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Betfair Offer – 14:30 Royal Ascot (Tuesday)

Posted by Matt (administrator) Matt
Start Time: 20/06/2017 14:30

Royal Ascot 2017 gets underway on Tuesday and you don’t want to miss this Betfair offer! Place a £10.00 Exchange back bet on the 14:30 at Royal Ascot on Tuesday and Betfair will give us a £10.00 free Sportsbook bet to be used on the 16:20. Translated into matched betting terms, this gives us a guaranteed profit of £7.55 and here’s how…

Betfair Offer - 14:30 Royal Ascot (Tuesday)

Qualifying Bet:

If you’re unfamiliar with qualifying bets, please see my Qualifying Bet Strategy page for a walk-through guide on how they should be done.

Qualifying bets must be placed pre-race at odds of 1.20 (1/5) or greater on the ‘Win’ market, to be eligible. Only bets on the Day of Race market count. Antepost, Sportsbook and Exchange in play bets do not count.

To qualify for a £10.00 free Sportsbook bet on the 16:20 at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, we must place an Exchange back bet of £10.00 on the 14:30 at Royal Ascot. We can therefore place a back bet on the Betfair Exchange and then lay our selection at Smarkets. It’s important to note that it’s against the terms of the offer to lay against our qualifying bet on the Betfair Exchange.

It’s entirely up to you which horse you place your qualifying bet on. Having looked at the odds available, I’ve opted to place my qualifying bet on Ribchester.

We can calculate our lay stake using my matched betting calculator…

Back Bet (Bookie)


Lay Bet (Betting Exchange)


Min £
Max £
Lay stake required: £
If back (bookie) bet wins
= £
If lay (exchange) bet wins
= £

Total profit: £

Optimal Underlay

Lay stake required: £
Exchange liability: £

If back (bookie) bet wins: £
If lay (exchange) bet wins: £

Optimal Overlay

Lay stake required: £
Exchange liability: £

If back (bookie) bet wins: £
If lay (exchange) bet wins: £

As you can see, the calculator tells us that our lay stake should be £9.75…

Betfair logo

Place £10.00 on Ribchester @ 2.00 = Potential profit of £9.50

Smarkets logo

Lay £9.75 on Ribchester @ 2.02 = Potential loss of £9.94

Let’s have a look at our potential profit/loss for the possible outcomes…

Ribchester wins+ £9.50 – £9.94 = £0.44 loss
Ribchester doesn't win- £10.00 + £9.55 (£9.75 minus 2% commission) = £0.45 loss

So, we’ll make a maximum loss of £0.45 in qualifying for our £10.00 free bet.

Free Bet:

Our £10.00 free Sportsbook bet will be credited upon settlement of the first race and may take up until 16:00 to be credited. Our free bet will expire at the start of the 16:20.

By using straightforward matched betting, we should be able to extract at least 80% of the £10.00 free bet as cash, so around £8.00. If we take into consideration our maximum qualifying loss of £0.45, we should make a guaranteed profit of £7.55 on this Betfair offer!


  1. Alex

    Do you know if the exchange bet can be a lay bet? So we can lay off a horse whilst qualifying for Sky’s offer for instance.

    1. luke

      Id also like to know this as I lay the sky bet one on betfair so this would be a nice bonus

      1. Tom

        It says in T&Cs that it has to be a back bet unfortunately

        1. luke

          Cheers Tom. Oh well at least that clears it up

  2. Chris

    Has this offer been pulled ? Clicking on the link brings me to a new customer offer.

    1. Matt

      It’s still available Chris. You should see it at the top of the Exchange homepage or on the Sportsbook > Promotions page.

  3. Sam

    When it says: Only bets on the Day of Race market count – so does that mean the qualifying bet has to be placed tomorrow (before 14:30)? – Just want to make sure.

    1. Timmy

      I wondered this as well…

    2. Timmy

      Researching “ante post” indicates that bets need to be placed on the day of the race (and potentially after 10am?)

    3. Sam

      So placed a bet a few hours ago – no free bet showing up (also not sure when they provide it – I presume after the 14:30 race). Luckily the QB is a small loss (odds were good), so I’ll probably place another QB between 10:00 – 14:00 just to be safe. Glad to know you were in the same boat Timmy.

      1. Matt

        Free bets are credited upon settlement of the first race Sam, as explained in the post mate.

        1. Sam

          Thanks for the confirmation Matt. Just spotted it now on your post, though it is not explicit on their website/ promotions page.

        2. Matt

          No problem Sam.

          ‘The free bet will only be credited upon settlement (closure) of the first race, and may take up until 16:00 BST on 20/06/2017 to be credited.’

  4. cosmos

    Betfair have seperate antepost markets. The terms state “Please note the Win market will be live from 1pm on Sunday 18th June.” so any bets placed after this are ok as far as I can see.

    1. Timmy

      I was wondering that but couldn’t see the separate market. I’m waiting ’til tomorrow to play it safe!

  5. Andy

    There not ok i put my bet on then read the t+cs wasn’t sure about it so I rang betfair don’t put your bet on till tomorrow or it will not count I managed to get a free 5 pound bet cos I told them that the way it was advertised was wrong and they agreed

  6. Andy

    This is for you Sam don’t place another bet tomorrow because it doesn’t qualify it states that your first bet counts only as you have already bet on the market your done m8 sorry to be the bearer of that

    1. Sam

      Good point, and thanks for the heads up Andy. No worries, it QL was worth the speculation anyway.

  7. Neil

    OK I have placed my QB with the QL of 0.45p. I hope it counts as it is the day of the race? The ante post clause is worrying me.

    When I get my free bet I take it I use it on sportsbook and could lay it on the exchange at Betfair or will it need to be on smarkets as well?

    1. Alex

      Neil – DO NOT place your lay bet on betfair exchange as this is against the terms and could lead you to being gubbed. Use smarkets.

      Check after the 2.30 race if your free bet has been credited.

  8. Geebee

    would i be able to qualify for this offer as i can not take part in any promotions with bet fair sports book but i can use the exchange. ??????

    1. Matt

      No this won’t be available to you. You’ll probably find that the offer disappears from the promotions page when you log in.

  9. Ry

    Does the free bet arrive after the first race?

    1. Matt

      Yes mate.

  10. Mark

    The odds for the 16:20 race are terrible

  11. StringyBob

    I’ve used my bonus bet on the 17:00 because it let me.
    I’m probably wrong but it looks as though the bonus stake is returned which is different to the usual way free bets work (stake not returned). Can anyone confirm, as I might need to lay more?

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