Greyhound Racing Rules

Acceptance of Bets

  • Bets are accepted for greyhound races covered live in-shop or online.
  • Bets are also accepted at the following Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) tracks when not covered in our full service: Crayford, Hove, Monmore, Newcastle, Nottingham, Perry Barr, Romford, Shawfield, Sheffield, Sunderland, Swindon, Towcester and Wimbledon.
  • Bets placed after the official off time will be voided unless In-Play betting is available. Bets placed after this time will be declared void, irrespective of whether the bet wins or loses.
  • Bets on Open Races at all GBGB tracks are accepted but bets on graded racing from tracks not listed above will be void unless prior authorisation is agreed.
  • Bets from these tracks not covered in our live service will be accepted up to the advertised start time. Bets accepted in error after the advertised start time will stand if it can be established that the bet was placed before the official off time.
  • If a bet is taken after the start of an event, it will still be valid if it is placed before the automatic “no more bets time” as recorded by our Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) system. The automatic “no more bets time” is set at two seconds after the actual start of the race.

Forecasts

The following conditions apply to this market:

  • Forecast bets will only be accepted in races with at least three runners.
  • If a bet is accepted in error on a race with only two greyhounds, or a race reduced to only two greyhounds, then Forecast bets will stand and be settled as singles, at the SP, on the greyhound selected to finish first.
  • Straight Forecasts are settled in accordance with the Greyhound Computer Forecast returns.
  • If a Forecast contains a named non-runner this will be settled as a win single on the remaining runner.
  • If the Forecast is a specific trap to beat a trap, if a reserve runs then the forecast will stand.
  • In a Combination Forecast, where a selection becomes a non-runner, the total stake of the bet will be divided equally between the possible forecast combinations. This will be achieved using the remaining selections and the Forecasts, including the non-runner, becoming singles.
  • If no Forecast is declared we’ll declare a dividend based on the last prices offered.
  • In computer SFC, if only one selection is made or in races in which one greyhound finishes alone, then bets will be declared as SP singles.

Tricasts

The following conditions apply to this market:

  • Tricast bets are only accepted in races for which an official Tricast return is declared by the B.A.G.S. computer Tricast return. If no Tricast dividend is returned then bets will be settled as CSF.
  • Selections should finish first, second and third in the correct order in races where an official tricast return is declared.
  • Selections may be named, although trap numbers will be taken provided there can only be one interpretation of the required selections.
  • In the event of any ambiguity (e.g. if the same selection is repeated but the duplicate selection and another selection wins) then the bet will be settled as a Forecast.
  • Tricasts are accepted in singles only and if a tricast doubles bet is taken in error the total stakes for the doubles will be divided and invested equally as Tricast singles for the selected races.
  • Where one of the greyhounds, selected in a named Tricast, becomes a non-runner and regardless of whether a reserve runs in its place, the bet will become a Forecast on the remaining two selections.
  • If the Tricast is a specific trap to beat a trap, if a reserve runs then the Tricast will stand.
  • When two of the selected greyhounds become non-runners, regardless of whether reserves run in their places, the Tricast will be settled as a single.
  • Instructions for permutations must be specific otherwise the bet will be settled as a straight Tricast to the stake available.
  • "Any to Come" or "If Cash" bets are not acceptable. If accepted in error the ATC or if cash instructions will not be auctioned.
  • A Tricast, including an unnamed favourite selection, is not acceptable and will be declared void, with stakes returned.

Bets On Greyhound Names

  • Any bets on a greyhound who becomes a non-runner will be void, even if the greyhound is replaced by a reserve running from the same trap number.
  • If a greyhound runs from a different trap number than the one listed at the time the bet was placed, then the bet will stand.

Greyhound Competitions

The following conditions apply to this market:

If prices have been offered to win a competition, then bets accepted prior to the draw for the penultimate round (i.e.semi-final) will be on an "all in run or not" basis, with non-runners considered losers. If bets are placed at prices issued after the draw for the semi-final but prior to the draw for the final, then standard Ante Post rules will not apply. Any non-runners will be settled as void, with a Rule 4 equivalent deduction applied to bets on the remaining greyhounds.

Greyhound Web Streaming

As part of our online service we provide live greyhound streaming from selected evening greyhound meetings. This service is provided for information and entertainment purposes only, thus cannot be responsible for any of the displayed information.

Greyhound Withdrawn

If a greyhound is withdrawn from a race which has early morning prices, then all bets placed prior to the withdrawal will be settled at the SP.

No Race

Bets placed on a void race, which is rescheduled to be run later on the same day, will be settled as follows:

  • Single Bets (Including Single Forecasts and Tricasts)
  • All bets stand, unless a refund is requested prior to the off, for the rescheduled race.

Show Prices and Early Prices

Bets taken at prices on a void race will revert to SP for the rescheduled race.

Multiple Bets

  • All selections on void races within multiple bets will stand for the rescheduled race.
  • In the event that the race is not rescheduled, all selections in that race will be treated as non-runners within multiple bets.

Applicability of Horse Racing Rules

Where a rule is not specifically covered in these greyhound rules, the equivalent rule stated in the horse racing section will apply where appropriate.

Match Bets 

  • A Match Bet is based on one selection beating another according to the specific conditions advertised. Dead Heat rules apply unless a tie price is made available.
  • One of the two selections in any Match Bet must complete the course for the bets to stand; otherwise bets are void.
  • Both selections must start for bets to stand, otherwise Match Bets are void.
  • Singles and upwards.

Multi-Traps

This is a market where you need to predict the aggregate of the first and second placed trap numbers multiplied together. For example, the minimum result would be that Trap 1 beats Trap 2 (=2) and the maximum result would be that Trap 6 beats Trap 5 (=30). The following rules apply:

  • If there is a void race, or no race, 12 points will be awarded.
  • If there is a Dead Heat for first and/or second place, the average points of the selections involved will be awarded. For example, if Trap 6 wins and Trap 5 and four Dead Heat for second place, then 27 points will be awarded.

Winning Distance (Individual Meeting)

A prediction on the total winning margins (distance between first and second placed greyhounds) of each race at a particular meeting. (E.g. Romford Aggregate Winning Distances is the sum of the distances between the first and second dogs in all races from Romford on that day or that card).

Six races won by three lengths, one length, ½ length, six lengths, two lengths and one length would equal a total of 13 ½ lengths.

This market will be displayed in three bands (e.g. Romford Aggregate Winning Distances): Under X lengths = 13/8, between X and Y lengths - 6/4 and over Y lengths - 15/8.

For races won by less than a length, the following is awarded: Dead Heat = 0 lengths, Short Head = 0.1 lengths, Head = 0.2 lengths, Neck = 0.3 lengths, ½ length = 0.5 lengths and ¾ length = 0.75 lengths. The maximum winning distance for a race is 10 lengths.

If a meeting has one or two walkovers, races abandoned or declared void, then bets will be settled with a default distance used for each walkover, abandoned or void race: two lengths. If more than two races are walkovers, abandoned or void, then all bets will be void, unless the winning over bands for the market has already been established, in which case all bets will stand.

Greyhound Derivatives Betting

Odds vs. Evens - The result of Odds vs. Evens betting is determined by the trap number of the winning greyhound in each specified race and whether their trap number is odd or evens. In UK and Irish greyhound racing, the odd traps numbers are 1-3-5 and the even trap numbers are 2-4-6. In international greyhound racing, the odd numbers are 1-3-5-7 and even numbers are 2-4-6-8.

If your bet is placed and there’s a subsequent non-runner in the race, the bet will be deemed void and stakes returned. In the event of a Dead Heat where the result is shared between selections from odds and evens, standard Dead Heat rules apply. In the event of a Dead Heat containing selections from the same group, the winnings will be paid in full.

Inside vs. Outside - The result of Inside vs. Outside betting is determined by the trap number of the winning greyhound in each specified race and whether their trap number is from the inside or outside traps. In UK and Irish greyhound racing, the inside traps are numbers 1-2-3 and the outside traps are numbers 4-5-6. In international greyhound racing the inside traps are 1-2-3-4 and the outside traps are 5-6-7-8.

If your bet is placed and there is a subsequent non-runner in the race, the bet will be deemed void and stakes returned. In the event of a Dead Heat where the result is shared between selections from the inside and outside, standard Dead Heat rules apply. In the event of a Dead Heat containing selections from the same number group, the winnings will be paid in full.

Betting Without

On selected races, Betting Without a specific selection will be available where one selection is removed from the betting and the number of runners is reduced. Bets are settled ignoring the finishing position of the nominated Without selection. In the event of a Dead Heat, usual Dead Heat rules apply.

In the event of a non-runner after the bet is confirmed, the bet will be deemed void and stakes returned.

Insure Bet Two Places

If the selection that has been backed to win finishes second, stakes are returned on the bet.

In the event of a Dead Heat, usual Dead Heat rules apply.

Insure Bet Three Places

If the selection that has been backed to win finishes second or third, stakes are returned on the bet.

In the event of a Dead Heat, usual Dead Heat rules apply.

To Finish 2nd

For the bet to win, the selected trap must finish in second place. In the event of a Dead Heat for second place, Dead Heat rules will apply.

In the event that, after a bet is confirmed and there is a subsequent non-runner, the bet will be deemed void and stakes returned.

To Finish 3rd

For the bet to win, the selected trap must finish in third place. In the event of a Dead Heat for third place, Dead Heat rules will apply.

In the event that, after a bet is confirmed and there is a subsequent non-runner, the bet will be deemed void and stakes returned.

To Finish in the Top Two

To finish in the top two, the selected trap must finish first and second. In the event of a Dead Heat for first place, and a selected trap is included within the Dead Heat, payment will be made in full. In the event that the selected trap is included within a Dead Heat for second place, Dead Heat rules will apply.

If, after a bet is confirmed and there is a subsequent non-runner, the bet will be deemed void and stakes returned.

To Finish in the Top Three

To finish in the top three, the selected trap must finish first, second or third. In the event of a Dead Heat for the first or second plan and a selected trap is included within the dead-heat, payment will be made in full. If the selected trap is included within a Dead Heat for third place, Dead Heat rules will apply.

In the event that, after a bet is confirmed there is a subsequent non-runner, the bet will be deemed void and stakes returned.

Winning by a Certain Distance (Individual Race)

This market is for a nominated greyhound to win a race by a specified distance. The following rules apply:

  • The nominated greyhound must win the race, otherwise bets are settled as losers.
  • Win only and Singles only bets are accepted.
  • If there are any non-runners or reserves after the market has been formed, all bets are void.

Trap Challenge

This market involves predicting which trap number will provide the most winners at a meeting. The following rules apply:

  • Win only bets are accepted.
  • Dead Heat rules apply to all bets.
  • If a race finishes as a Dead Heat, each trap will receive a Half-Win. Likewise, if it is a three-way Dead Heat, each trap will receive a One-Third Win, and so on.
  • The result will stand irrespective of any void races, providing a minimum of three races have been completed at either meeting.
  • If one of the combined meetings is abandoned and/or does not fulfil the required minimum number of races, the bet will be void.
  • Designated races only count for settlement purposes.

Special Multiples

When we offer special multiples such as doubles, trebles and upwards, the following rules will apply:

  • If any of the featured greyhounds are non-runners, all bets will be settled on the remaining selections at Starting Price (SP).
  • If any non-runners or reserves are involved in the selected races, all bets will be settled at SP.
  • Bets are Win only, and any bets taken Each Way will be invested all to win.

Best Price Guaranteed

Best Price Guaranteed will be offered as displayed on the website to online UK greyhound racing bets, only on the day of the event unless otherwise stated.

Where Best Price Guaranteed is offered, bets will be settled at the Starting Price (SP). If the SP is bigger than the price originally taken (e.g. Early/Board Price taken 4/1 and SP is 5/1), we will pay out at the higher price. In the event of a Rule 4 applying to a price taken, we will pay at the greater odds after the Rule 4 deduction has been made. Bets placed after the off will not qualify.

Best Price Guaranteed does not apply to Ante-Post racing, Tote, Pari-Mutuel, Enhanced Price markets, Price Bomb, Green Tick, Betting Without, Win Only, Place Only markets, Top Finish Markets (Top 2/3 Finish), To Finish 2nd/3rd, Match bets and Insurance bets. We reserve the right to withdraw this guarantee at any time, and to withdraw the Best Price Guaranteed offer from a customer account at any time.

The maximum benefit for Best Price Guaranteed is capped at £50,000 per customer per day across all applicable channels.

Money Box

  • Predict the trap that achieves the highest number of points at one selected meeting, or two selected meetings combined.
  • The following points scoring system, based on the official result, will apply regardless of the number of runners in each race: 3 for a win, 2 for a second, 1 for a third.
  • Where Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) or TV races form only part of a meeting, bets will be based on the BAGS/TV races only. Likewise, the same principle will apply if we advertise that bets are based on a specific number of races.
  • Bets are unaffected by reserves, vacant traps, void races or meetings abandoned once they have started.
  • Where no race(s) take place after a bet is placed, the bet is void.
  • In the event of a meeting not starting, all bets containing this meeting are void.
  • If a race contains a Dead Heat, each trap will receive a Half Win/Place (3-way Dead Heat, One Third Win/Place etc.), and the points will be divided equally between them. For example, two selections that Dead Heat for first place will be awarded 2.5 points each (points for first and second added together and divided by two).
  • If two or more traps record the same number of points, Dead Heat rules apply.
  • Where a race has been declared a no-race and is re-run, all bets will stand for the greyhounds that take part in the re-run.
  • A re-run greyhound race is taken in the order in which it was originally placed in the programme, irrespective of the time at which it was re-run.

Ante-Post

Standard Ante Post rules apply with the following addition:

Where a reserve greyhound is re-introduced into a competition, all bets remain All In Run or Not. If the re-introduced greyhound goes on to win or be placed in the race, all bets stand.

If a reserve is introduced into an event and is not priced, then betting without the additional runner would apply for bets taken up to the addition of the new runner.

Tote Betting

General

All Tote Pool bets are placed directly into the live Tote Pools. Where bets do not reach the pools, customers will have their money refunded, and neither us nor Tote Pool will be liable for any loss of winnings that would have been due had the bet reached the pool.

Below is a summary of the rules relating to Tote Pool bets. Tote Pool On Course rules apply to any point not covered in the rules summary below. Tote Pool On Course rules can be obtained from the Horserace Totalisator Board, Tote House, 74 Upper Richmond Road, London SW15 2SU.

Bets that are accepted manually and not placed into the pool will be settled in the following ways:

  • Tote Win - Bets will be settled against the dividend that is declared. Where no dividend is declared, we will settle the bet at the Starting Price (SP) returned.
  • Tote Place - Bets will be settled against the dividend that is declared. Where no dividend is declared, the bet will be void.
  • Tote Placepot - Bets will be settled against the dividend that is declared.
  • Tote Jackpot - Bets will be settled against the dividend that is declared. Where no dividend is declared, the bet will be settled as a win SP accumulator.

Tote Win/Tote Place

The Tote Win pool is operated on all races of 2 or more runners unless otherwise stated.

The Tote Place pool is operated on all races of 5 or more runners unless otherwise stated.

You may choose a dog to Win, or just to be Placed. More than one Win and/or Place selection can be made in each race. The finishing positions which constitute a place in any race, unless otherwise stated, are as follows:

  • 5-6 runners: 1st and 2nd

The minimum stake is £1, and any increase must be in £1 increments.

You can select the dog by name or trap number. If you select the name and the dog is classified as a non-runner, your stake will be refunded. If you select the trap number, your bet will stand if a reserve is entered to run.

Tote Placepot

The Tote Placepot is operated on selected British Greyhound meetings.

The aim is to select a dog to be placed in each of the first six races at a meeting, unless otherwise stated. The finishing positions which constitute a place in any leg, unless otherwise stated, are as follows:

  • 2-4 runners: 1st
  • 5-6 runners: 1st and 2nd

Single line entries are accepted with a minimum stake of £1, rising thereafter in multiples of 10p.

Permutation entries are accepted with a minimum stake of 10p, rising thereafter in multiples of 10p, providing a minimum total of £2 is staked.

Bets on the unnamed favourite are accepted and are represented by the SP favourite.

Bets are accepted on the trap number and not the greyhound name. If, for any reason, a greyhound is withdrawn in any leg and is replaced by a registered reserve, then bets will stand on that reserve. If a greyhound is withdrawn and is not replaced by a reserve, then selections on that trap number are transferred to the starting price favourite.

When there are joint or co-favourites, the dog with the lowest racecard number will be taken. Should the favourite be withdrawn before coming under starter's orders but too late for the SP market to be re-formed, the dog with the shortest returned SP will be used. However, should there be two or more runners at the shortest SP, the one with the lowest racecard number will be taken.

If there are no SPs returned, the first runner quoted in the Racing Post betting forecast will be substituted. If there is no betting forecast, and hence no substitute dog can be determined in accordance with any specific rules, the runner with the highest number of Tote Win pool units in the relevant race will be substituted. If two or more runners have an equal number of Tote Win pool units, the one with the lowest racecard number will substitute. If no Tote Win pool is operated, the lowest racecard number will substitute.

If any leg of the Tote Placepot is a walkover/void/abandoned/no official result declared for any reason, and is not re-ran on the same day, then the pool will be settled on the remaining legs (i.e. every selection in that leg is deemed to have been successful, provided at least one leg of the bet takes place). If none of the legs of the Tote Placepot take place, the pool will be declared void and all stakes refunded. Provided at least one leg takes place, a dividend will be declared, subject to Tote Pool rules.

If, in any leg, the official result is that there are no finishers, the pool will be settled on the remaining legs (i.e. every selection is deemed to have been successful).

Tote Jackpot

The Tote Jackpot is operated on selected meetings, nominated by Tote Pool unless otherwise stated.

The aim is to select the winning dog in each of the first six races at a meeting nominated by Tote Pool, unless otherwise stated.

Single line entries are accepted with a minimum stake of £1, rising thereafter in multiples of 50p. Permutation entries are accepted with a minimum stake of 50p per line, rising thereafter in multiples of 50p providing a minimum total of £2 is staked.

Bets on the unnamed favourite are accepted and are represented by the SP favourite.

Bets are accepted on the trap number, and not the greyhound name. If, for any reason, a greyhound is withdrawn in any leg and is replaced by a registered reserve, then bets will stand on that reserve. If a greyhound is withdrawn and is not replaced by a reserve, selections on that trap number are transferred to the SP favourite.

When there are joint or co-favourites, the dog with the lowest racecard number will be taken. Should the favourite be withdrawn before coming under starter's orders but too late for the SP market to be re-formed, the dog with the shortest returned SP will be used. However, should there be two or more runners at the shortest SP, the one with the lowest racecard number will be taken. If there are no SPs returned, the first runner quoted in the Racing Post betting forecast will be substituted.

If there is no betting forecast, and hence no substitute dog can be determined in accordance with any specific rules, the runner with the highest number of Tote Win pool units in the relevant race will be substituted. If two or more runners have an equal number of Tote Win pool units, the one with the lowest racecard number will substitute. If no Tote Win pool is operated, the lowest racecard number will substitute.

If any leg of the Tote Jackpot is a walkover/void/abandoned/ no official result declared for any reason, and is not re-ran on the same day, then the pool will be settled on the remaining legs (i.e. every selection in that leg is deemed to have been successful, provided at least one leg of the bet takes place). If none of the legs of the Tote Jackpot take place, the pool will be declared void and all stakes refunded. Provided at least one leg takes place, a dividend will be declared, subject to Tote Pool rules.

If, in any leg, the official result is that there are no finishers, the pool will be settled on the remaining legs (i.e. every selection is deemed to have been successful).

Australian Greyhounds

The Greyhounds rules also apply to Australian Greyhounds, however, there is one slight difference. In Australian Greyhound Racing, reserves run carrying the Jacket 9 or 10, but they run out of the traps of the non-runners. Therefore, any bets placed on the Trap market correspond to the Greyhound running out of that trap number, irrespective of if they carry Jacket 9 or 10.