If you frequently bet on horseracing, you'll know the sinking feeling you get when you hear that a steward's enquiry has been launched for a race your selection just won.
This can end up with your horse being demoted in the final race standings, or disqualified altogether, stealing the wind straight out of your sails.
Fortunately, William Hill offers fair play rules that cover its customers in situations where the horse they bet on is first past the post in a race and is subsequently disqualified.
In this scenario a punter will still have their bet paid out in full.
However, there are a number of cases where first past the post rules will not apply at William Hill, including situations where horses are demoted rather than disqualified.
How does first past the post work at William Hill?
If your horse is first past the post in a horse race, and the result of that race is amended before the official result is declared, William Hill will pay out winning bets on both the official race winner and the horse that was first past the post.
This rule will apply to qualifying win single/multiple bets and the win part of each way single/multiple bets.
If you placed bets on both the horse that was first past the post and the official winner, William Hill will pay out your wins on both bets.
Exceptions to William Hill First Past The Post
Note that First Past The Post is only applied to races run in the United Kingdom and Ireland and that it does not apply to situations in which the horse is demoted, in which case different rules apply.
First Past The Post will also not be applied in the following contexts:
William Hill treats horses that are demoted following an investigation differently to horses that are first past the post and subsequently disqualified.
In these cases, the punter will have their stake refunded and receive a payout on a place, or the place portion of each-way bets, provided their selection is still in the places after its demotion.
Other William Hill fair play benefits
William Hill meets the industry standard when it comes to fair play in horseracing betting markets and as a punter, you'll be protected from unexpected events in races that snatch away potential victories.
In addition to paying out on first past the post bets and demoted horses, William Hill keeps racing punters covered with some other promotions and guarantees.
- Best Odds Guarantee: Is available to ensure that a punter will be paid out winning bets at the higher of the SP or the fixed odds they took on their selection.
- No Runner No Bet: If you bet on a race designated no runner no bet, your stake will be refunded in the event your horse does not participate in the race.