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After kicking things off in 2021 with the 2000 Guineas, World Pool is back for the Derby in the second of 17 World Pool days this year. With Tote+ available on all World Pools, there come brilliant opportunities for value.

What is World Pool?

Like we do in the UK, many other countries operate a Tote betting system, where money is bet into a pool and those who back the winner take their share.

World Pool allows bettors from all over the globe to bet into a single pool, bringing them together into one multi-million pound betting bonanza.

Racing fans from countries such as Hong Kong, Australia, France and the USA will all effectively be betting into the same pools as the UK audience for each race.

What does that mean for bettors?

By having a number of different countries betting into the same overall pool, it means racing fans can pit their wits against bettors from all around the globe. More importantly though, it means that there will be more liquidity in the pools, with opportunities better value as a consequence.

With more individuals betting into the pool it means that big stakes bettors will have less of an impact on the dividend, providing more robust betting opportunities.

Take the Royal Ascot meeting last year for example, a £1 win stake on every winner across the meeting would have returned 9% more to punters who bet with the Tote than at SP.

Plus, there was better value in the exotic markets with the pools, with the Trifecta beating the Tricast equivalent in 72% of the Ascot races.

UK runners could be underestimated by the international pools, or the raiders could be looked over by the UK Tote customers. This difference of opinion could ensure a bigger price that one might be expecting about certain horses on the day.

At British Champions Day, Tote beat SP on five of the six winners on the card, so there’s plenty of value to enjoy courtesy of World Pool.

What happened at the 2000 Guineas?

With Tote+ and World Pool combined, we saw some excellent value available on the pools.

The winner of the main event, Poetic Flare, paid £18.04 compared to an SP of 16/1 and it wasn’t just the win pools which provided excellent value. Those who managed to nail the first three home collected a Tote+ Trifecta dividend of  £1,795.78, over double the Tricast payout of £827.17.

What are the 2021 World Pool days?

There are 17 World Pool days in 2021:

  • QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day – Newmarket Rowley Mile Racecourse, Saturday 1st May*
  • Cazoo Derby Day – Epsom Downs Racecourse, Saturday 5th June*
  • Five days of Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th June 
  • Coral-Eclipse Day – Sandown Park Racecourse, Saturday 3rd July*
  • QIPCO King George Diamond Day – Ascot Racecourse, Saturday 24th July* (races 1-6 only)
  • The first three days of the Qatar Goodwood Festival - Goodwood Racecourse, Tuesday 27th July to Thursday 29th July*
  • The first three days of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival – York Racecourse, Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th August* 
  • QIPCO British Champions Day – Ascot Racecourse, Saturday 16th October 

Fixtures marked with * are new World Pool days for 2021.

How much money is bet into World Pool?

World Pools were available on both Royal Ascot and British Champions Day last year, where bettors had the chance to win a share of some monumental pools. At Royal Ascot, £137 million was bet into the World Pool, up from £92 million the year before, and we could see even more this year.

As well as the straight Win and Place markets, World Pool will be in operation for a number of Exotic bets such as the Tote Swinger and Quinella, which were involved last year, plus new additions the Exacta and Trifecta. 

Some of these bet types are extremely popular in other racing nations, even more so than the Win market. For example, last year at Royal Ascot, there was nearly £2 million more bet into the Quinella pools than the Win pools across the meeting.

Will Tote+ still apply?

We’re delighted to say that Tote+ will still apply on all World Pool bets. So, by betting directly at Tote, not only can you enjoy the brilliant value the huge pools throw up, but you get an extra 10% on top of your winnings.

Are there any bet types which aren’t World Pool?

The Placepot and our other multileg bets won’t be commingled. The Tote Exacta is another pool which will only be available to UK bettors.

How can I watch World Pool races?

You can watch every World Pool race live at Tote.co.uk by simply logging into your account having previously made a deposit.


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