Kick-off time (GMT): 27/12/2016 : 13:25
There’s a big day of racing at Chepstow today and it’s time for another Sky Bet First Race Special! If our horse finishes 2nd or 3rd in the 1.25 at Chepstow, Sky Bet will refund our stake as a free bet, up to a maximum of £25.00. Translated into matched betting terms, this gives us a potential profit of £18.65 and here’s how…
If you’re unsure about how to place qualifying bets, check out my Qualifying Bet Strategy page for a walk-through guide on how they should be done.
It’s entirely up to you which horse you go for, but it would make sense to select a horse with fairly short odds in the hope of a 2nd or 3rd place finish.
At the time of writing the odds are poor, so I’ll use fictional odds in the following example and I’ll update the bottom of the post with my actual selection after the race.
I like to place my exchange lay bets with Smarkets as they have great liquidity in the run up to races, the site is really easy to use and they only charge 2% commission in comparison to the 5% charged by other betting exchanges.
We can calculate our lay stake using my matched betting calculator…
As you can see, the calculator tells us that our lay stake should be £24.13…
Place £25.00 on Rolling Dylan @ 5.00 = Potential profit of £100.00
Lay £24.13 on Rolling Dylan @ 5.20 = Potential liability of £101.35
Let’s have a look at our potential profit/loss for the possible outcomes…
|Rolling Dylan wins||+ £100.00 – £101.35 = £1.35 loss|
|Rolling Dylan places 2nd or 3rd||- £25.00 + £23.65 + £20.00 (extract 80% from our £25.00 free bet) = £18.65 profit|
|Rolling Dylan finishes outside top 3||- £25.00 + £23.65 = £1.35 loss|
So, we will make a nice profit of £18.65 if Rolling Dylan places 2nd or 3rd and we stand to lose £1.35 on any other outcome. Risking £1.35 to make a profit of £18.65 gives us effective odds of 14.81, which I’m sure you’ll agree, makes this a profitable offer in the long run.
If you’re unsure how to extract 80% of a £25.00 free bet, check out my Free Bet Strategy page for a walk-through guide on how it should be done.
* I actually placed my qualifying bet on Rolling Dylan at back odds of 3.75 and lay odds of 3.90. Rolling Dylan finished 2nd, meaning I made a profit of £18.68 on this Sky Bet offer. *