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Money Back Special (13:50 Haydock) – Sky Bet

Posted by Matt (administrator) Matt
Start Time: 07/09/2019 13:50

There’s a big day of racing at Haydock on Saturday and it’s time for another Sky Bet Money Back Special! If our horse finishes 2nd or 3rd in the 13:50 at Haydock, Sky Bet will refund our stake as cash, up to a maximum of £20.00. Translated into matched betting terms, this gives us a potential profit of £18.46 and here’s how…

Key Terms:

  • This offer applies to our first bet on the 13:50 at Haydock.
  • Qualifying bets must be placed between 17:00 on Friday 6th September 2019 and 13:50 (race-off) on Saturday 7th September 2019.
  • If fewer than fourteen runners come under starters orders, Sky Bet may withdraw the offer.
  • If our horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, Sky Bet will refund our stake as cash, up to £20.00.

Qualifying Bet:

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 lay odds aren’t quite tight enough, so I’ll use fictional lay odds for First In Line in the following example and I’ll update the bottom of the post with an actual selection after the race.

At the time of writing, laying our bet with Smarkets is likely to give us the smallest qualifying loss.

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 £18.84…

Sky Bet logo

Place £20.00 on First In Line @ 3.75 = Potential profit of £55.00

Smarkets logo

Lay £18.84 on First In Line @ 4.00 = Potential liability of £56.52


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

First In Line wins+£55.00-£56.52£1.52 loss
First In Line finishes 2nd or 3rd-£20.00+£18.46+£20.00£18.46 profit
First In Line finishes outside top 3-£20.00+£18.46£1.54 loss

So, we’ll make a nice profit of £18.46 if First In Line finishes 2nd or 3rd and we stand to lose a maximum of £1.54 on any other outcome. Risking £1.54 to make a profit of £18.46 gives us effective odds of 12.99, which I’m sure you’ll agree, makes this a profitable offer in the long run.

If eligible, cash refunds will be credited within 24 hours of the race finishing.

* Moon King was available at back odds of 7.50 and lay odds of 8.20. Moon King finished outside the top 3, resulting in a loss of £2.03 on this Sky Bet offer. *

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