Refund if 2nd to SP favourite is a horse racing reload offer. Also known 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.


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

Quinnbet 2nd to SP favourite

The above screenshot shows a 7-runner race for Quinnbet 2nd to SP favourite offer.

Quinnbet offer has two key criteria:

  1. Minimum of 6 runners.
  2. SP favourite must win at odds of 6/4 (2.5) or higher.

Ballyoptic is a perfect back/lay odds match: 4.5 to back at Quinnbet and 4.5 to lay at Smarkets.

Lay bet 2nd to SP favourite

Look for a race with the following criteria:

a). A clear favourite: 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: Seek a qualifying bet with a maximum 0.2 gap between the back and lay odds, i.e. 5.0/5.2 or similar. This ensures a small qualifying loss.

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

Example offer

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

This 6 runner race featured a strong favourite and a clear second favourite.

  • Bristol De Mai was the SP favourite at odds of 11/10 (2.1.
  • Cue Card finished 2nd at SP odds of 2/1 (3.0).

Cue Card was available at 3.0 to back and 3.1 lay odds for Paddy Power’s refund if 2nd, 3rd or 4th to the SP favourite.


‘Refund if 2nd to SP favourite’ is a useful reload offer. Back and lay a horse, then hope for a refund trigger. Ensure your qualifying losses are minimal.

It is worth looking at other horse racing reloads like Bet365 racing offer.

While completing this offer, check Sportinglife fast results for updated racing results.