What Is A Combination Tricast In Betting?

Written By: Richard Smith
Last Updated: February 28, 2023

If you are looking for an answer to the question “What Is a Combination Tricast Bet?” then you are on the right page.

All of the info will be explained in plain English with tables and screenshots to help guide you along the way.


Depending on your betting style and how much your budget, will decide how much a Combination Tricast will cost.

A combination tricast requires you to pick out the first three horses or greyhounds in a race in any order. The great thing about these tricast bets, especially in big field handicaps, is that they can pay huge amounts. Of course, they are not easy to pull off but can pay very nice dividends.

Check out the table below, which shows you how much it costs for a combination tricast bet if you are choosing 3, 4 or 5 horses.

(6 Combinations)
(24 Combinations)
(60 Combinations)
£0.10 Combination Tricast£0.60£2.40£6.00
£0.20 Combination Tricast£1.20£4.80£12.00
£0.25 Combination Tricast£1.50£6.00£15.00
£0.50 Combination Tricast£3.00£12.00£30.00
£1.00 Combination Tricast£6.00£24.00£60.0
£2.00 Combination Tricast£12.00£48.00£120.0
£5.00 Combination Tricast£30.00£120.00£300.00
£10.00 Combination Tricast£60.00£240.00£600.00
£20.00 Combination Tricast£120.00£480.00£1200.00
£25.00 Combination Tricast£150.00£600.0£1500.00
£50.00 Combination Tricast£300.00£1200.00£3000.00

The Combination Tricast is a simple bet as it contains three or more selections and you have to have three of your horses finishing in the first three in any order to pick up a win from your initial stake.

The table above shows some big stakes, even picking out 5 horses for a small stake of £0.10p can bag you a nice dividend.

Just check out the tricast below.

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So as you can see in a recent race at Haydock which was a Grand National trial, the winner was 18/1, the second was 16/1 and the third was a whopping 28/1

And as you see in the screenshot below, this tricast paid out £7,794.48p for a one-pound stake. So if you had done this as a combination tricast for ten pence stakes, you would have laid out £6.00 and got back £779.45

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This is one of the most popular bets in both horse racing and greyhound racing. There are two types of tricast bet, the straight tricast and the combination tricast which we are covering here.

So let’s take a look and give you a simple run-through on “How To Place A Combination Tricast Bet”


The first step in placing a tricast bet on horse racing is to make sure you have signed up with one of the many bookmakers online like Bet365, William Hill, BoyleSports, Betfred, Paddy Power, or your own preferred bookmaker.

Once you have your betting account set up and you have deposited funds into your account, then you are ready to start your tricast betting.

The example below uses the Betfred website to show how to place a combination tricast bet on horse racing.

Step 1. Go to your preferred bookie. In this example, we use Betfred.

Go to the website at Betfred and select horse racing from the list of sports.

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Step 2. Select your horse race.

So once you select horse racing (highlighted in the green box above) you will see all of the race meetings for that day appear on a single page. So let’s go ahead and select the 6.00 race at Southwell.

Combination Tricast bets work best in handicaps with big fields and this race has 14 runners.

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In this example, we have chosen five horses, the four above, plus we added in the favourite as a little bit of insurance.

So as you can see on the bet slip, we have a Combination Tricast with 5 selections. This gives us 60 bets at a stake of £0.10p for a total stake of £6.00.

This means any three of our five horses must finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in any order for us to have a winning tricast bet.

You can now go ahead and log in and place your bet.


Make sure to follow our horse racing expert Richard Smith here at Ontheballbets and his regular pieces on all the big race meetings including the Cheltenham Festival, The Grand National, Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, Qatar Prix De L’Arc de Triomphe, Breeders Cup, The Melbourne Cup.

The Cheltenham Festival takes place in March with the Grand National meeting in April. These are great meetings for tricast betting as there are many big field handicaps, and historically we have seen some monster tricast payouts at these major meetings over the years.

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Richard Smith
Richard Smith

I am a total sports fan, in particular horse racing, football and golf, and have been writing about these and other sports for a number of years. I have had the chance to attend many of the biggest horse racing events in my time and my sporting claim to fame has to be winning the inaugural RacingTV Tipstar contest back in 2014. When not watching or writing about sports and sports betting I like to take an interest in cryptocurrency, and last but not least spending time and playing with my two young grandchildren.

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