Non Runners and Deductions
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Non Runners and Deductions
Do You Get Your Stake Back?
Day of Race Market
If you place a bet on a horse after the final declarations have been made and that horse doesn't run for any reason you will get your full stake back.
If you back a horse in an antepost market and the horse doesn't run you will not receive any money back unless the bookmaker is offering Non Runner No Bet terms on the race. This normally only applies to the very biggest races (Grand National and Cheltenham Festival) and even those will have normal ante post rules until maybe a week or two before the race. If the bookmaker has gone Non Runner No Bet it should be clearly marked near the place terms on the bet placement page.
Rule 4 Deductions
As bookies are giving punters their money back when their bet doesn't run there have to be deductions on other bets to cover that. This deduction is known as a rule 4 and explains why sometimes you'll find winning bets don't return as much as you thought they would. Remember that deductions only apply to the profit from your bet, your stake is not affected.
Although officially you should get a 5p deduction if a horse in your race priced between 10/1 and 14/1 is a non runner, many online bookmakers are now ignoring that as a concession. So with those bookies you will only find a deduction to your bets if there is a non runner at shorter odds than 10/1.
However many withdrawals there are in a particular race, the bookies won't apply more than a 90p deduction to bets.
You bet £10 on a horse at 4/1 at 10am on the day of the race.
Multiple Rule 4s
Often when there is a going change, or sometimes because of bad luck, you will find that several quite well fancied runners are withdrawn from a particular race and this is going to result in multiple rule 4 deductions being applied to the same race.
Best Odds Guaranteed
If the bookmaker you are betting with offers best odds guaranteed this will still apply to races when there is a rule 4. If the SP of your bet is bigger than the price you took minus the deduction you will be paid at SP.
Non Runners In Forecasts and Tricasts
The rules for non runners when you have placed a forecast or tricast varies between bookies. If there is one non runner in either a forecast or a tricast bet some bookies will make the bet a single on the remaining one runner at SP and a forecast on the two remaining runners respectively whilst others will simply make the bet void. If all horses in the bet are non runners the bet will be void with all bookies. Check with each individual bookies terms and conditions to see which ones use which method of settlement.
Non Runners With Tote Bets
If you place an exacta, trifecta or swinger with the Tote and any of the horses in the bet become non runners the bet will become void and you will receive your money back.