Trotting Rules

All bets are settled according to the declared official result. No subsequent change to the result will affect the settlement of the race in question. All bets on Trotting are accepted at stated prices only. This is true of win only bets, place only bets and any other betting market. Multiple bets will be settled as standard accumulators.

Win Only Bets

Win only bets are available on all trotting races displayed on our website. You can also include a horse in a Trotting race in an accumulator with selections from either other Trotting races or other events.

Please note that Each Way bets on Trotting races are not available.

Place Only Bets

Place only bets are offered for the majority of Trotting races. However, the number of places available are affected by the number of runners taking part in the race and these terms are as follows:

  • All races of 8 or more runners - 3 places
  • All races of 4, 5, 6 and 7 runners - 2 places
  • Races with less than 4 runners - Place betting will not be offered for races of less than 4 runners. If a race originally has 4 or more runners but there are enough non-runners to reduce the field to less than 4, all bets previously accepted as place only bets will be void and stakes returned

Match Bets

Select which of two or three named runners will finish first in a race. Dead heat rules apply unless a tie price is made available (e.g. for a handicap match bet).

If one runner does not take part in a match bet then all bets on that match are void.

If all participating horses in a Match bet fail to complete the race, all bets are void.

Daily Double

As well as being able to place multiple bets by combining selections from different races, it is also possible to bet on Daily Doubles when this event is offered. The Daily Double involves two specifically nominated races each day. Returns for the Daily Double will be based not on the multiplied returns of the two winners but will instead be based on the official returns for the Daily Double.

Dead Heats

"Dead heat" is a term that describes when two or more participants in an event tie. If a "dead-heat" is declared on any event, half the stake is applied to the selection at full odds and the other half is lost. If more than two "dead-heat", the stake is proportioned accordingly.


If two or more horses dead heat for first place, then each horse in the dead heat is a winner.


If two horses dead heat for first place, they fill the first two places. If three horses dead heat for first place, they fill the first three places, and so on.

If two horses dead heat for second place, they fill the second and third places. If three horses dead heat for second place, they fill the second, third and fourth places.

Daily Double

If there is a dead heat for first place in either or both of the Daily Double races, then all horses involved in the dead heat are considered to be winners of their race.

Non Runners

If a horse is withdrawn before coming under ‘Starters Orders’ then bets will be settled using the Tattersall's Rule 4 deduction scale. The Tattersall's Rule 4 deduction scale adjusts prices to reflect the absence from the book of any non-runner. The following deductions are made per pound won and relate to the price of the withdrawn horse at the time a customer places their bet. If two or more horses are withdrawn before coming under Starter's Orders, then the total deduction will be the sum of the individual deductions, up to a maximum of 90p per pound won.

All bets on a horse declared a non runner are void and stakes will be refunded. Any bets on the Daily Double are void if either horse included in the bet is a non runner.

Tattersalls Rule 4(c)

Price at time customer places there bet and amount deducted in the £ (or equivalent) from winnings:

Price Deduction
1/9 or shorter 90p
2/11 to 2/17 85p
1/4 to 1/5 80p
3/10 to 2/7 75p
2/5 to 1/3 70p
8/15 to 4/9 65p
8/13 to 4/7 60p
4/5 to 4/6 55p
20/21 to 5/6 50p
Evens to 6/5 45p
5/4 to 6/4 40p
8/5 to 7/4 35p
9/5 to 9/4 30p
12/5 to 3/1 25p
16/5 to 4/1 20p
9/2 to 11/2 15p
6/1 to 9/1 10p
10/1 to 14/1 5p
Over 14/1 No deduction

For further information, please refer to our article on Rule 4 Deductions.

Disqualified Horses

If a horse is disqualified for any reason, all bets on that horse are losing bets.

Cancelled or Postponed Races

If a race is cancelled, all bets on that race will be void. If a race is postponed but takes place on the original day, all bets on that race will stand.

If either one or both of the races in the Daily Double is cancelled, all bets on the Daily Double will be void.

If one race in the Daily Double is postponed but takes place on the original day, all bets will stand.