A combination forecast bet is basically a variation on traditional forecast betting, which predicts the finishing order for first and second place in a race.
Because only two of the three horses selected for a combination forecast bet are required to place, and can do so in any order, it is a lower risk bet than a straight forecast bet.
How does a combination forecast bet work?
Say you favour three horses in a race – horses A, B and C. In a combination forecast bet, you place the following six forecasts:
- horse A will place first and horse B will place second
- horse B will place first and horse A will place second
- horse B will place first and horse C will place second
- horse C will place first and horse B will place second
- horse A will place first and horse C will place second
- horse C will place first and horse A will place second.
Another way of looking at this is that through six bets, you cover all the possible orders in which any of three horses could take first and second place. So if any two of your three selections come in first and second, you’ll win a return.
Pros and cons of combination forecast bets
Combination forecast betting lets you hedge your bets, giving you a better chance of winning than if you placed a straight forecast.
A straight forecast requires that you pick a horse to place first and another horse to place second (and the horses have to finish in the correct order). A combination forecast is easier to win because you pick three horses and any two of those can place first and second. Also, the order in which these two horses finish the race doesn’t matter.
That said, all types of forecast betting are more challenging than betting just on an outright winner. The chance of winning big for just a small stake is what makes these bets appealing.