The multi-million pound World Pool rolls into Sandown today, bringing money from 20 countries’ totes into one massive betting pot. We’ve seen these at Ascot before, but this is the first time the Esher track has been able to offer access.
As with Ascot, the key to making the most of a World Pool day is to predict where the mountain of Far East money is going to land, and then play the runners who’ll go under the radar.
If globally recognised jockeys like Ryan Moore or Frankie Dettori are on the warm favourite, they’ll be even shorter in the pool. Steer clear and back them with your traditional bookmaker. If you fancy one ridden by someone your non-racing mate hasn’t heard of, chances are it could be less popular than it should be in the multi-country tote pool – which means bigger payouts.
The biggest pools (and biggest opportunity for freaky dividends) are the Quinella (first and second in any order) and the Swinger (pick two to finish in the first three). The Swinger is less well-known in the UK, but in Hong Kong it’s the most popular bet by far and we’ll see regular pools of over a million pounds at Sandown this afternoon.
I’ve trawled through the races to find some that may slip through the international net and have landed on these four with potential to swell the haul:
1.15 Pettochside – this old-timer is unlikely to be nibbled at in the pool, but Saffie Osbourne has done well with him recently and they’re reunited today.
2.25 Beat Le Bon – was second in his group behind Real World at Ascot last time, and should have won at Doncaster before that. He’s underrated.
3.00 Ready To Venture – got lost in the mud at Goodwood last time, but her Group 1 entry shows she’s held in high regard and has more to offer.
4.10 Classical Wave – oozes class when he runs, which makes him easier to find, but he may be undervalued with Dettori and Moore elsewhere in the line-up.
Bet into the World Pool via the tote at any good bookmaker, or bet directly at tote.co.uk and enjoy the enhanced prices they offer on every race.
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