Ante-Post Betting: Simple Verse leads to rule change for Betfair Sportsbook

Simple Verse (right) wins the St Leger and leads to a rule change on the Betfair Sportsbook
Simple Verse (right) wins the St Leger and leads to a rule change on the Betfair Sportsbook

The recent disqualification and subsequent reinstatement of St Leger winner, Simple Verse, has lead Betfair Sportsbook to review their Ante-Post betting rules. And it's good news for punters...


"We will now pay double result on all UK & Ireland Horseracing bets including Ante-Post bets and we will back date that change to the St Leger such that Ante-Post supporters of Simple Verse will be paid out immediately."

While punters betting on 'day of race' markets have always enjoyed the 'double result' concession, Ante-Post markets have been settled, as is industry norm, on the official result on the day, but in an industry first that's all about to change.

Director of Trading at Betfair, Colm Sevastopulo, recognising the issue for customers of the Sportsbook explained: "Under the present rule punters who backed Simple Verse in the Ante-Post market lose their money and Bondi Beach backers get paid out but this debacle has prompted us to look at the rules and how they affect all of our customers. This rule, with respect to Ante-Post bets, is antiquated and weighs heavily against punters who have backed selections in Ante-Post markets.

With that in mind we have, from today, changed our rules to benefit all punters. We will now pay double result on all UK & Ireland Horseracing bets including Ante-Post bets and we will back date that change to the St Leger such that Ante-Post supporters of Simple Verse will be paid out immediately.

We feel this is the most customer positive response to a difficult scenario and the change allows Betfair Sportsbook Ante-Post racing punters to bet safely in the knowledge that they are covered by the double result rule and won't be adversely affected by subsequent amendments following a Stewards Enquiry."


Get a Free £/€20 Exchange Bet

  • Join Now - Open account using promo code VAL225
  • Bet - Place a £/€20 Bet on the Exchange
  • Earn We'll Refund You £/€20 If the Bet Loses
Bet now

T&Cs apply.