Saturday ITV Racing

This guide will help you make a profit every Saturday from horse racing refund offers available on ITV televised races.

If you are new to horse racing or horse racing refund offers, I would recommend reading the Beginner's Guide To Horses and Horse Racing Refunds Explained guides first!

What Is Saturday ITV Racing?

Every Saturday afternoon, ITV broadcast 5 to 7 horse races from selected venues around the UK. These races normally come with plenty of offers and price boosts which can be very profitable for matched bettors.

If you're new to racing offers then I'd recommend doing 1 or 2 offers each Saturday whilst you become familiar with them. Whereas if you are looking to make the most out of Saturday’s racing offers, be prepared to allocate your Saturday morning and most of the afternoon to take part in the racing offers.

The races usually start around 1:50pm to 4:30pm, and normally consist of 5 to 7 races.

What Are The Bookmaker Offers?

The main offers available from various bookies are, in order of value:

1) Free Bet If Your Horse Wins

If your horse wins at odds of 5.0 and above, get a risk-free bet of the same value as your stake on the next race (up to £50). Bet365 Racing Offer guide.

If your horse wins at a starting price of 4.0 and above, get a free bet of the same value as your stake (up to £25).

2) Free Bet If Your Horse Finishes 2nd or 3rd

If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd on the first ITV race, get your stake back as cash up to £20. This offer can be combined with Skybet’s Free Bet Club.

3) Free Bet If Your Horse Finishes 2nd

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William Hill, Betfred, Totesport, Sportingbet, Bwin, and Betway often run a refund if your horse comes 2nd. Horse racing Refunds Guide.

4) Additional Offers

The above offers are definitely worth getting on, but if you are keen on more profits, here are more offers, but with less value as they are harder to hit, in order of value:

Free Bet if your horse finishes 2nd to the starting price favourite

Free Bet if your horse finishes 2nd by a length or less

Free Bet if your hose finished 2nd by a head of less

Which Bookmaker Offers Should You Do?

If you are new to horse racing offers

You may want to start with one or two bookies with a lower stake first to familiarize yourself with horse racing bets. It can be very different from placing a bet on a football game, as the odds for horse racing can change very quickly, especially minutes before the race begins. Some people place back bets, and by the time they go to lay, the odds have shot up. It's not uncommon for a newbie to then start panicking and get in a pickle - so you should definitely start with low stakes until you feel comfortable.

If you are familiar with horse racing offers

Try to get in on all the main offers listed as they arethe easiest to get free bets from. If you like, you can try to bet on different horses across the different offers  to maximize your chances of getting a free bet.

For example, to try to get a free bet from the “money back if 2nd offer”, you can try to bet on the favourite on Skybet, and bet on the 2nd favourite on Betway, and the third favourite on Betfred. That way, you increase your chances of betting on a horse that finishes 2nd, getting you a free bet.

Where Can I Find These Saturday Offers?

The bookmakers usually confirm their offers by Friday evening. OddsMonkey have set up a dedicated forum where they usually post these confirmed offers on the Friday evening. The threads get hundreds of posts every Saturday so it's very helpful to see how other matched bettors are getting on. You can find the dedicated forum here.

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Here is the thread from last Saturday, showing all the offers available and the number (#) of horses in each race:itv racing offers

OddsMonkey also post below this table the links to all the offers which is very helpful too:

Finding And Placing Your Trigger Bets

Most of these offers only apply to bets placed after 9am on the day of the race, so if you place a qualifying bet the night before, it might not qualify for the offer. It's always good practice to check the offer's terms and conditions before placing bets, just incase!

Horse Odds

Try to avoid betting on horses with higher odds (8.0 and above), as these horses would be unlikely to win or get 2nd place. Also, you would require a large amount of money to lay them which would tie up your funds for other races. You can see estimated profitability of the offers based on the odds you choose using the Racing Profit Estimator as mentioned in the Racing Refunds Explained article.

Saturday Mornings

On Saturday mornings after 9am, you can start to look for close matches on the ITV races. However, it can be hard to find close matches if you’re hours away from the races, but if you do find a close match, place a bet and lay it.

A very useful tool here is the Oddsmonkey Racing Matcher tool, which can show you the closest match on a race for a bookie.

If you cannot find any close matches in the morning, don’t worry. Close matches are often hard to find in horse racing if you are hours away from the race, as mentioned.

Saturday Afternoons

Close matches often happen 5-10 minutes before the race starts, so try to be at your computer 5-10 minutes before the race and keep a lookout for close matches. Odds change very rapidly in this time, so you may need quick fingers to place your bets and lay it.

At this time, I would not recommend using the Oddsmonkey Racing Matcher tool, as the odds are moving too quickly to produce accurate results for the tool.

Instead, have the Calculator open, and enter the values as the odds change until you find a match you are satisfied with, and place your bet and lay it. Also, avoid using mobile for obvious reasons - you simply won't be quick enough!

Laying Your Bets

Please do make sure that the horse you are backing is the same horse you are laying (reminder, you are laying as 'normal' in the Calculator and aiming to keep the qualifying loss as low as possible). Again, also make sure that the horse you are laying has enough liquidity for the amount you are laying.

Qualifying Losses

Qualifying loss in horse racings can be critical in maintaining profits.

Not every race will earn you money, as your horse might not win, or get 2nd place, or the starting favourite might not win.

We need to make sure our qualifying losses from these races are significantly less than our profits for the day. It would be ideal if you can get a qualifying loss of less than £1.50 for every £25 staked.

If your qualifying loss is more than that, it might be better to choose another horse, or skip the race altogether, as these qualifying losses can accumulate to huge losses for the day!

Checking Horse Racing Results

Most bookies allow you to watch a live stream of the horse race that you have placed a bet on. You can watch the stream to find the result of the race.

Alternatively, if watching races isn’t for you, you can check the results from a couple of ways. Most bookies show the results of the race if you click on the race again on the bookie. However, the results are normally only shown after a brief period of time, which is usually 10-20 minutes after the race.

Another way to check the results are through 2 websites that I always use:

Sportinglife and AtTheRaces (click on Fast Results on the left menu).

Both websites show the results of the races almost instantly after the race is over. Both websites show a version of the results called the “Fast results”, where only the top few positions are displayed.

To see more positions, you’d have to wait for the “Full results” version, which will be displayed usually around 10 minutes after the race.

Checking The Winning Length

The benefit of viewing the full results on Sportinglife and AtTheRaces is that you can also see the distance which the winning horse won by.

This can be great to check if your horse has qualified for an offer that requires the winner to win by X lengths. You can check if your horse has won by 2 lengths or more, or if your horse finished 2nd under 1 length or less and so on.

Using Your Free Bets

It's always an excellent outcome when the horse race result goes your way and you have qualified for a free bet!

Free bets are usually credited to your account within the hour after the race has settled. Some bookies take longer than this though, so don’t worry if you haven't received your freebies by then!

If 24 hours have passed and you still haven’t received your free bet, you can try hopping on the bookie’s Live Chat. They might have made a mistake or there might be a problem with their system.

Most bookies allow your free bets to be used on any sport, but some bookies will only the free bet to be used on horse racing only. Try to use your free bet on 5.0 odds and above on SNR mode on the calculator to maximize your profits.

Note about Bet365

One exception is the Bet365 4/1 offer (offer guide). This is slightly different than using a normal free bet. Instead of giving you a free bet, Bet365 credit you a risk-free bet on the next ITV race. This means that if you place a bet on the next ITV race and your horse loses, they will refund your stake back to you as cash. However, to place the risk-free bet, you would need to bet on the next ITV race with your own cash first.

To profit from a risk-free bet you would normally use the Risk Free calculator, however in this case we do not need to. The reason why is because the refund is cash, and not a free bet. You simply use the normal calculator, put it in free bet mode, and punch in the numbers. Then place your bet using your own money on the next ITV race, and if it loses you'll receive a refund. If it wins however, you profit and receive another risk free bet for the very next race!

That means that if your risk-free bet wins at 5.0 odds and above, you would get another risk-free bet! Please note that your risk-free bet will only apply to the very next ITV race only, and will not apply on any other race, even if it’s another ITV race.

If the race that you are betting on is the last ITV race of the day and your horse has won, your risk-free bet will then be on the first race of the next ITV racing day, which would usually be the following Saturday (unless there's some sort of festival on). If you forget, Bet365 will normally send you a reminder on the day before that you still have a risk-free bet for the next day’s ITV racing.

Extra ITV Racing Days

ITV racing offers always happens on Saturdays, but it might happen on other days as well! When big horse racing events happen, like the Cheltenham festival or the Grand National, ITV racing offers will take place for a few days straight, which can give you lots of profits risk-free!

Keep a lookout on the Oddsmonkey Daily Offer Calendar, where they will post about big horse racing events.

Saturday Routine Summary

Everyone has their own Saturday morning routine, but below I will show a typical Matched Bettor's Saturday when betting on the horses.

Morning

Get up early in the morning before the first race starts and open the Oddsmonkey Racing Matcher to check for close matches of odds below 8.0.

If you manage to find a close match, place the bet asap!

Afternoon Before First Race

If you can't find a close match in the morning then wait until about 30 minutes before the race starts and have your Calculator at the ready.

It's good practice to manually check the odds closer to the race as they change, and if you manage to find a match where you would have a qualifying loss of £1.50 per £25 staked then it's a good idea to place the bet.

After you place your bets for all of the main offers, you can either take on the additional offers, or start to look at the next ITV race.

If there are good matches on the additional offers then definitely take them on and, if not,  start to look at the next race.

Between Each Race

After the race has settled you should continue to watch the odds for the next race and place any bets if you find a close match.

About 15 minutes after the first race has finished you can check Sportinglife to see if you've qualified for any free bets.

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