Combination Forecast Bet Explained

What is a Combination Forecast bet?

A combination forecast bet is a wager that is built from three or more selections. From the selections made, the prediction that is being targeted is the exact finishing order of the top two in a particular event, such as a horse race.

While the result of a combination forecast is exactly the same as that of a straight forecast, a combination bet differs because of the number of selections that it uses. In a straight forecast, you pick two selections who you think are going to finish in the exact order of 1st and 2nd.

The more selections that your bet starts with, the more combinations of different bets are going to be made. Each combination needs its own unit of stake. Because the bet covers all possible combinations of outcomes from the selections, just one of those combinations are needed for the bet to win.

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How does a Combination Forecast bet work?

In a combination forecast bet you can name three or more selections from which the finishing order is predicted. By picking more selections you are creating a scenario of more combinations of finishing order. For example, if you make three selections then those can be combined to give a total of six different 1-2 finish outcomes.

Number of SelectionsNumber of Combinations
36
412
520
630

 

The formula for figuring out how many combinations are made from a number of selections is n(n – 1) where n = number of selections. So for 5 selections, that’s 5 x (5 -1) = 20.

Winning Example of a Combination Forecast in Horse Racing

For an example of the options that are created in a combination bet, here is a fictional combination forecast made from three selections. Even though three selections are being made, the prediction in the bet is the first two finishers in the exact order.

Selections:

Beware The Bear
Chic Name
Impulsive Star

Those selections create six bets. So if this was a £1 combination forecast then the total stake is £6.

1st Place2nd Place
Combination 1Beware The BearChic Name
Combination 2Chic NameBeware The Bear
Combination 3Beware The BearImpulsive Star
Combination 4Impulsive StarBeware The Bear
Combination 5Chic NameImpulsive Star
Combination 6Impulsive StarChic Name
Total Stake x6 Unit Stake

 

You are not going to find set fixed odds for a combination forecast bet. These types of bets have to be created in a betting slip first and then the odds-calculation (Dividend) will be settled from the Starting Prices at the end of the event. Whatever the dividend is that is given by the bookmaker at that point, is multiplied by the unit stake of your winning combination.

The unit stake in this example is £1 and Combination 5 wins for you. That means your payout would be £1 x Dividend as only the stake from the winning combination is used to calculate the returns. The rest of the unit stakes on the other combinations in the bet are not returned (because they lost).

Losing Example of a Combination Forecast in Horse Racing

Because of the nature of the bet, namely the coverage of different outcomes from your selections, it makes for an appealing bet. But there is of course still risk involved and that comes from not enough of your selections getting in the frame.

For example, if Chic Name were to lose in the example it would immediately break four of the combinations included in the bet. But the bet still could be won if Beware The Bear and Impulsive Star were to finish in the top two. If neither of the other two got into the top two, then the entire bet loses.

1st Place2nd Place
Combination 1Beware The BearChic Name
Combination 2Chic NameBeware The Bear
Combination 3Beware The BearImpulsive Star
Combination 4Impulsive StarBeware The Bear
Combination 5Chic NameImpulsive Star
Combination 6Impulsive StarChic Name
Total Stake x6 Unit Stake

 

The thing about a combination forecast is that while there are plenty of those combinations created from the selections, there is still the rest of the field in that particular race to worry about. If this race had 10 runners for example, there are then seven other runners aside from the three selections that can disrupt the bet. The race just isn’t solely about your three runners.

Combination Forecast Strategy

Remember that the bigger the number of selections, the bigger the stake is going to be. The combination forecast bet does increase the chance of you winning, as opposed to a straight forecast bet. Still, a strategy for the combination forecast is to throw the two strongest runners in the field into the mix. Then decide which of the other runners are most likely to muscle their way into a place finish. Look for races with smaller fields to increase chances as well.

You really still need to be backing those who are most likely to win. It’s not really a sound strategy to build the selections out of underdogs, because while one may come through to win, you will still be relying on a second one to come second. That’s the difficulty of forecast bets, the challenge of getting two predictions right. That becomes increasingly more difficult when selecting horses with outside chances.

How Does A Combination Forecast Bet Work - Combination Forecast Betting Explained

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