A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
Updated 2nd October 2017: At present no bookmakers have extended beyond the standard 3 places each way.
The Investec Oaks is the third classic of the British flat racing season and takes place on the Friday of The Derby Festival at Epsom Downs race course. Ran since 1779, The Epsom Oaks is a Group 1 standard contest for 3 year-old fillies, run over the same course and 1 mile 4 furlong distance at The Derby.
Although extremely difficult to do, a number of class fillies have managed the 2000 Guineas/Epsom Oaks double across May/June which is an incredible feat given the short time gap between races and the additional half mile distance of The Oaks, plus the totally different aspects of Epsom compared to Newmarket. Aidan O'Brien trained Minding did this incredible 'double' in 2016. With fields of up to 17 runners in recent years, online bookmakers are always happy to give punters real value in this race, especially as it's the third flat racing classic of the season. The feature race of Friday at the Derby Festival, it's also a highlight of any racing season so expect 4 places each way on the Investec Oaks provided we get 10 or more runners. Of course, offering 4 places each way is an excellent way to offer maximum profit opportunity for punters and is a promotion which will drive 2017 Derby meeting customer sign-ups which the online bookmakers are all fighting for.
The Investec Oaks will always be synonymous with Sir Henry Cecil who trained an amazing 8 winners of this 3 year-old fillies' classic between 1985 and 2007. His name was linked to the race in 2014 after he passed away in the autumn of 2013. 2016 saw the Aidan O'Brien-trained Minding win this by just under 2 lengths to give the bookmakers a battering at 10/11F. In winning Minding was the first filly since Goldophin trained Kazzia in 2002 to win both the 1000 Guineas and The Oaks. O'Brien goes for his own hat-trick of consecutive victories (he did the same in The Derby across 2012-2015) with short-priced favourite Rhododendron in 2017.
With anything up to 17 runners across recent races, online bookmakers pay out the standard 3 places each way for The Oaks. However with The Oaks being the third of the season's 5 classic races, a growing number of bookmakers over recent seasons have promoted 4 places each way. However 2017 could see this change, as the competitive nature of the online bookmaker industry would make the Epsom Oaks perfect for a 5 places each way promotion if there are enough runners. It's worth remembering as a punter that the big online bookmakers have a new customer war chest for the flat classics, so offering additional each way places attracts new customers who spot the value to be had. Naturally 4 places each way covers circa 25% of the field - a situation which can only drive the chances of profit.
We track the value dished out by online bookmakers across the major flat races. Extended each way terms gives punters a huge boost in terms of profit potential and is the perfect promotion for those who love to back big priced long shots. With some High Street bookmakers, still categorically giving their customers the standard each way terms, savvy online punters have been using online bookmakers who have been offering far better value to their customers now for years. Recent renewals of The Oaks have seen up to 17 runners, giving online bookmakers such as Sky Bet the opportunity to go 4 places each way.
2015 Each Way Terms Offered:
2016 Each Way Terms Offered:
Here's a breakdown of the horses and their prices that have been paid out on over and above the standard 3 places each way in The Epsom Oaks from 2015 onwards:
Epsom Oaks Recent Results