HOLLYWOOD SPORTSBOOK: HORSE RACING RULES

These are the Horse Racing Rules for all bets offered by any of the companies in the Hollywood Sportsbook Group of Companies, as well as other bookmaking operations managed by Hollywoodbets on behalf of other licensees, which shall hereafter be referred to as “Hollywoodbets”. A list of the companies which comprise the Hollywoodbets Group and the bookmaking operations managed by Hollywoodbets are available on the Hollywoodbets website which can be found at www.hollywoodbets.net.

All horse racing bets are subject to the company’s Terms & Conditions and particular reference should be made to the General Terms & Conditions clause 2.14 Maximum Winning, as it relates to horse racing.

  1. Horse Racing Bet Types

1.1 Unit of Betting on Racing

All bets shall be to a R1 unit. Where dividends are declared to a different unit, then the dividend shall be adjusted to pay to a R1 unit.

1.2 Ante-Post Betting

1.2.1 An ante-post bet is a bet on a medium to long term feature race or event.

In the case of weather or outside influences that cause an event to be postponed or rescheduled to another day, then all ante-post bets shall stand. Ante-post bets may include runners that do not ultimately participate in the race or event and bets wagered on such will be considered losers. These races/events may be referred to as “all-in” events. No deduction shall be taken on scratching from ante-post all-in races or events. A multiple bet that includes an ante-post leg will be a losing bet in the event the ante-post selection does not participate or run.

An ante-post bet will be void where the race on which the ante-post bet has been placed is officially abandoned, the conditions of the race altered or if the venue of the race has been changed. In these circumstances any multiple bet, which includes this selection, will be paid out on the remaining selections.

1.2.2 Non Runner, No Bet

From time to time Hollywoodbets may offer a “non-runner, no bet” option as an ante-post bet for selected feature races. This means that if your selection does not run in the selected race on which you have placed your bet, your stake will be refunded (single bets). You will receive your money back as soon as your non-runner is declared. If your selection is part of a multiple bet, the bet remains alive on the remaining runners (i.e. your selection is abandoned).

1.3 Feature Race Multiples

The horse racing year provides occasions where the same selection can be backed to win in two different events. In these events the multiple bet will be reduced by one-third of the full accumulated odds.

Example:

Hawaam to win the Queen’s Plate – 1/1

Hawaam to win the J&B Met – 4/1

Ante-post Double price – 9/1 x 66.7% = 6/1

1.4 Betting with a Run (any bet other than an ante-post bet)

Where a single bet is made “with a run” and the selected horse is scratched, the bet shall be void.

All bets struck “with a run” on the remaining horses in a race where one or more horses have been scratched shall be subject to the deductions detailed in the table 3.1.1 of the General Terms & Conditions.

Where a deduction applies to remaining runners in the event of a multiple event bet “with a run”, the relevant deduction in the table 3.1.1 of the General Terms & Conditions shall be applied to the runner of the event where the scratching occurred, and the entire bet recalculated in respect of the event from which the horse was scratched.

Any bets “with a run” struck after the official announcement of the withdrawal of one or more horses shall not be subject to any deduction, unless there is a further withdrawal or withdrawals.

Where a race is abandoned, all bets “with a run” on the race concerned shall be void.

In starting price multiple bets “with a run”, winnings on winning bets shall be calculated and paid at the Hollywoodbets starting price (see 3.2 below).

1.5 Jockey Championship

The winner is the jockey or jockeys who have ridden the most winners, numerically, in a championship period.

The winner of the British Flat Jockeys Championship is the jockey who rides the most winners on the flat and all-weather tracks during the championship period. Dead-heat rules apply.

1.6 Betting for Absolute Second

In certain instances, betting may be offered, on the field, to run second. Fixed odds to run absolute second will be displayed against all participants in the event. A pay-out will be made on all bets struck on the horse that finished in second place. Dead-heat rules will apply.

1.7 Match Races

The horse (or jockey or trainer) that attains the highest finishing position in the official result will be the winner of the match race. Both contestants must come under starter’s orders or bets will be void. Hollywoodbets reserves the right to change the contestant in a match race without notice and reserves the right to suspend betting at any time.

In hurdle/jump races, all runners that come under starter’s orders will be declared as runners in the Match Bet market. Should only one runner finish the race, this runner shall be declared the winner. In the event that both horses do not complete the race, the bet will be void.

1.8 Triple Headers

The horse that attains the highest finishing position in the official result will be the winner of the triple header race. All horses must come under starter’s orders, failing which should two horses be scratched then all bets will be void. Should one horse be withdrawn without coming under starter’s orders, the horse will be treated as a non-runner in which event a deduction may be made from the winnings of bets struck at a fixed price and, if there is insufficient time to form a new market/starting price, the starting price will be subject to the same deduction. 

In hurdle/jump races, all runners that come under starter’s orders will be declared as runners in the triple header race. Should only one runner finish the race, this runner shall be declared the winner. In the event that all three horses do not complete the race, the bet will be void.

1.9 Place Betting

1.9.1 Fixed Odds Places

The following shall apply to place betting at fixed odds:

  • In races of 3 runners or less no place bets shall be accepted. All place bets placed will be void.
  • In the event of a dead heat in the placings, normal dead heat rules will apply.
  • All fixed odds place bets are subject to the rules relating to the scratchings and the deductions table above. In the event that scratchings result in 3 runners or less, all place bets will be refunded.
  • If scratchings reduce the size of the field, and deductions are declared, bets will stand as taken subject to those deductions, save where the number of runners in reduced to 3 or less. If no deduction is declared the odds and places will be determined as per the table below.
  • Hollywoodbets may at any time withdraw the offer of fixed odds place betting in any given race or event.
  • Hollywoodbets may from time to time offer feature race place betting which will include multiple alternate place betting opportunities based on the win odds of the contestants

FIXED ODDS PLACES TABLE

Number of carded runners

Places Paid

3 or less

Nil

4 to 6

2

7 – 13

3

14 or more

4

1.9.2 Open Places – see 2.2/2.3 below

1.10 Yankee Bets

All Yankee bets and bets of a similar nature (including Canadian) will be laid subject to the betting limits in section 2.14 of the General Terms & Conditions. Any bet placed by a customer in excess of the payout limit will be accepted, whether they are winning or losing bets, and paid out subject to the payout limits prescribed. In the event that the win limit impositions, as indicated in section 2.14 of the General Terms & Conditions, are exceeded, for any reason whatsoever, then Hollywoodbets shall be entitled, at any time, to amend the betting transaction/s concerned in order to bring same within the win limit imposition/s. This condition applies particularly to quads and five-timers in Yankee and Canadian type bets where the limit of a quad is set at R300 000.

A Yankee is a wager on four selections (in four separate events) and consisting of 11 separate bets: 6 doubles, 4 trebles and a fourfold accumulator. A minimum of two selections must win to gain a return.

A Canadian is a wager on five selections (in five separate events) and consisting of 26 separate bets: 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds and a fivefold, all to come (fivefold multiple). A minimum of two selections must win to gain a return.

1.11 Dead Heats

In the case of a dead heat in a match race the bet shall be resulted as a dead heat.

In the case of a two-horse dead heat and also in winning multiple event bets where one race results in a two-horse dead heat, the customer will lose half of the amount staked and the remaining stake will be applied at the original odds as a winner.

In winning multiple event bets where two races result in dead heats, the customer shall win the odds to one quarter of the stake and lose the other three quarters, and so on, for further dead heats. The remaining portion of the stake shall be applied at the original odds as a winner.

Notwithstanding the provisions above, in the case of a three-horse dead heat in multiple event bets, where one race results in a triple dead heat, the customer shall lose two thirds of the stake and the entire bet is recalculated as a result of the event where the dead heat occurred.

The dead heat rule may apply in other sporting codes such as, but not restricted to, darts, golf, athletics and soccer, and will be applied as above.

  1. Open Bet Types

All bets shall be to a R1 unit. Where dividends are declared to a different unit, then the dividend shall be adjusted to pay to a R1 unit. All open bets on racing shall be subject to the SAFTOTE terms and conditions and paid in accordance with the Saftote dividend. All exotic bets (Jackpots, Bipots, Pick 6s and Place Accumulators) shall be laid in accordance with the Saftote rules. Pool limits as applied in paragraph 2.14 Maximum Winnings of the company’s General Terms & Conditions shall apply to all open bets on racing.

2.1 Win bets are won when the runner selected finishes first.

2.2 Place bets are won when the runner picked finishes in one of the up to four places. The number of places for which the bet is paid is determined by the Totalisator. Usually, there are three places being paid. However, depending on the country, the event and the number of runners, two or up to six places might be paid.

2.3 Open Places (Local Meetings)

Where there are 6 or 7 runners, including where the field is reduced by scratchings or withdrawals, the Operators may offer a place pool where dividends will be paid in respect of the horses placed first and second. Where a dividend is not declared all place bets will be void. Where there are 8 to 15 runners, 3 places will apply. Where there are 16 or more runners, 4 places will apply. The Operators may offer dividends for more than four places in selected races or events.

2.4 Exacta bets are won when the two runners picked finish first and second in the exact order specified. Should one of the picked runners become a non-runner, the stakes shall be refunded. Should less than two runners cross the finishing line for a given race, all exacta bets shall be lost unless the Totalisator is providing exacta dividends.

2.5 Trifecta bets are won when the three runners picked finish first, second, and third in the exact order specified. Should one of the picked runners become a non-runner, the stakes shall be refunded. Should less than three runners cross the finishing line for a given race, the Totalisator rules shall apply for payout.

2.6 Quartet bets are won when the four runners picked finish first, second, third, and fourth in the exact order specified. Should one of the picked runners become a non-runner, the stakes shall be refunded. Should less than four runners cross the finishing line for a given race, the Totalisator rules shall apply for payout.

2.7 Swinger bets are won when the two runners picked finish in one of the top three places regardless of their order of arrival. Should one of the picked runners become a non-runner, the stakes shall be refunded. Should less than three horses cross the finishing line for a given race, all swinger bets shall be lost unless the Totalisator provides swinger dividends.

2.8 Double bets are won when the horses picked win both of the races that comprise the double. Hollywoodbets lays the open bet on the tote double to a R1 unit.

2.9 Pick 3 bets are won when the horses picked win each of the three races that comprise the Pick 3. Please note that with effect from 30 September 2019, the totalisator amended the Pick 3 unit to R2. Hollywoodbets lays the open bet on the Pick 3 to a R1 unit. Therefore, for settlement purposes, the tote dividend will be divided by 2 for the open bet dividend.

2.10 Jackpot bets are won when the horses picked win each of the four races that comprise the jackpot.

2.11 Place Accumulator bets are won when the horses picked finish in the top three places in each of the seven races that comprise the place accumulator.

2.12 Bipot bets are won when the horses picked win or run second in each of the six races that comprise the Bipot.

2.13 Pick 6 bets are won when the horses picked win each of the six races that comprise the Pick 6.

2.14 Mixa bets combine races from different venues and are won when the horses picked comply with the winning requirements of the specific Mixa, be it a jackpot, Bipot, place accumulator or Pick 6.

  1. General Horse Racing Rules

No bet may be accepted in respect of a horse race once that race has officially started. All bets placed on a race after the actual start will be void. No cancellations of multiples or open/exotic bets that have already started will be entertained.

3.1 Withdrawals/Scratchings

In all horse races, except horse races on which ante-post bets have been placed, if a horse is withdrawn without coming under starters orders, the horse will be treated as a non-runner. In which event, a deduction may be made, at the time Hollywoodbets processes the scratching, from the winnings of bets struck at a fixed price prior to the scratching and, if there is insufficient time to form a new market/starting price, the starting price will be subject to the same deduction. Where a reserve runner is introduced into the race, the value of the deduction on the scratched horse it replaces will be adjusted based on the opening betting of the horse now introduced. Each deduction will be determined in accordance with the following deduction table.

3.1.1 Deduction Table

Odds of Withdrawn Horse

Deduction

Reserve Price

   

17+

13-16.99

8-12.99

5.5-7.99

3.5-5.49

2.5-3.49

2-2.49

1.5-1.99

1.2-1.49

1-1.19

0.8-0.99

0.6-0.79

0.4-0.59

0.4-0.49

< 0.4

17.0 +

0%

0%

                           

13-16.99

5%

5%

0%

     

All options are 0%

         

8-12.99

10%

10%

5%

0%

             

5.5-7.99

15%

15%

10%

5%

0%

           

3.5-5.49

20%

20%

15%

10%

5%

0%

                   

2.5-3.49

25%

25%

20%

15%

10%

5%

0%

                 

2-2.49

30%

30%

25%

20%

15%

10%

5%

0%

               

1.5-1.99

35%

35%

30%

25%

20%

15%

10%

5%

0%

             

1.2-1.49

40%

40%

35%

30%

25%

20%

15%

10%

5%

0%

           

1-1.19

45%

45%

40%

35%

30%

25%

20%

15%

10%

5%

0%

         

0.8-0.99

50%

50%

45%

40%

35%

30%

25%

20%

15%

10%

5%

0%

       

0.6-0.79

55%

55%

50%

45%

40%

35%

30%

25%

20%

15%

10%

5%

0%

     

0.5-0.59

60%

60%

55%

50%

45%

40%

35%

30%

25%

20%

15%

10%

5%

0%

   

0.4-0.49

65%

65%

60%

55%

50%

45%

40%

35%

30%

25%

20%

15%

10%

5%

0%

 

Under 0.4

70%

70%

65%

60%

55%

50%

45%

40%

35%

30%

25%

20%

15%

10%

5%

0%

 3.2 Hollywoodbets Starting Price

The starting price of a horse shall be the last fixed odds laid or displayed by Hollywoodbets on that horse, prior to the start of the race. In the event of a late withdrawal, where no new betting is displayed before the start of the race, then the starting price shall be the last price displayed, subject to a deduction.

3.3 Time and Venue of Race

Where the venue or the racing surface of a race or race meeting is changed from that originally advertised the following will apply:

3.3.1 For fixed odds betting, the race or race meeting shall be deemed to have been abandoned and any and all single bets struck prior to the change shall be void. In the case of multiple bets, the affected legs shall be treated as scratchings and the balance of the bet shall remain in force.

If a race is changed from around the turn to the straight course or vice-versa, then all bets are void.

3.3.2 For open and exotic bets, all bets stand and are valid regardless of the change in venue or racing surface and will be subject to the result achieved at the revised venue/racing surface.

In the event of a venue or racing surface change, open bets may be cancelled prior to the running of the race (or the first leg of an exotic).

For the purposes of this section and section 3.4, all of the Turffontein, Vaal, Scottsville and Kenilworth racecourses with multiple same-surface tracks, shall each be considered to be one venue.

3.4 Change in Distance

Where the racecourse operator amends, for any reason, the distance of a race or races then the following shall apply:

3.4.1 For open and exotic bets, all bets stand.

3.4.2 For fixed odds bets

- if a race is changed from around the turn to the straight course or vice-versa (regardless of the distance change), then all bets are void. In the case of multiple bets, the affected legs shall be treated as scratchings and the balance of the bet shall remain in force.

- if the distance changes by greater than 300m all bets are void. Multiples treated as above.

- if the distance changes by 300m or less, all bets stand.

Bets may be cancelled, on request, up to the start time of the event. 

3.5 Postponed Races

Where a race advertised to be run on a certain date is postponed to any future date, if the race is run more than 48 hours after the originally advertised date and time all bets on that postponed race shall be void, save in respect of ante-post bets.

 3.6 Races Re-Run

In the event of any race being ordered to be re-run:

  • Starting price bets shall be calculated and paid at the current price at the time the race is finally run.
  • “With a run” bets on any horse which started on the first occasion and which was subsequently scratched, shall be void and the deductions in terms of the table above shall apply.
  • Ante-post bets shall stand.
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