any ambiguity the Tricast will be declared void. Instructions for permutations must be specific; otherwise, the bet will be settled as a Straight Tricast to the stake available. Tricasts will be settled in accordance with the official Computer Tricast return.

Should selections for the Tricast include one non-runner; the stake will be invested as a Computer Straight Forecast on the remaining two selections in the order written, with the non-runner being discounted. For the purpose of settlement, in the case of combination tricasts the total stake will be invested as a reversed forecast on the remaining two selections. It should be noted that a permutation is a series of Straight Tricasts. Should selection for a Tricast include two non-runners, the stake will be void. If, for any reason, a Tricast is taken for a race for which an official Computer Tricast return is not declared, where all three selections run, settlement will be made as a Computer Straight Forecast on the selections nominated to finish 1st and 2nd, with the selection for 3rd being discounted. IN THE EVENT OF A COMBINATION TRICAST, THE BET WILL BE SETTLED AS A COMBINATION FORECAST.

Any tricast which contains an unnamed favourite, that selection will be settled as a non-runner.

Tricasts will be settled in accordance with the official computerized return.

If two non-runners are selected in a tricast, the bet will be void.

If fewer than three runners finish the race a tricast dividend is declared based on those runners that do finish with the field. If a tricast bet is accepted where less than 4 runners take part in the race, it will be settled as a Straight Forecast on the selections nominated to finish 1st and 2nd, with the selection nominated to finish 3rd ignored.

Horse Tricast bets are accepted on all Handicaps, Nursery and Rated Stakes Handicap races that are included in our Full service provided eight or more horses are declared to run. If less than eight actually run but a Tricast dividend is declared, all bets will stand. Tricasts are also available on other advertised races outside of our Full Service.

How does a non-runner affect my bet?

If your selection becomes a non-runner;

Single Bet

If you have a non-runner, your bet is void and you receive your stake back. Please note this does not apply if your bet was placed under Ante Post rules, in which case your bet will be settled as a loser.

Multiple Bets

If you've placed a multiple bet such as a double, treble or Lucky 15, your bet will stand on the remaining selections. So a double becomes a single, a treble becomes a double, and so on.

Forecasts & Combination Forecasts

If you have a non-runner in a straight forecast bet, your bet is void and you will receive your stake back. Please note the bet is not settled as a single on the remaining selection.

If you have a non-runner in a combination forecast bet, bets involving the non-runner(s) will be void and the unit stake returned for that bet. Bets where the selection is not involved will stand.

Example: A combination forecast A - B - C, where C is a non-runner, will be settled as:

  • A - C = Void
  • A - B = Stands
  • B - A = Stands
  • B - C = Void
  • C - A = Void
  • C - B = Void

Tricast & Combination Tricasts

If you have a non-runner in a Tricast bet, your bet is settled as a forecast on the remaining selections in the order they were selected. 

Combination bets follow the same rules, with each combination settled separately.

Example Combination Tricast A - B - C, where C is a non-runner, will be settled as:

  • A - B - C = Stands as A- B
  • A - C - B = Stands as A - B
  • B - A - C = Stands as B - A
  • B - C - A = Stands as B - A
  • C - A - B = Stands as A - B
  • C - B - A = Stands as B - A

If you have 2 non-runners in a Tricast bet, your bet is void and you will receive your stake back. Please note the bet is not settled as a single on the remaining selection.

If another selection in an event you have bet on becomes a non-runner:

If a selection other than your own becomes a non-runner, then prices for the remaining selections may need to be reduced to reflect their chances of winning an event. Please refer to our article on Rule 4 Deductions for more information.

Horse Racing Special Markets;

Horses and Hounds

Horses and hounds are offered on a daily basis and consist of across the card doubles involving a greyhound and horse. Should there be a non-runner or withdrawn selection in either of the races involved with a price of 10/1 or less the bet will revert to a SP double. Should one of the selections be withdrawn the bet will revert to a SP single on the other selection. Prices are not guaranteed on this product but there is an enhancement built in at time of acceptance. This market is settled on Official Result and First Past the Post.

Jollies and Rags

This market will be offered on selected races in Ireland and the UK daily. This bet is a match bet between selected horses at the front of the market (Jollies) against the rest of the runners in the field (Field/Rags). In the event of a horse being withdrawn all bets will revert to SP, i.e. if a jolly is withdrawn all bets will stand on the other runner(s) listed as Jollies. Bets on the Rags will be also settled at SP. Rule 4s may apply in addition to dead heat rules. This market is settled on First Past the Post Result only.

Not to Win

This market will be offered on races where there is a short price favourite. The market will allow our customers to bet on the favourite not to win the race, basically if any other horse wins the race they are on a winning bet. Please note that the selected runner must come under starter’s orders for bets to stand and if there were any non-runners or withdrawn horses the bets will revert to SP. This market is settled on First Past the Post Result only.

How Far- Distance Betting - (Horse Specific)

How far- distance betting is offered on all odds- on horses daily in Ireland and the UK. It consists of 3 options, horse x to win by under x lengths, horse x to win by exactly x lengths and horse x to win by over x lengths. All bets on this market will be void 

should horse x become a non-runner. All bets will stand on horse x if any other horse is withdrawn but rule 4s may apply. Should horse x not win the race all bets are deemed losers. This market is settled on First Past the Post Result only.

Name the Distance - (The Race)

Name the distance betting is offered on all races in Ireland and the UK where How Far distance betting is not applicable. This market is similar to how far distance betting except the customer doesn’t need to name the winning horse. Again this market has 3 options as above i.e. the race to be won by under x lengths, the race to be won by exactly x lengths and the race to be won by over x lengths. This market is settled on First Past the Post Result only.

Therefore the difference between How far distance betting and Name the Winning Distance betting is that in how far distance betting the named horse must win whereas in name the winning distance the bet is solely settled by the distance the race is won by.

Winning Distance

Betting on the winning distance will be on races only as displayed by us. The winning distance will be that margin, as officially announced between the winning horse and the second. All Winning Distance bets are settled on a “First Past the Post” basis only, i.e. Double Result does not apply. In the event of a withdrawal resulting in a rule 4 of 10c or greater in a race where we offer “distance betting” the Tattersall’s rule 4 amount will be split between the distance options. The following list represents the numeric unit that is used in the calculation for distances less than one length 

Nose =0.05 lengths, Short Head =0.10 Lengths, Head =0.20 Lengths, Neck =0.30 Lengths, Half Length =0.50 Lengths ¾ Lengths = 0.75 Lengths, and 1 Length =1.00 Length etc.

  • At least one horse must finish for winning distance bets to stand.
  • Singles and upwards.

How Far Will It Win by

When there are Non Runners that result in a Rule 4 Deduction of 20c or more in a selected how far will it win by race all bets will be settled on the selected Horse to win the Race at SP.

Aggregate Winning Distances;

A prediction on the total winning margins (distance between first and second placed horses) of each race at a particular meeting

A fixed odds bet is available on selected Horse Race meetings based on predicting the correct total of the winning distances for all races at that meeting. The following list represents the numeric unit that is used in the calculation for distances less than one length.

e.g. Newmarket aggregate winning distances are the sum of the distances between the first and second horses in all races from Newmarket on that day.

Six races won by 3 lengths, 1 length, ½ length, 6 lengths, 2 lengths and 1 length would equal a total of 13½ lengths.

This market will be displayed in three bands.

E.g. Newmarket Aggregate winning distances:

  •  Under x lengths 13/8
  • Between x and y lengths 6/4
  • Over y lengths 15/8

For races won by less than a length, the following is awarded:

  • Nose = 0.05 lengths
  • Short head = 0.1 lengths
  • Head = 0.2 lengths
  • Neck = 0.3 lengths
  • ½ length = 0.5 lengths
  • ¾ length = 0.75 lengths

The maximum winning distance for a National Hunt race is 30 lengths (including National Hunt Flat races). The maximum winning distance for a flat race is 12 lengths. In the event of a walkover, the distance will be 2 lengths for a Flat race and 6 lengths for National Hunt race.

If less than 4 races are run bets are void unless the maximum quote has been attained. If 4 or more races are run and a meeting is subsequently abandoned, default distances of 2 lengths (for Flat races) and 6 lengths (for Nat Hunt races) will be awarded to void races. Distances for each race at a meeting are settled on a “First Past the Post” basis. Other applying conditions will be displayed on the day.

Any runner subsequently disqualified for taking the wrong course or carrying an incorrect weight will be ignored when the winning distance is calculated. The winning distance in such a race will be settled on the officially declared distance between the first two horses past the post that have followed the correct course and carried the correct weight. This only includes races on the regular card; it does not include charity races or any other race not run under the Rules of Racing.

Place Accumulators

Place Accumulators are offered at all Irish & UK Meetings. This market consists of a price on all SP Favourites to be placed at the meeting. Placepot rules apply to this market, in the event of joint or co-favourites winning, the horse with the lowest race card number is the winner. Dead heats count in full for this market.

Easy As 1-2-3

Easy As 1-2-3 is combination of horses to win & be placed. One Selected horse must win, another selected runner must finish in the first 2 places and a final selected runner must finish in the first 3 places. In the event of one of the selected horses becoming a non-runner the bet will be settled at SP. In the event of the place terms altering for the two selected runners to be placed a rule 4 may apply. This market is settled on First Past the Post Result only. 

Winner Winner 

Winner Winner is a special which asks the customer to select a winner from each of the day’s meetings in the Ireland & UK only. Prices are not guaranteed on this special. In the event of a non-runner all bets will be settled at SP. Dead Heat & Rule 4’s may apply. This market is settled on the official result of the race.

Nags to Riches

A nag to Riches asks the customer to pick a horse in each race at a certain meeting to be unplaced. Please note that normal place terms apply for this market. In the event of a non-runner or withdrawn horse being selected, the longest priced runner at SP odds will be the deemed selection, if there are 2 or more longest priced horses then the lowest race card number will be the deemed selection. This market is settled on official Result only.

Forecast / Tricast Specials

Forecast and Tricast Specials will be offered in selected races. Prices will be quoted on the first two in the betting to finish 1st and 2nd in that order for forecasts and for the first three in the betting to finish 1st, 2nd & 3rd in that order for Tricasts. Any Other Outcome will also be quoted for this bet. In addition if the Forecast/Tricast dividend is greater on the stated forecast/Tricast the dividend will be guaranteed. This market is settled on Official Result and First Past the Post.

I-Bet 2/3 Places

Price offered is for the horse to win the race. If the horse finishes second the bet stake is returned.

In the event of a horse being withdrawn, not under starter’s orders, stakes on that selection will be returned. Bets for the

remaining horses in the race will be subject to a deduction in accordance with Tattersall’s Rule 4(c) based on the win price of the withdrawn horse(s) at the time of withdrawal, (see Tattersall’s Rule 4 table) e.g. Horse X priced at 4/1 in the win market and 11/4 in the “I bet 2 Places” market is withdrawn then a Rule 4 deduction of 20c based on the 4/1 win price shall apply to the “I bet 2 Places” market. In the event of a race being reduced to 4 or less runners all bets are void. Normal dead-heat rules apply. Double Result concession does apply to this market

Daily Specials

Daily Specials are offered daily on topical horses/meetings/jockeys & Hot Pots.

Prices are guaranteed on all win doubles in these markets but prices are not guaranteed on any place doubles or mixed doubles as per our rule under BoyleSports special offers.

Across Card Doubles are not guaranteed as there is an enhancement built in at the time of acceptance.

Prices on other specials are not guaranteed. (Mixed Hot Pot, Place Accumulators, Jockey Specials, Easy As 1-2-3 etc.) as there is also an enhancement built in at time of acceptance. These markets are settled on Official Result and First Past the Post.

Shoot 6

The Shoot 6 is a BoyleSports specialty bet based on the races advertised by us/known as Scoop 6. Simply choose a horse in each of the six selected scoop 6 races (see press or TV). For a €2 unit stake your Shoot 6 Bet consists of:-

  1. €1 SP win accumulator + a 25% bonus if all six selections win.
  2. A €1 place accumulator, at the placed dividend as per declared on the Scoop 6.

Rules for Shoot 6:

  • Select horses by name, number or favourite.
  • In the event of a race(s) other than the selected Scoop 6 races being selected, bets will revert to an each-way SP accumulator with no bonus.
  • All selections are settled ‘Rules of Racing’.

Nominate Horses to Finish the Course Etc.

All bets are settled in accordance with the official returns in the Racing Post (excluding obvious errors), or in its absence, the Irish Times (excluding obvious errors), or in both of their absence, the Sporting Life (excluding obvious errors). This market will be settled on the official result of the race

Betting Without

Where we offer prices on an event without a nominated selection for settlement purposes the finishing position of the “without” selection will be ignored. Any each-way terms advertised are settled on the actual number of runners who take part in the race, excluding the “without” selections.

In markets where we are “Betting Without” a nominated selection, the place terms will be based on the remaining number of runners excluding the nominated selection.

Any rule 4 deductions will still apply and be based on the price of the withdrawn runner in that market at the time of withdrawal.

“Betting Without” bets are settled ignoring the finishing position of the nominated “Without” runner. Where the nominated “Without” selection is withdrawn before the start of a race, all bets on any of the field in this market stand.

If 2 or fewer runners start the race, then bets will be void. This market is settled on Official Result and First Past the Post

Match Bets and Triple Headers

Betting is offered to nominate which of two, or more, selections will finish a specified race ahead of the other(s).

If one runner does not take part in a match bet then all bets on that match are void.

Where all but one, of the nominated horses, fails to complete the course the other horse is automatically the winner. Where all horses in a match fail to complete the course all bets on that match will be void. All bets settled on a F.P.P. basis. Singles and upwards accepted.

All bets on the Special Markets must be placed before the off of the race.

No Official Starting Price returns;

In the event of no starting prices being returned, all selections for which a price has not been laid, will be declared void and treated as non-runners for the purpose of settlement.

Place Only Bets;

Place Only bets are not accepted unless specifically advertised. Where Place Only betting is advertised bets will be settled as follows:

  • On the number of places that will be advertised in the market name. For example a market named “3 Place Betting” is settled on a selection to finish in the first three places.
  • The number of places offered will not alter in the event of non-runners unless the number of runners is equal to or less than the number of places offered. In this event, all bets will be void
  • All stakes on any non-runners will be refunded. Bets on the remaining horses in the race will be subject to a deduction in accordance with the following table based on the last price available of the withdrawn selection:

 In the event of there being two or more withdrawals in one event, the total deduction shall not exceed 90c per €1. Standard Dead-Heat rules apply 

Reserves;

If we offer a price on a reserve runner which subsequently runs in the race this runner will count for results purposes on all bets. When/If we price a reserve which is subsequently confirmed a non-runner these withdrawals will not be subject to Rule 4 deductions.

Rule 4 Deductions;

What are Rule 4 deductions?

Rule 4 deductions are made to the Returns you receive back when the horse you have backed wins or is placed. These deductions are only made when one or more horses are withdrawn from the race after you have placed your bet. 

Rule 4 deductions are normally only made in cases where you have taken a price on your horse. Rule 4 deductions are only made from the Starting Price of a horse when a horse is withdrawn just before the race and there is no time to start or ‘reform’ a new market. Does not apply to Ante Post bets and backers of the withdrawn horse will have their stakes refunded

How much are Rule 4 deductions?

The amount taken from your winnings depends on how likely the horse or horses that were withdrawn from the race were to win.

The exact amount taken out of your winnings is based on the last price of the withdrawn selection in that market; at the time it is withdrawn from the race. This is because the price equates to its chances of winnings. Therefore the shorter its price, the bigger its chance of winning and the larger the Rule 4 deduction is.

The table below shows the amount of the deductions based on the price of individual selections. These deductions are the amount of money that is taken from each €1 in winnings or returns.


In cases of more than one withdrawal in a race, the total deduction will not exceed 90 cent/pence.

Two (or more) Races with the Same Time;

Where there is two (or more) races with the same race time and where no meeting is specified, unless it is obvious what the customer intended, the stake will be split between amounts of races.

Two runner races;

If a race has 2 runners, all bets are accepted at Early Prices and Board Prices. Forecast bets are not accepted on 2 runner races. If a Forecast bet is accepted in error then it will be made void.

If a race is reduced to 2 runners because of non-runners then Rule 4 rules will apply and Forecast/Tricast bets will be made void.

Unnamed favourites;

Bets nominating the favourite are accepted where available on certain horse or greyhound races at Starting Price only.

  1. In any race the favourite is the horse quoted in the official starting price return at the shortest odds. The second favourite is the horse quoted at the next shortest odds and so on. If two horses should be quoted at the same odds and if these odds should be shorter than those quoted against any other horse then these two horses are the joint first and second favourites.
  2. Subject to section (C) of this rule where the customer uses the word, “favourite” or “second favourite” to indicate the selection the stake will be invested on the horse defined in the preceding section. If two or more horses are thus selected the stake will be divided and invested equally amongst each of the selected horses. However, if such joint favourites are returned at a price where irrespective of result no profit could accrue to the backer of the favourite, the unnamed favourite will be treated as a non-runner. This section and section (A) with the exception of 2nd favourite will apply equally to greyhound racing.
  3. Commissions for unnamed favourites or additionally in the case of horse racing of unnamed second favourites will be accepted to win only. The place part of any such commission, if taken will be declared void.
  4. Commissions for second favourites at Greyhound meetings are not accepted and even if inadvertently taken will be declared void. Should a favourite commission be timed for one of the races on the days programme but no meeting or an unscheduled meeting be specified, it will be executed as for the Principal Meeting where the time coincides.

Walkovers / Void races;

All bets on races declared a walkover or declared 'void' will be void, win or lose.

Withdrawals / Non-Runners;

If a horse comes under Starter's Orders but refuses to race, the bet will be a loser.

In all horse races where a runner is withdrawn, or adjudged not to have started - and therefore been declared a Non-Runner by the starter - stakes on that selection will be refunded. (The exception to this being Ante Post bets).

Bets on the remaining runners in that race, taken at Early Prices or at Board Prices prior to withdrawal, will be subject to a deduction. This is based on Tattersalls Rule 4(c) (see above) and is dependent on the Non-Runner's price at the time it was withdrawn.

In reformed markets, the total deduction on the two or more horses - one in the original market and one in the reformed market - will be calculated on the prices applicable in the original market.

Bets on horses in subsequent markets that then have one or more withdrawn horses will have a deduction calculated on the prices applicable to that market at the time of the withdrawal.

In the event that there is insufficient time to form a new market on the race, S.P. bets may also be subject to a deduction based on Tattersalls Rule 4(c).

For bets at Early Prices, the application of Rule 4(c) will be determined by the last BoyleSports price available at the time the horse is withdrawn.

Overseas Racing;

All horse racing outside Ireland, U.K, U.A.E. & South Africa are settled on Rules of Racing basis only. In countries where bookmakers do operate and an official starting price is returned, bets are accepted in accordance with our general rules and any conditional rules applicable to the country concerned, as advertised by BoyleSports on its screens or IT system in the LBOs or in national newspapers.

In countries where we determine that there is no Starting Price market in operation, bets maybe accepted at the following, where available:-

  1. BoyleSports Early Prices or SIS Industry shows.
  2. For selected meetings when an SIS/Industry S.P. is in operation and advertised, bets not struck at Early or Board price will be settled at the SIS/Industry SP and not at Pari-mutuel returns. (Bets maybe accepted at Pari-mutuel returns for meetings when an SIS/Industry SP is in operation only if we offer this facility and it is requested by the customer - otherwise bets will be settled at the Industry SP.)
  3. When there is no SIS/Industry SP in operation bets not placed at an Early or Board price will be settled at Pari-Mutuel returns.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Customers that do not take a BoyleSports price will have bets settled at the industry SP, which is returned by an independent SP reported from odds supplied to SIS by the major bookmakers, SIS will also issue straight forecast dividends.

German Racing

German betting is passed by SIS; SIS will provide updated betting based on the German tote pool. These prices can be taken by you provided that you ensure that they are verified by a member of our staff before you place your bet.

A straight forecast will be returned on all races of 4 or more runners. Please note that all dividends will be to a 1 unit stake. NB tricasts are not accepted on German racing

French Racing

Prices on show by us for French racing are a guide only; these prices can be taken by you provided that you ensure that they are verified by a member of our staff before you place your bet. As French racing operate a coupling system, if you take a price on a selected runner, your selection is for that runner only however if you do not take a price and your bet is settled at the Pari-Mutual, your selection will be for either of the coupled runners. A forecast dividend will be returned on all races of 4 or more runners.

Italian Racing

Prices on show are guide prices only, these prices can be taken by you provided that you ensure that they are verified by a member of our staff before you place your bet. A forecast dividend will be returned on all races of 4 or more runners.

South African & Indian Racing 

Bets are accepted on South African & Indian Racing. Bets are settled at SP unless a show price as provided by data suppliers is taken. Each way bets are settled to the same place terms as UK and Irish racing. Shows will be provided by an official data supplier.

You can choose to take a BoyleSports Early Price or BoyleSports Starting Price when betting on selections in these races if available. The Starting Price will be the last available BoyleSports Early Price unless there is an industry returned SP.

For some international horse races we offer Pari-Mutual betting (PMU). Two PMU markets will be available - to win or to place. It is not possible to place an each way bet on the PMU. Each Way Place terms differ from country to country and all bets will be settled in accordance with each country’s each way terms.

US Racing

All Bets are settled to the US Pari-mutuel returns except where there is, an Ante Post Price, a BoyleSports Early Price Taken or an Industry SP is declared.

In the event of an Industry SP being declared you can select either Industry SP or P-M.

Where it is not clearly stated all bets will be settled on the Industry SP.

Your bets will be settled using the odds as declared by the US tracks as the official results. All odds and potential dividends displayed on our screens prior to a race starting are for guidance only and are provided to us by the racetracks.

BoyleSports can only accept bet types that are made available by the relevant track and for which the appropriate betting pool has been opened.

BoyleSports will refund stakes on any race declared a No Contest by the relevant US track. A simple rule is that when there is a dividend for a bet type declared – then you’re on!

BoyleSports will refund stakes on certain pool bet types when the amount of runners in a race is less than four.

All dividends from the track are returned to a $2 unit. BoyleSports will apply the individual US Host Track settlement rules in regard to coupled and mutual fields selections. Coupled and mutual fields selections in the US are treated as a single wagering entry in ALL Tote pools. Any bets on any markets where we offer our own fixed price will be settled on the official result without coupling should any contestant in a coupled entry or mutual field be officially withdrawn or scratched, the remaining contestants in that coupled entry or mutual field shall remain valid betting interests. If all contestants within a coupled entry or mutual field are scratched, then tickets on such betting interests shall be refunded, notwithstanding other provisions of these rules. BoyleSports will accept bets up to the closure of wagering at the US Host Track. Bets staked in whole $US. BoyleSports will accept bets up to the closure of wagering at the US Host Track.

Some US racing terms 

Exacta – Select two horses to finish first and second in the correct order. Reverse option allows the horses to finish in any order. This bet will cost twice the unit stake

M/L – This stands for Morning Line, which is the press estimate of the odds for each horse.

Place – Select a horse to finish first or second.

Show – Select a horse to finish first, second or third.

Win – Select a horse to win a race.

Trifecta – Select three horse to finish first, second and third in the correct order. Combination option allows the three horses to finish in any order. This will cost six times the unit stake (3 Selections).

Generic Rules for US Wagering.

  • BoyleSports will pay track odds upon results as declared by the US Host Track.
  • Only bet types offered by the US Host Track on individual races will be accepted by BoyleSports.
  • BoyleSports will refund all moneys wagered on a race that is declared by the US Host Track to be a “No-Contest”.
  • BoyleSports will refund all moneys wagered on races that due to scratched (non-runners) entrants have insufficient

wagering interests remaining to fulfil the requirements of the bet type.

  • Win pools, Exacta pools, and first leg of Double pools offered in contests in which the number of betting interests has been reduced to less than two (2).
  • Place pools, Quinella pools, Trifecta pools, offered in contests in which the number of betting interests has been

reduced to fewer than three (3).

  • Show pools offered in contests in which the number of betting interests has been reduced to less than four (4).
  • BoyleSports will apply the US Host Track’s settlement rules in regard to non-runners, refunds and consolations, these include:
    • Known Non-Runners cannot be selected.
  • Stakes are refunded on Win, Place, Show, wagering where the selection(s) is scratched (non-runner)
  • Stakes are refunded on Exacta, Quinella, Trifecta and wagers that include a scratched (non-runner) selection. In combination) wagers on these bet types, refunds are made on all elements of the multiple wager incorporating the scratched selection(s), wagers stand on elements of multiple wagers devoid of scratched selection(s)

Tote Betting;

ToteJackpot

ToteJackpot bets take place daily at one nominated UK meeting. The aim is to select the winners of all 6 toteJackpot races at the toteJackpot meeting. The toteJackpot races are always races 1 - 6 unless otherwise stated.

Bets must be placed before the first toteJackpot race and dividends are declared after the last toteJackpot race.

We accept Jackpot bets on UK meetings where a Tote Jackpot is in operation.

The minimum unit stake is €1.

  • Where there is no Tote Jackpot in operation, bets on the Jackpot will be settled as S.P. accumulators.
  • Selections to be indicated by name or race card number or favourite. All favourite selections will be treated as 1st Favourite. In the event of joint-favourites the rules as detailed under Placepots will apply.
  • Permutations accepted.
  • Second favourites are not accepted in Jackpots, if taken in error bet will be settled as an S.P. accumulator.
  • Where there is evidence of Pool Rigging we reserve the right to limit payment to a maximum of twice the S.P. accumulator.
  • All Jackpot bets will be settled on a Rules of Racing basis.
  • UK Jackpot dividends are declared to a €1.00 unit.
  • Jackpots minimum €1 unit stake.
  • Non-runners are substituted by the race favourite*.
  • Jackpots are not accepted for Irish Meetings and if accepted in error will be settled as SP Accumulators.

*Where a selection becomes a non-runner it will be replaced by the Starting Price favourite.

Where there are joint favourites, the joint favourite with the lowest race card number will be taken.

Should the favourite be withdrawn before coming under Starters Orders and too late for a new favourite to be made, the horse returned at the next shortest price will be taken.

Where two or more horses are returned at the next shortest price, the one with the lowest racecard number will be taken.

TotePlacepot/Quadpots;

TOTE PLACEPOTS/QUADPOTS

Placepots are accepted for all U.K. and Irish horse meetings where the Tote Pool is in operation.

Quadpots are only accepted for U.K. meetings.

  1. All Placepots/Quadpots are settled on a Rules of Racing basis.
  2. BoyleSports do not accept Quadpots on Irish Racing, any bet taken in error will be settled as an SP Place Accumulator.
  3. A selection is required to reach a place in the designated Placepot/Quadpot races at a nominated meeting and will be successful if:
  4. In races of 4 or less runners 1st only.
  5. In races of 5, 6 or 7 runners 1st or 2nd only.
  6. In races of 8 or more runners 1st, 2nd or 3rd only.
  7. In handicap races of 16 or more runners 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th. (Extra/Bonus Places do not count).
  8. If the meeting is not specified or an unscheduled meeting is given:
  9. The bet will stand for the day’s principal meeting, unless the selections determine that only one meeting corresponds
  10. In any instance other than above the bet will be void.
  11. Selections for Placepots are to be made by race card number or by nominating the first favourite (enter “Fav” on slip).

All favourite selections will be treated as 1st Favourite. Where there are joint favourites the one with the lowest race card number will be taken as the selection. If the favourite is withdrawn the shortest price runner will be used but should there be two or more at the shortest price then the one with the lowest race card number will be used. If no starting price is returned a favourite selection will be substituted by the horse with the shortest price as per the Racing Post betting guide.

  1. If a selection is omitted, capable of more than one interpretation, or is a non-runner it will be replaced by the favourite as defined in E above.
  2. Placepot / Quadpot dividends are declared to a €1.00 unit. In the event that a Placepot / Quadpot dividend is not declared, all bets will be settled as place accumulators at S.P. odds.
  3. The minimum total stake per slip is 50 cents (with units of 10 cents and multiples thereof accepted for permutations).
  4. Where there is evidence of Pool Rigging or unnatural unexplained large pools in the Tote Placepot/Quadpot we reserve the right to limit payment to a maximum of twice the S.P. place accumulator.

Trotting;

All bets are settled according to the declared official result. No subsequent change to the result will affect the settlement of the race in question. All bets on Trotting are accepted at stated prices only. This is true of win only bets and any other betting market. Multiple bets will be settled as standard accumulators.

  • All races of 8 or more runners - 3 places
  • All races of 4, 5, 6 and 7 runners - 2 places
  • Races with less than 4 runners - Place betting will not be offered for races of less than 4 runners. If a race originally has 4 or more runners but there are enough non-runners to reduce the field to less than 4, all bets previously accepted as place only bets will be void and stakes returned

Singles and upwards:

Dead Heats

"Dead heat" is a term that describes when two or more participants in an event tie. If a "dead-heat" is declared on any event, half the stake is applied to the selection at full odds and the other half is lost. If more than two "dead-heat", the stake is proportioned accordingly.

Win

If two or more horses dead heat for first place, then each horse in the dead heat is a winner.

Place

If two horses dead heat for first place, they fill the first two places. If three horses dead heat for first place, they fill the first three places, and so on.

If two horses dead heat for second place, they fill the second and third places. If three horses dead heat for second place, they fill the second, third and fourth places.

Non Runners & Disqualified Horses 

In the event of a non-runner participant the odds on the remaining runners are reduced in accordance with Tattersalls Rule 4 (c) as outlined above

All bets on a horse declared a non-runner are void and stakes will be refunded.

If a horse is disqualified for any reason, all bets on that horse are losing bets, no rule 4 will apply to bets struck to other bets.

Cancelled or Postponed Races

If a race is cancelled, all bets on that race will be void. If a race is postponed but takes place on the original day, all bets on that race will stand.

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