For newcomers, the rules and terminology in horse racing can sometimes overwhelm people, for example rule 4 deductions. What is a rule 4 deduction? This is a question that we get asked all the time, as do most bookmakers. So today we’re going to explain in simple terms exactly what rule 4 is and how it can affect you when placing a bet on the horse racing.
What is a rule 4 deduction?
The correct name for this rule is the Tattersalls rule of racing, this is an industry wide rule that is implemented to help compensate in case of any late withdrawals from horse races. When you think about this rule logically, it makes perfect sense to have a rule of this kind in place. Lets give you an example of why rule 4 deductions are made and why it makes sense to have the rule in place.
Example – You have made a selection and placed a bet on a horse that is due to race at Cheltenham racecourse at 5:35pm. In that race there are 4 horses due to run, but due to unforeseen circumstances one of them has to withdraw from the race leaving only 3 horses to race. Which means the chances of your selection winning has been increased, which goes without saying. Now, due to the Tattersalls rule of racing, deductions have to be made to your original stake in order to make it fair to the bookmakers and also to reflect the odds which have been slashed due to a late withdrawal from the race.
Rule 4 Deductions Explained
To give you an idea of the deduction implications to any future bets you might place on the horse racing, we have displayed an image below. This gives you the breakdown of deductions made due to the rule 4 deductions ruling.
Hopefully this explanation has helped clear up any questions you might have had on the subject of rule 4 deductions?
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