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What is refund if 2nd to SP favourite?

Refund if 2nd to SP favourite is a horse racing reload offer. The promotion is also referred to as ‘money back if 2nd to SP favourite’.

The bookie offers a free bet if the starting price (SP) favourite wins the race and your horse finishes second.

2nd to SP favourite strategy

You need to back a horse at the bookie that is not likely to be the SP favourite. Then place a matching lay bet at the exchange and hope the offer triggers. Back, lay and hope is the strategy.

Quinnbet 2nd to SP favourite

I’ve picked out this 7-runner Wetherby race for Quinnbet 2nd to SP favourite offer.

The two key criteria for the Quinnbet offer are:

  1. We need a race with at least 6 runners.
  2. Also, the SP favourite must win at odds of 6/4 (2.50) or higher.

Ballyoptic is a perfect odds match: 4.50 to back at Quinnbet and 4.50 to lay at Smarkets.

Lay bet 2nd to SP favourite

Ideally, we want to look for races with the following circumstances.

a). A clear favourite: There is an odds on or strong favourite to win the race, plus a clear second favourite. See the Bristol De Mai and Cue Card example below.

b). Close odds match: if you find a qualifying bet within 0.2 gap between back and lay odds, i.e. 5.0/5.2 or similar. This ensures a small qualifying loss.

c). A small field: the race has a field of 8 runner or less. Some bookies require a minimum of 5 or 6 runners for the refund to apply. Please check the terms with each bookie.


A good example of money back if 2nd to SP favourite was the 3.00 Haydock race on 25th November 2017.

This was a 6 runner race. 

  • Bristol De Mai went off as the SP favourite at odds of 11/10 (2.10).
  • Cue Card finished 2nd at SP odds of 2/1 (3.00).

Cue Card was available as a 3.00/3.10 odds match at various bookies, including Paddy Power who offered a refund if 2nd, 3rd or 4th to the SP favourite.


Refund if 2nd to SP favourite can be a useful matched betting offer. A back, lay and hope strategy is optimal bets if qualifying losses are minimised.

It is worth considering 2nd to SP favourite alongside other horse racing reloads like Bet365 4/1 offer.

When completing this offer, check Sportinglife fast results to keep updated with each race.

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