# What is Rule 4 in horse racing?

## What is Rule 4 in horse racing?

Rule 4 is a general rule of betting which relates to the reduction of winnings when a horse you have backed wins or is placed. They are made when a horse is withdrawn from a race because it becomes easier for the other runners to win. An amount of money is taken out of winnings to balance the effect of the non-runner.

## How much is a Rule 4 in horse racing?

As per Tattersalls Committee Rules on Racing: ‘In the case of two or more horses being withdrawn, the total reduction shall not exceed 90 pence in the pound.

How is Rule 4 calculated?

A Rule 4 deduction is applied when a horse is withdrawn from a race after the time of your bet. The deduction is a percentage of your stake, and can be calculated by applying the odds of the withdrawn horse at the time of withdrawal from the chart below.

How much is a Rule 4?

How much are Rule 4 deductions?

Odds Deduction
5/2 to 3/1 25p
10/3 to 4/1 20p
9/2 to 11/2 15p
6/1 to 9/1 10p

### Why is it called Rule 4?

Why does Rule 4 exist? Rule 4 exists in order to prevent punters from being able to back every remaining horse in a race (following non runners) with proportionate stakes to guarantee a profit, for example: There is a field of 3 runners originally.

Rule 4 is an industry wide deduction rule created for when there are non-runners in a horse/greyhound race after the final declarations have been made. This may also come into play on other markets where there are a set number of participants, and one or more are withdrawn.

### What is the Tattersalls rule of racing?

The rule is drafted in the Tattersalls Rule of Racing that governs all racing. This also includes other rules (1-12, see later) that define how bookmakers treat wagers in the various events that can effect racing.

What is the Rule 4 price?

The Rule 4 price will be dependent on the odds at which the non-runner was trading at the time of its withdrawal, and will be specific to the bookmaker you have placed your bet with.

Is there a Tattersalls Rule 4 deduction for outright betting?

This is possible on general sports. Outright markets (defined as after the draw/official field is confirmed for a specific event) may be subject to a deduction equivalent to Tattersalls Rule 4. The Rule 4 will be applied, according to the table of deductions related to Horse Racing.