Explained – Forecast and Reverse Forecast Betting
One of the most popular types of bet available for horse racing and greyhound racing is the ‘forecast’ bet. This involves making two selections in any given race. In a ‘forecast’ bet, your two selections must finish first and second in that race.
There are two main types of ‘forecast’ bet available:
• Straight Forecast – In a ‘straight forecast’ bet you pick the first and second finishers in a race and specify in which order they will finish.
For example, a £10 ‘straight forecast’ on trap 6 and trap 3 in a greyhound race would mean that trap 6 would have to win the race with trap 3 in second place for your bet to pay out. This bet would cost £10.
• Reverse Forecast – In a ‘reverse forecast’ bet you pick the first and second finishers in a race but not the specific order in which they will finish. As long as they finish in the first two places in any order your bet will pay out.
For example, a £10 ‘reverse forecast’ on trap 2 and trap 4 in a greyhound race would mean that trap 2 and trap 4 would have to finish in first and second places, in either order. Trap 2 could win with trap 4 second, or trap 4 could win with trap 2 second for your bet to pay out.
This bet would cost £20 rather than £10 (in the example of a ‘straight forecast’.) This is because you are effectively making two bets – one on trap 2 to finish first and trap 4 to finish second, and one on trap 4 to finish first and trap 2 to finish second.
It is easy to place a ‘straight forecast’ or ‘reverse forecast’ with Paddy Power. You simply choose the ‘forecast’ tab in any given race, make your two selections and then choose either ‘forecast’ or ‘reverse forecast’ on your betslip. Don’t forget that a ‘reverse forecast’ doubles your stake amount.