Virgin Bet – Money Back Offer (15:40 Ayr)

The Ayr Gold Cup 2022 takes place on Saturday, and you don’t want to miss this Virgin Bet offer! Place a bet on the 15:40 Ayr, and if your horse finishes between 2nd and 10th place, Virgin Bet will refund your stake as a free bet, up to £10.00. Translated into matched betting terms, this gives you a potential profit of £6.44 and here’s how…

Key terms

  • Applies to bets on the 15:40 Ayr, taking place on Saturday 17th September 2022.
  • Applies to your first bet only.
  • Money back as a free bet up to £10.00 if your horse finishes 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th.
  • If eligible, your free bet will be credited within 24 hours of your qualifying bet being settled.
  • The free bet will be valid for 7 days.
  • The free bet stake will not be returned with any winnings.

Qualifying bet

Please see my ‘Qualifying Bets Guide‘ if you’d like more information about them and how they work.

It’s entirely up to you which horse you go for, but it would make sense to select a horse with relatively short odds in the hope of a 2nd – 10th place finish.

At the time of writing, ‘Khanjar‘ is available at back odds of 5.50 (9/2) and lay odds of 6.40.

Either exchange works for this offer

Betfair and Smarkets are both great options for this offer. If you’ve not used one of them, now is a great time to give them a try.

  • 2% commission for all new signups
  • 0% commission for 60 days

You can calculate your lay stake using my Matched Betting Calculator.

Select bet type

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 you that your lay stake should be £8.62.

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Place £10.00 on ‘Khanjar’ @ 5.50 = Potential profit of £45.00

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Lay £8.62 on ‘Khanjar’ @ 6.40 = Potential liability of £46.54


Let’s look at your profit/loss for the possible outcomes.

OutcomeVirgin BetBetfairFree BetProfit/Loss
Khanjar wins+ £45.00– £46.54£1.54 loss
Khanjar finishes
2nd – 10th
– £10.00+ £8.44+ £8.00£6.44 profit
Any other outcome– £10.00+ £8.44£1.56 loss

So, you’ll make a nice profit of £6.44 if Khanjar finishes between 2nd and 10th place. Any other outcome, and you’ll lose a maximum of £1.56. Risking £1.56 to make a potential profit of £6.44 gives you effective odds of 5.13, which I’m sure you’ll agree, makes this a profitable offer in the long run.

If you’re unsure how to convert a £10.00 free bet into £8.00 cash (80%), please see my ‘Free Bets Guide‘ for a walkthrough.

* Khanjar finished 20th, resulting in a £1.56 loss on this Virgin Bet offer. *

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Since 2014, I’ve blogged over £60,000 worth of profit, and made it my mission to make matched betting accessible to everyone.