What is a Swinger bet?


The purpose of the swinger is to select two horses in a single race to finish in the first THREE places in ANY ORDER.

1. There are therefore THREE dividends (barring a dead-heat for third place) for each race – first and second, first and third and second and third.

2. Given a result of: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4, the winning swinger combinations would be:
1st and 2nd
1st and 3rd
2nd and 3rd.
[had the result of the race been 3 – 2 – 1 - 4, the combinations would have been the same as the ORDER of finish is irrelevant i.e. 1st and 3rd is the “same” as 3rd and 1st].

3. In the event that there is a dead-heat for THIRD place, there are FIVE dividends. In the example of a result being 1 – 2 – 3/4, the winning combinations would be:
1&2
1&3
1&4
2&3
2&4

4. You can select more than two horses to be in a swinger, but it costs you R1 per combination.


The punter can take three different kinds of swingers, they are:
a. Swinger
b. Boxed Swinger
c. Banker Swinger


a. Swinger: 
This bet is to select two horses to run in the top three positions in any order.

Selection: horses 2 and 4.

Therefore if you only select two horses, it will cost you R1

2
4



b. Boxed Swinger: 
This is a selection of horses where at least two must run in the top three positions.     

Example - 5 horses boxed:  

1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
4
5





Combinations:
1&2, 1&3, 1&4, 1&5, 2&3, 2&4, 2&5, 3&4, 3&5 and 4&5 
[the number of horses selected multiplied by the number of horses selected less one, (as there cannot be a 1&1 combination) divided by 2 (as the finishing order is irrelevant]. 
There are 10 combinations (5 x 4 = 20/2 =10).

Should the result of the race in which the above bet was struck be 5 – 4 – 1 – 2, the winning combinations would be:

The dividends
Winning combinations
1st & 2nd  = R5.00
5&4 (4&5) = R5.00
1st & 3rd = R6.00
5&1 (1&5) = R6.00
2nd & 3rd = R9.00
4&1 (1&4) = R9.00

The ticket would then qualify for all three dividends, and pay-out the SUM of the above dividends i.e. R20.00.


c. Swinger Banker: 
Same as a boxed swinger but the banked horse must run in the top three positions along with at least one of the other horses selected.

Example: 1 horse banked with 4 horses

5
1
2
3
4





Combinations:
Banker 5 with 1, 2, 3 and 4 [5/1, 2, 3, 4] = 4 bets (combinations) = R4 (5&1, 5&2, 5&3, 5&4). 
No.5 must finish in the first three positions as well at least one of the other selections.

Should the result of the race be 1 – 5 – 3 – 2, the bet would win on combinations 1&5 (R6.00) and 3&5 (R9.00) [the SUM of these two dividends = R15.00].  


You can have up to two banker horses.  This means that these two must run in the top three positions along with only one of the other horses selected. 

Example:
Selection banker 2 and 5 with 4, 7 & 8 [2, 5/4, 7, 8] = 6 bets, 2&4, 2&7, 2&8, 5&4, 5&7, 5&8.  No.2 and or No. 5 must finish in the first three positions as well as any one of the other selections.

2
5
4
7
8



Should the result of the race be 7 – 5 – 4 – 2, the bet would win on combinations 7&5 (R6.00) and 4&5 (R9.00) [the SUM of these two dividends = R15.00].  

The dividends
Winning combinations
1st & 2nd  = R6.00
7&5 (2&9) = R6.00
1st & 3rd = R4.00
7&4 (3&9) = R4.00
2nd & 3rd = R9.00
5&4 (3&2) = R9.00


NOTE:
1.  In a field of 2-5 runners, there is only one swinger (dividend).
2.  In a field of 6 or more runners there are three swingers (dividends).
3.  In the case of a dead heat for third place in a field consisting of 6 or more runners, there will be “5”     swinger payouts (or dividends), e.g., 1&2/1&3/1&3/2&3/2&3.  Hollywood refunds your stake for the two horses that dead heat for third.

Swinger bets can be taken as a percentage.

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