What Is A Straight Forecast In Betting?

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

If you are looking for an answer to the question “What Is a Straight Forecast 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.

How Much Does a Straight Forecast BET Cost?

Depending on your betting style and how much you budget will decide how much a Straight Forecast will cost. You can do these bets for smaller or larger stakes depending on your budget. Don’t forget that you should only bet amounts you can comfortably afford to lose.

Check out the table below, which shows you how much it costs for a Straight Forecast bet.

£0.50 Straight Forecast£0.50
£1.00 Straight Forecast£1.00
£2.00 Straight Forecast£2.00
£2.50 Straight Forecast£2.50
£5.00 Straight Forecast£5.00
£10.00 Straight Forecast£10.00
£20.00 Straight Forecast£20.00
£25.00 Straight Forecast£25.00
£50.00 Straight Forecast£50.00
£75.00 Straight Forecast£75.00
£100.00 Straight Forecast£100.00

The Straight Forecast is a very simple bet as it contains two selections and you have to pick the correct order of finish to receive a return on your initial stake.

One of the most popular bets in both horse racing and greyhound racing betting is the forecast bet. There are many types of forecast bet including the straight forecast, reverse forecast, combination forecast, forecast doubles and forecast trebles.

On this page, we want to give you a simple run-through on “How To Place A Straight Forecast Bet”


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

The example below uses the Betfred website to show how to place a straight forecast 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.

What Is A Straight Forecast In Betting? - Betfred-Straight-Forecast-Bet

Step 2. Select horse racing.

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 3.15 race at Wolverhampton.

What Is A Straight Forecast In Betting? - How-To-Place-A-Straight-Forecast-Bet-on-Betfred

In this example, we chose Giorgio Vasari to beat Fast Style in a £1 Straight Forecast.

Step 3. Select your horses.

When you reach the racecard, the first selection you click will be the horse that will be tagged as your option to finish first, and the second one you click will be the horse you select to finish second.

As you will see on your bet slip, there is a “Reorder” button next to your selections, so if you change your mind and you want to make Fast Style as your selection to finish first, all you do is click the reorder button. and the screenshot below will appear.

What Is A Straight Forecast In Betting? - Edit-Straight-Forecast-on-Betfred

You can now just drag Fast Style above Giorgio Vasari using your mouse.

What Is A Straight Forecast In Betting? - Edited-Straight-Forecast-Bet-on-Betfred

Step 4. Order your horses.

Once you have dragged Fast Style and made this horse the one you wish to be first in your straight forecast bet, then you click the green “Confirm” button and it will automatically change your bet slip to reflect the change.

What Is A Straight Forecast In Betting? - Edited-Straight-Forecast-Bet-Horse-Racing

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.

Responsible Gambling

The information on this page and across the Ontheballbets website is meant for entertainment purposes and should be viewed as such.

If you are betting on horse racing or any other sport then please make sure to bet responsibly. Only bet an amount that you can comfortably afford to lose.

If you feel you have a friend or relative has an issue with gambling, then there are groups and organisations that can offer support, such as BeGambleAware, GamStop and The National Gambling Helpline.

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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