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Money Back Special (14:00 Epsom) – Sky Bet

Posted by Matt (administrator) Matt
Start Time: 31/05/2019 14:00

There’s a big day of racing at Epsom on Friday and it’s time for another Sky Bet Money Back Special! If our horse finishes 2nd in the 14:00 at Epsom, 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 £19.03 and here’s how…

Key Terms:

  • This offer applies to our first bet on the 14:00 at Epsom.
  • Qualifying bets must be placed between 14:00 on Thursday 30th May 2019 and 14:00 (race-off) on Friday 31st May 2019.
  • If fewer than six runners come under starters orders, Sky Bet may withdraw the offer.
  • If our horse finishes 2nd, 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 place finish.

Having looked at the odds available, we could place our qualifying bet on Pinatubo.

At the time of writing, laying our bet with Betfair gives 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 £20.04…

Sky Bet logo

Place £20.00 on Pinatubo @ 2.375 = Potential profit of £27.50

Betfair logo

Lay £20.04 on Pinatubo @ 2.42 = Potential liability of £28.45


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

Pinatubo wins+£27.50-£28.45£0.95 loss
Pinatubo finishes 2nd-£20.00+£19.03+£20.00£19.03 profit
Pinatubo finishes outside top 2-£20.00+£19.03£0.97 loss

So, we’ll make a nice profit of £19.03 if Pinatubo finishes 2nd and we stand to lose a maximum of £0.97 on any other outcome. Risking £0.97 to make a profit of £19.03 gives us effective odds of 20.62, 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.

* Pinatubo won the race, resulting in a loss of £0.95 on this Sky Bet offer. *

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