What Happens to Bets When Races are Postponed or Rescheduled?

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Most bettors will have had a flutter on the horses at one point or another, turning their hand to taking on the bookmakers over the result of the gee gees. It is one of the most popular sports to have a wager on in the entire world, with bookies keen to try to ensure that you walk away disappointed. Sometimes there is a sense of disappointment, but it has nothing to do with the actual outcome of the race, but rather because it didn’t take place as it was planned to. Whilst it isn’t all that common, there are numerous reasons why a horse race might end up being postponed or even rescheduled in its entirety, but what happens to the bets on it?

Obviously it depends entirely on what has happened, with each bookmaker having their own rules in place in order to deal with delayed or postponed races. As a bettor, it can be frustrating because you’ve done a wealth of research and looked to figure out what you can in terms of what is likely to happen, only for the race to not take place as it was supposed to.

This might mean that your knowledge about the Going and the other horses taking part in the race and so on is suddenly completely useless, but what is it that happens to your bet? This can be crucial information for you to know in order to understand whether you need to re-place them.

What the Rules Say About Singles

rules and regulationsThe majority of bookmakers have rules in place specifically to deal with races that get postponed or rescheduled. Exactly what will happen depends on what has happened to the race, but the rule of thumb that you can look towards is that the bets that you’ve placed on any given race will remain in place as long as the circumstances surrounding the bet remain the same.

If the Final Declarations on a race stand then all bets placed on said race will also stand, even if the race has been rescheduled to another day altogether. The crucial information there, though, is that everything has to remain as originally planned.

When a Single bet has been placed on a race and the race’s precise information changes in some way, the bet will be made void. Some of these circumstances are quite obvious, such as a race being declared void officially. Some, however, are not quite as clear as you might imagine. You would find your bet made void if, for example, the venue that the race is being held at is changed. So if your race was supposed to be run at Ascot Racecourse but it is moved to York Racecourse, the bet will be made void and your initial stake will be refunded to you if you placed it as a Single. The same is true if the surface the race is being run on is changed.

If you were betting on a race that was due to take place on turf, for example, but it is moved to an all-weather track then the bet will be made void. This is also the case if any of the conditions of the race are altered, with the conditions of the race being definite under the Tattersalls rules. It might have been changed to become a handicap race, say, which would mean that any bets placed on it originally when it wasn’t being run as a handicap will no longer be valid, given the dramatic difference in the race type between a handicap and a non-handicap race, so obviously all bets will be declared void.

How Accumulator Bets are Treated

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In many ways, accumulative bets are treated the same as Singles in a lot of instances. If the race has been postponed until later in the day, for example, or rescheduled to the following day but everything else about the event remains the same, your bet will stand. It does require everything to remain the same, however, including the likes of Final Declarations still standing.

Any alteration to the nature of the race and your accumulator bet will see the selection involved in the postponed or rescheduled race will be treated as a non-runner. This means that your accumulator bet will go ahead with odds adjusted to take that into account.

This is true for any form of multiple bet, not just accumulators. If any part of the wager that you’ve placed ends up being postponed or rescheduled, it will still stand unless some part of the original bet’s nature is changed. In other words, it will remain part of the multiple bet if it all stays the same, but will be treated as a non-runner if:

  • The race is abandoned
  • The Race is officially declared void
  • The race’s conditions are altered according to Tattersalls rules
  • The venue where the race was supposed to take place is changed
  • The surface the race was due to take place on is altered

In other words, the way that races are treated depends on whether your bet is a Single or part of a multiple wager, but the reasons for the race to be either made void or treated as a non-runner are the same in both instances. If you know that your race has been postponed or rescheduled, take a look at the conditions of the new race and that will let you know how your bet will be treated.

The key thing to remember is that bookmakers will do what they can to make sure that your bet can stand, purely because it is in their interest to do so. Bookies are run in a many that guarantees them a profit, so they will not be trying to screw you over no matter how you might feel about them. They will be keen for your bet on a postponed or rescheduled race to stand if possible, but will also be aware that it wouldn’t be fair for it to stand if the circumstances of the bet have changed, both to them and to you.